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A beach vacation is the perfect way to enjoy the surf, soak up the sun and get plenty of R&R. Here's our guide to finding bliss at a vacation rental by the beach.
There's a reason the word "vacation" brings to mind sun, sand and surf. A beach vacation offers an ideal mix of fun and relaxation. And the first step to planning a great beach vacation is browsing vacation rentals near the beach. You can relax at your beach vacation rental and return to a beautiful home after enjoying the waves all day.
An oceanfront vacation rental can make your beach vacation experience even better by putting you right by the beach. TurnKey offers oceanfront vacation rentals, and many feature scenic views. If you want a view of the water, choose either an ocean view vacation rental or a bayside vacation rental.
Before you find your perfect place by the ocean, you'll need to decide on a destination. Here are a few of our favorite beach vacation spots:
Ocean City, MD
Ocean City has something for everyone, including one of the country's top beaches with a boardwalk, 10 miles of beautiful sand and plenty to do year- round. Enjoy golf, fishing, hiking, kayaking and family fun that includes arcades, kid-friendly restaurants, shopping and more.
South Padre, TX
South Padre is an island just off the coast of Texas and one of the best places in the country to take a beach vacation. South Padre has more than 300 days of sunshine each year and an average winter temperature of a balmy 65 degrees. Enjoy fishing, jet skiing, swimming, windsurfing and parasailing on beautiful South Padre Island.
The Oregon Coast
The Oregon coast offers a range of beach vacation possibilities with 365 miles of coastline and three regions: the north coast, central coast and south coast of Oregon. Explore pretty coastal towns, quiet beaches, winding forest trails and stunning sand dunes. You can also go ATVing, kayaking or hiking along the Oregon coast.
One of the top destinations in Hawaii, Maui offers some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Known as "The Valley Isle," Maui has over 30 miles of black sand and white sand beaches where you can sunbathe, snorkel and go surfing. Visit "Big Beach" and "Little Beach," two of the most popular Maui beaches where you can bask in the ocean near spectacular black lava outcroppings.
Another one of our favorite beach vacation destinations is Surfside Beach, SC. TurnKey offers a variety of Surfside vacation rentals, including coastal cottages, condos and townhomes—and beachfront vacation rentals on Surfside Beach. Surfside's nickname is "The Family Beach," so it's the perfect place to take a beach vacation with kids. Surfside features pristine beaches with lifeguards, as well as festivals, parades, family-friendly seafood restaurants and state parks by the beach.
The best family beach vacations start with a great beach vacation rental. If you're traveling with your family, you'll want to get a vacation rental with plenty of bedrooms and all the amenities your group desires. You might want a hot tub, a gourmet kitchen for preparing big family meals, a fire pit and plenty of outdoor space for bocce ball, grilling and family gatherings. Or, you may want to consider renting an oceanfront condo that features family-friendly amenities such as a pool and a lazy river for the kids.