Sun-drenched stretches of wide beaches strewn with pearly shells. Silky soft sands trickling through your fingers and toes. Rolling waves lapping against the shores. The salt-water breeze massaging your body, lifting your spirits. The sensation of cobalt blue skies, the iridescent sea, and wide open spaces drifting lazily into timelessness―very little else can be quite as relaxing as a week or two spent at the beach.
A beach house rental can be a great alternative to staying in an impersonal hotel room during your vacation. Beach rentals are available either right by the water, or somewhere close by. Plus, they have the added convenience of being more spacious than a hotel room or even a suite, and have all the amenities a home has.
Most rentals will have all the features you get in a hotel. If you are hunting for a rental through a property management company or an agency, you can even get a rental car provided for you when you arrive at your destination. Plus, many agencies and companies also offer tour guides, chefs, and professional cleaning staff, which will really turn your vacation into a holiday for everybody in the family.
To really enjoy a stress-free holiday by the beach, and to ensure getting the best possible beachfront rental property, make sure to check out the following points.
First of all, make sure that you know the exact amount of the rental, as well as if there are any additional expenses involved. Most houses, particularly the ones right on the beach, are usually booked well in advance. And during holiday seasons such as Christmas, spring break, and summer, beachfront rentals can be booked several seasons ahead. Hence, make sure to book the rental you want well in advance.
Whether you take a beach house on rent from an individual or an agency, ensure getting everything down in writing before you give them your credit card information or send a deposit. This is especially important if it is the first time you are renting from the individual or through the agency. Remember, an agreement made verbally is not valid legally in a court, nor is it binding. But a written and signed contract is legally binding.
Before you provide your credit card number, or give them a deposit to make a reservation, make sure to be fully cognizant about the cancellation policy, or whether you need to have any insurance on the property.
The services and amenities that are available nearby may help you to decide on the property you would like to take on rent. These may include delivery of a daily newspaper, continental breakfast, swimming pool, golf, hiking, biking, beach umbrellas, lifeguards, stores, restaurants, post office, whether it is pet-friendly or disability-friendly, and other resort facilities like a spa, salon, exercise room, and a masseuse.
And finally, check out the location of the house. Sure, it is great to have property right on the beach, as long as it is secluded or quiet, if you are looking for a quiet spot for vacationing. However, on beaches that are busy, it can be fairly noisy and stressful. Although, if you have kids, they may want just that.
Finding out about such rentals is quite simple and easy through the Internet. You could also ask your friends and relatives about the ones they have been to. Half the fun is planning for your beachfront vacation, finding just the thing you are looking for will make the holiday perfect for you and your family.
So, go ahead. Heed the call of the sun, sea, and sand. Let the rolling waves nourish your soul. Let the warm sunshine rejuvenate your body. And at the end of each day, revel in spectacular sunsets that only a horizon across the sea can offer.