Florida Vacation for Kids

How to get a great deal on a kid-friendly rental home

Florida is one of the most popular vacation destinations for families. With Disney World, Universal Studios and hundreds of miles of beaches, it can be the perfect retreat. Staying in Florida though can be expensive, and for some families rental homes can lessen those expenses. You can save by making meals in the house instead of eating out every night, and can save on gas money if you chose a house near the attractions you plan to visit. Finding a great deal on a rental home can be a little difficult.

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Start by beginning your search as soon as possible. There are families that reserve their vacation home year after year if they find one they like, and others start looking at least a year in advance. The sooner you start looking for a vacation rental home in Florida, the better the chances are that you'll find a good deal. Some rental companies even offer a discounted rate for families that book early. And expand your search to as many places as possible: look at magazines, online databases, newspapers, rental agencies and licensed realtors.

To find a truly great deal, you will have to be flexible. Better deals are available at different times of the year, and having even a few dates in mind can open more opportunities. Consider using three to four dates, or planning on any date within a month's period. If you start early, you might find a good deal earlier than you planned, but still have time to request those days off from work. You may also want to be flexible on location. Staying only 30 or 45 minutes from the more popular attractions can save you loads of money, as opposed to a place 5 to10 minutes away.

Depending on the age and size of your children, you might need to look for specific details in your vacation rental house. Parents of babies might need a crib, while toddlers will require safety measures in place like a baby gate. Many parents don't think about checking for childproof cabinets and baby gates at their rental house, but if you have it at home, you should have it on vacation.

The most important thing you need to do when looking for a vacation rental home is to make sure that the area allows children. There are several locations and resorts in the country where children under the age of 18 are not allowed on site. These destinations are therefore reserved for adults only and are more prevalent than you would think. Make sure you find out before booking, and save yourself the heartbreak on arrival.

Finding a kid-friendly vacation rental home in Florida can be an easy experience, and lead to a fun-filled trip.

By Jennifer Eblin