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The 50 Best Vacation Rental Websites for Travelers in 2021

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Adrienne Fors in Vacation Rentals

Last updated August 16, 2023

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Searching for that perfect vacation rental? Or maybe you’re looking for sites to list your own property? Finding the best vacation rental websites for your needs isn’t always easy. In this article, we’ll introduce you to over 50 unique vacation rental websites, including global, regional, and niche sites. By the end of this article, you’ll probably have bookmarked a few sites you want to visit again and again.

 

 

The Most Popular Vacation Rental Websites

If you’ve booked a vacation rental before - or if you manage one - you’re probably familiar with at least a few of these top sites.

  1. Airbnb: One of the world’s most popular vacation rental booking sites which includes entire homes, private rooms, and shared spaces.

  2. Vrbo: Originally known as “Vacation Rentals by Owner,” Vrbo specializes in traditional vacation rental properties, like homes and condos, with a focus on leisure travelers.

 

 

  1. HomeAway: HomeAway’s parent company, the Expedia Group, also owns Vrbo. Expedia Group recently retired the HomeAway brand, so HomeAway.com now redirects to Vrbo.

  2. Booking.com: The most popular booking site in the world, which includes not only vacation rentals, but also hotels, hostels, resorts, and more.

  3. Expedia: Originally a hotel booking site, Expedia now includes listings for vacation rental homes, apartments, and villas in addition to hotels, resorts, and motels.

  4. Hotels.com: Contrary to its name, you can find all types of vacation rentals on Hotels.com, which offers the same properties as its parent site, Expedia.

  5. Tripadvisor: This site is more than a place to read reviews; Tripadvisor’s Rentals page shows listings for homes, condos, apartments, villas, and more.

 

 

  1. FlipKey: Part of the Tripadvisor family, FlipKey is known for traditional vacation rental properties (like Vrbo), and it has a global footprint.

 

Vacation Rental Meta-Search Sites

There’s no need to click around to try to find the best deal; a vacation rental meta-search site will do the clicking for you and aggregate search results from vacation rental booking sites like Vrbo and Booking.com.

  1. Tripping.com: Compare results from popular booking sites, apply filters, and read reviews for properties around the world on this vacation rental-specific meta-search site.

  2. HomeToGo: This site lets you enter dates and a destination to find the perfect vacation rental, then directs you to that vacation rental’s website or OTA to complete your reservation.

 

 

  1. Wimdu: Like its sister company HomeToGo, Wimdu aggregates search results for vacation rental properties on a variety of OTAs with a focus on urban and European destinations.

  2. Trivago: Compare not only hotels, but also vacation rentals on Trivago, which is known for its catchy advertisements and immense search results.

  3. Kayak: Though it might be best known as an airfare comparison tool, Kayak also offers meta-search functionality for apartments, condos, and homes.

 

 

Regional Vacation Rental Sites

Traveling to a particular corner of the world? These regional vacation rental sites focus on a particular country or market.

  1. Agoda Homes: As the vacation rental arm of hotel booking giant Agoda, this site lists over 1 million homes and apartments in markets throughout Asia.

 

 

  1. Clickstay: This Europe-focused site lists apartments, villas, cottages, and homes in destinations like Tenerife, Tuscany, and Ibiza, plus a handful of listings in non-Europe markets.

  2. Just Holidays: Formerly known as Euro Direct Rentals, Just Holidays specializes in home rentals in European destinations and has an ever-changing “specials” page.

  3. Holiday Lettings: Now part of the Tripadvisor family, this UK-based site got its start with cottages in the English countryside, but you can book vacation rentals in Europe and beyond today.

  4. The Holiday Let: Another UK-based site, The Holiday Let offers vacation rentals throughout Europe and in leisure destinations like Thailand and the United States.

  5. Abritel: The French-language version of Vrbo is one of the most popular travel booking sites in France, where French-speaking travelers can book homes around the world in their own language. 

  6. Traum Ferienwohnungen: This hugely popular German website is a favorite among German travelers looking for vacation rentals across the globe.

 

 

  1. Fe-Wo Direkt: Of course, we can’t talk about German vacation rental sites without mentioning Fe-Wo Direkt, which is now part of the Vrbo family and shows the same listings as you’ll find on the English Vrbo site.

  2. Tripz: Find vacation homes across the United States on Tripz - from cozy cabins in the Smoky Mountains to luxurious oceanfront villas in Hawaii.

  3. Find American Rentals: This site focuses on vacation rentals in the United States and stands apart because it doesn’t charge a booking fee.

  4. Cottages in Canada: The rustic Canadian cottage of your dreams awaits! Find it on this site, which lists over 3,000 vacation rentals throughout Canada.

 

 

  1. Vacation Caribbean Rentals: Planning a trip to the Caribbean? Search for and book vacation rentals in Caribbean destinations like Jamaica and Barbados on this specialized site.

  2. Florida Rentals: Traveling to the Sunshine State? Florida Rentals’ niche is vacation homes, apartments, condos, and villas in Florida only - from Key West to the Panhandle.

 

Luxury Vacation Rental Sites

Looking to splurge on a five-star villa or vacation home? These sites are known for their service-oriented and stylish listings.

  1. Plum Guide: This uber-selective site chooses to list only the most unique and luxurious homes in destinations like Palm Springs, the Hamptons, and the Cotswolds.

 

 

  1. Luxury Retreats: Now a subsidiary of Airbnb, Luxury Retreats offers 24/7 concierge service and a collection of 4,000+ homes and villas that meet its 240-point quality assessment.

  2. Villaway: This site provides dedicated concierge service, airport pick-ups, and tour bookings along with luxury homes and villas in destinations like St. Barths and Maui.

  3. Villas of Distinction: Find your ideal villa - whether it has a tennis court or a home theater - in destinations throughout the Caribbean, Asia, Europe, and the United States.

  4. All Luxury Apartments: This booking site focuses on high-end apartments in urban destinations like Paris, New York City, and Barcelona, with a few in resort destinations too.

  5. Oliver’s Travels: Vacation homes on this site must pass a rigorous evaluation in order to be listed, so you can avoid any unexpected surprises upon check-in - plus you can check if the home is baby- or kid-friendly.

 

 

  1. Stay One Degree: Like a vacation rental country club, this members-only program lets you book an exclusive selection of homes and meet fellow travelers.

Niche Vacation Rental Sites

Searching for something unique? These sites focus on a particular niche - whether it’s family travelers or long-term stays.

  1. Kid & Coe: Traveling with small children? Kid & Coe’s collection of luxury homes consists of only those that welcome the youngest travelers and provide amenities like cribs, kids’ dishes, and toys.

 

 

  1. Love Home Swap: Also geared toward travelers with kids, Love Home Swap arranges home swaps between traveling families. It gives a new meaning to “living like a local!”

  2. CoolStays: Why stay in a boring vacation rental? CoolStays lists properties that are not your average vacation home; expect to find treehouses, tents, castles, farmhouses, and even a windmill.

  3. Homestay: While some vacation rentals offer a completely self-service experience, Homestay’s properties encourage you to have interaction with your host, whether it be at meals or by helping out with tasks around the house.

  4. Misterb&b: Find apartments and homes that welcome LGBTQ travelers on this popular site, which has over 1 million listings and donates a percentage of sales to LGBTQ organizations.

 

 

  1. Innclusive: Aiming to combat racism in the travel industry, Innclusive helps travelers find vacation homes where they’ll feel welcome and accepted by hiding the traveler’s photo until the booking is complete

  2. Outdoorsy: Looking for a vacation rental on wheels? RV rental site Outdoorsy matches you with RVs, campers, and vans listed by over 15,000 owners.

  3. Blueground: Staying for a while? Blueground offers furnished apartments for stays over 30 days in cities like Los Angeles, Boston, and Paris.

 

Vacation Rental Brands & Management Companies

Sometimes you don’t want to gamble on a vacation rental - it could be great, but it could be a disaster. Vacation rental brands and management companies provide consistency and peace of mind for travelers who want a high-quality experience.

  1. Interhome: The world’s biggest vacation rental management company, Interhome, manages over 50,000 homes, primarily in European destinations, and even has brick-and-mortar offices which offer guest service in person.

 

 

  1. Sonder: As one of the largest vacation rental brands, Sonder has over 12,000 units in its portfolio, all of which embody the company’s passion for design and technology.

  2. Domio: This brand aims to deliver a vacation rental-style experience with the consistency of a hotel, and guests can earn and redeem loyalty perks through the Domio Rewards program.

  3. Kasa: With properties in urban and suburban markets throughout the United States, Kasa provides a modern, comfortable experience for not only vacationers, but also corporate travelers and groups.

  4. Vacasa: Focusing on vacation destinations like Hilton Head, Orlando, and Galveston, Vacasa’s massive portfolio includes individually owned homes, apartments, condos, and villas that are professionally managed by the Vacasa team.

 

 

  1. RedAwning: Offering management and booking services for vacation rentals across the United States, RedAwning’s website features over 100,000 listings and gives special discounts and perks to RedAwning members.

  2. Evolve: With thousands of listings in markets like Pigeon Forge and Orlando, this property management company guarantees that all of their listings will be clean and “as advertised” when you arrive.

  3. TurnKey: This vacation rental management company specializes in homes in leisure destinations like Destin, Myrtle Beach, and Lake Tahoe.

  4. onefinestay: As part of the Accor family of brands, onefinestay’s high-end homes and villa rentals strike a balance between personal service and professional management.

 

 

  1. Homes & Villas by Marriott International: Even the big brands want in on the vacation rental game; this site offers vacation rentals in global destinations and the opportunity to earn or redeem Marriott Bonvoy points.

Did we miss any vacation rental websites or awesome search engines for short-term rental getaways?  We're always looking for recommendations from travelers and property managers who know the best sites and insider tips to find exclusive beach houses, hotel rooms, last-minute accommodations and more. The vacation rental market is always changing and property owners constantly find new rental listing sites so we're going to keep this article a living breathing directory that will get regularly updated with your recommendations.