Destination guide

Sun and surf at Florida vacation home rentals

Are you ready for sand, surf, and a fun-filled tropical getaway? Travel to Florida, the southernmost state in the United States, and experience summer all year round. Florida features numerous beaches, theme parks, and bustling cities for you to explore during your time in the warming sun that shines brightly even in the middle of winter. Get the most out of your getaway and book a Florida vacation rental. With a pristine home away from home, you can rest easy in between your exciting Florida adventures and truly enjoy all this wonderful state has to offer.

Things to do

Tourist attractions near your Florida summer rental

Florida’s beaches are only the beginning of the fun to be had here. You can enjoy an exciting journey through Florida’s numerous amusement parks. Visit Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando to see the Magic Kingdom in person. Packed with four theme parks and two water parks, there’s never-ending fun for the whole family. If you need a relaxing break after your adventure, take the time to visit Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables. This massive encampment contains beautiful plant life that’s a perfect treat to top off your southern Florida travels.

Activities

What to do during your stay in Florida vacation rentals

With gorgeous sandy beaches all around this peninsula of a state, you’ll find plenty of opportunity to swim and surf in the Atlantic. You can venture out into the ocean yourself with a guided tour and experience the thrill of a speedboat, a classy riverboat dinner, and witness dolphins in spots like Clearwater Bay. Don’t let the fun end when the sun goes down, though. A host of cities in Florida, like Miami and Panama City, have a vibrant nightlife with dancing and nightclubs for you to take part in.

Outdoor activities

Outdoor fun near Florida vacation homes

Florida is filled with diverse environments and an array of unique wildlife to explore during your stay. Vacation homes give you an opportunity to enjoy wildlife-viewing sites along the Great Florida Birding Trail or to explore rare sea life in Gulf Islands National Seashore of St. Mark’s National Wildlife Refuge. The state parks in Florida are also popular for camping, swimming, hiking, picnicking, canoeing, kayaking, and biking. In the water, you can experience coastal dives in coral reefs near the Keys, shipwreck trails along the Panhandle, and the diverse environment of the Everglades.

Weather

Best time to travel to Florida vacation homes

Bring your sunscreen, because in Florida, it’s summer all year long. In northern Florida, you’ll find a humid subtropical climate, but southern Florida is a true tropical paradise. In the south, winter lows don’t usually descend beyond 60 degrees, so travel in the winter months to still enjoy summer fun. It can get hot in the summer, averaging around 80 degrees in the Keys with highs in the lower 90s. It also rains significantly more in the summer, so a winter getaway is perfect if you want to enjoy warm and sunny days.

Natural features

Explore the tropical paradise of Florida

The ideal of Florida is a sandy beach with clear ocean waves softly crashing the shore. Palm fronds blow next to a comfortable lounge chair as the sun shines on this earthly paradise. Many places in Florida, like the Florida Keys in the south, truly are stunningly picturesque. In the surrounding water, you can find bottlenose dolphins, pilot whales, and North Atlantic right whales. In fact, Florida’s east coast is the only known calving area for the northern right whale. You might also see the Florida scrub jay, an impressive blue bird only found in Florida.

Food and drink

Sample unique cuisine in Florida

Though many Florida restaurants offer the typical cuisine of the United States, you can also find unique fusions of Caribbean, Mexican, Cuban, Colombian, Brazilian, and Puerto Rican cuisine. This eclectic blend includes exotic spices, such as lemongrass, red curry, scallions, and ginger, along with local tropical fruits like mangos, papayas, plantains, coconuts, and citrus fruits. Like the islands, Florida typically includes seafood and poultry in recipes. Whatever your taste, you can find excellent Floridian food in restaurants near your vacation rental.

Can I find a vacation rental around Florida?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 139,441 vacation rentals near Florida. From 46,856 Houses to 17,550 Villas, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Florida for a holiday or a weekend are 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:

  • Destin: 11,245 vacation rentals
  • Panama City Beach: 12,448 vacation rentals
  • Orlando: 41,768 vacation rentals
  • Key West: 1,709 vacation rentals
  • Clearwater Beach: 937 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 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 Florida:

  • Destin: 11,245 rentals
  • Panama City Beach: 12,448 rentals
  • Orlando: 41,768 rentals
  • Key West: 1,709 rentals
  • Pensacola Beach: 3,081 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 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 Florida are:

  • Orlando International Airport (MCO): 14,122 vacation rentals
  • Florida Keys Marathon Airport (MTH): 1,088 vacation rentals
  • Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL): 7,486 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 Florida?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals 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: 42,523 rentals
  • Universal Studios: 40,843 rentals
  • John's Pass Village & Boardwalk: 8,017 rentals
  • Ginnie Springs: 72 rentals
  • Orange County Convention Center: 16,700 rentals

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

Destin
11,245 vacation rentals
Panama City Beach
12,448 vacation rentals
Orlando
41,768 vacation rentals
Key West
1,709 vacation rentals
Pensacola Beach
3,081 vacation rentals
Naples
7,948 vacation rentals
Siesta Key
4,664 vacation rentals
Miramar Beach
10,558 vacation rentals
Kissimmee
40,726 vacation rentals
Fort Walton Beach
9,781 vacation rentals
Fort Myers Beach
8,783 vacation rentals
Marco Island
2,864 vacation rentals
Miami
7,024 vacation rentals
Saint Augustine
2,910 vacation rentals
Navarre Beach
787 vacation rentals
Fort Lauderdale
5,950 vacation rentals
Santa Rosa Beach
16,946 vacation rentals
Sarasota
7,174 vacation rentals
Daytona Beach
2,651 vacation rentals
Cocoa Beach
1,097 vacation rentals