Destination guide

Isn't it time your vacation went off with a bang?

Cute as a button, this pocket-rocket of a coastal city is legendary for a disastrous episode in 1970 involving the Oregon Highway Division, a dead whale, and 2 tons of dynamite. Fortunately, while sea life is still a big draw round here, the marine mammals you'll encounter on your Florence vacation rental are of the less explosive variety. Folks come for the whale watching and the local sea lion colony, but they're also drawn in by the promise of high-speed days out on the sand dunes, and chilled evenings soaking up the laid-back charm of Florence's Old Town.

Things to do

In Florence, see sea lions lyin' in the sea

A good way to get acquainted with Florence itself is a visit to the Siuslaw Pioneer Museum, coupled with a self-guided walking tour of the Old Town. The big attraction of the area, though, is the Sea Lion Caves. This sprawling system of sea caverns is home to a permanent population of sea lions, plus various other winged and scaled critters. Just 2 miles away, the historic Heceta Head Lighthouse sits atop one of the most gorgeous viewpoints on the Pacific Coast. It's a great place to try and spy out migratory whales on their way past.


With a Florence vacation, it's Mad Max in moderation

For anyone who's ever watched Mad Max and thought that it all seemed like good fun apart from the brutality and body count, a Florence vacation rental might just be the one for you. The sprawling sandy playground of the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area is just outside town, with sandboarding and dune buggy rides for would-be road warriors. Then, of course, there are boat trips out onto the ocean to get up close and personal with the whales. Back in town, you can chance your luck at the casino, or just take a turn along the boardwalk.


Fantastic Florence is reasonably seasonable

Summers round here are to die for. Dry and warm, it's the perfect season to get out on the dunes. Winter, on the other hand, is a lot cooler, and can get pretty damp, so make sure you come prepared. There are also some other seasonal quirks to take into account when you're planning your Florence vacation rental. There are resident whales year-round, but if you're looking to catch the gray whales migrating, they head south in December_January, and back north in March_June. Then there's the city's famous rhododendron festival, which takes place in May time.

Natural features

That famous traveler, Florence Sightingwhale

Florence is snuggled at the mouth of the Siuslaw River, on the edge of the Pacific Ocean. Just south of town is the Oregon Dunes National Recreation area, the biggest area of coastal sand dunes in the whole of North America. Sure, you can watch the crabs scuttling across the sands, but let's be honest, round here it's the marine life that's going to have your eyes out on stalks. Aside from the colony of Steller's sea lions, this part of the coast offers some incredible opportunities to spot gray whales, sperm whales, and even those mask-wearing bad boys, the orcas.

How to get there

How to get to and around Florence

The nearest airport is in Eugene, OR (EUG-Mahlon Sweet Field), located 45.7 mi (73.5 km) from the city center.

How many vacation rentals are available around Florence?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 265 vacation rentals around Florence. From 188 house rentals to 33 cabin rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

Can I rent an ocean-view property in Florence?

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside... said... absolutely everyone. Find the right shared setting for your crew and you'll be well on your way to basking in beachy bliss! Fortunately, there are 133 beachside vacation rentals to spirit yourself away to. Open to other ideas? Vrbo has plenty more options to take a look at, including:

  • 121 seaside vacation rentals.
  • 115 water-view vacation rentals.
  • 112 beach-view vacation rentals.

Can I rent a house in Florence?

If you're seeking a home away from home for your trip, renting an entire house is a terrific idea. You and your crew will have plenty of space for all your getaway activities. There are 187 options currently available on Vrbo. Prices start at $107 a night. Or maybe you'd rather one of the area's other property types, such as:

  • Condo: 15 vacation homes. Prices start from $99 per night.
  • Cottage: 14 vacation homes. Prices start from $63 per night.
  • Cabin: 9 vacation homes. Prices start from $90 per night.

Can I stay in Florence in a large group?

There's nothing quite as exciting as being somewhere new with family and friends. The great news is Vrbo has options to suit big groups. House vacation homes are the most popular option for larger sized groups, with 54 featured here. Rental properties in the area that are perfect for large groups include:

  • If yours is a group of 6, we offer 62 vacation homes perfectly suited for that size. Spend a night from just $97.
  • If you have 8 in your group, you'll be delighted to learn that there are 52 vacation homes that are ideal. You can book one for as little as $69 per night.
  • Looking for properties for rent to suit 10 guests? You'll be thrilled to know we have 17 that will fit the bill. You can get one for as little as $199 a night.

So never fear! When you book with us you can bring along your aunt, your cousin and all your mates to Florence.

Where are the cheapest rentals in Florence?

Vrbo is here to help you reconnect with the ones you love. Offering a broad selection of cost-efficient rentals, it won't be tricky to find a fabulous den to suit everyone. Edgewater Shores is an awesome area to check out if you want to keep your budget under control. Vrbo has 41 rentals, and the average price is an agreeable $175 per night. There are another 66 Vrbo rentals waiting for you in or around Sandpiper Village. The average price in this area is $198 per night.