Discover a selection of 5,000 vacation rentals in Carefree, AZ that are perfect for your trip. Whether you’re traveling with friends, family, or even pets, Vrbo vacation homes have the best amenities for hanging out with the people that matter most, including swimming pools and private pools. Prices start at $99 per night, and houses and villas are popular options for a stay in Carefree. Either way, you'll find a rental for everyone's needs.
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Destination guide

Get carefree in classy Carefree

Carefree is a welcoming little nugget of suburbia that's sandwiched between the scrub-topped hills of the Tonto National Forest and the northern fringes of Phoenix city. Upscale and classy, it was once known for its desert-side film studios, although today the Silver Screen has been traded for cacti-peppered golf courses, horse riding ranches, and Wild West saloons where locals chatter over frothy craft brews. Carefree vacation rentals are also your chance to conquer the great Sonoran Desert _ think hikes and biking tours around the toppling hoodoos and canyons.

Things to do

Activities and attractions in Carefree

Do you want to find attractions to visit while you're in the area? Although it can be tempting to stay in your comfortable vacation rental, you'll want to experience everything that makes Carefree a fun spot to vacation. Here are some of the top attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Boulders Golf Club (1.7 mi / 2.7 km)
  • Rancho Manana Golf Club (2.3 mi / 3.6 km)
  • Troon North Golf Club (6.3 mi / 10.1 km)
  • Grayhawk Golf Club (10.1 mi / 16.2 km)
  • Tournament Players Club of Scottsdale (12.5 mi / 20.2 km)
  • TPC Scottsdale Champions Course (12.9 mi / 20.8 km)

Country pursuits in Carefree

Carefree is a fine place to trade in the office gear for the country wear. Trailheads start in the town center and weave deep into the hills of the beautiful Tonto National Forest. Bridle paths beckon those who enjoy a spot of horse riding. And there are dusty mountain biking routes aplenty for adventurers who want to get the adrenaline pumping. Back in the heart of town and you'll also find sprawling shopping malls with high-street fashion outlets for that retail hit, not to mention plenty of hickory-scented cowboy kitchens. Smoked burros anyone?


Fall to spring in Carefree

Because Carefree sits on the edge of the arid Arizonan deserts, you can expect dry weather and oodles of sun for much of the year. In fact, the high summer sees the mercury levels shoot upwards, which is probably why most folk search for their Carefree vacation rentals during the cooler months between September and March. That's when you can still enjoy heat in the middle of the 60s and 70s, and around just 3 days of rain per month.

Natural features

Carefree is crammed between the rocks

Carefree could just be the perfect springboard for enjoying the natural delights of Arizona. You won't have to go far from the doorstep of most Carefree vacation rentals to join the trails of Cave Creek Park, or even the longer hiking routes of the Tonto National Forest. And talking of Tonto, it's that vast wilderness of more than 3 million acres where you'll discover some of the Wild West's most breathtaking wonders. Mountain lions stalk the bluffs of the Hellsgate Wilderness within its borders, there are caves and canyons aplenty in the Sierra Ancha, dense pine forests around Mazatzal peak _ the list goes on.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Carefree

The nearest airport is in Phoenix Sky Harbor Intl. Airport (PHX), located 27.3 mi (43.9 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you can also fly into Scottsdale, AZ (SCF), which is 13.9 mi (22.3 km) away.

What are the top vacation rentals in or near Carefree?

The heart wants what it wants, and right now it wants to take a vacation. It's time to pack your bags and head to one of these top vacation rentals in or near Carefree:

  • "El Norte - Heated Pool, Walk To Asu" is a popular choice. Around 30 miles from Carefree, it has 3 bedrooms and plenty of amenities to help you feel at home, including a phone and beach towels.
  • Alternatively, make yourself comfy at "Pool House - Heated Pool, Walk To Asu". Around 30 miles from the heart of Carefree, it has 3 bedrooms and comes with a hair dryer and a microwave oven.

For even more great options, use the search bar at the top of the page to find the perfect Carefree vacation rental for you.

What are the top-rated vacation rentals for weekend getaways in or near Carefree?

Weekends were made for fun. Escape to one of these weekend getaways in and near Carefree and enjoy all the incredible things to do nearby:

  • Located 19 miles to the south of central Carefree, "Mansion On The Mountain Spectacular Views" is a favorite among nature lovers and adventure seekers. Make sure you visit nearby attractions, such as Hole in the Rock and Rosson House Museum. If you're up for more, try mountain biking or cycling.
  • Alternatively, switch your mind to vacation mode at "4 Br, 2 1/2 Ba Private Luxury In La Cuesta - Mccormick Ranch". About 17 miles south of Carefree, activities around here include tennis and golf. Prefer to go sightseeing? Make a beeline for Whirlwind Golf Course and Palm Valley Golf Club.

Can I find studio apartments for rent in and around Carefree?

Studio apartments are hard to beat when it comes to convenience, location and affordability. Escape to one of these studio apartments for rent in or near Carefree and experience a slice of the vibrant local culture:

  • Make "Private Phoenician Sanctuary - Villa De Paz" your home for a couple of days or more. This great property features amenities including a kitchen and free toiletries.
  • Another inviting choice is "Rural, Quiet And Private Casita With View Deck". Make the most of a washing machine, an ice maker and other convenient amenities during your vacation.

With the money you save on your studio apartment, you'll be able to explore more of Carefree. Cultural attractions like Higley Center for the Performing Arts and Phoenix Symphony Hall will help you get a feel for the character of this destination.

Can I find short term rentals in or near Carefree?

Just because you only have a few days free doesn't mean you need to spend it in a bleak hotel room. Take a little vacation but still have the comforts of home at one of these short-term rentals in or around Carefree:

  • "Mansion On The Mountain Spectacular Views" is close to the center of Carefree, so you'll have plenty of things to entertain you. Explore well-known attractions like Footprint Center and Chase Field when you're not hanging out in your cozy rental.
  • "4 Br, 2 1/2 Ba Private Luxury In La Cuesta - Mccormick Ranch" is another enticing option. We recommend adding Arizona State Capitol and Phoenix Convention Center to your to-do list when you're ready to sightsee.

What are the best romantic weekend getaways in or near Carefree?

Nothing says "I love you" like a romantic weekend together. If you'd like to spend a couple of relaxing nights away with your sweetheart, we've got some romantic getaways in and around Carefree that will set your heart aflutter:

  • Put on some soft music and kick back together at "El Norte - Heated Pool, Walk To Asu". Around 30 miles from Carefree, this property has everything you could want for a couple's weekend away, including a fireplace and a dining table.
  • Alternatively, spend your break sipping on bubbly and canoodling at "Pool House - Heated Pool, Walk To Asu", around 30 miles from Carefree. A fireplace and beauty services will help set the scene for romance.

Are there mansions for rent in or near Carefree?

We've got some impressive mansions for rent in and around Carefree. If you're looking for somewhere with ample space as well as wow factor galore, these architectural stunners will tick your boxes:

  • Located 19 miles to the south of Carefree, "Mansion On The Mountain Spectacular Views" is the perfect place to relax and unwind in luxury. Amenities here include massage services and beauty services.
  • With a swimming pool, beauty services and a wealth of other first-class amenities, "Stunning Modern Mansion With Soccer Field" will get your guests' nod of approval. This sumptuous retreat is roughly 17 miles to the south of Carefree.

What are the best large group vacation rentals in or near Carefree?

Big groups mean massive fun. They also mean finding a place that'll effortlessly fit your whole gang. Check out our large group vacation rentals in or around Carefree and get your loved ones together under the same roof:

  • A wide array of amenities including a swimming pool and a water park make "Mansion On The Mountain Spectacular Views" a top pick. This retreat has 7 bedrooms and accommodates up to 20 guests. From Carefree's center, it's around 19 miles away to the south.
  • Nothing is more important than hanging out with loved ones, and "Big Family Friendly Home, Huge Gameroom" is the ideal place to do that. Located around 20 miles to the southwest of Carefree, as many as 12 guests can stay in this vacation rental which has 5 bedrooms. A kitchen and a swimming pool are among the numerous amenities you'll have at hand.

What are the best houses for rent with a pool in or near Carefree?

Nothing says fun times like a pool does. Blow up your flamingo floatie and check out these houses in or near Carefree that feature this vacation essential:

  • Pack your swimsuit and book a few days or more at "Pool House - Heated Pool, Walk To Asu". There are also lots of other appealing amenities here, including a garden and a TV.
  • Alternatively, unpack your suitcase at "Acoma House" Resort Living/heated Pool". Along with a refreshing pool, make use of a smart TV and a garden.

Carefree has a semi-arid climate, with average summertime temperatures ranging between 80 ºF and 95 ºF. But you don't have to wait until summer to visit! Take a look at the search bar at the top of the page and adjust the filters to find the ideal Carefree vacation rental and plan your escape for whenever you like.

What are the best large family vacation rentals in or near Carefree?

It's always more fun when you share the good times with the people you love the most. Whether you're organizing a family escape or getting away with close friends, Vrbo has a large vacation rental that's right for you. Here are two of our best in and around Carefree:

  • Get your nearest and dearest together at "Mansion On The Mountain Spectacular Views", which has 7 bedrooms sleeping up to 20 guests. This escape is around 19 miles to the south of Carefree and comes with amenities such as cable/satellite TV services and a barbecue grill.
  • "4 Br, 2 1/2 Ba Private Luxury In La Cuesta - Mccormick Ranch" is another excellent option. It's about 17 miles to the south of Carefree, has 4 bedrooms and can accommodate up to 9 people. Handy amenities here include outdoor furniture and a kitchen.

If you're hoping to visit some family-friendly attractions around the area, you won't have to look far. Phoenix Zoo, Tempe Beach Park and Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Phoenix offer fun for all the gang.

What are the best large houses to rent with indoor pools in or near Carefree?

Nothing says "VIP getaway" like your own indoor pool. Pack your swimwear and take a dip in the privacy of one of these spacious houses in or near Carefree:

  • With 5 bedrooms that can sleep up to 10 people, "Stunning Estate With 3 Masters" is the perfect place to spend time with close friends. Make use of this property's host of amenities, such as a swimming pool and a firepit.
  • Alternatively, whisk your crew away to "Beautiful Spacious 4 Bedroom Home", which has 4 bedrooms and caters for up to 8 guests. Along with that glorious pool at your beck and call inside, a swimming pool and a garden will keep everybody comfortable and happy.

If you're curious about other options, use the search bar at the top of the page and adjust the filters to find the Carefree vacation rental that's perfect for your needs.