If you’re privy to traveling places based off recommendations, reviews or how highly they’re praised, then a Florida vacation is calling.
It’s no revelation that the Sunshine State is a popular year-round vacation destination, especially for Americans. It’s arguably the best place to take a family trip – be it with elders, children, pets or all of the above. From the Disney parks of Orlando to the laid-back vibe in Siesta Key, there’s something for everyone in this southern peninsula. And according to travelers, its got the reviews to match the hype.
TripAdvisor looked at vacation rental review scores across all US regions in 2014, and identified the top-rated destinations in the country for staying in a rental home. A whopping six Florida vacation spots made the top 20, proving that sometimes places really are as good as they seem.
If a fellow traveler’s word is your biggest influence when planning a family trip, look no further than what TripAdvisor vacationers are saying about these six Florida retreats. All scores are out of a possible five, and locations needed at least 1,000 reviews to be considered.
The highest-rated Florida region, Palm Coast boasts some of the most elegant beachfront real estate available. Homes are uniquely Floridian, often painted in light hues with open, breezy living spaces and outdoor patios. Luxury doesn’t have to cost a fortune, either. Many incredible Palm Coast condos and villas are affordable, and large enough for the whole family. See what visitors are saying:
Aside from the memorable accommodations, Palm Coast offers great family-friendly activities. Let Dad play a round of 18 on the golf course, while Mom and Grandma get pampered at a spa. The kids will love the lush nature preserves and pristine beaches, where dolphins and birds and manatees make their home.
Orlando has the perfect location. It’s close enough to the coastal beaches yet home to the inland attractions – and there are many of them. Hailed the “theme park capital of the world,” a family trip here is a must on anyone’s bucket list, from Disney’s Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios to EPCOT, Universal, SeaWorld and Discovery Cove. The only complaint from an Orlando vacation? Finding time to relax!
Just think: A morning coffee on the outdoor porch. Your own private pool and hot tub after an exhausting day at the parks. Or maybe a golf course right in your back yard. And a home-cooked, family dinner as the sun sets sure beats waiting two hours for a chain restaurant!
Travelers are praising the rentals in Orlando, for good reason.
A family destination offering the best of both worlds, Sanibel Island is a vibrant community with laid-back beach relaxation or deep sea adventures. Fishing excursions, dolphin-watching tours and snorkeling appeal to travelers of all ages. Sanibel vacation homes are praised for their cozy, yet airy vibes and proximity to some of America’s most gorgeous beaches, with views into the Gulf of Mexico to make for a frame-worthy picture or postcard.
Siesta Key is all about the beaches, baby! From award-winning Siesta Beach to the quaint Crescent and Turtle Beaches, these sands are clean, crystal-white and as soft as a pillow. Leisure is the name of the game here, with over 100 golf courses within driving distance, and family-friendly Sarasota only minutes away. Top-rated rental homes in Siesta Key sit among the museums, theaters, shops and laid-back restaurants of downtown, while upscale condos are nestled along the beach. You won’t find any hotels with this type of proximity, not to mention the cost savings of a practical vacation home.
If you’re looking for a base camp close to Disney World, yet one that offers other attractions and adventures then a Kissimmee vacation home is your answer. This Florida town is packed with family-friendly activities like mini-golf, dinner theater and indoor ice skating. Take an airboat ride through nature preserves or pick oranges at a local grove. Imagine waking up in the morning to your own fresh-pressed, home-made orange juice! Rental properties in Kissimmee provide all the amenities of home, with extra perks like a private pool, hot tub, BBQ grilling stations and even game rooms to keep the kids entertained.
One of the more popular Florida vacation spots, Marco Island is home to a portion of the scenic Everglades National Park, where families marvel at the nature tours and hiking. If you’re just as happy lying on the beach with a daiquiri in hand – there’s plenty of that going on too. Marco Island vacation rentals have received high praise from guests, making it the sixth Florida destination on TripAdvisor’s top-rated list.