The top destinations for beach house rentals

Wherever there's a beach, there are usually beach holiday homes. That means you can get salt-washed beach huts close to the waves all over the globe, from the palm-shaded reaches of the Sunshine State to the cliff-ringed pebble coves of the United Kingdom, with a whole load of family-ready spots in between.

A house on the beach in the UK

From the isles of Scotland to the chalk-white cliffs of Dover, there are stretches of coastline in the UK to satisfy all sorts. And there are beach house rentals to suit a wide range of travellers, too. You can choose cosy cottages by the Dorset shores or salt-sprayed fishing shacks along the wave-roaring Cornish sands.

Cornwall beach rentals

It should hardly come as a surprise that Cornwall is a hotspot for beach house rentals. The county clocks up over 400 miles of coastline. Seek out places to stay in Polzeath to ride the waves with the family come summer. Head to Padstow for hidden coves and pasty shops. Or, consider the south coast around Penzance for glowing bays that look almost plucked from the Mediterranean.

Houses on the beach down in Dorset

Few south coast beaches can match the sheer beauty of Chesil Beach. It runs for a whopping 18 miles along the Dorset shores, making it one of the jewels of the so-called Jurassic Coast. It's not your typical bucket-and-spades holiday, but rather a place for blustery walks beneath green hills and fish-and-chip sessions in genteel towns such as Lyme Regis.

Welsh beach cottages in the Pembrokeshire

Head to the western edge of Wales to discover the only coastal national park in the country. A stunning walking path links all the main towns, wiggling from cottage-peppered Fishguard to cathedral-topped St Davids. You should also find enticing Welsh beach rentals all over the place, whether that's a family caravan above Nolton Haven Bay or a whitewashed cottage, a stroll from postcard-worthy Barafundle.

Go West Coast with beach rentals in California

Beach rentals and Pacific-kissed California go hand-in-hand. There are plenty of places to search for surf shacks and stunning ocean-side spots in the Golden State, it just depends on whether you want to spend evenings watching seals off the Big Sur or mornings catching waves with the swell riders of San Diego.

Mission Bay beach rentals for South Cali vibes

Mission Bay is the fun-loving corner of San Diego. It's home to sprawling aquariums, the Giant Dipper Roller Coaster, and the gaming arcades of Belmont Park. It's also got a long, sandy beach backed by family-ready rentals, making it the perfect place to fuse adrenaline-pumping fun with swims in the Pacific.

OC life in Laguna Beach rentals

Sat in the heart of Orange County just south of Los Angeles, Laguna Beach is the place to go for bona fide Californian beach vibes. The palm-shaded bays here draw skim boarders and sunbathers, but they also feature bohemian cafés and independent art galleries.

The delights of Monterey Bay

If your idea of a Californian beach escape is spotting seals and dolphins, visiting acclaimed aquariums and waking to pine-scented sands over Monterey Bay, the towns of Santa Cruz and Monterey might just have the perfect set of rentals.

Florida beach rentals by 2 coasts

Florida has the unique ability to offer travellers 2 separate coastlines – one on the Atlantic Ocean, another on the Gulf of Mexico. As a classic holiday destination, it also comes dotted with more luxury beach house rentals and affordable seaside stays than you can shake a stick at.

Get a taste of the tropics in Clearwater

Clearwater is a refined and sleek stretch of sugar-white sand that hosts some of the top luxury beach house rentals in all of Florida. It's a place where elegant condos and charming little cottages hide between palm trees, just a stone's throw from the Mexican Gulf waters. There's also a Spring Break edge to the place, with rollicking bars taking over after dark.

Romance on the Florida Keys

Nothing says romance like a glowing sunset across the pearly blue waters that surround the Florida Keys. With shimmering pools, private beachfronts running out front, and little lagoons for snorkellers right next door, the seaside rentals in Florida's southernmost islands rarely fail to enchant.

Beach rentals in energetic Miami Beach

The liveliest corner of the so-called Magic City doesn't disappoint. With its rows of stylish Art Deco mansions, neon-lit clubs and sizzling Cuban eateries, the beach rentals here not only give you plenty in the way of gastronomy and hedonism but also a pad close to glowing white-sand beaches and dolphin-spotted Atlantic surf.