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Florida Beach House Rentals - How Can You Afford Florida Beach House Rentals?

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Instead of your annual vacation to Disney World and an expensive stay at one of the many Disney resorts, why not spend your week in a Florida Beach House. Beach house rentals are available on the Atlantic or the Gulf sides of Florida. The availability of homes for rent, near, or right on the beach, is greater than ever.

Beach house rentals can vary widely in price due to a number of factors. If you want to rent in the prime late fall to early spring season, all other things being equal, you will pay a lot more than if you rent during the slower summer months. The location matters too. A house in an exclusive area like Palm Beach or Ponte Vedra Beach is going to cost more than a similar beach house in Fort Myers or Flagler Beach. Of course, the size of the house and how lavishly it is furnished, will factor into the price. Finally, the length of time you rent the house for, can make a difference in the per night rate. Generally, longer stays are preferred by property owners and they will cut you a break if you rent it for a month instead of a weekend.

If you like something a little different than the traditional hotel room, Florida beach house rentals might be just right for you. You’ll have plenty of space to stretch out and relax. You’ll save money by not having to eat out every day. You can buy your groceries and cook at home. A beach house is great for family vacations or for a group of friends. The cost of the rental can be shared among the group. You can park outside the front door and walk to the beach.

So, how do you go about picking a good Florida beach house? Rentals are available up and down the hundreds of miles of coastline, so, you will have to decide what area of the state you prefer. The Florida Panhandle (Pensacola, Destin, Panama City are a few popular spots), has some of the most pristine white beaches and contrary to common belief, have not, for the most part, been adversely affected by the BP oil spill. Around the bend, down to Tampa and continuing south through St. Petersburg and Bradenton and all the way down to Fort Myers and Naples, there are plenty of great Florida beach house rentals. Perhaps you want a view of the Atlantic Ocean and can find a place down in Miami or all the way north in Jacksonville. It’s your choice.

Once you decide where to go, you will need to find a suitable beach house. There are a number of ways to do this. Many local real estate companies represent homeowners who would like to rent their beach house. A few calls or a visit to some of the realtor websites can be a good start. There are also a number of companies that specialize in nothing but renting beach houses. They may have an inventory of houses in various locations and usually can show you pictures and give you an excellent recommendation for a suitable rental. The internet is the easiest place to search for Florida beach house rentals. You can check ads on Craigslist or any number of classified sites. A word of caution. Don’t believe everything you see. What seems like a dream house, may turn out to be a run down bugalow. So, it is best to deal with a reputable company that stands behind the homes they represent.

Finally, there are a few things to keep in mind when renting a Florida beach house. Rental properties were not immune to the recent real estate crisis and, in many cases, have been deeply discounted. If one house seems too expensive, there are many more that are just as good. Don’t be over anxious and shop around a bit. It’s a renters market. Don’t be afraid to negotiate on the price, especially if you are willing to go in the off season. With many Florida beach house rentals remaining empty for a large part of the air, homeowners will usually be happy to entertain any reasonable offers. Plan early and have a great vacation!

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