Destination guide

Experience sunsets from Florida Gulf Coast vacation homes

Though Florida may be known for its beaches, there is something special about the Florida Gulf Coast. The soft sand, clear waters, prime fishing, and exciting nature trails make the Florida Gulf Coast the perfect retreat for travelers, and many vacation home rentals are available in the center of the action.

History

History and culture in the Florida Gulf Coast

The Florida Gulf Coast has a rich history that’s celebrated throughout its historic sites and landmarks that are easily reached from any getaway rental. The Sarasota National Cemetery is a veterans’ cemetery with a memorial walkway and includes Patriot Plaza, a ceremonial amphitheater that offers guided tours of commissioned artwork. The Historic Palm Cottage, run by the Naples Historical Society, is a museum that celebrates the rustic charm of Old Naples with artifacts and tours, and the Ca d’Zan, a palatial mansion that was the winter home of John Ringling and his wife, showcases the splendor and romance of Italy. There’s also the Edison and Ford Winter Estates, a historical museum and botanical garden that was the winter home of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford.

Outdoor activities

Outdoor adventures surround you on the Florida Gulf Coast

Vacation rentals near the calm west coast seas of the gulf attract a lot of beachgoers looking for excitement in the blue water, such as shell hunting, swimming, and wildlife viewing. The quiet shorelines and warm waters of the gulf attract marine creatures, such as dolphins and manatees, making snorkeling and scuba diving popular watersports. Kayaking and paddleboarding near the many beaches or barrier islands is also a draw for many visitors, along with the extensive network of trails on the islands to experience the local wildlife and landscape.

Getting around

Transportation in and around the Florida Gulf Coast

One of the best aspects of the Florida Gulf Coast is that many vacation homes are available within walking distance of key attractions and landmarks, giving you ease and convenience for your vacation. If you want to travel a little farther, a trolley car takes you through the cities and connects the beaches, and buses and taxis are available as well. Ferries offer waterborne transportation that is fast and reliable, and you always have the option to rent a car to travel on your own schedule.

Food and drink

Sample regional delicacies of the Florida Gulf Coast

Reflecting the indigenous, Spanish, and African influences of its early populations, the Florida Gulf Coast cuisine is a mix of traditional Southern dishes with Caribbean and Latin flavors. Southern pit barbecue, crab, prawns, alligator tail, and frog’s legs are some of the most popular dishes in the region, which can be found in popular restaurants near vacation rentals. There are also local ingredients like yucca, plantains, rice, mangoes, and spices like curry and jerk that infuse the tropical delicacies.

Essential info

Key facts for staying in Florida Gulf Coast vacation rentals

The Florida Gulf Coast is a popular destination for vacationers, especially for vacation home rentals in the winter months. The cities and towns along the Florida Gulf Coast are generally safe, with both violent and property crime rates low. If there is a problem, you may dial 9-1-1 for emergency services and the local police are friendly and helpful. There are also many hospitals, clinics, and pharmacies available throughout the region for medical care.

Can I find a vacation rental around Florida Gulf Coast?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 29,484 vacation rentals near Florida Gulf Coast. From 11,613 Houses to 13,324 Condos/Apartments, find the best place to stay with your family and friends to discover the Florida Gulf Coast area.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Florida Gulf Coast?

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

  • Orlando: 41,768 vacation rentals
  • Clearwater Beach: 937 vacation rentals
  • Naples: 7,948 vacation rentals
  • Siesta Key: 4,664 vacation rentals
  • Kissimmee: 40,726 vacation rentals

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

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 Gulf Coast:

  • Orlando: 41,768 rentals
  • Naples: 7,948 rentals
  • Siesta Key: 4,664 rentals
  • Kissimmee: 40,726 rentals
  • Fort Myers Beach: 8,783 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 Gulf Coast?

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 Gulf Coast are:

  • Tampa International Airport (TPA): 3,253 vacation rentals
  • St Petersburg Clearwater International Airport (PIE): 7,777 vacation rentals
  • Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW): 8,060 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 Gulf Coast?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Florida Gulf Coast. 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
  • Orange County Convention Center: 16,700 rentals
  • ESPN Wide World of Sports: 34,510 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Florida Gulf Coast 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 Gulf Coast

Orlando
41,768 vacation rentals
Naples
7,948 vacation rentals
Siesta Key
4,664 vacation rentals
Kissimmee
40,726 vacation rentals
Fort Myers Beach
8,783 vacation rentals
Sarasota
7,174 vacation rentals
Saint Pete Beach
4,435 vacation rentals
Saint Petersburg
9,296 vacation rentals
Tampa
1,995 vacation rentals
Cape Coral
7,834 vacation rentals
Indian Rocks Beach
4,891 vacation rentals
Fort Myers
8,499 vacation rentals
Clearwater
6,520 vacation rentals
Madeira Beach
5,381 vacation rentals
Treasure Island
5,242 vacation rentals
Venice
3,393 vacation rentals
Longboat Key
7,637 vacation rentals
The Villages
734 vacation rentals
Bradenton Beach
3,853 vacation rentals
Bonita Springs
5,279 vacation rentals