10 most booked spots on VRBO for summer 2022 – and what makes them so popular
America is ready to travel this summer: 85% of American adults say they expect to travel this summer and take more vacations than last year, according to a survey by the Out of Home Advertising Association of America, conducted in partnership with The Harris Poll. For its part, holiday home rental site Vrbo has already seen the surge in bookings: indeed, its research shows that demand for homes this summer is already up 15% from last year, and more than 70% of homes are already rented for July in popular destinations such as Ocean City, New Jersey and the Outer Banks, North Carolina.
Below, we share the ten most popular destinations currently booked on Vrbo, along with information on where you can find available rooms.
If you want white sand beaches: Gulf Shores, Alabama
The area offers 32 miles of glorious Gulf Coast beaches, with sand comprised of Appalachian washed quartz crystals. Gulf Shores itself has become an increasingly popular destination in recent years with plenty of fishing opportunities, as well as a plethora of restaurants that serve locally caught seafood.
Where to stay: You can book this newly built three bedroom home with balconies and pool access just steps from the gulf on Vrbo. If you’d rather stay in a hotel, try the Perdido Beach Resort, located on the ocean and featuring award-winning restaurants, or the Lodge At Gulf State Park, set in a 6,500-acre pristine ecosystem teeming with migrating birds. and sea turtle mating.
If you want endless entertainment options: Myrtle Beach, SC
Stretching for 2 km, the Myrtle Beach boardwalk is filled with restaurants, bars, hotels, shops and amusement parks that will keep you busy whenever you’re not lying on your back in the ocean. . When you’re not on the boardwalk, stroll and rest on the region’s 60 miles of coastline.
Where to stay: You can rent this dazzling four bedroom house with balcony and ocean view on Vrbo. Or you can stay at the Marriott Myrtle Beach Resort & Spa at Grande Dunes, which is located on the ocean and has indoor and outdoor pools.
If you want to play a lot of golf and tennis: Miramar & Rosemary Beach, Florida
Located about thirty minutes apart on either side of the Point Washington State Forest, a 15,400-acre preserve on the Florida panhandle, Miramar and Rosemary Beach both offer beaches of white sand and aquamarine water. Rosemary Beach is a planned community built around a downtown core and inspired by New Urbanism; Miramar is full of resorts, shops and restaurants. Both offer a combination of food options and natural beauty.
Where to stay: On Vrbo, you can rent this spacious three-bedroom home with a golf course in Miramar or this shed overlooking the tennis courts in Rosemary Beach. For hotels, try the Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort, a sprawling resort with four private golf courses, or the Pearl Hotel, a luxury boutique hotel in downtown Rosemary Beach.
If you are traveling with children: Panama City Beach
Another breathtaking spot with white-sand beaches on Florida’s Panhandle, Panama City Beach underwent a revitalization in the early 2000s that saw its old homes replaced with high-rise condominiums, which has drives up real estate prices in the area. The city has many attractions, including Frank Brown Park, a 200-acre complex dedicated to outdoor recreation.
Where to stay: Rent this classic three-bedroom Florida bungalow just one block from the beach on Vrbo. Beachfront hotels include the Hampton Inn & Suites Panama City Beach-Beachfront, which offers rooms facing the ocean, and the Days Inn Beach, which has a 6-story waterfall in the pool.
If you prefer the mountains: Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Home to Dollywood, which is Dolly Parton’s Appalachian-themed amusement park, Pigeon Forge and nearby Gatlinburg are great summer destinations if you prefer mountains and lakes to the ocean. Known as one of the gateways to the 520,000-acre Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the thriving towns offer plenty of attractions including Anakeesta, a theme park with ziplines and a TreeTop SkyWalk, plus the Gatlinburg SkyLift Park, which has a suspension bridge offering stunning views of the nearby mountains and valleys.
Where to stay: Journey to simpler times in this log cabin in Creekside available for rent on Vrbo, which features a large porch, rocking chairs and a hot tub. Or stay at Greystone Lodge on the River, a newly renovated hotel in downtown Gatlinburg, or Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa, which features Southern-style family restaurants and two pools.
If you want Hamptons vibes at half the price: Hilton Head, SC
Located in South Carolina’s historic low country, home to hundreds of years of American history – much of it very dark – as well as coastal marshes and trees draped in Spanish moss, Hilton Head is a vacation island where celebrities such as Stan Smith, John Mellencamp, and Michael Jordan have owned homes. The low-key barrier island, which has 20 km of pristine beaches, also offers plenty of golf courses, stables and tennis courts for a recreational holiday.
Where to stay: Try this newly renovated four-bedroom bungalow on Vrbo, just a four-minute walk from the beach. For luxury, head to the Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort, which has three championship golf courses; more budget-conscious travelers can try the Grand Hilton Head Inn, which has a pool and sun deck adjacent to the ocean.
If you want to visit paradise: Maui, Hawaii
It’s no surprise that Maui is such a popular destination. With 30 miles of scenic beaches, the island is also home to O’he’o Gulch, a waterfall-fringed nature park, and Haleakala National Park, a subtropical rainforest featuring stark, otherworldly volcanic landscapes. Paradise, literally.
Where to stay: You can rent this three-bedroom villa, which overlooks Haleakala National Park and is surrounded by mango, fig and citrus orchards, on Vrbo. Or you can stay at the Maui Beach Hotel, which overlooks Kahului Bay. For a real splurge, try Montage Kapalua Bay, a five-star resort with 24 acres of manicured grounds.
If you are a history buff: Fort Walton Beach, Florida
Fort Walton Beach is home to the Indian Temple Mound Museum, which lists over 12,000 years of artifacts from the native tribes that inhabited the area for millennia. The museum is part of the larger Heritage Park, which also contains the Civil War Exhibit Building and the Camp Walton School Museum. When you’re not immersing yourself in centuries of history, swim with dolphins at the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park or simply bask on the city’s white-sand beaches.
Where to stay: Live a life of luxury in this three-bedroom villa near Destin with its own private pool and dock available for rental through Vrbo. Try the Island Resort in Fort Walton Beach if you want to sip drinks in your bathing suit by the pool, or if you’re on a budget, check out the Hampton Inn Ft. Walton Beach, which is on the bay and has an outdoor swimming pool.
If You Want a Classic Northeast Beach Vacation: Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Stretching a total of 65 miles from Massachusetts to the Atlantic Ocean, Cape Cod is a diverse and history-rich vacation destination with 17and centuries-old homes and lots of natural beauty. Relax like a Kennedy in Hyannis Port or live out your love of the arts in Provincetown, which was established as an arts colony in the 1940s.
Where to stay: You can rent this classic four-bedroom clapboard home in Chatham on Vrbo. Or, try a bed and breakfast like the White Porch Inn and Art Hotel in Provincetown, which is filled with original artwork from artists around the world.
If you love nature: Outer Banks, North Carolina
The Outer Banks are a collection of barrier islands stretching 280 km along the North Carolina coast. Known for its pristine, non-commercial beaches, the Outer Banks is the perfect destination if you love the natural beauty of the coastline. The most notable attraction in the area is the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, famous for its black and white striped pattern.
Where to stay: Rent this brand new four bedroom home on a private bay in Salvo, a small town at the southern end of the Outer Banks. For a classic southern experience, try the White Doe Inn, a bed and breakfast on Roanoke Island. If you’re on a budget, try the Island Guesthouse and Motel, a 1950s bungalow-style hostel.