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10 Great Vacation Buys for Florida Beach Rentals

While everyone dreams of relaxing on a beach, most people do not live near one. If you have always wanted a home by the beach, you have arrived at the right place.  This list has a home for everyone no matter what they’re looking for.

Florida is such an amazing state with beaches in all directions.  Each one offers a very different atmosphere but all of them represent beauty and fun.

Have you been searching for a winter vacation rental in Florida? The options to rent a vacation home are as varied as the areas to visit.  From boats on the water and sunset views to condos by the ocean and large estate homes that fit multiple generations of a family.

Whether you want to be closer to quiet and surrounded by nature in the North or in the middle of all that city life offers in the South, there’s a great rental waiting for you. You can even find some pet friendly beachfront rentals in Florida.

Even the cuisines of each area have their own style and flavor.  Near Jacksonville you’ll find more southern homestyle cooking while there’s more variety in Latin flavors near Miami.  

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Just a Reminder…

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We have looked at all the VRBO’s to bring you a list of fan favorites, well reviewed with great hosts and amenities.  Some are uniquely styled but all ensure a memorable vacation. Not only is this list family friendly but also pet friendly without sacrificing any of the quality and style you’re dreaming of.

Each location also includes important beach access info because all beaches are not created equally.  You may have to pay for parking, some places require resident permits, and each beach may have additional rules you need to know about.

Be sure to check out my list of unique things to do in Florida.

Cocoa Beach

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Cocoa Beach Private Pool courtesy of VRBO

This beautiful vacation home in Cocoa Beach (sleeps 8) just steps from the beach and minutes from downtown! Beautiful interiors and exteriors, with high-quality furniture and beds and Smart TV’s installed in every room. All three bedrooms have king beds. 

The house sits on a 10,000 square foot lot. With features like a private backyard, heated salt water pool, Tiki Hut & Bar, this home will provide you with the perfect vacation getaway. Five cruiser bikes, two scooters and a bike trail that leads to the beach, what more do you need? $295 avg/nt

What about Beach Access?

There are four (4) parks with beach access in Cocoa Beach. Parking is provided at these parks, as are picnic tables, restrooms, and showers. Along with the parks listed below, the City also provides 40 streets that end at the ocean, east of A1A. There are dune crossings, metered parking spots, and litter barrels on each street.

Cocoa Beach Beach Operated Parks

Alan Shepard Park

There are 5 acres of oceanfront parkland at Shepherd Park. Over 300 parking spaces are available for automobiles and recreational vehicles. Parking is $15 for cars and recreational vehicles.

Sidney Fisher Park 

This 10-acre, ocean-front park is a favorite with families. The park has around 200 parking spaces, a picnic pavilion, and a playground. Parking is $15 per vehicle and $15 for recreational vehicles.

Brevard County Operated Parks

Lori Wilson Park

Brevard County operates and maintains Lori Wilson Park, a 20-acre ocean-front park. There are restrooms, a boardwalk, and a dog park. Parking is available for 274 vehicles.

Robert P. Murkshe Memorial Park

The county maintains and operates Murkshe Memorial Park, an oceanfront park located on two acres. The park has restrooms, showers, and picnic areas.

Naples

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Naples Saltwater Pool courtesy of VRBO

2 Master bedrooms and less than 1 mile from the beach? Where do we sign up!  They provide 3 bikes for you to ride over to the beach on.  An open floor plan with a heated saltwater pool is great for relaxing with friends or family.  Sleeps up to 8 and they own another home nearby for grouping with extended family or friends.  $291 avg/nt

Naples Beach Access

Be aware that there are 24 parking spaces reserved for City of Naples and Collier County beach parking permit holders only.  Non-resident parking is prohibited at those locations. 

Naples visitors will need to pay for beach parking and can access the beach at the following locations:

  • Seagate Drive beach access
  • Horizon Way
  • Vedado Way
  • Via Miramar
  • Lowdermilk Park
  • 8th Avenue North
  • 5th Avenue South *
  • 8th Avenue South *
  • Broad Avenue South – 100 Block
  • Broad Avenue South – 200 Block
  • Pier / 12th Avenue South * -HR
  • 13th Avenue South

13th Avenue South – 100 Block

14th Avenue South

* indicates shower and HR is handicap ramp

Parking Meter Payment

  • 25 cents for 5 minutes
  • $3.00 per hour
  • A MINIMUM PAYMENT of $1.50 is required.
  • Pay Stations accept quarters and Master Card, Discover, American Express and Visa.   

Extend-by-Phone is available at the pay stations at Naples Pier.  Consumers can receive text messages when their parking is about to expire using the Extend-by-Phone service.  Parking customers can extend their parking time when they respond to this text properly.

No user account is needed for Extend-by-Phone.  Here’s a video showing how to extend by phone.

Parking Ticket Fines

A parking ticket for a violation of beach parking rules is $102, if paid within 10 days, it is $70.00.  The fine for violating handicap parking regulations is $252.

Jensen Beach

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A Private Backyard Resort courtesy of VRBO

A private backyard resort with heated pool/spa, sundeck, bar, BBQ, firepit, and beach area all within walking distance to downtown and minutes from the beach. $399 avg/nt

Jensen Beach – Beach Access

Hutchinson Island has 17 public beaches, from Waveland Beach to Bathtub Reef Beach. Visitors can enjoy miles of beautiful sandy beaches for free.

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Fleming Island

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Homeawave courtesy of VRBO

“Homeawave” – a floating home on the water with 1 Bedroom and 1.5 baths.  Views of the St. John’s River, you’ll be able to catch some beautiful sunsets in absolute peace. $310 avg/nt

Beach Access from Fleming Island

Fleming Island is actually about 25 miles from the beach along the St. John’s River.  The closest beach access locations are:

  • Seminole Beach
  • Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park
  • Atlantic Beach
  • Jacksonville Beach Pier
  • South Beach Park and Sunshine Playground
  • Ponte Vedra Beach
  • Bird Island Park
  • Mickler’s Landing

Islamorada

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Baycation houseboat courtesy of VRBO

Baycation in a remodeled houseboat.  1 Bedroom, 1 Bath close to everything you need with many amenities available in the marina and beaches nearby. $384 avg/nt

Islamorada Beach Access

Library Beach Park

The beach overlooks a mangrove-lined creek and includes a playground, a pavilion with grills for barbecuing, and public restrooms. 

Swimming is at your own risk. Dogs are not allowed. PWCs and motorboats are prohibited. There is no fishing.

Anne’s Beach

Anne’s Beach was fully restored after it was destroyed by Hurricane Irma on August 23, 2019. The north parking lot has 300 feet of boardwalk, six pavilions, and restrooms. There are virtually no waves at this beach, and a shallow swimming area is perfect for young children and dogs. There is also a paved parking lot, boardwalk, covered picnic tables, and public restrooms at Anne’s Beach. 

Swimming is at your own risk. Only leashed dogs are permitted on Anne’s Beach. PWCs and motorboats are prohibited. Fishing is not allowed.

Plantation Hammock Preserve

Trails and benches for nature lovers. Founders Park, adjacent, has public restrooms. Dogs are not allowed. Motorboats and PWCs are not permitted.          

Stock Island

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Key West Yacht courtesy of VRBO

4 Bedroom, 4 Bath Yacht with access to resort amenities and restaurants in Key West.  $1,535 avg/nt

Stock Island Marina Village

There are two waterfront pools and three dockside restaurants. There is also a complimentary shuttle to Old Town. Key West is only a bridge away.

Indian Rocks Beach

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Oceanfront cottage courtesy of VRBO

Oceanfront cottage with a heated pool sleeps up to 6.  4 cottages available and can be rented together for a large group. Walking distance to shops and restaurants. $359 avg/nt

Indian Rocks Beach – Beach Access

WIth a beachfront stay you don’t have to worry about beach access but if you want to explore further there are 26 public beach access spots plus a waterfront park.  

Public Parking is available at the beach accesses on the West Side of Gulf Blvd. at:

27th Ave to 19th Ave, 33785 A few FREE public parking spots are provided at each access.

Indian Rocks Beach Access County Park

  • 1700 Gulf Blvd, 33785
  • 80 public parking spots ($$), restroom, outside showers
  • Mile Marker: 17½

16th Ave, 15th Ave, 12th Ave, 8th Ave, 4th, 2nd and 1st Ave, Central Ave A few FREE public parking spots are provided at each access.

Showers are available at accesses on 16th, 15th, 14th, 12th, 8th and 1st Ave

Beach access, with limited free parking, is available throughout the city and a Pinellas County Park on the beach provides public restrooms. 

Manatee County

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Beachfront with large deck courtesy of VRBO

2 Bedroom, 2 Baths Beachfront with bikes and water toys.  Large waterfront pool deck and keyless entry system.  $650 avg/nt

Manatee County Beach Access

Lifeguards are on duty 365 days a year at both Coquina and Manatee Public Beaches.  The covered hours are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Labor Day thru Memorial Day and 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Memorial Day thru Labor Day (summer). 

  • Anna Maria Bayfront Park – Bus Stop, Beach, Fishing, Grills, Pavilion, Restrooms, No Dogs
  • Coquina Beach – Bus Stop, Beach, Concession/Gift Shop, Grills, Lifeguards, Open Space, 5-Pavilions, Playground, Restrooms, Trail (no dogs), Volleyball
  • Manatee Beach Park – Bus Stop, Beach, Concession/Gift Shop, Lifeguards, Open Space, Restrooms, Volleyball, No Dogs
  • Palma Sola Causeway Park – Bus Stop, Fishing, Grills, Restrooms

Bradenton Beach

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White Sand Beach Nearby courtesy of VRBO

4 Bedroom, 2 Bath walk to private sugar-sand beach on Anna Maria Island.  Enjoy a private heated saltwater pool in a tropical backyard. Comes with beach chairs, towels, water toys, and a wagon to enjoy at the beach. $349 avg/nt

Bradenton Beach – Beach Access

The main parking lot is located off of 1st Street North just east of the Circle K. The lot is also accessible off of Bridge Street.

Additional parking lots are also located in the 400 block of Highland Avenue (Police Department) and south of the Public Works facility (under the Cell Tower).

Additional parking is also available at both County Beaches (Coquina Park and Cortez Beach) where free trolleys turn around every 20 minutes from 6 a.m. until 10:30 p.m., 7 days a week transporting visitors to locations anywhere on Anna Maria Island.

All parking areas are free and all lots are closed at midnight.

Anna Maria Bayfront Park 

Beer Can Island Beach

This is a secluded peninsula at the northern tip of Longboat Key. Its 2,000 feet of sandy beach are excellent for shelling. It is best to come by boat or walk to the island at low tide.

Holmes Beach. 

Located at the center of Anna Maria Island – grills, a playground, showers and a picnic area, as well as, plenty of wide, sandy beach. 

Manatee County Beach

This Bradenton beach features 900 feet of sandy beach on the Gulf of Mexico. Cortez Beach showcases 140 feet of undeveloped beach. It has free parking, lifeguards on duty, restrooms, picnic tables and showers. Coquina Beach located on the island’s southern tip is a popular public beach lined with towering Australian pines. A full-service concession stand, ample parking, barbecue pits, picnic facilities, a boat ramp, a playground, restrooms, showers and lifeguards make this beach a popular, bustling beach.

North Longboat Key Beach

Longboat Key is for those who prefer secluded Bradenton beaches. These pristine beaches are a well-kept secret and public access is at a minimum. Try the undeveloped sandy beach extending from North Shore Road south to the county line, accessible at the ends of residential streets.

Palmetto

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Tropical setting courtesy of VRBO

Tropical pool, waterfront, and a boat option! 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath secluded estate on the Manatee River.  $579 avg/nt

Palmetto Beach Access

The closest beach to Palmetto is at Emerson Point Preserve.  There’s 365 acres for hiking and kayaking.     Additionally there are: 

  • Picnic & Parties – Pavilion Rentals
  • Hiking (Map)
  • Dog Walking
  • Kayaking/Canoeing (Map)
  • Fishing
  • Outdoor Education
  • Observation Tower

Whether you want a taste of old Florida or a vibrant coastal town, there’s a rental there to help you unwind and feel at home.  Occasionally, you can find affordable beachfront places for an amazing vacation.  Either way, there’s always a beach nearby and plenty to do.

Happy Wandering!

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