From the Gulf Coast to the Atlantic Coast, from Jacksonville clear down to the Keys, the Sunshine State always delivers on a sun-soaked getaway. But take a tip from us — skip the boxy, cookie-cutter hotel experience and focus your efforts on finding the best vacation rental. Why? As you'll see from the selection below, there are a range of delightful, unique houses for rent in Florida's top destinations, all of which give you the chance to feel completely at home and experience your surroundings like a local.
Vintage bungalow in Fort Lauderdale
This quirky one-bedroom vintage cottage is filled with artsy decor and unique touches — everything from a clawfoot tub in the bathroom to a mosaic tile backsplash over the kitchen stove. Rest your head on a comfy, extra-large double bed (there's a twin bed in the living room for extra guests). Whip up breakfast or a snack in the fully equipped kitchen, with a full-sized refrigerator, an oven and a coffee maker. Fix a mojito and enjoy it in the private, palm-tree-filled garden, outfitted with a dining set. Las Olas Beach is less than three miles from the bungalow, and there are several museums and parks within walking distance.
One-bedroom holiday home in Key West
This white clapboard house makes a great home away from home for travelers who want to soak in Key West's spirited personality. Forget drab hotels — this dwelling is awash in a collage of colors, starting with the turquoise steps leading to a playful yellow interior with a cherry-red sofa. Quirky art is sprinkled throughout the shotgun-style space, where you'll find a cozy kitchen with a full-sized refrigerator, stove and microwave. WiFi is included, and guests are welcome to watch cable channels on the flat-screen TV.
The house is located smack-dab in the middle of Duval Street, meaning you're never far from bars, restaurants and attractions that can easily be reached on foot. In fact, the famous Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum is just down the block. Otherwise, take advantage of the free Duval Loop hop-on, hop-off trolley service.
Spacious two-bedroom Palm Harbor home
Set on the mainland between some of the area's most renowned barrier islands, this home in Palm Harbor is ideal for travelers who want to treat themselves to plenty of space, comfort and tranquility. The house features soaring ceilings and plenty of windows throughout, including in the spacious master bedroom, with its own en-suite bathroom. You'll find modern, upscale touches throughout the two-bedroom dwelling, such as a flat-screen TV, a stainless steel dishwasher and palm-leaf ceiling fans.
Head outside to take advantage of this rental's best amenities: a large, furnished balcony with a barbecue grill, access to a swimming pool and free use of bicycles to get out and explore.
Classic 1920s cottage in Delray Beach
With a gorgeous vintage facade surrounded by tropical foliage, this five-bedroom cottage is the property most of us hope to encounter in our search for rental homes in Florida. Every room is beautifully appointed, including the kitchen, where modern amenities meet preserved elements of yesteryear. Painted in light, cheery colors, the bedrooms keep with the tropical cottage theme.
One of the two bathrooms features a stone-tiled shower stall. In the yard, you'll find a two sets of outdoor furniture, perfect for gatherings of family and friends.
Atlantic Ave with its trendy restaurants and bars is only a few blocks away; Delray Public Beach can be reached on foot as well.
Siesta Key three-bedroom beachfront villa
Siesta Beach is one of the most celebrated beaches in Florida (and in the United States for that matter). Imagine having access to the beach's bone-white quartz sand and emerald-green water right from your rental home. This bright-blue, three-bedroom villa offers the rare chance to have the Gulf of Mexico only steps away — in fact, you can admire the ocean while seated in the cozy front room.
The bedrooms are uniquely outfitted with rustic wood paneling, and the living room boasts a fireplace and a vaulted ceiling with wood beams. A hammock out front, strung between two palm trees, will help get you in the tropical vacation mood.
Tiny Hollywood cottage with kitchenette
Hollywood is one of South Florida's best examples of old Florida flavor, and this one-bedroom cottage certainly fits that theme. Decked out in tropical colors, this tiny dwelling is perfect for quiet moments of rest after a day strolling Hollywood's 2.5-mile Broadwalk promenade.
Fix a quick breakfast in the kitchenette before heading out for the day, or make use of the free WiFi for late-night Netflix binges. Don't neglect the charming outdoor area, with tropical plants and a white picket fence.
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