We are planning on driving down from Indiana to the panhandle for my wife's Spring Break April 2-9. We have two young children, ages 2 and 3.5, and would really like a private pool (pref. heated) and a house (pref. 3 bedrooms or more but 2 might work) preferably a short walk from the beach.
Area-wise, we are looking at the area between Destin and PC (Grayton, Watercolor, Santa Rosa, Seaside, Seacrest, Rosemary Beach, Inlet Beach, etc.). We would consider Destin proper but not Panama City proper. We would also be interested in local things to do with young children but having solitude and being 20 minutes drive from things to do with kids sounds fine to me.
I have found several options between rental agencies and sites like VRBO and HomeAway but I am not sure I want to commit yet. The Spring Break upcharges, in some cases, are outrageous (moreso than I have seen before).
Problem is...every person I have talked to so far (from owners to agents) have said they won't discount that week. Okay, I get that it is high season but 98% of the places I have contacted show that week available and it is three months away. How close to the trip would it have to be to offer a discount? If I have to wait until March to book, I guess I can - but I certainly don't think all these available properties will book up in three months
Anyways...I know there are owners and agents who frequent the TA forums here so I figured I would try my luck posting this here.
Our budget for this trip, including taxes and fees, is $1500 for the week...but I might consider $2,000 if the property were superb (heated pool, great outdoor area, decks, view, super-close to beach, etc.).
Any ideas or comments, I am all ears. I am also open to PMs from agents and owners.