Destination guide

Soak up the good vibes in South Florida

Oh my, there are a lot of people to hang out with here! South Florida reaches from Palm Beach County to Miami-Dade, and then down to Key West, the southernmost point in the continental US. Whether you’re looking for the laid-back vibe in Dania Beach, or the exciting nightlife of Fort Lauderdale and South Beach, South Florida offers tons of fun for everyone to enjoy. Think beaches, art galleries, and cycling. There's so much cycling! South Florida vacation rentals are spread throughout the area, and can be reached by flying into international airports in Fort Lauderdale, Miami, and Key West.

Things to do

Must-see attractions for your bucket list

With so many things to see in South Florida, you'd better get a bucket list together. In Key West, you can marvel at the butterfly conservatory, visit the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, or take your souvenir photo in front of the Southernmost Point Buoy. Just don’t butt in line, just don’t. Miami offers up history through its Art Deco and Little Havana districts, the gorgeous Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, and the artsy up-and-coming Wynwood neighborhood. Palm Beach is home to the stately 1902 Flagler Museum, while Fort Lauderdale has the Bonnet House Museum and Gardens.

Activities

The need-to-know on sunny South Florida

Where to start? In the cosmopolitan city of Miami, you can take in a Miami Heat NBA game at the American Airlines Arena, ride on an exhilarating airboat in the Everglades, or a skim the waves in a Miami Vice-style speedboat in Biscayne Bay. Soak up the rays at Fort Lauderdale Beach or take a more leisurely cruise along the Intracoastal Waterway. If shopping is your thing, you're sure to love Sawgrass Mills and Worth Avenue, the Palm Beach equivalent of Beverly Hills' Rodeo Drive. West Palm Beach is also home to the annual South Florida Fair each January. And golf, did we mention there's tons of golf?

Weather

Welcome to the Sunshine State, where Florida sunsets abound

As the only part of the US mainland sporting a tropical climate, it’s no wonder South Florida is a vacation magnet. Spring is one of the best times to visit, when temperatures hover around the high 70s or the low 80s, and you’ll also get a break from the expensive peak-season winter rates. South Florida vacation rentals on the beach are popular with travelers as they provide the perfect backdrop for those amazing sunsets, but if you visit during June to November, you’ll be in hurricane season, so be prepared to batten down those hatches!

Natural features

Just what's in South Florida, anyway?

With its melting pot of cultures and Latin American influences, South Florida consists of 6 counties with its largest cities being Miami, Hialeah, and Ft. Lauderdale. It stretches from Palm Beach County in the north to Key West in the south. Hugh Taylor Birch State Park in Fort Lauderdale is home to resident raccoons and the threatened Gopher Tortoise, while the isolated Dry Tortugas National Park off Key West has a 19th-century fort, marine life, and coral reefs. The beach at Phipps Ocean Park in Palm Beach is perfect for picnicking and shelling.

How to get there

How to get to and around South Florida

Fly into Fort Myers, FL (RSW-Southwest Florida Intl.), the closest airport, located 36.7 mi (59 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into Naples, FL (APF-Naples Municipal), which is 41.3 mi (66.5 km) away.

If you're traveling by train, Okeechobee Station, Pompano Beach Station and Fort Lauderdale Cypress Creek Station are the main stations that serve the city. It's easy to get around South Florida by catching a ride on the metro at Palmetto Station, Okeechobee Station or Hialeah Station.

Where to stay around South Florida?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 97,267 vacation rentals near South Florida. From 34,531 Houses to 16,953 Villas, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near South Florida for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in South Florida?

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

  • Orlando: 41,304 vacation rentals
  • Key West: 1,733 vacation rentals
  • Clearwater Beach: 936 vacation rentals
  • Naples: 7,733 vacation rentals
  • Siesta Key: 4,637 vacation rentals

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

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 South Florida:

  • Orlando: 41,304 rentals
  • Key West: 1,733 rentals
  • Naples: 7,733 rentals
  • Siesta Key: 4,637 rentals
  • Kissimmee: 40,248 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 South Florida?

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

  • Orlando International Airport (MCO): 13,677 vacation rentals
  • Florida Keys Marathon Airport (MTH): 1,077 vacation rentals
  • Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL): 7,335 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 South Florida?

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

  • Disney World: 42,032 rentals
  • Universal Studios: 40,681 rentals
  • John's Pass Village & Boardwalk: 7,954 rentals
  • Orange County Convention Center: 16,568 rentals
  • Bahia Honda State Park and Beach: 1,242 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around South 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 South Florida

Orlando
41,304 vacation rentals
Key West
1,733 vacation rentals
Naples
7,733 vacation rentals
Siesta Key
4,637 vacation rentals
Kissimmee
40,248 vacation rentals
Fort Myers Beach
8,680 vacation rentals
Marco Island
2,789 vacation rentals
Miami
6,858 vacation rentals
Fort Lauderdale
5,840 vacation rentals
Sarasota
7,144 vacation rentals
Daytona Beach
2,662 vacation rentals
Cocoa Beach
1,086 vacation rentals
Miami Beach
5,438 vacation rentals
Saint Pete Beach
4,430 vacation rentals
Saint Petersburg
9,242 vacation rentals
Islamorada
1,246 vacation rentals
New Smyrna Beach
2,666 vacation rentals
Tampa
1,975 vacation rentals
Cape Coral
7,778 vacation rentals
Indian Rocks Beach
4,862 vacation rentals