Heading to America’s Sunshine State? Whether you’re travelling with family and friends or enjoying a romantic break with your other half, Florida villas are the ideal place to call home – and come complete with all the amenities you need for a comfortable stay. There’s something for every kind of traveller too – from cheap Florida villas to villas near Disney to luxury Florida villas with private pools. And if you need a little inspiration as to the best holiday destinations Florida wide, here’s our take on some of the coolest places to find Florida villa rentals in the charming north, the stylish south and everywhere in between.
North Florida villa rentals
North Florida is home to the Florida Panhandle and the Emerald Coast – reason enough to look for holiday villas in the state’s laid-back north, though there’s plenty more on the menu. Florida’s capital city of Tallahassee kicks things off with a 10-block historic district, gracious old plantation homes and a healthy dose of southern hospitality. You’ll find more of that legendary hospitality dished out in abundance in the north-eastern destinations of Jacksonville and St. Augustine – as well as to the west, where Destin and Perdido Key are among the most popular holiday destinations on the Emerald Coast.
Florida villa holidays on the east coast
Florida’s east coast routinely delivers blue skies, powder-soft white-sand and warm waters, not to mention the state’s best surf. It’s the kind of place where outdoor time comes easy and world-class attractions await around every corner. The Kennedy Space Center, where highlights include the space shuttle Atlantis and the super-realistic Shuttle Launch Experience, is a must-visit on Cape Canaveral. Race fans, meanwhile, will love Florida villa holidays in Daytona Beach – these properties on the doorstep of the Daytona International Speedway, home of the Daytona 500.
Places to stay in South Florida
South Florida is one of the state’s most diverse regions – and a top place to find Florida villa rentals. The glitzy Palm Beaches, Latin-flavoured Miami and neighbouring South Beach, are among the big hitters along the region’s east coast, while top holiday destinations along its west coast include the city of Fort Myers and the shell-strewn Sanibel Island. Florida villa holidays also prove popular along Florida’s south coast proper, where rental homes offer easy access to a classic Florida experience – airboat tours of the Everglades National Park.
Holiday destinations in the Florida Keys
Though strictly part of South Florida, the Florida Keys are pretty much so amazing that they deserve a mention of their own. The first key is that of Key Largo, known for its glass-bottomed boat tours above the Florida Reef and for its exceptional diving conditions. In Key West – the last of the Florida Keys and the very end of America – life can be a little livelier, not least in the buzzworthy bars of Duval Street and at the nightly sunset celebrations in historic Old Town’s Mallory Square. In between, the fishing village of Islamorada boasts a reputation as the world’s sportfishing capital.
Villa holidays on Florida’s Gulf Coast
Florida’s west coast is perhaps best known for its magnificent beaches, though the appeal of the state’s Gulf Coast by no means ends there. Waterfront cities like St. Petersburg and Clearwater complement their sugary stretches of sand with lively nightlife, culinary flair and cultural attractions like the Dalí Museum. Villa holidays in Tampa, meanwhile, are the ideal time to explore everything from the historic Ybor City neighbourhood to the African-themed Busch Gardens and the sprawling Florida Aquarium.
Central Florida villa rentals
The preferred accommodation choice in Florida’s heart are without doubt the plush villas in Orlando. At the theme park capital of the world, kids and the young at heart can soak up the thrills of parks like Epcot and Magic Kingdom and make a splash in the Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon water parks. Florida villas near Disney World, such as those at the upmarket Reunion Resort, sit within a 15-minute drive from the parks, while a little further afield, villas in Kissimmee offer the perfect combo of comfort, convenience and value for money.