The dream home of many people is an exquisite villa by the sea, where they can hear the soothing
sounds of the waves and enjoy a tropical weather all year round. Unfortunately, living on the beach is
not a possibility or practical with respect to our lifestyle and general circumstances. However, we can
still indulge in this reverie for a spring break or summer vacation. Travelling and living in luxury hotels is
awesome, but nothing beats having a beach house to yourself. Beach house rentals are available all
across the globe at seaside destinations; you’ll get a lot of good options to choose from if your timing is
If you have decided to rent a beach house for an upcoming retreat, the following tips shall help you
choose the one that best suits your needs:
1. Start exploring options during Off-season
Rentals get booked fast in popular beach destinations, which is why expert vacation planners are the
early birds. They start searching for the ideal beach house several months in advance, so they can skip
the competition and hiked prices in rush season. Booking during off-season provides a wider variety of
options, and the rates are cheaper around that time. You also have ample time to conduct a background
check on the options that appeal to you, and avoid being cat-fished. Beach houses are real estate of
seasonal value, so use this to your advantage.
2. Visit the place before booking if possible
If you’re not going very far from home, it is best to personally visit the beach house you intend to rent
for your vacation. Looking at the place in person beforehand will allow you to get the feel of it, and help
make an informed decision. Many beach house owners oversell the property and upload pictures that
are deceptive; photo editing tools can make a shabby cottage look like a luxurious lodge, so beware!
3. Make a list of amenities you need
The purpose of a vacation is to take a breather and allow oneself some extra comfort. Therefore, the
place you stay at on your retreat should be equipped with everything that helps you unwind and relax.
Make a list of amenities you absolutely need for this trip, so you know what to look for in a rental beach
house. Your requirements may depend on who you are travelling with; for example, a family-friendly
environment would be a priority when travelling with kids.
4. Read Reviews
Reviews left by previous renters are increasingly useful for determining if a beach house is actually
worth what you are paying for it. Look for detailed and honest reviews, rather than those that sound too
generic or made up. Listings and advertisements only highlight the good things about the property, but
people who have actually rented the place will expose all the flaws and lies. If possible, reach out to these
reviewers these reviewers and ensure that their rating is genuine. Comparing reviews and ratings
will help you make the right choice.
5. Enquire about available facilities
Most beach house rentals do not include facilities like housekeeping and served meals. You may have to
manage food on your own and pay extra to have someone clean up the place every day. In addition,
some of the facilities listed might not be up to par or exactly what you imagine, so reach out to the
lender for complete and reliable information. For instance, if you are going to work during your stay, you
may require a fast and uninterrupted internet connection.
6. Plan below your Budget
It is crucial to establish a budget before you start planning for vacation. You cannot afford to run out of
money while you’re far away from home. Your vacation funds must cover cost of travel, rent,
transportation (at the destination), food, and basic services required on this trip. You must have a bit of
extra money on your hands for recreation and unexpected expenses (or emergencies), so always plan
below your budget.
7. Look up nearby attractions and open businesses
If you decide to rent a beach house during off-season, or at a less popular location, make sure that there
are enough open businesses and attractions nearby. Most of the time, businesses or vendors located at
tourist/vacation spots only operate seasonally. On the other hand, an unpopular rental could be located
in an area that is deserted for miles in every direction. Renting a beach house in the mentioned
situations could be a bad idea, unless you want isolation and don’t mind travelling long distances for
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