Destination guide

See the sights from a beach rental on the Florida Gulf Coast

downtown districts, which give you direct access to world-class restaurants and nightlife. You may prefer a secluded beach accommodation where you and your family can enjoy the change of pace and relax on the beach


History and culture in the Florida Gulf Coast

The Florida Gulf Coast has a rich history that’s celebrated throughout its historic sites and landmarks that are easily reached from any getaway rental. The Sarasota National Cemetery is a veterans’ cemetery with a memorial walkway and includes Patriot Plaza, a ceremonial amphitheater that offers guided tours of commissioned artwork. The Historic Palm Cottage, run by the Naples Historical Society, is a museum that celebrates the rustic charm of Old Naples with artifacts and tours, and the Ca d’Zan, a palatial mansion that was the winter home of John Ringling and his wife, showcases the splendor and romance of Italy. There’s also the Edison and Ford Winter Estates, a historical museum and botanical garden that was the winter home of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford.

Outdoor activities

Outdoor adventures surround you on the Florida Gulf Coast

Vacation rentals near the calm west coast seas of the gulf attract a lot of beachgoers looking for excitement in the blue water, such as shell hunting, swimming, and wildlife viewing. The quiet shorelines and warm waters of the gulf attract marine creatures, such as dolphins and manatees, making snorkeling and scuba diving popular watersports. Kayaking and paddleboarding near the many beaches or barrier islands is also a draw for many visitors, along with the extensive network of trails on the islands to experience the local wildlife and landscape.

Getting around

Transportation in and around the Florida Gulf Coast

One of the best aspects of the Florida Gulf Coast is that many vacation homes are available within walking distance of key attractions and landmarks, giving you ease and convenience for your vacation. If you want to travel a little farther, a trolley car takes you through the cities and connects the beaches, and buses and taxis are available as well. Ferries offer waterborne transportation that is fast and reliable, and you always have the option to rent a car to travel on your own schedule.

Food and drink

Sample regional delicacies of the Florida Gulf Coast

Reflecting the indigenous, Spanish, and African influences of its early populations, the Florida Gulf Coast cuisine is a mix of traditional Southern dishes with Caribbean and Latin flavors. Southern pit barbecue, crab, prawns, alligator tail, and frog’s legs are some of the most popular dishes in the region, which can be found in popular restaurants near vacation rentals. There are also local ingredients like yucca, plantains, rice, mangoes, and spices like curry and jerk that infuse the tropical delicacies.

Essential info

Key facts for staying in Florida Gulf Coast vacation rentals

The Florida Gulf Coast is a popular destination for vacationers, especially for vacation home rentals in the winter months. The cities and towns along the Florida Gulf Coast are generally safe, with both violent and property crime rates low. If there is a problem, you may dial 9-1-1 for emergency services and the local police are friendly and helpful. There are also many hospitals, clinics, and pharmacies available throughout the region for medical care.

How many vacation rentals are available around Florida Gulf Coast, US?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 29,442 vacation rentals around Florida Gulf Coast. From 11,437 house rentals to 13,469 condo and apartment rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Florida Gulf Coast?

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

  • Kissimmee: 25,607 vacation rentals
  • Orlando: 26,821 vacation rentals
  • Siesta Key: 4,529 vacation rentals
  • Davenport: 25,871 vacation rentals
  • Clearwater Beach: 846 vacation rentals

And Vrbo offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Florida Gulf Coast! 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 Gulf Coast?

Whether you're traveling 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 Gulf Coast:

  • Kissimmee: 25,607 rentals
  • Orlando: 26,821 rentals
  • Siesta Key: 4,529 rentals
  • Davenport: 25,871 rentals
  • Holmes Beach: 3,760 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 traveling by plane to Florida Gulf Coast?

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

  • Tampa International Airport (TPA): 3,414 vacation rentals
  • Venice, FL (VNC-Venice Municipal): 5,571 vacation rentals
  • St Petersburg Clearwater International Airport (PIE): 8,117 vacation 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 holidays in Florida Gulf Coast?

Vrbo offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Florida Gulf Coast. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Disney World: 27,197 rentals
  • Universal Studios: 26,248 rentals
  • Reunion Resort Golf Course: 28,365 rentals
  • Kissimmee Lakefront Park: 25,374 rentals
  • ChampionsGate Golf Club: 17,684 rentals

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

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