Now’s a Great Time to Book Your Beach House!

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Imagine this scenario – you’re planning a trip down to Florida, you’re excited to go during the summer months when the kids are out of school and your boss has finally granted you your week’s vacation, everything’s set for the trip, and then your opportunity is taken away from you as you realize that there are no more available beach houses in the area you were looking most forward to staying in. For those of us dreaming of being able to escape to warm, sunny climates during the most popular time of year, the best time to book a beach house is now! Some of the best and brightest locations tend to get booked sometime in the early/middle months of winter as more vacationers begin to take a good look at their cold surroundings and become motivated to move on to a brighter location in time for the summer.

Gorgeous Views!

Location, Location, Location
As we all know, one of the greatest obstacles is finding the right spot and deal once the official location for the vacation (city, state, country) has been decided. The earlier you book, the more options you’ll have when it comes to getting your desired spot and housing accommodations as well! One benefit of booking ahead is having more options when choosing your beach house, and a better chance of scoring a home closer to the water, or one with an extra bedroom that allows friends from back home to visit you if and when they get the chance. If you book your summer trip now in January, you increase your chances of getting a condo with a nicer view of the gulf so that you can wake up every single morning and have breakfast on your balcony as you watch the turquoise waters settle down below. When you hesitate to make your reservations, you lose your opportunity to get the better deal. And when you’re late, even in the off-chance that you can get a spot in the general area you originally sought to stay in, the likelihood of being able to get the places with the better amenities diminish considerably; you’re usually left with something you probably would not have gone out of your way for in the first place.

You Can Almost Smell That Ocean Air!

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
As important as availability is, another important thing to consider is transportation. True, many of us choose destinations that we end up driving to instead of either flying or taking the train. But imagine you decide to go out of your way for this one trip and venture out of your comfort zone as you head someplace farther and more exotic than the area you live in. A common mistake many first-time travelers often make is forgetting to coordinate their transportation with the rental dates. Whether this may be from one side of the country to the other or out of the country altogether, you need to make sure that your ride will get you there on the day you check in and take you back home the day you check out. Even more time is necessary if you need more than one seat! If you book last minute, you have a greater chance of not being able to get a ride over to your much awaited vacation destination and in extreme cases, you might even have to reschedule the whole thing on account of having mis-coordinating flight/rental schedules. Don’t let it get to the point where what could be the most enjoyable week out of your year is ruined because of poor time management!

Living in Paradise!

You’re in the Money!
As important as the first two categories are, one of the best features of booking ahead is the amount of money you get to save! You always go on vacation knowing that you will spend a certain amount of money which you automatically budget for. But have you ever considered how much more money you get to keep in your wallet when you take advantage of the rates available during the winter months? The lowest annual rates for any rental are always right after the holiday season. That way you have the opportunity to get that nice, big rental house right on the water for around the same price you would have to pay for the smaller, less convenient home farther away from the beach. Flight tickets also go down in price considerably after January 1st. And there you go! Your two biggest expenses cut down to nearly half just by taking care of things now rather than later. Makes the trip that much more enjoyable, doesn’t it?

So do yourself the favor and book now for your beach house sooner rather than later. Shouldn’t you have the best on your vacation? After all, for many of us working stiffs out there, it only comes but once a year!

5 Best Beachside Towns/Cities In South Carolina


South Carolina has a coastline that is legendary for its quaint, historic cottages, sprawling resorts, and deep Southern charm. There are many beautiful beachside towns and cities in South Carolina, but these five are the most memorable for your next vacation.

1. Kiawah Island

A mere 25 miles southeast of Charleston, Kiawah is a small, barrier island known best as a holiday and vacation destination. Featuring seven top-ranked golf courses planted with beautiful native flora, this is truly a golfer’s paradise. Thirty miles of paved trails and ten miles of beach mean that cyclist, walkers and joggers can indulge for hours on end. Rental kayaks, canoes, and chartered deep-sea opportunities abound on the island, so fishermen and bird-watchers alike can find their happy place here. Kiawah is also home to pristine beaches ranked as the best in the country for those seeking seaside peace and quiet.

2. Folly Beach
Colloquially called the “Edge of America,” Folly Beach offers the down-home feeling of a small-town surf spot less than twenty minutes from Charleston. Home to a fishing pier stretching over one thousand feet into the Atlantic, this is a lovely place to trot out your tackle and rod and spend a day casting a line out into the waves. Locals surf the waves here, and there are surfing lessons available for the adventurous. It is also home to Porgy House, where composer George Gershwin wrote most of Porgy and Bess.

3. Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach

 

Boasting the largest resort on the Grand Strand, Myrtle Beach is the most happening place in town on the South Carolina coast, hands-down. Summertime is primetime on the beaches along the Strand, teeming with amusement and water parks against a backdrop of live entertainment and restaurants galore. Away from the entertainment complexes and action, Myrtle Beach is a lovely, white-sands beach offering great natural resources for fishing, swimming, sailing, and surfing. Rent a Myrtle Beach beachhouse. 

4. Edisto Beach

Edisto Beach

 

Tucked away in Edisto State Park, this park offers the longest system of ADA accessible hiking and biking trails. A beachcomber’s delight, this beach is best known as a treasure trove for fossil and shell collectors. Sailors and fisherfolk are sure to find abundant opportunities here. Pro-tip, with a mile and a half of sugar-white coastline fringed with palmetto trees, this is one of the most Instagram-friendly beaches for capturing fairytale sunrises.

Book a beach house on Edisto Beach.

5. Isle of Palms

The Isle of Palms is nestled away from the hustle and bustle of Charleston and the many tourist-beaches. Here you will find a sleepy escape for nature-lovers craving serenity. For public access to swimming and sunbathing, Front Beach is a perfect retreat where sea turtles nest seasonally and lay their eggs in the dunes. A private-beach can be accessed via the Wild Dunes resort on the the northern tip of the island for a more secluded experience. Here you will find family-friendly accommodations with spotless beaches, outdoor activities and facilities for golf and tennis aficionados.

There are countless beaches on the South Carolina coast, but these should give you a clear idea of where to go whether you seek a good party or just some sweet solitude.

James Witts is an eco-conscious home improvement writer. He is constantly trying to find new ways to live off the grid while living in a tiny home with his wife, Andie.

 

Best Beachside Cities in Florida

By: Ben Holdt

Spending a few days at the beach is a great way to get away from the daily stresses of life and relax. With over 8,000 miles of coastline, Florida is second to just Alaska for the amount of land they have touching, sparkling ocean waters. However, the Sunshine State has the upper hand on being near the warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. While there may be a lot of towns and cities dotting the Florida coast, there are only a few that indeed offer the best quality of life. Check out the best beachside cities in Florida for your next beach getaway.

Panama City Beach

Panama City Beach Rentals

Panama City Beach Skyline

With 27 miles of white sandy beaches, Panama City Beach is widely known for its ability to ease away any stress that you brought with you on your vacation. This famous town offers waterfront restaurants as well as plenty of scuba activities thanks to its nearby artificial reefs. Families will enjoy the many water parks in town as well as two state parks that offer an up close and personal look at nature. There are plenty of nearby amusements to fill a vacation at the beach when the sand castle building is all done.

Cocoa Beach

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Cocoa Beach House Rentals

This popular surfing destination is just south of Cape Canaveral along the Atlantic Ocean. Cocoa Beach is known for the waves that descend upon its shores at the end of the hurricane season that offers a great opportunity for avid surfers. Check out local events to book a vacation with plenty of action out on the water as you soak up the sun from the beach. You’ll also find many things to explore in the area including tours of the Kennedy Space Center, the Dinosaur Store, and many fishing charters.

Destin

Destin Florida Vacation Rental homes

Destin Sandy Beaches

Located in Northwest Florida, Destin features plenty of sugar white beaches and sunshine. As a popular destination point for many Midwesterners, the area is well known for its wide range of fishing activities as well as shopping opportunities. You’ll find excellent fishing charters as well as plenty of events year-round to make your vacation unique. Local restaurants feature fresh seafood from the gulf, and you’ll also find plenty of golf courses in the area as well.

Palm Beach

This widely known beach is as far East as you can get on the Florida coastline. Palm Beach features beautiful palm trees along white sandy beaches and plenty of luxury. The beach sits on a 16-mile-long island that is just 0.5 miles wide with plenty of beach area all around. Many wealthy families choose this area for winter homes which have created a luxury experience in town. You’ll find the most excellent restaurants and upscale shops when you’re not enjoying the beautiful beach.

Fort Walton Beach

Fort Walton Beach House Rentals on the beach

Fort Walton Beach

The beautiful emerald waters along Fort Walton Beach are enough to attract plenty of visitors each year. Located between Pensacola and Panama City, the beach is in an excellent location for visitors to get to from other parts of the country. Fort Walton Beach has powdery white beaches and offers plenty for the family to do once a day at the beach is done. You’ll find golf courses, aquariums, and many other attractions that help make this destination a vacation to remember.

There are plenty of places to choose from when looking for a great vacation on the beach in Florida. White sandy beaches mixed with enough great food and nightlife to keep you busy after a long day on the beach is standard for many of these hot spots. Consider any one of the best beachside cities in Florida for your next vacation to the Sunshine State.

Ben Holt is a fresh air enthusiast and loves writing about it. Ben is always looking to make the most of a summer day, whether he is relaxing in his garden, hiking on an off-beaten trail or entertaining friends on his newly renovated patio.

Basking in the Beach: Eight of the Best Beaches in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is a city so glitzy that sightings of superstars are commonplace. It is home to Hollywood, itself a must-see destination. It also boasts of an assortment of attractions, like Universal Studios Hollywood, Griffith Park, and Getty Center. It is even a certified sports city, with several professional sports franchises calling Los Angeles their home. That list includes the Lakers and Clippers of the NBA, the Sparks of the WNBA, the Dodgers and Angels of the MLB, the Galaxy and FC of the MLS, and the Rams and Chargers of the NFL, which is, of course, a staple of American society itself. 

The City of Angels is also known for its beaches, each of which is described by Culture Trip as having its “own style and flare.” That being said, here are eight of the best beaches in Los Angeles:

Santa Monica State Beach

The busy Santa Monica State Beach

The busy Santa Monica State Beach

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The busy Santa Monica State Beach

A favorite among both tourists and locals, this expansive beach boasts of a historic pier that signals the end of Route 66. It has a classic, retro vibe, with great surf spots along a three-mile stretch. It is quite popular, and can be overcrowded at times, though the many resorts can handle the trove of visitors coming over. It also helps that there are plenty of other things to do here aside from swimming and sunbathing. A walk downtown, for instance, can be quite gratifying, as is relaxing under the shades provided by Tongava Park.

El Matador Beach

A view of El Matador Beach

A view of El Matador Beach
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A view of El Matador Beach

Nestled deep in Malibu is the El Matador Beach, which is known for its extremely rocky terrain. It can be a pain to get there, but it is worth checking out nonetheless. The views are breathtaking, the water is crystal clear, and the place is pretty much all yours. That it is one of the cleanest beaches in Los Angeles is a plus. Without doubt, El Matador Beach is perfect for those seeking to take a clear break from the hustle-bustle of life.

Venice Beach

The famed bike path in Venice Beach


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The famed bike path in Venice Beach

The famed bike path in Venice Beach

Like Santa Monica State Beach, Venice Beach is also quite popular, and like the former, it can get crowded, too. But that is actually one of the inherent charms of this beach. With the plethora of people visiting Venice Beach, there is this palpable energy that never seems to run out. It is a surfer’s haven according to CBS Los Angeles, and it boasts of a host of other attractions apart from the beach. There’s a bike path, for instance, that will take you all the way to the aforementioned Santa Monica State Beach.

Paradise Cove Beach

Paradise Cove Beach

Paradise Cove Beach
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Situated beneath the cliffs of Malibu is the public-private Paradise Cove Beach. This understated beauty is mostly under the auspices of Paradise Cove Beach Café, which offers all necessary amenities. Swimming and surfing, though, are free; but for a full appreciation of Paradise Cove Beach, it is best that you rent a private terrace (or even just a beach bed or lounge) and just pass time away in arguably one of the coziest, most relaxing spots in Malibu.

Carbon Beach (Billionaire’s Beach)

Carbon Beach (Billionaire's Beach)

Carbon Beach (Billionaire’s Beach)
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There’s a reason Carbon Beach is also called “Billionaire’s Beach”: It is a public beach that looks and feels like a private one. It is home to the homes of some of the city’s wealthiest locals, and is as secluded an area as there is in all of Los Angeles. It offers a long, tranquil, yet scenic stretch of fine sand and clear waters, where you can swim and relax with little to no disturbance. It is, in a way, similar to El Matador Beach, only with a more private beach feel.

Malibu Lagoon State Beach / Surfrider Beach

Malibu Lagoon State Beach / Surfrider Beach

Malibu Lagoon State Beach / Surfrider Beach
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Los Angeles’s beaches are by and large surfers’ havens, and that is exactly the case with Malibu Lagoon Beach, otherwise known as Surfrider Beach. The latter designation is much deserved, as this beach is known as a great place to surf — all throughout the day! But like beaches of Santa Monica and Venice, Surfrider Beach can get overcrowded at times. Then again, people go here because it is one of the city’s very best.

RAT Beach

RAT Beach

RAT Beach
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Before anything else, RAT here stands for “Right After Torrence”, and not for that nasty rodent. It is located just south of Manhattan Beach and boasts of the scenic Palos Verdes Cliffs. Moreover, it is a silent stretch of sand and crystal-clear water, which means it is perfect for those who want a quiet getaway away from the crowd.

Point Dume State Beach

Point Dume State Beach

Point Dume State Beach
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Right at the end of Malibu and just jutting out into the Pacific is Point Dume. It is home to a dramatic cliff’s edge that descends to a stunning crescent-shaped beach overlooking the mighty Pacific Ocean. The turquoise-colored water is crystal clear, and the horizon is an endless view of the ocean, with its cascading waves. It is known as a great scuba spot, with sea lion encounters commonplace. It is also a great spot to learn the basics of rock climbing.

Los Angeles, again, isn’t all about Hollywood. It offers an assortment of attraction for everyone, including several spectacular beaches. They are certainly perfect for getaways, though you can choose to live in the beach if your heart so desires, as in the case of Carbon Beach’s affluent residents. In that case, just feel free to check out all the California Beach Houses for Rent and for Sale at Beachhouse.com. We’ll help you get the beach house of your dreams!

Newport Beach, California – More Than a Day at the Beach

Synonymous with great surf for decades, Newport Beach, on California’s sunny coastline, is no one trick pony. Newport Beach’s unique culture and climate can probably be chalked up to the juxtaposition of the luxury homes, storefronts and restaurants that are occupied and frequented by sun-kissed beach bums.  I like to think of it as sand between your toes chic.

Newport beach vacation rentalsLocated in the heart of Orange County’s beachfront between Huntington Beach (to the North) and Laguna Beach (to the South), Newport Beach is home to a handfull of the most beautiful beaches in the state, and arguably, the world.
 
Including the beaches on the harbor and back bay, there is over 15 miles of beaches to discover, which I definitely plan on doing! 
Some of the beaches include Balboa peninsula beaches, The Wedge, Corona del Mar beaches and Crystal Cove State Beach, plus some back bays, the Newport Dunes, and some small community beaches.
Each beach has its distinct attributes that set it apart from the others – Balboa Beach, Newport Municipal Beach and the West Jetty View Park with The Wedge are flat, sandy expanses along the peninsula where Corona del Mar, Newport Dunes and Crystal Cove, have cliffs, rocky points and tidepools.

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Of Endless Summer fame, The Wedge is one of the best surf breaks, thanks in part to the improvements (done in the 1930′s) to the rock jetty on the North end of Newport’s harbor. South swells reflect off the jetty creating a second wave, which meets up with the following wave of the set and forms a peak. This series of events is the perfect recipe for creating waves that are often several feet larger than waves at other south facing beaches in Newport on any given day.

Newport Beach Rental Property

Newport Beach Rental Beach Houses

Newport Beach offers mostly outdoor shopping in little boutique stores but is also home to the shopping Mecca known as Fashion Island. Fashion Island is an outdoor shopping mall in the heart of Newport Beach where shop-a-holics go to see and be seen. With department stores such as Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, and Macys, many appreciate the fact that Fashion Island is also welcoming of your furry friends.

Back on the mainland other attractions include Pelican Hill Golf Club, a luxurious 36-hole championship golf course, that is said to rival Pebble Beach, and, The Orange County Museum of Art, a premier visual arts museum.

Considering a beach vacation? Book your beach house today through BeachHouse.com! Find our most popular Newport Beach Rentals here!

5 of the Best Beachside Cities in California

5 of the Best Beachside Cities in California
By: James Witts

Every beachside area will have the same key ingredients: sun, sand, and water. It’s no wonder residents in SoCal move from city to city within California to experience these beachside towns. It is the charm of the local town or city that makes a beach trip great? Check out these best beachside cities in California for your next beach getaway.

1. Santa Cruz
Located off of Highway 1 in Northern California, Santa Cruz offers a laid back and retro environment. Step back decades as you stroll down the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and peruse the many vintage shops that line the way. You’ll see a historic carousel as well as plenty of good old fashioned family fun with coasters and arcade games. Santa Cruz is one of the best beachside cities due to its proximity to other forms of nature. You’ll be able to catch a glimpse of whales from the ocean as well as tour nature at Big Basin Redwoods State Park. Wineries also dot the countryside near Santa Cruz offering their other version of perfection by the bottle. Rent a beachhouse in Santa Cruz here.

2. Carmel
Officially known as Carmel-by-the-Sea, this quaint little town sites on the south side of the Monterey Peninsula south of San Jose. It’s tucked in location offers a quiet and relaxing beach getaway. You’ll enjoy time on the white sandy beaches as well as the windy conditions of the Point Lobos State Reserve. The Mission Trail Nature Preserve is also located nearby with many trails to explore. The town of Carmel itself offers a more mature beach trip with streets full of galleries and fine dining establishments. Rent a beach house in Carmel here.

3. Malibu
There is a reason why this beach is so famous for both residents and visitors. Malibu is a beautiful beach that stretches out for more than 30 miles making this an excellent option for those wanting to take a long run along the water. Malibu is the prime spot for surfing and is well known as one of the significant places that celebrities and athletes call home. The ocean waves are well suited for both beginner and advanced surfers making this a great spot to learn more about the sport as well as see professional surfers in action. You’ll also find amazing fresh seafood dishes at the many restaurants that are located on the pier or right off the beach as well. Rent a beach house in Malibu here.

4. Catalina Island
If you’re a California resident looking for a vacation that is easy to get to but feels a million miles away, Catalina Island is the place for you. This island located just 22 miles off the coast of California feels like an entirely different world with its peaceful community and magnificent sunsets. There isn’t even a traffic light on the entire island making this a common getaway destination for many residents who spend hours a day sitting in traffic. Catalina Island boasts beautiful beaches as well as a casual atmosphere that is sure to put you on island time.

5. Venice Beach
Known for its eclectic style, Venice Beach is a favorite spot for those looking for some far-out beach time. You’ll find piazzas and canals much like its Italian counterpart as well as quaint little shops that line the boardwalk. Venice Beach is a great spot to be entertained by street performers as well as spend an afternoon watching all of the diverse people stroll by. Chic boutiques and food trucks are favorite stops for both residents and tourists alike as well.

California is full of great little beachside towns and cities that create the perfect backdrop to a beach getaway. From the laid-back atmosphere of Santa Cruz and Venice Beach to the surf-loving area of Malibu, to the peaceful getaways of Carmel and Catalina Island, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from for your next beach vacation. Consider all of these best beachside cities in California for your next trip.

James Witts is an eco-conscious home improvement writer. He is constantly trying to find new ways to live off the grid while living in a tiny home with his wife, Andie.

Puerto Vallarta – Why It Should Be Your Next Vacation Destination

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Puerto Vallarta is one of the most stunning, cultured, and vibrant vacation spots in Mexico and, arguably, the world. It is a modern destination that offers contemporary entertainment, a rich history, and world class villas, while still retaining its traditional Mexican town essence.

There is an abundance of things to do in Puerto Vallarta. See the region from a different perspective…from out at sea!The area is known for their visiting cruise ships, but if you would prefer to stay in Puerto Vallarta, you can still check out one of the local cruises that the area offers. For an adventure, take in 360-degree views and participate in a one-of-a-kind experience aboard the Marigalante “Pirates of the Bay” cruise. Or charter the Geronimo catamaran that can take you to the beautiful Marieta Islands, or to a private beach where you can snorkel, swim or relax in the sun with your favorite book. Ask your captain about the stunning and secluded beach, Las Caletas, where visitors will find guided walks through the jungle and orchid gardens, kayaking tours and snorkeling tours.

Puerto Vallarta's Hillside Homes

Puerto Vallarta's Hillside Homes

The town has a variety of breathtaking beaches including Playa Conchas Chinas (Chinese Shells Beach), Playa Camarones (Shrimp Beach, Playa Olas Altas (High Waves Beach), and Playa Los Muertos. Each of these beaches is unique, nearby and worth-visiting. If you feel like driving or experiencing the local bus system (be prepared to share your seat with a chicken!) the towns of San Francicsco (to the North) and Mismaloya (to the South) have their own charm and beaches that are definitely worth a visit!

Puerto Vallarta is an especially vibrant and cultural town and loves an excuse for a good fiesta! Why not plan a vacation around one of these holidays and experience the excitement! Perhaps the area’s biggest day to celebrate is December 12th, Our Lady of Guadalupe day. In the days leading up to the 12th, the Malecon (boardwalk) and the town’s zocolo (plaza) are gathering areas for festivities and excitement. Locals, visitors and those making spiritual pilgrimages participate in parades and celebrate with music, Aztec folk dances, traditional costumes, fireworks, and women carrying baskets of flowers, food and other colorful gifts to give to the Virgin. The culmination is the night of the 12thwhere the entire festival wraps up with a special gathering and Mass held at Our Lady of Guadalupe church, one of the most recognized buildings in Puerto Vallarta’s skyline. Christmas and New Years host similar traditions.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Church

Holidays aside, Puerto Vallarta has a wide selection of lively clubs and bars, including the Sunset Club, the BeBotero Bar, Carlos O Brians, and Blanco Y Negro, just to name a few. Puerto Vallarta also has some of the finest and eclectic restaurants in Mexico…either follow the crowds or venture off to find one of the small family run restaurants specializing in mole, ceveche or pazole.

Puerto Vallarta is a must-see destination that will leave you with fond memories that you will cherish all your life.

The Perfect Wave of Oahu’s Legendary North Shore Beaches

The beautiful North Shore of Oahu is an exceedingly popular vacation destination in Hawaii.
Breakfast on the Balcony!The North Shore is renowned for its beaches that offer breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, stunning pineapple plantations, orchards, and enjoyable water-activities including world-class surfing. The area has legendary beaches including the Sunset Beach, Ehukai Beach, Waimea Bay, and Pupukea Beach The gorgeous beaches are ideal for swimming in the summer, snorkeling, picnicking, relaxing, and surfing. The beaches are a haven for surfers; in fact, if you were to envision a perfect wave, you are likely to find it at the beaches of Oahu’s North Shore where the waves are as picturesque as you can get! The seven mile long stunning beaches host some of the world’s leading surfing competitions including the Super Bowl of wave-riding and the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing.


2773305082_27c5f70fb2Oahu’s North Shore is comprised by several, unique communities. Waialua, one of the communities, is a beautiful town that promises a memorable vacation for everyone! Waialua has some of Hawaii’s most renowned beaches including the Kaiaka Bay Beach Park, a beautiful, verdant park by the Waianae Mountains, and the Haleiwa Aii Beach Park, a breathtaking beach park with dazzling blue waters, are located in Wailaua. The beaches are ideal for picnicking, reading, and unwinding—you can spend the entire day relaxing and appreciating the exceptional beauty of the beaches. In addition, you can go sailing, scuba diving, swimming, surfing, and you can enjoy the abundant life underwater by fishing and snorkeling! Moreover, Waialua has stunning rainforests, waterfalls, tropical orchards, and art galleries that you can visit. The ideal way to enjoy the Waialua’s exquisite natural beauty is to take an unforgettable helicopter ride around the island. Waialua is only 30 miles away from downtown Honolulu and it is a popular vacation destination among tourists. Tourists often stay at luxurious beach houses to feel at home away from home in this beautiful town of Oahu’s North Shore.

There is never a dull moment in this captivating area of Oahu! The North Shore offers an exceptional dining experience that caters to every taste. You can choose from a wide variety of options including a simple Hawaiian lunch, fresh, indigenous shrimp, casual sandwich shops, and exquisite, upscale restaurants of every cuisine. In addition, shopping is superb in the island as you can purchase quintessential and exclusive Hawaiian items such as home furnishings, gems, pearls, wonderful souvenirs, and clothing. At Oahu’s North Shore, you are bound to have an outstanding vacation experience! You are warmly welcome to stay at a beach house in one of the communities, such as Waialua, and enjoy the activities and beauty of this paradisiacal island.

Travel Deals – Croatia & Eastern Europe

I need to travel. I would rather sacrifice in other areas so that I can travel. I am constantly looking for somewhere or someway that I can travel, that doesn’t require me getting a third credit card. If I hear of someone who just went on a great vacation, I pick their brain and then research the area, the beaches, whatever I can find. If there is a shred of doubt in my mind weather or not I can afford the trip, I usually start researching flights immediately. I have friends who just got back from their honeymoon in Croatia, so of course I researched Europe and now I want to go!

Republic of Croatia

Croatia’s peak season starts in May and goes through September. Try planning your vacation for October – weather is cooling off slightly, but most beaches will still be warm enough to swim at.  Prices will be lower in the off season and there are fewer other travelers to contend with. 

Kristin (the new bride!) also recommended that travelers rent a beach house rather than paying premium prices for hotel accommodations.  You may have to pick up after yourself and do your own laundry, but you will save money in the long run, plus you have the privacy of your own home, access to a kitchen and often your own pool!

Generally, Eastern Europe is much cheaper to travel to and around than its counterpart to the West. If beach destinations like Croatia, or the popular (and pricier) cities of Paris, Rome or Barcelona aren’t your thing, travelers can still see the old world charm found in Western Europe, for less of their cash. Places like, Sofia and Budapest, Bruges, and Tallinn make for unique and exciting vacations. karen-and-mom

Tallinn, Estonia is safe, on the cheaper side, and offers more charm and beauty than its other former Soviet neighbors with a contrast of cobblestone streets winding past 13th Century churches and nightclubs such as Club Bonbon and Privé entertain revelers until 5 a.m.  The best way to see the town is by foot (look into walking tours) and be sure to visit Viru Street for excellent shopping!

Sofia, Bulgaria is a walking town surrounded by things to see. Take a day trip to the Vitosha Mountain or stay locally and join in on the leisurly meals served at one of many cafe-style restaurants.

Travel America – Michigan City, Indiana

Ever have that itch to get away?  Sometimes I just need a vacation – but then reality sets in…I can’t take any more time off of work.  Who would watch the dogs?  Can I even afford an overseas flight?

Lucky for me – and now those of you reading this - my job has allowed me to discover offbeat destinations right here within this glorious country of ours!  I say “offbeat” because haven’t we all either been a college student on spring break in Daytona, participated in the Mardi Gras festivities in New Orleans, or, at the very least, seen the Baywatch crew run in slow-motion on the beaches of Los Angeles?  If you’ve been there, done that, and are looking for some variety, our “Travel America” articles will explore the hidden gems across the United States – cities and towns waiting for you to arrive…

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Indiana

I’ve never been to the Great Lakes, but ever since that 2003 surfing film depicted guys riding the waves off of Minnesota, I’ve wanted to visit.  There are many small towns dotting the lake’s coastlines, but one town in particular, Michigan City, Indiana, piqued my interest.

Michigan City has long been a vacation destination for the residents of Chicago (it’s only about 50 miles east of the windy city – on a clear day you can even see the Chicago skyline!) and for residents of nearby areas of Indiana, but it is gradually becoming better known by the rest of the US.

Plan your trip to Michigan City for one of the summer months if you plan to hit up the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore – nearly 25 miles of beaches, sand dunes, marshes and woodland forests along the southern shore of Lake Michigan.  The Lakeshore is home to over 35o species of birds and has one of the most diverse plant communities of any National Park in the US.

Visit the Lighthouse Place Outlet Mall for Michigan City’ s best shopping and some great dining options.  The outlet was named after the Old Michigan City Lighthouse – one of the state’s few lighthouses.

And if birds and lighthouses aren’t quite your thing, pony up at The Blue Chip Casino!  The largest riverboat in Indiana, The Blue Chip Casino, offers 24/7 boarding and a 65,000 square foot gaming floor.  Casino’s are fun and all, but I am on a budget here.  I think I’ll check into the casino’s entertainment scene, which attracts National acts to the 15,000 square foot Stardust Event Center.

While Michigan City has a variety of accommodations, ranging from camping to hotels, my friends and I would rather rent a house or apartment. And I confess,  because I rarely travel the US without my fur-babies, it can be hard to find a short term rental that allows my dogs to stay with me.  I am booking my stay at the “Miami” – a lakefront home I found that has panoramic views of the dunes, beach, and Michigan City’s famous lighthouse. There is not going to be anything between me and the fine sandy beach but a foot path through the sand dunes to the lake!

Visit Sosua in the Dominican Republic for White Sandy Beaches!

Sosua beach

Sosua Beach

 

Sosua is known for having some of the most beautiful beaches in the Dominican Republic and is a top tourist destination of the Caribbean. Located on the northern coast of the Dominican Republic, just four miles from Puerto Plata International Airport and 15 minutes from Cabarete, the windsurf capital of the Caribbean, you can find beautiful beach houses for rent, great seafood, and exciting nightclub entertainment. At the beach you can go sunbathing, snorkeling, water skiing, scuba diving, and listen to live music.

The North Coast of the Dominican Republic has been a top tourist destination for Europeans for nearly three decades. The people of Sosua consists of mostly Germans, British, Americans, and Canadians. They love to share their culture and mingle with vacationers.

Sosua Bay attracts many water sports enthusiasts, including snorkelers and divers because of its sheltered, calm waters, many species of fish and intricate reef structures. In the winter, whale watching is also a popular tourist activity in Sosua Bay.

The premiere scuba diving facility in #Sosua is on the northern coast of the #DominicanRepublic. Owned and operated by Jurgen Rumpenhorst since 1994!
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Recently, a new beach has been created by nature, just north of Sosua Bay. Mother Nature has been depositing sand where there were previously only sheer rock cliffs. The beach is called both Playa Alicia and Playa Casa Marina because of the hotel in close proximity that bears the same name.

Sosua Beach is a crescent-shaped bay protected by coral formations and clear waters for divers and snorkelers. Sosua’s other beaches are Waterfront (also called cul de sac), which was created after a storm around 2002, Paradise beach, Playa Imbert and Playa Chiquita.

There is also sport deep water fishing.

Contact any of these Tour Guide companies to make your vacation in Sosua a fabulous one full of exciting activities:

Luya Tours @RdLuya on Twitter
Sunflower Tours @Sftoursrd
Tigua Aerotours SRL @TiguaAerotours
Ministerio Turismo @MTurismoRD

Beachhouse.com in the News! Named one of the best “Blogs that Offer First Class Travel Advice)

globe-medium34 Blogs that Offer First Class Travel Advice

Updated Jan. 21 2018, Originally Posted May 31st, 2010
by Tucker Lima

Everyone loves to travel, but there are always frustrating times while traveling, especially with many of the modern day restrictions and screenings involved while just trying to board an airplane. People are willing to deal with that though because they know it is for safety reasons and once you do arrive at your vacation destination you quickly forget about the small hassles that annoyed you on the way. Here are 34 blogs that offer excellent travel advice that can help make your trip a bit easier, and some may even help you find a new vacation spot for your next trip.

  1. Peter Greenberg’s Travel Detective Blog – Travel news and tips from Peter Greenberg with great tips, advice, and all kinds of other travel news and notes.
  2. Euro Cheapo – Budget travel tips and advice, why not save some money on your next vacation.
  3. An American Stranger – Excellent travel blog, the quote in the site description is a great one as well – “A wise traveler never despises his own country.” – Carlo Goldoni
  4. Art of Backpacking – Another top notch niche travel blog, if you are into backpacking then this blog is a must read.
  5. Escape Artists – Postcards from the edge. Blogging since 2010
  6. Abandon the Cube – Abandon the Cube has travel photos, guides, tips, adventures, and experiences about the histories and cultures of the places they’ve been.
  7. Uncommon Travel – Also a blogger for Lonely Planet, Gail Walter runs a first class blog about travel here. The writing is outstanding and her descriptions make you feel as if you’ve been to the places she’s writing about.
  8. Miss Travel Girl – Miss Travel Girl is the blog of Rachel, she suffers from a syndrome that causes slow progression of blindness and deafness. She is travelling the world to appreciate as much as can while she still has usable vision.
  9. Contemporary Nomad – Modern day nomads who travel the world and share their experiences and tips by blogging about their adventures.
  10. A Travelers Library – All kinds of great travel related information and tips.
  11. A Luxury Travel Blog – This blog is updated daily with posts covering travel destinations, tours, hotels, restaurants, bars, guidebooks and much more.
  12. Gadling – A travel blog loaded with travel news, tips, advice, deals, stories and much more.
  13. The Vacation Gals – Expert advice on family travel, girl getaways, and romantic escapes.
  14. Beachhouse Blog – Some excellent travel tips, deals, and advice on this blog. Well worth reading and subscribing to, just like the rest of this list.
  15. The Planet D – A blog by a traveling Canadian couple with some awesome posts that include amazing photos, vides, advice, and much more.
  16. As We Travel – Awesome travel advice and stories that cover amazing destinations world wide.
  17. RV Travel – News, information, and advice for RV travelers.
  18. Ciao Bambino – Kid friendly travel tips, advice, and info so you can always have the best family vacation possible.
  19. Nile Guide – A round up the best travel advice received from the noteworthy travel writers and bloggers in our 5 interview series.
  20. The Practical Nomad – A travel blog by author, journalist, blogger, consumer advocate, and travel expert Edward Hasbrouck with all kinds of A+ tips and advice.
  21. Nomadic Matt – A travel site designed to keep people motivated to travel and contains travel information, travel tips, travel advice, travel news, personal stories, and photographs.
  22. Mighty Goods / Nomadic Life - MightyGoods aims to share stories and knowledge from the most interesting and experienced people from all over the world. We talk with adventurers, nomads, athletes and other people who live life to the beat of their own drum.
  23. Online Travel Review – Online Travel Review has been publishing airline industry news and commentary since 2003.
  24. Chris Around the World – The former travel editor of USA Today has a unique perspective on travel – first as the editor of one of the best travel sections in the country, and now as a traveling blogger.
  25. The Cheapest Destinations Blog – A blog on the world’s cheapest places to travel, with advice on budgets, savings strategies, travel deals, and cheap destinations.
  26. Journey Etc. – An interesting and fun blog covering different areas of travel as well as offering advice and tips for all travelers.
  27. 2 Guys Around the World – One of the top travel blogs on the web full of real world travel stories by 2 friends..
  28. Delicious Baby – Another excellent blog about traveling with kids and how to have fun traveling with the kids.
  29. Budget Globetrotting – This blog is a great source of information for international travel and backpacking on a budget.
  30. On the Road Travel Blog – On The Road Travel is an online resource for independent travelers in South and Central America. This blog provides updates on current events and topics related to Latin America.
  31. Passport Chop – An online Blog/Journal of travel experiences around the world.
  32. Ms. Traveling Pants – Personal travel stories and insights from a classy and sassy world traveler, known on the web as Ms. Traveling Pants.
  33. Green Travel Blog – Eco friendly travel tips and advice for those of you that live a green lifestyle.
  34. The Travelers Zone – The Travelers Zone has information which will turn your vacation into wonderful travel experience. Get the latest travel info on vacation planning, budget travel, and family vacations.

Thanks to the guys over at Travel Insurance for including us in your list!

Top 5 Beaches Where You Can Bare it All

2916787894_cc7c44f5e4Banana Beach, Greece - What would you expect from the aptly named Banana Beach, but lots of – er – bananas?  Well get your mind out of the gutter, because this beach is actually a trio of beaches located on the small Greek Islandof Skiathos, whose name came from the yellow-hued sand and the curved shape of their coastline.  The three beaches that make up Banana Beach are Little Banana (also called Sparticus), Big Banana and a small beach separated from Big Banana by a rocky outcrop.  And while one may have assumed that bigger would mean better (especially in this situation) Little Banana is actually the most popular of the three.  Durring the peak winter months, clothed onlookers tend to swarm the other two beaches while leaving Little Banana to itself.  As if there wasn’t already enough to look at, all three beaches have tremendous views of the tree covered foothills that surround the beaches behind you and the crystal clear Aegean Sea in front of you.

5111987645_5d03bd3665Baker Beach, San Francisco, CA – In the city that is known for its liberal lean, Baker Beach is right at home in San Francisco.  Baker Beach is blanketed in clean, fine white sand – not too dusty, not too pebbly – clear sapphire water, and maybe the most dramatic views of any beach you will come across.  Satisfy your inner vouyer, and we’re not just talking about the old men bits and pieces you are sure to see… as you walk the beach you will also catch a glimpse of some of California’s prime real estate – and have a chance to take in the same views that those homeowners enjoy – the cliff houses look out over the bay and the famous Golden Gate Bridge.  Parking is a breeze, free, and just a short walk from the beach, or you can opt to take public transportation, which dropps you off very close by.  Visit in September or October as the summer months tend to be covered with San Francisco’s notorious fog bank.

4910303358_101ac07014Valalta (Rovinj), Croatia – As far as nude beaches go, Valalta is perhaps the Mecca – the destination where all nude sunbathers and naturists feel drawn to and hope to journey to at least one time in their life.  This resort (yes, it is a planned resort, different from some of the naturally occuring beaches that have been gradually morphed into a nude beach over time) is huge, with the beach alone streatching over 3 miles.  Visitors can stay in a variety of accommodation – Valalta offers everything from fully-equipped apartments and bungalows to luxury mobile homes and glorified tents…all with electricity and running water though.  There is also a sports harbor, a number of restaurants, beer that has been brewed in their own brewery, souvenir shop, kids club, and a host of day and overnight excursions.  And if you prefer to get your bare-bronze on in relative seclusion rather than with the rest of the resort, there is a beach that is not an official part of the Valalta Resort that is usually much less crowded.

2773305082_27c5f70fb2Little Beach, Maui, Hawaii – If you like to live on the edge (which you must if your’re reading this post in the first place), Little Beach may be perfect for you.  Although nude sunbathing is technically illegal at the secluded Little Beach – and the rest of Hawaii – it’s referred to as Maui’s “unofficial clothing-optional beach” since the law has not been enforced here for a number of years.  It’s also somewhat of a local’s hot-spot…while the vast majority of beach-goers opt to sunbathe au natural, there are those who wear clothes (mostly tourists).  So if a little thing like illegality doesn’t rock your boat, grab your sandals and towel and make the trek to Maui’s Southern coast, and you will find Little Beach located just North of Big Beach.  Tucked behind rocks and high shrubs, and guarded by a narrow entry, Little Beach is picturesque Hawaii – white sand contrasted by bright blue/turquoise water.

5651319954_6a3b1c6a39Wreck Beach, Vancouver, British Columbia -

Named for a hulking, wrecked vessel that once sat on the sand, Wreck Beach is the shore of choice for Vancouver students. Just several hundred steps below the University of British Columbia, the 3-mile-long beach is a wildlife and nesting area for both bald eagles and bald bodies. Other sections of the beach assume a more carnival-like atmosphere. One stretch on the beach known as Vendors’ Row is a 1-stop shop for souvenirs, refreshments and the ever-important sunscreen.

Standing Strong in Spite of Sandy

In late October, 2012 Superstorm Sandy swept through New England and resulted in a lot of damage for the people living on the East Coast. According to the US Department of Energy, eight million people were left without water or power and tens of thousands lost their homes. The residents of New Jersey were hit the hardest by the hurricane, which swept the shoreline and went on to affect twenty-three other states in the area before it died out a few weeks later. Since then, the remodeling and various construction projects taking place on the East Coast are bringing life back to the area.

Though each of us at BeachHouse.com was shocked to learn about catastrophic damage in places like the Jersey Shore, we were pleased to hear that recovery is going quickly. Thanks to donations from the Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund, many of the people who had lost their homes are now able to rebuild on their previous foundations. We spoke to many of the vacation owners that use our website over the phone and asked how Sandy had affected the homes in their areas. Our clients mostly responded by explaining that the storm was concentrated in the Northern regions of New Jersey, such as Essex County, but had thankfully left areas such as Long Beach Island more or less untouched. “They actually did pretty well to be honest with you,” said David Deleo, a vacation specialist at Bayshore Realty, in regards to the company’s rental properties. In order to assess any potential damage the storm may have caused when passing through the state, he explained that they had a poll to see which homes had fallen in the storm’s path. Fortunately, the results were mostly positive: “Long Beach Island did good. There was some damage; people are fixing things and proceeding forward.”

After Sandy, many assumed that the Jersey Shore would undoubtedly be shut down for the upcoming vacation season. The houses that had the least amount of damage in October are being revamped and are expected to open up again in time for the end of the summer rush. And in order to attract even more people to the area, vacation owners are offering special discounts on their properties. Now, vacationers from all over are competing to stay in the limited number of open spots currently available on the East Coast. This turn of events is making it increasingly difficult for vacationers to be able to go back to their favorite spots on Long Beach Island. The combination of more-than-affordable prices and a decrease in space is resulting in fewer options for everyone hesitating to book their homes before Spring. There is an increase in the chance that those who take longer to decide where and when to rent are less likely to get what they’re looking for!

The folks at Bayshore are excited to see vacationers this year, and our proud of the recovery in New Jersey. If this is your first time booking a vacation in New Jersey, this is the perfect time to inquire so you can see the recovery firsthand! Not to mention the fact that everything is more affordable as all vacation-related businesses are trying their hardest to please anyone willing to travel to Jersey in hopes that their businesses stay strong and each sequential year will be better than ever! The increase in tourism will help boost the state’s economy and help restore things back to the way they were before Sandy so that eventually, what started out as a disaster will only be the prequel to a great story about recovery!

Support International Beach Cleanup Day!

What’s your favorite kind of beach? Some beaches near coral reefs have pink sand. Others near volcanoes have black sand, and still others have red sand or green sand or even purple sand. Every beach is unique, because every beach has a different tide, latitude, longitude, and chemical makeup.

At BeachHouse.com, our favorite kind of beach is a clean beach. That’s why this year we’re encouraging all of our vacationers, homeowners, and employees to participate in beach cleanup initiatives worldwide. Not only are dirty, trashy beaches unsightly and un-fun to visit, they pose a huge threat to local marine wildlife and can even pose health concerns to human beings.

This September 15 is International Coast Cleanup Day. Starting at 9 AM and running till 12 noon, volunteers will meet at beaches all over the United State to remove trash and other debris to keep our beaches clean. Sand in a dirty beach can have bottle caps, cigarette butts, food wrappers, and even dead animals that can poison the water and make the beach a much less beautiful place to stay.

Beach Cleanup crews will be provided with reusable and eco-friendly tools to pick up and dispose of trash. At some locations rakes and shovels may be used to sift through the sand.

Do you love clean beaches too? Consider participating in or donating to a local beach cleanup event! It’s a great way to give back to the community and to show your love for the coast.

For more information, check out the website for the Ocean Conservancy here.

Got a great Beach Cleanup story? Share it with us on facebook for a chance to win a special beachy prize!

Horses

There’s more to beach house rentals than just snorkeling or surfing, or soaking up the sun. For the vacationer looking for a real adventure, there’s always something more to do at your Beach House. Horseback riding along the shore is an excellent way to spend an afternoon in the outdoors with your family.

Next time you book a beach house vacation rental from BeachHouse.com, consider taking your family on a horseback ride along the shore. Ranches are available where you can rent horses and even go on guided tours in almost every major tourist destination in the United States.

Renting a house in Myrtle Beach? Check out myrtlebeachhorserides.com to book a ride along the beach. Similar services are available up and down the Florida Coast, in Galveston, Texas, and in the Caribbean islands.

Many of you have heard of Pebble Beach, near Carmel in California. It has some of the nicest beach houses in the United States and some of the most beautiful golf courses in the world. Imagine riding horses with your family along an unspoiled stretch of California coast. You could probably even ride them up to the steps of your beach house!

Beach horses are very tame and well trained. They can take you and your whole family on a unique and fun adventure for your coastal vacation. Next time you book a beach house rental from BeachHouse.com, consider horseback riding for a safe and fun family activity.

Try Kite Boarding on your next Beach House rental!

Most coastal cities which cater to beach vacationers are crowded and congested during the Summer months. Now that Fall is right around the corner, though, is the perfect time to try a beach vacation where you can get some serious play in. Next time you book a beach house rental from BeachHouse.com in Southern California, try out kite skating.

A Kite-Blader in Long Beach, CA

One popular activity for beach cities in Southern California is inline kite skating. You use custom roller blades and a sailing kite to pull yourself along, like a kite surfer does in the water. You can also “dolly-skate” or use a skateboard, or roller-skates, whatever works best for you. It’s a fun and a unique way to move around, perfect for beach destinations with a healthy breeze.

A good chance to do this is on a breezy September day near Long Beach, CA. After Labor Day crowds should be minimal and you’ll have a chance to test out for yourself this fun and exciting pastime.

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Beach House rentals near Newport Beach, CA, are also great for skating enthusiasts. Now that the summer crowds are gone you can enjoy a quieter vacation with your family, and experiment with hobbies like kite-skating. You could even skate your way up to the front porch of your beach house!

2. Newport Beach, CA

A traditional beach vacation books during the summer months, from late may to mid August. For many of us, finding a good booking in September can be like finding money on the ground. Just because the “season” is over, though, doesn’t mean there’s nowhere in the world to go on vacation. Here’s five amazing places to visit in off season. It goes without saying that these 5 great locations can be enjoyed with a beach house rental from BeachHouse.com.

2. Newport Beach

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There’s no such thing as “Winter” in Southern California. Even into January and February it won’t get colder in Newport Beach than 60 degrees in the shade. September in Newport is just as sunny and warm as every other of the year.

The only difference is it costs half as much.

A diligent vacationer can book a Newport Beach vacation in September and November for ½ to ¼ the price of summer rates. During this time they’ll have the city more or less to themselves. Parking, a nightmare during the busy season, is readily available, and you can still see and experience everything Newport Beach has to offer: the waterfront villas, the kayaking, sailing, fine dining in Newport and Corona Del Mar, the best shopping malls California has to offer at Fashion Island, and the best weather of the California Coast, year round.

Did I mention it’s 20 minutes’ drive from Disneyland? Talk about a dream vacation!

Here are a couple beach homes in Newport Beach with travel deals:
Beautifully Remodeled Beachside Location
Sand and Surf

#1 Jamaica

All week we’ve been discussing good candidates for a vacation in off season. Many vacation hot spots are just as beautiful until late October, but experience a drop-off in tourist traffic, making for a more private experience. Just because the “season” is over, though, doesn’t mean there’s nowhere in the world to go on vacation. Here comes our #1 favorite spot to vacation after Labor Day!

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Maybe it’s the obvious choice but if you’ve never vacationed in the Caribbean Islands you’re missing out. It’s warm, and sunny, the water is blue and clear, the fish are colorful (and delicious) and the drinks are cheap and plentiful. Stay at one of the waterfront villas offered through our site in Bluefields Bay, and save on rent and air fare when booking your trip!

Rates are much cheaper after Labor Day because the rainy season starts in late September. That being said, the “rainy season” in Jamaica is characterized by brief, warm-water afternoon showers, which don’t get much more severe until late October or November.

The waters in Jamaica are warm and calm, perfect for swimming and kayaking. Explore a tropical paradise when you hike on the island, golf at its incredible resorts, explore duty-free shopping centers, ride horseback on the beach, and discover the culture and history of Jamaica. At our Bluefields Bay villas you can enjoy complete white-glove service – helpful villa staff will pick you up from the airport, cook your meals, clean your home, and take of the whole family while you enjoy the ultimate caribbean vacation – at a huge discounted rate.

Book a trip to Bluefields Bay today! If you don’t you’ll really regret it!

3. Destin, FL

A traditional beach vacation books during the summer months, from late may to mid August. For many of us, finding a good booking in September can be like finding money on the ground. Just because the “season” is over, though, doesn’t mean there’s nowhere in the world to go on vacation. Here’s five amazing places to visit in off season. It goes without saying that these 5 great locations can be enjoyed with a beach house rental from BeachHouse.com.

3. Destin, FL

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Florida holds a unique place in vacation rentals because many destinations have two busy seasons. In the summer, Florida is a tourist destination. It’s tropical, it’s fun, there’s a lot to do and it’s a heck of a lot nicer than just about any other place during the summer. After Christmas, Florida is home to the snowbirds who migrate down in waves from the frigid north and settle in beach homes up and down the coast.

The only time it’s not super busy is from September – November. During these months Florida cools off, humidity drops below 80%, and the beaches clear out. Here in the “dead zone” between winter and summer seasons, you and your family can finally discover the “real” Florida.

Destin is the perfect place to pick in a September vacation in Florida. The city hosts a month-long concert series at the Harbor Walk, an annual kite festival in late September, and a seafood festival at the end of the month. There are huge beaches, quality golf, fun attractions for the whole family. It’s just like Destin in the summer, only without high prices or big crowds.

Here are just a few of the hot properties from BeachHouse.com in Destin with travel deals for August and September.
Ocean Cabana
Island Obsession – New 9-bed/8-bath W/private Pool – Gulf View!
5 O’clock Somewhere – Large Private Pool, Elevator

4. Dillon Beach, CA

A traditional beach vacation books during the summer months, from late may to mid August. For many of us, finding a good booking in September can be like finding money on the ground. Just because the “season” is over, though, doesn’t mean there’s nowhere in the world to go on vacation. Here’s five amazing places to visit in off season. It goes without saying that these 5 great locations can be enjoyed with a beach house rental from BeachHouse.com.

4. Dillon Beach, CA

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Dillon Beach is a cute little community of big, beautiful beachside homes about an 90 minutes north of San Francisco. It’s got good surfing and a quiet, “away from it all” aesthetic. In off season you can enjoy uncrowded beaches with enticing surf, starry nights and perfect sunsets. Things cool off in the evenings and it will be closer to 50 degrees at night, but after September Dillon beach is clean, quiet, secluded, and drop-dead gorgeous.

Not to say that there’s nothing to do but enjoy the serene beauty of the place. Dillon Beach is an hour’s drive away from the Muir Woods, one of those “so perfect you just have to see it or you’re missing out” kind of places. Between Dillon Beach and the redwoods, you can find places to surf, swim, kayak, fish, and sail. You can relax at local spas, golf, and ride horses. If you’re not local to California, this is the closest you’ll ever be to Wine Country. If you’re in Dillon Beach, Sonoma and Napa Valley are your backyard.

The place is perfectly decadent and, after September 3rd, perfectly private.

Dillon Beach home with travel deals: Sandy Dog

5. Myrtle Beach, SC

A traditional beach vacation books during the summer months, from late may to mid August. For many of us, finding a good booking in September can be like finding money on the ground. Just because the “season” is over, though, doesn’t mean there’s nowhere in the world to go on vacation. Here’s five amazing places to visit in off season. It goes without saying that these 5 great locations can be enjoyed with a beach house rental from BeachHouse.com.

5. Myrtle Beach, SC

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Maybe it’s a little unfair to include Myrtle Beach in this list, because Myrtle Beach is one of the best-known vacation hotspots on the East Coast. There’s incredible nightlife, incredible golf, incredible shopping, beaches, homes, living, eating, breathing, and sleeping. It’s like a vacationer’s paradise.

It’s also one of the busiest places to visit, year round.

Myrtle Beach attracts 14 Million vacationers a month in the Summer, but after Labor Day the crowds dry up and you can pretend you have the entire city to yourself. The weather cools off, (mid 80’s in the day and high 60’s at night,) while the water stays at a perfect 80 degrees. While you’re here, check out the Carolina Opry, and visit the annual “Greek Festival” held annually in September.

Here are some Myrtle Beach vacation homes on our site offering travel deals:
Low Tide Too
Oceanfront Large 2 & 3 Bedroom Condos

Catch A Fish For Dinner!

Mmm... Fresh Fish! (Photo Courtesy of Hopkins Belize Resort)

Mmm… Fresh Fish!
(Photo Courtesy of Hopkins Belize Resort)

It’s exactly what you think. Feast on fresh-caught fish from the Atlantic ocean, caught with your own hands!

Hosted by Hopkin’s Bay Resort, this hands-on Belize adventure starts at the dock overlooking the vacation resort. As you travel out into the Caribbean Sea you will pass a multitude of little islands of the Blue Field Range. Your boat captain will make his first stop along a meandering channel of mangroves to catch little sprats for bait. Together, you will practice the technique of cast-net throwing then head out to anchor at one of the Captain’s favorite fishing spots, ready to land your first big catch of the day.

The morning then progresses with a light snack onboard before heading out to the world’s second largest barrier reef to snorkel within marvelous azure waters. Witness its myriad of beautiful fish, corals and stingrays!

After snorkeling in refreshing waters, you’ll get onboard and your guide will whisk you away to an exclusive private island where you will be able to cook your fresh catch! After your grilling experience, relax and savor the breathtaking views from the porch of an over-the-water bar as you feast on your freshly grilled catch with mouthwatering sides. Once lunch is finished, you can relax on the beach and enjoy an afternoon splash in the water before returning to the resort.

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Come see what Kiawah is all about!

Miles of beautiful beach and nearly nobody else in sight!

 

 

 

 

One of South Carolina’s best-kept secrets is beautiful little island 20 miles south of Charleston. Kiawah Island is one of the best places to book beach property rentals because it offers vacationers to relax in a place of quiet tranquility at a secluded, private beachfront community.

Kiawah Island, (pronounced “KEE-a-wah”) is a resort community 20 miles south of Charleston, South Carolina. One of the happiest seaside towns in America, it offers 10 miles of pristine white, and warm beaches. With so much space to spread out and so few properties on the island you’ll never have to see another vacationer if you don’t want to. Kiawah is the perfect destination for honeymooning couples or families with small children.

Bike trails galore for the adventurer in us all

For those who want to do more than rest on the beach, Kiawah Island offers 20 miles of paved bike trails meandering through wildlife and nature reserves where anyone can see the local species Kiawah is designed to protect. Stop by the Kiawah Island Nature Center to sign up for one of its nature programs which include kayak and canoe rentals, guided paddling excursions, outdoor walking tours, ocean tours, an alligator adventure, island birding, nature photography, wetland tours, fishingand motorboat excursions, sunset cruises, and so much more. Learning to ride a bike? The white-sand beaches during low-tide are a beautiful and safe place to improve your skills or get your little ones going.

Kiawah Island oceanside vacationers love the outdoors and enjoy playing tennis at one of the many tennis courts, rollerblading around the island, and at one of the island’s many exclusive golf courses. The Ocean Course at Kiawah’s Island Golf Resort will be hosting the 2012 PGA championships.

 

What a beautiful place to play!

Freshfield Village, just outside Kiawah, features exclusive shopping, art shows, live music, outdoor movies, a farmers market and lots of other events. And if you are craving even more culture just make an excursion to Charleston which is a short car ride away. It’s the cultural heart of the South with lots of historic sites, art galleries, concerts, cafes and restaurants to explore.

Vacationers on Kiawah Island  can enjoy all the benefits of a modern, well-furnished beach home with exclusive beachfront access year round. Since many homes are in private or gated communities a vacationer can enjoy perfect privacy right between a boundless nature preserve and a beautiful beach.

Want to come and see what Kiawah is all about? Book now before it’s too late!

Let your hair down at Bald Head Island

Wonderful Bald Head Island view from indoor

If you are looking for a fantastic vacation that your whole family will enjoy, look no further. Bald Head Island provides a fun and unique experience for all types of vacationers. Located in North Carolina, this island spans only 12,000 acres, making it one of the smallest inhabited islands on the coast of theAtlantic Ocean. With over 14 miles of pristine beaches and relaxing climate,Bald Head Island,North Carolina, is one of the most beautiful locations on the East Coast to rent a relaxing beachfront property. Rentals can start from as low as $1,500 per week, which makes them some of the most affordable beach houses on the Atlantic coast.

 

Lounge with family and friends

Popular activities available for tourists include ocean activities such as surfing, scuba diving, and many more. With so many beautifully located Bald Head Island rental properties to choose from, planning a vacation for your traveling party can be easy and fun!

Renting a beach property also saves significant amount money on for vacationing groups, which is perfect for cost-efficient travelers! Complete with a full kitchen and dining area, these one of a kind beach house rentals allow you to prepare meals in the comfort of your vacation home, saving you the money of eating out every night. You can also arrange for any special dietary needs for yourself or your family, as you will be purchasing the food yourself, not relying on a stranger to avoid your food allergies.

 

Breath-taking beach houses

Many of our rentals also offer you the opportunity to belong to one of the several exclusive clubs on the island. Located in communities with club memberships, our rentals will offer you the opportunity to take advantage of large-hotel amenities such as tennis courts, golf, swimming pools and fitness centers, while having the added convenience of staying in your own private rental. This way, travelers seeking an exclusive getaway can avoid the problem of having to share their hallways and dining areas with the hundreds of other guests in large hotels.

Amazing view from the Island

For more information and to see a complete listing of Bald Head Island rentals, please visit www.beachhouse.com, which contains the largest selection of beach rentals for vacationers. Listings are updated every day, so you never know when the home of your dreams will become available. You can also view photos of the different homes and even see the availability of local entertainment. These features make BeachHouse.com one of the most comprehensive web sites available for renting properties by the sea!

A Happy Nook Winner!

West will be enjoying his new Nook on the beach is Southern California this year! Thanks again for your creative video of Santa by his vacation beach house in Dana Point!

West received his new Nook!

West received his new Nook!