ASK TRIP COACH

Which Rental Is Right for You?

With hundreds of thousands of properties out there, choosing a vacation rental can be a daunting task. Use our chart—with options for three types of travelers—to jump-start your search.

From top: 1-bedroom in Paris, $692 per week; 3-bedroom in St. Lucia, $1,046 per week; 8-bedroom in Outer Banks, $1,520 per week (Courtesy the rental properties)

For a couple looking for an apartment in a European city

Best Value: A one-bedroom apartment in Barcelona with a private terrace, located just a 10-minute walk from Las Ramblas; regularly rents for $139 a night but was available at the last minute for $120 (vrbo.com).

Least Hassle: Interhome has nearly 200 rentals in Paris, such as this one-bedroom in eclectic Belleville. It's near cafés and grocers, with a Métro stop three minutes away. Rates start at $692 per week (interhomeusa.com).

Worthy Splurge: In Venice, Rental in Italy offers the Apartment Formosa, with French windows and marble floors in a 14th-century palace a few minutes from Piazza San Marco. A week's stay starts at $1,200 (rentalinitaly.com).

For a family of five looking for R&R in the Caribbean

Best Value: You can rent St. Lucia's Villa Frangipani—a three-bedroom home with ocean views and a 50-foot veranda, one mile from both beach and town in the hills of Castries—for $1,046 a week (homeaway.com).

Least Hassle: On the U.S. Virgin Island of St. John, a three-bedroom cottage called Blue Heaven Rendezvous has a hot tub with views of the Caribbean and nearby St. Croix. Weekly rates for up to six start at $2,050 (perfectplaces.com).

Worthy Splurge: Almond Hill, a three-bedroom villa with a pool in a 500-acre coconut grove near Montego Bay, Jamaica, comes with a full staff (including a butler and a gardener) and starts at $271 a night (villasofdistinction.com).

For a big group looking for a beach house in the U.S.

Best Value: In North Carolina's Outer Banks, you'll find homes perfect for groups—like eight-bedroom Here Comes the Sun, in Kill Devil Hills. It goes for as little as $1,520 a week in May, $2,920 in August (sunrealtync.com).

Least Hassle: The 2,400-acre Sandestin resort on the Florida Panhandle has 1,500 condos, town houses, and houses, so your group can hang together but still have privacy. Three-bedroom villas start at $259 a night (sandestin.com).

Worthy Splurge: Even lush, unspoiled Kauai is within reach: A five-bedroom villa in Princeville, on the north shore—a three-minute walk to a private white-sand beach and waterfall—starts at $2,500 a week (vacationrentals.com).

Get Inspired with more from BudgetTravel.com


Note:This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.
 

Budget Travel Real Deals


See more deals »

Video


Our newsletter delivers vacation inspiration straight to your inbox.

Video


Check Prices