Destination guide

Experience the Sunshine State with a Florida vacation rental

"Fun in the sun" perfectly describes the quintessential Floridian experience – from swimming and sunbathing at some of the best beaches in the country, to thrills and squeals aboard roller coasters in world-class theme parks. Plus you've got colourful cultural enclaves and vibrant nightlife too. You can choose from tens of thousands of Florida vacation rentals, whether you want a whole house where the kids can run amok, or a modern condo with a balcony overlooking the ocean.

History

Spanish conquistador Juan Ponce de Leon touched down on Florida soil in 1513, making it the first area in the continental US where Europeans settled. For a peek into the state's colonial past, make a pitstop at St. Augustine Town Plan Historic District – the oldest permanent European settlement in mainland North America. Tampa's Ybor City Historic District boasts a ton of Spanish-Cuban architecture, along with old buildings related to the cigar industry, while Ernest Hemingway House in Key West was where "Papa" hung his safari hat in the 1930s.

Things to do

Top attractions near your Florida vacation rental

Vacation rentals in the Sunshine State put you close to exhilarating adventures, whether you're more about the hair-raising roller coasters or the popular surf spots. Central Florida prides itself on being the "theme park capital of the world," and its attractions include Orlando's Walt Disney World – the most visited entertainment resort on the planet. Needless to say, there's no shortage of beautiful beaches in Florida. You could try various water sports in and around Miami, or hit up Palm Beach County for quieter shores. Groups looking to set the night alight can head to buzzing Panama City or the nightlife hotspots in Tampa's historic Ybor City district.

How to get around

Navigating transit options near Florida vacation rentals

If you're taking the wheel and tackling Florida's expressways, expect to pay a lot of tolls, particularly in Orlando and on the Florida Turnpike System. Car rental agencies are almost as abundant as the sunshine, but on the downside, the rates are among the country's highest. If you'd rather kick back and leave the driving to someone else, you can travel between major cities via Amtrak trains and Megabus or Greyhound buses. Many locales also have public buses running between cities.

Food & drink 

Try Florida's food and drink on your vacation rental stay

Florida's local cuisine is a killer mix of Southern and Caribbean fare, and Cuban dishes are particularly common in Tampa and Miami. More adventurous carnivores can get their teeth into an alligator steak, or you could opt for breaded and fried conch (a large mollusc). It's a popular appetizer in Key West, which is also the birthplace of Florida's legendary key lime pie. And keep your eyes peeled for roadside stalls as you roam Florida's highways – fresh strawberries and juicy oranges are often available during the season.

Essential info

Facts to note when you're staying in a Florida vacation rental

Nicknamed "the Sunshine State," Florida is the southeasternmost state in the US, and with nearly 21 million residents, it's also one of the most populous. Tallahassee is the state capital. You'll want to take hurricane warnings seriously – hurricane season runs from June to November – and to look out for swimming safety signs, as some areas are notorious for rip currents, alligators, and rare shark attacks. Call 911 in case of emergencies. As in the rest of the US, tipping is customary; when you're dining in restaurants, your tip should equal roughly 20% of the bill.

Where to stay near Florida?

Our 2019 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 141,601 house rentals near Florida. From 46,076 Houses to 19,264 Villas, find unique vacation rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Florida for a long holiday or a weekend break is on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Florida?

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

  • Orlando: 45,002 vacation rentals
  • Kissimmee: 42,696 vacation rentals
  • Fort Lauderdale: 5,707 vacation rentals
  • Naples: 7,732 vacation rentals
  • Disney World: 45,912 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Florida! 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?

Whether you're travelling 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:

  • Orlando: 45,002 rentals
  • Kissimmee: 42,696 rentals
  • Fort Lauderdale: 5,707 rentals
  • Naples: 7,732 rentals
  • Davenport: 43,054 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 travelling by plane to Florida?

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

  • Orlando International Airport (MCO): 14,962 home rentals
  • Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL): 7,123 home rentals
  • Kissimmee Gateway Airport (ISM): 45,254 home 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 holiday in Florida?

HomeAway offers a large selection of lodging choices near lovely places in Florida. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Disney World: 45,912 vacation homes
  • Universal Studios: 44,054 vacation homes
  • John's Pass Village & Boardwalk: 8,347 vacation homes
  • Del Tura Golf and Country Club: 4,058 vacation homes
  • Providence Golf & Country Club: 941 vacation homes

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

Explore destinations around Florida

Orlando
45,002 vacation rentals
Kissimmee
42,696 vacation rentals
Fort Lauderdale
5,707 vacation rentals
Naples
7,732 vacation rentals
Davenport
43,054 vacation rentals
Sarasota
7,033 vacation rentals
Siesta Key
4,565 vacation rentals
Miami
6,427 vacation rentals
Ft Myers
8,370 vacation rentals
Cape Coral
7,698 vacation rentals
Madeira Beach
5,564 vacation rentals
Saint Petersburg
9,618 vacation rentals
Miami Beach
5,187 vacation rentals
Key West
1,646 vacation rentals
Cocoa Beach
1,061 vacation rentals
Saint Pete Beach
4,723 vacation rentals
Tampa
1,881 vacation rentals
Daytona Beach
2,645 vacation rentals
Indian Shores
5,823 vacation rentals
The Villages
719 vacation rentals