When making vacation plans that include a visit to the beaches of Florida; consider renting a beach house. Not only will you have all the comforts of home available, you could also save a considerable amount of money.
Florida is divided into eight sections: Northwest, North Central, Northeast, Central West, Central, Central East, Southwest and Southeast. Many of the popular tourist attractions such as Walt Disney World Resort and Wet ‘N Wild Water Park are located in Central Florida. However, there are no beach house rentals in this area.
Since this article focuses on the cost of renting a beach house, Central Florida rental costs are not included. There are numerous vacation rental homes available in this area; many of which include pools. www.travelrows.com
* Most beach house rental properties are attractively furnished and include basic amenities such as cooking appliances and cookware, linens and towels, televisions, stereos, telephones, and Internet access. Many are equipped with swimming pools, hot tubs, spas and outdoor showers.
* Some Florida beach house rental properties include access to golf courses or community clubhouses. Others include boats and other watercraft rental. Many include amenities for children such as inflatable backyard swimming pools and water slides, play houses, and swing sets.
* Most Florida beach house rentals are offered by private individuals or property management organizations. Some are pet-friendly and many offer handicap accessibility. Beach houses can be rented daily, weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, or for an entire season. It’s important to note there is a 9.5 percent lodging tax added to rental rates.
Last, but not least, nearly every beach house owner requires a 50 percent deposit due within ten days from the date you make your reservation. Additionally, most charge a Reservation Fee (usually $50 to $150); and a refundable Damage Deposit (approximately $200 to $500). Other fees may include pet deposits or cancellation penalties.
Northwest: Popular destinations in this area include Pensacola, Panama City, Destin and Fort Walton Beach. The average beach house rental in this area consists of a 2-3 bedroom home which includes 1-2 bathrooms, living room, dining room, kitchen, and laundry/utility room. Generally, rental rates range from $650 to $1200 per week.
You can also find quaint one bedroom cottages or spacious three-story homes with rooftop balconies and crows nest for an expansive view of the ocean.
Attractions in Northwest Florida include Belmont Arts and Cultural Center, Pensacola Scenic Bluffs Highway, Sam’s Fun City, Charter Boat Fishing, Water Sports, Museums, and Historic Sites.
Northeast: This area is home to Amelia Island, Jacksonville and St. Augustine. Beach house rentals range in price from $800 to $1500 for a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom home. Palm Coast offers the most affordable beach house rental rates, while Amelia Island and St. Augustine are more expensive.
Attractions in Northeast Florida include the Budweiser Brewery Tour, Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, Cruises and Fishing Charters, multiple museums and historic sites, and an abundance of entertainment and nightlife.
North Central: This area includes the coastal cities of Gainesville, Levy, Dixie, Taylor, Wakulla and Alachua. For the most part, beach house rentals in this area are actually located on rivers and bays. Homes in this area offer a more “woodsy” feel, as many are located in secluded locations.
Vacation home rental prices range from $400 to $650 per week in this area. Oftentimes, vacation homes in North Central Florida can be found for as little as $1200 per month.
Attractions include Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, Florida Museum of Natural History, NHRA racing, Waldo’s Antique Village, guided and unguided kayak and canoe trips, and an abundance of outdoor activities.
Central West: Here you’ll find St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Sarasota, Brandenton and Tampa. The average cost of a rental beach house in Central West Florida is approximately $800 per week for a two bedroom, one bathroom home.
Popular attractions include the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Courtney Campbell Scenic Highway, St. Petersburg Pier (most recognized waterfront landmark), The Pier Aquarium, Sunken Gardens, Captain Memo’s Original Pirate Cruise, Saltwater Fishing Charters, Museums, and Trail of the Lost Tribes (a nonprofit network of 28 archaeological sites, parks, and museums).
Central East: Most of Florida’s quaint and intimate beaches are located in this area. Charming beach house rentals are abundant in Daytona Beach, New Smyrna Beach, Edgewater, Cocoa Beach, Melbourne, and Vero Beach.
New Smyrna Beach and Edgewater offer some of the best rental rates in the area, with rates starting as low as $250 per week. Not only that, they are located on some of Florida’s most beautiful stretch of white sandy beaches and are considerably less crowded than other locations.
Central East Florida attractions include Daytona USA Speedway tours, Highland Park Fish Camp, Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center and Visual Arts Gallery, Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse, Manatee Scenic Cruises, St. Johns River Cruises, Deep Sea Fishing, Sky Diving, Water Sports, and New Smyrna Dunes Park.
Southwest: This area attracts tourists who enjoy the finer things in life. Naples, Everglades City, Marco Island and Cape Coral are just a few of the gems you’ll find in this area of Florida. Beach house rentals in this area range between $1500 and $6500 per week. The majority of beach houses include enclosed swimming pools, golf courses and recreational facilities. Many are in gated communities.
Popular attractions include Naples Botanical Garden, Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens, Everglades adventure tours, kayaking and canoeing, Airboat excursions, and saltwater fishing charters.
Southeast: For those who enjoy hot weather and hot fun, Southeast Florida is the place to be. Home to Miami, Palm Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, Key Largo and Key West, this area of Florida offers an abundance of high energy activities, concerts, restaurants, and nightlife.
Rates for rental beach houses in Southeast Florida range between $2500 and $10,000 per week. Ft. Lauderdale rentals start at around $1500 per week, while rentals in Palm Beach can be found for $900 per week or less. Key Largo and Key West rental properties range between $975 and $8500 per week.
Southeast Florida is rich in attractions, culture and offers an abundance of culinary delights and exciting nightlife activities. Popular attractions include Everglades Alligator Farm, Miami Beach Botanical Garden, Miami Sea Aquarium, Monkey Jungle, Parrot Jungle Island, Ecological Tours and Adventure Expeditions, Yacht charters and cruises, museums and historic sites.