The new year may have just barely begun, but that does not mean you should wait to plan your 2020 vacation. In fact, new travel demand data released by the popular home-sharing site Vrbo indicates that the best time to book your vacation rental home is now. This is especially true if you are looking to plan your getaway for earlier in the year, such as spring break or Memorial Day weekend.
According to the data, January and February are the busiest months of the year when it comes to booking vacation rental homes. It turns out you are not the only one trying to get a head start on vacation planning! The site data also identified specific surges, where booking demands for peak season timeframes were higher than others. Each of these surges was paired with popular vacation destinations, providing insight into where travelers are headed throughout the year. As a vacationer, it is important to book before a specific surge so you can browse the best selection of homes and reserve the one you want in the destination you want.
If you are planning a trip to Destin or South Walton this year, then the best time to book your vacation rental is now. Seriously, right now! As in, open a new window and start a search query for beach home rentals in your browser! Honestly though, it comes as no surprise that people flock to Destin, Scenic Highway 30A, and Panama City Beach from now through the summertime and even into the fall. After all, while the cold and gloomy skies dominate much of the US during the winter season, our beaches are a beacon of light and warmth all year round. Sunny skies, crystalline sands, and warm water beckon to beach lovers from around the world. You can get ahead of the curve by booking your stay early.
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Be aware of these booking surges and plan your vacation accordingly:
- For spring break, book your stay by February 10.
- For Memorial Day weekend, book your stay by April 20.
- For summertime rentals, book your stay by April 30.
- For the Fourth of July timeframe, book your stay by May 25.
- For Labor Day weekend, book your stay by July 28.
- For Thanksgiving, book your stay by October 21.
- For winter break, book your stay by November 17.
We would argue that even with these surges, booking earlier is always better, particularly for the warmer months. Because it is such a popular destination, rental homes tend to go fast in Destin & South Walton! So, start browsing now to ensure you get the home you want, at the price you want, for the dates you want, and in the location you want.
Ocean Reef Resorts offers an incredible selection of Destin vacation rentals for visitors, from beachfront houses to quaint coastal cottages to upscale condos. They offer luxury vacation amenities, including ample living and sleeping accommodations, kitchens, private pools, balconies with Gulf-front views, convenient proximity to shopping and dining, fitness center access, beach access, and more. While some are located directly on the coast, others are nestled snuggly in quiet neighborhoods a short way from the sugary shores. Rentals range from private getaways for you and your special someone to larger homes that can accommodate the entire extended family and even the dog. It is at one of these rentals that you will find the relaxation and renewal you need and that only a beach vacation can provide!
Of course, while you can reserve your vacation rental property through sites like Vrbo, booking directly from the Ocean Reef Resorts website can save you up to $500 by avoiding their booking fee. Yep, up to $500! That is a lot of savings, and who doesn’t love savings? Especially when you are already planning to drop a pretty penny on a super fun and memorable vacation.
We previously went into the details about the benefits of booking direct versus through a home-sharing site in the article How to Avoid VRBO + HomeAway’s Booking Fee: You Can Save up to $500 by Booking Direct. Many of these home-sharing sites include a service fee that slaps travelers with an additional 4% to 10% payment, on top of the cost of the rental property. The service fee cap is $499. Ouch! No thanks!
Avoid this additional cost by going straight to the source. When booking directly through Ocean Reef Resorts, you do not have to worry about hidden fees. You get the lowest price possible for the property, with the added bonus of having access to an incredible and knowledgeable staff that will help you pull off the ultimate vacation. Whether you book through the website or over the phone, a team of reservation specialists is available to ensure you find the rental of your dreams.
Besides saving money by eliminating the service fee, Ocean Reef Resorts also provides guests with additional discount saving opportunities. All guests receive access to the Reef Rewards program, which features freebies and discounts for a variety of Emerald Coast experiences. And savings make vacations better – it’s a fact! Discounted golf, tennis, bike rentals, sandcastle lessons, jeep rentals, bay fishing, jet ski rentals, and cruises are just a glimpse into your possible savings. How could you resist?
What are you waiting for? Book your vacation with us today. And remember to keep those demand surges in mind as you plan your stay! Search vacation rentals here on our website or call 800-782-8736 for assistance.