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Experience the Sunshine State with a Florida vacation rental

"Fun in the sun" perfectly describes the quintessential Floridian experience – from swimming and sunbathing at some of the best beaches in the country, to thrills and squeals aboard roller coasters in world-class theme parks. Plus you've got colourful cultural enclaves and vibrant nightlife too. You can choose from tens of thousands of Florida vacation rentals, whether you want a whole house where the kids can run amok, or a modern condo with a balcony overlooking the ocean.

History

Spanish conquistador Juan Ponce de Leon touched down on Florida soil in 1513, making it the first area in the continental US where Europeans settled. For a peek into the state's colonial past, make a pitstop at St. Augustine Town Plan Historic District – the oldest permanent European settlement in mainland North America. Tampa's Ybor City Historic District boasts a ton of Spanish-Cuban architecture, along with old buildings related to the cigar industry, while Ernest Hemingway House in Key West was where "Papa" hung his safari hat in the 1930s.

Things to do

Top attractions near your Florida vacation rental

Vacation rentals in the Sunshine State put you close to exhilarating adventures, whether you're more about the hair-raising roller coasters or the popular surf spots. Central Florida prides itself on being the "theme park capital of the world," and its attractions include Orlando's Walt Disney World – the most visited entertainment resort on the planet. Needless to say, there's no shortage of beautiful beaches in Florida. You could try various water sports in and around Miami, or hit up Palm Beach County for quieter shores. Groups looking to set the night alight can head to buzzing Panama City or the nightlife hotspots in Tampa's historic Ybor City district.

How to get around

Navigating transit options near Florida vacation rentals

If you're taking the wheel and tackling Florida's expressways, expect to pay a lot of tolls, particularly in Orlando and on the Florida Turnpike System. Car rental agencies are almost as abundant as the sunshine, but on the downside, the rates are among the country's highest. If you'd rather kick back and leave the driving to someone else, you can travel between major cities via Amtrak trains and Megabus or Greyhound buses. Many locales also have public buses running between cities.

Food & drink 

Try Florida's food and drink on your vacation rental stay

Florida's local cuisine is a killer mix of Southern and Caribbean fare, and Cuban dishes are particularly common in Tampa and Miami. More adventurous carnivores can get their teeth into an alligator steak, or you could opt for breaded and fried conch (a large mollusc). It's a popular appetizer in Key West, which is also the birthplace of Florida's legendary key lime pie. And keep your eyes peeled for roadside stalls as you roam Florida's highways – fresh strawberries and juicy oranges are often available during the season.

Essential info

Facts to note when you're staying in a Florida vacation rental

Nicknamed "the Sunshine State," Florida is the southeasternmost state in the US, and with nearly 21 million residents, it's also one of the most populous. Tallahassee is the state capital. You'll want to take hurricane warnings seriously – hurricane season runs from June to November – and to look out for swimming safety signs, as some areas are notorious for rip currents, alligators, and rare shark attacks. Call 911 in case of emergencies. As in the rest of the US, tipping is customary; when you're dining in restaurants, your tip should equal roughly 20% of the bill.

How many vacation rentals are available around Florida?

Our 2020 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 128,124 house rentals around Florida. From 44,965 Houses to 55,216 Condos/Apartments, find unique vacation rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay around Florida is on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Florida?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Florida. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Kissimmee: 28,746 vacation rentals
  • Orlando: 30,026 vacation rentals
  • Davenport: 29,087 vacation rentals
  • Naples: 7,762 vacation rentals
  • Champions Gate: 3,929 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Florida! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Florida?

Whether you're travelling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Florida:

  • Kissimmee: 28,746 rentals
  • Orlando: 30,026 rentals
  • Davenport: 29,087 rentals
  • Naples: 7,762 rentals
  • Panama City Beach: 12,903 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when travelling by plane to Florida?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of lodging choices in Florida are:

  • Pompano Beach, FL (PPM): 5,467 home rentals
  • Orlando International Airport (MCO): 11,280 home rentals
  • Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL): 7,639 home rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holiday in Florida?

HomeAway offers a large selection of lodging choices near lovely places in Florida. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Disney World: 30,554 vacation homes
  • Universal Studios: 29,504 vacation homes
  • Reunion Resort Golf Course: 30,804 vacation homes
  • Cocoa Beach Pier: 1,239 vacation homes
  • Palm-Aire Country Club: 5,724 vacation homes

But there are many other points of interest around Florida listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

Explore destinations around Florida

Kissimmee
28,746 vacation rentals
Orlando
30,026 vacation rentals
Davenport
29,087 vacation rentals
Naples
7,762 vacation rentals
Panama City Beach
12,903 vacation rentals
Indian Shores
5,571 vacation rentals
Siesta Key
4,765 vacation rentals
Fort Lauderdale
5,987 vacation rentals
Sarasota
7,324 vacation rentals
Bradenton
6,635 vacation rentals
Fort Myers Beach
8,784 vacation rentals
Indian Rocks Beach
4,892 vacation rentals
Pompano Beach
2,914 vacation rentals
Fort Myers
8,539 vacation rentals
Clearwater
6,558 vacation rentals
Holmes Beach
3,837 vacation rentals
Daytona Beach
2,644 vacation rentals
Marco Island
2,893 vacation rentals
Clermont
18,463 vacation rentals
Saint Pete Beach
4,602 vacation rentals