Looking for a vacation rental research recommendations. Florida, mostly.
February 26, 2011 5:22 PM   Subscribe

Recommendations for a Florida vacation home/condo/etc search. What resources do people use? I know about HomeAway, VRBO, Flipkey, and, ahem, craigslist. I have never booked anything but hotels before, so am a little worried about just going the craigslist route. The other 3 sites look legit, but maybe there are other, hidden, gems :) thanks in advance
posted by webwesen to Travel & Transportation around Florida (9 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
What part of Florida?
posted by raisingsand at 6:35 PM on February 26, 2011

I just started using airbnb.com

One good experience so far.
posted by Salamandrous at 6:57 PM on February 26, 2011

Four or five years ago I did some travel writing in Orlando. You can read about it here. The home we stayed in was in a gated community about five minutes from the Disney complex. It was awesome.
posted by srbrunson at 7:15 PM on February 26, 2011

Airbnb is the place I've used to stay one place when I was away and friends in town use it to rent out a [really nice] room at their place once in a while. I like the site and the way it works and how easy it is to use.
posted by jessamyn at 7:30 PM on February 26, 2011

There's Trip Advisor, too.
posted by safetyfork at 8:05 PM on February 26, 2011

Watson Realty Corp. is a North Central Florida real estate and management firm that manages individual owner properties, including some short term resort rentals. If they serve an area you're interested in, it's worth approaching them about your needs.
posted by paulsc at 8:38 PM on February 26, 2011

My family has used ResortQuest for decades to rent beachfront condos on the Emerald Coast. They have other locations as well. They act as an agent to rent out privately owned properties. If you want info about the Ft Walton Beach properties, memail me.
posted by MultiFaceted at 8:48 PM on February 26, 2011

We used sunshine vacation rentals (google it) for nice homes around Orlando several times and were very happy with the houses and service.
posted by saradarlin at 2:04 AM on February 27, 2011

Response by poster: Q: where? - A: we are flexible, just close to a beach :) Sarasota, Boca, Ft Lauderdale and Miami Beach are on the list.

thanks to all for answers
posted by webwesen at 3:07 PM on February 27, 2011

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