It is vacation time! You have worked hard all year and are really looking forward to those one or two weeks this summer when you can escape your everyday grind and spend some time sitting on a gorgeous beach, sipping a cool drink and baking in the sun. If this is what you’re looking for, then a beach rental property that will act as your home away from home, can offer you a great beach vacation at a very reasonable price. So what are some of the things you should look for when searching for a beach rental property?
Amenities: Make sure you know ahead of time which amenities you just can’t do without. Beach rentals can come with a myriad of different options, (e.g., full kitchens, outdoor showers, access to swimming pools or private beaches, etc.), and sometimes even things like watercraft, (e.g., sailboats, jet skis, etc.). If there is something that you simply must have, make sure ahead of time that the beach rental you are interested in has your “non-negotiable” amenities.
Do Your Homework: Usually, you are renting a beach property without ever seeing it in person ahead of time. So it is incumbent on you to do your “due diligence” before signing a contract. You know the old saying that “if something looks too good to be true, then it probably is”? It applies here as well. Make sure to avail yourself of resources like on-line vacation rental review and reporting sites like Flip Key (from Trip advisor), and Vacation Rentals Watchdog to make sure that the beach property is truly what it purports to be.
Tips for Military Personnel: Something many people don’t realize is that there are beach rental options for those people in active military duty, retired military, and civilians who work for the Department of Defense. If any of these apply to you, or a member of your vacation party, then you could have the opportunity to access United States military resorts in some pretty exotic locations (like Hawaii). The amount you have to pay depends on the pay rate of the eligible person in your party, but most of the times, even the highest rates are substantially less than what you would be charged at a typical beach or resort type hotel.
Get a Local Real Estate Agent: Enlist the services of a local (to the area in which you are vacationing) real estate agent, who business it is to handle beach rental properties. These people are professionals who can assist you in finding the perfect beach rental property for your vacation. They are tied in to the local community and may well know of some private, off the books rentals that could be available. Typically these are properties that are owned by individuals or families that only use them part of the year. When they’re not using them they often rent them out to people on vacation through these local agents. These agents know the ins and outs of the area, and the rental properties that are a great value versus those that may not be right for you and your needs.