Florida has long been a beloved vacation home destination for travelers from across the globe, but fantastical lands and white-knuckle thrills are only part of the picture. World-class golf, delicious dining, and city-sized malls are just some of the delights on the doorstep of Florida’s vacation rentals – though many visitors would argue that it’s the Sunshine State’s beaches that boast the biggest appeal of all. With over 1,300 miles of shoreline hemmed against the Atlantic Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Florida Straits, there’s certainly no shortage of places to stay near the sand – so let’s take a closer look at some of the best destinations for beach rentals in Florida.
30A rentals in Blue Mountain Beach
It’s just one in a string of unique vacation home destinations in the Florida Panhandle, but Blue Mountain Beach is definitely one of the quaintest to pepper the Emerald Coast’s famed 30A. Rentals here often sit right on the beach – and what a beach it is with its sugar-white sand, welcoming water, and windswept dunes. It’s an idyllic place to kick back and do very little, for sure, though when you feel like stretching your legs – or working off that second helping of ice cream from the town’s creamery – the Timpoochee Trail welcomes strollers and rollers alike. Find the trail just steps from the oceanfront rentals in Blue Mountain Beach.
City style in Pompano Beach
As easy to reach from Miami as it is from Palm Beach, Pompano Beach sits in the heart of Florida’s Gold Coast. It’s a city that’s known for its broad, white-sand beaches, though there’s plenty to tempt you away from that perfect surf-side spot. For snorkelers and scuba divers, that distraction comes courtesy of the city’s offshore coral reef and its numerous wrecks; served up for others by its superb shopping and scrumptious dining options. The sheer number of condos for rent in Pompano Beach makes the city a good bet for budget travelers looking for cheap beachfront rentals in Florida.
Relaxed vacations in Atlantic Beach
Perched along the Atlantic Coast about 30 miles south of the Georgia border, Atlantic Beach is perhaps the quietest of Jacksonville’s four beaches. There’s certainly a laid-back vibe about this charming coastal community; days here spent doing very little but relaxing, and perhaps enjoying lunch straight off the grill. To the north, the dog-friendly Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park, with its 20 miles of hiking and biking trails and 500 acres of coastal forest, offers ample reason to consider bringing a four-legged friend to enjoy a stay in a pet-friendly rental in Atlantic Beach.
Blissful getaways in Bradenton Beach
Stretching along the southern shores of Manatee County’s Anna Maria Island, Bradenton Beach is known for its sugar-sand beaches and small-town vibe. The town also offers a myriad of watersport options and great shopping along Bridge Street, not to mention a wide choice of Bradenton Beach rentals and resorts offering lush accommodations and dazzling Gulf views. Squeeze in a little culture by renting a bike and heading over the Cortez Bridge to the mainland. There you’ll find the Cortez Nature Preserve’s Florida Maritime Museum and whimsical butterfly garden are worthy additions to your Florida bucket list.
Historic delights in Ormond Beach
Though perhaps not quite as famous as Daytona Beach to the south, there’s plenty to like about Ormond Beach. Vacation rentals here are perfect if you want to get out onto the water – the Atlantic Ocean and the Tomoka and Halifax Rivers offering a medley of ways to make a splash. A change of scenery might come courtesy of a jaunt to Tomoka State Park, though nature lovers are more likely to want to spot Florida black bears in the nearby Tiger Bay State Forest. For culture vultures, Granada Avenue’s historic downtown is a must-visit, as is “The Casements” – the former winter home of John D. Rockefeller now a much-loved and often-visited National Historic Landmark.