We picked five great Florida beach towns and found a splurge-worthy and budget-friendly vacation rental in each. Spring break, here we come!
Picking a spring break destination is only half the process—once you’ve set your sights on a sun-soaked stretch of sand to spend a week of relaxation with your family or friends (or both), you have to find a place to stay. Choosing between hotels and long lists of house and condo rentals can seem daunting, but this year, you can consider it done for you.
From Panama City Beach and Destin on the Panhandle, to Anna Maria Island on the Gulf and inland Kissimmee and Orlando, here are some of the best vacation rentals for a spring break getaway:
Save: Kissimmee Townhouse
Sleeps 8, from $84 per night
This Kissimmee home, only a 20-minute drive from Disney World, sleeps eight across two master bedroom suites and two additional bedrooms. It has a fully equipped kitchen, a dining area, a lounge, a private patio, and access to a heated pool, tennis courts, a gym, and a playground.
Splurge: Reunion Retreat
Sleeps 30, from $1,650 per night
Gather a big group at this 14-bedroom getaway, which boasts 12 master bedrooms with king-sized beds, a gourmet kitchen (plus a secondary catering kitchen), a large dining room, a theater, and an arcade room. Outside, it has a private heated pool with hot tub, a fire pit, and a kitchen area.
2. Panama City Beach
Save: PCB 1-Bedroom
Sleeps 3, from $44 per night
Take a break from fun in the sun on PCB’s pearly sand beaches in this cozy stay, which has a full kitchen and easy access to the beaches.
Splurge: Gulf Bridge Lane
Sleeps 12, from $345 per night
Vacation in luxury in this 4-bedroom home, which has a private pool and an outdoor lounge area. The beaches are just a short walk or bike ride away, and a designer kitchen will make eating in easy.
Save: Sandpiper Cove
Sleeps 6, from $90 per night
Located in the private Sandpiper Cove complex, this condo has access to five pools, three hot tubs, and a 9-hole chip and private putt course, with private, gated beach access, too.
Splurge: Crystal Beach
Sleeps 12, from $225 per night
This beachfront home can sleep up to 12 guests across its three bedrooms, plus comes with a pool, large kitchen and wet bar, and charming decor.
Save: Luxury Home Near Disney
Sleeps 8, from $95 per night
This three-bedroom stay has free Wi-Fi, in-house laundry, a fully equipped kitchen, and other touches that can help you feel right at home.
Splurge: Watersong Resort
Sleeps 16, from $506 per night
You won’t want to leave this luxurious, professionally decorated home, which has seven bedrooms, an outdoor dining area, and a private pool.
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5. Anna Maria Island
Save: Holmes Beach 1-Bedroom
Sleeps 4, from $149 per night
With an ocean view, pool access, and beach access, this compact stay has everything you need for a casual beach vacation.
RELATED: Discover Anna Maria Island, Florida
Splurge: Pink Palm
Sleeps 14, from $540 per night
In this six-bedroom stay, two balconies (plus a rooftop deck!) offer Gulf views, and a large outdoor space with a pool has plenty of space for everyone to gather at the end of the day.