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As the world is beginning to open up again, would-be travelers are waiting anxiously for their favorite destinations to open their borders. Instead of hotel chains and resorts, lots of people are choosing to fully immerse themselves in Airbnb and VRBO vacation home rentals.
To help with your search, we’ve compiled a list of 5 of the top vacation rentals worldwide. These were selected according to their location, proximity to unique attractions and experiences, and the beauty of the space itself.
This picturesque three-bedroom cabin is located on the Skykomish River, which takes even the most refined, well-traveled guests by surprise. Natural woods and warm finishes create a modern feel without losing cabin influences.
Location: Skykomish River, Washington.
To say this is a rental with a view would be an understatement. Besides the river, this cabin gives guests unparalleled access to the outdoors. From fishing to simply enjoying a cup of coffee, this location is an outdoor lover’s dream.
Washington features all four seasons, with summers being hot and muggy and winters while short and extremely cold.
The wildlife and outdoors are what set this property apart. While secluded, it’s an hour from Seattle. Care for fishing? The hosts have equipment for guests who want to try their luck and hook their next meal.
Of the listings featured on this list, this riverfront cabin is on the more reasonable side. It is currently listed on Expedia for an average of $310 per night.
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Located in the iconic Ojai region of California, there is no shortage of vacation rentals. However, the Dee Dow Ranch may be one of the unique luxury vacation rentals.
This expansive 5-bedroom, 5400 sq ft Scandinavian modern farmhouse overlooks the awe-inspiring Topa Topa Mountain range, presenting a nightly pink and fuchsia light show spectacle each evening.
Location: Ojai, California
Ojai is known for being a golden oak-studded valley with breathtaking views and quiet calm. It’s considered a deeply spiritual town with an assortment of eccentric residents. It provides a small-town feel with bohemian brilliance. It’s a turnkey vacation rental experience on steroids.
If you are looking for massive amounts of sunshine and a cool breeze, the Dee Dow Ranch is the place to visit. Average temperatures will run between 55 and 85 degrees.
Besides its amazing location and top-flight accommodations, Dee Dow Ranch is home to some of California’s best farm-to-table cuisine. Additionally, the ranch is a short 80 miles from Los Angeles if you want to spend the evening doing something exciting.
This would certainly not be considered a cheap vacation rental, but from the many well-traveled guests it’s hosted, the value is certainly there. It is presently listed on Airbnb for an average of $3,200 per night, accommodating up to 12 guests.
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Nestled along a quiet cobblestone street in one of the most traditional neighborhoods in Mexico City, this is one of the best apartment home rentals currently being offered on Airbnb. With its private terrace, this space feels very expansive despite its small footprint.
Location: Mexico City, Mexico
As the second-largest city in the Americas, there is plenty to do. You will never have a dull moment in restaurants, museums, and shopping. However, like with any large location, some areas should be avoided.
Temperatures can range between 42 and 85 degrees year-round. Things can heat up in the summer months, so be sure to plan accordingly.
Located on one of the most tranquil blocks in the city with small local shops and cafes, it’s a perfect walking spot. It’s a 30-minute Uber ride to amazing museums and art galleries. Remember to be aware of the culture and how to behave accordingly.
This rental is a great location for summer travel, which averages just under $100 per night.
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Placed on the top of Morne du Vitet, this three-bedroom villa has a private pool, manicured gardens, and ocean views. It’s on the remote side, but that’s what many travelers are looking for.
The space? Flawless. The house is beautifully designed and well-stocked with wall-to-wall white tile and contemporary furnishings, making it the embodiment of HomeAway rentals.
Location: Marigot, St. Barts
Although it feels removed from civilization, you still have half a dozen knockout beaches within a three-mile radius. This vacation rental is a one-of-a-kind oceanfront rental. You are choosing this location for the local amenities and outdoors.
With temperatures averaging 82 degrees, the hotter weather is offset by the continual breeze flowing across the entire property. Visiting in the winter is considered the dry season, bettering your odds of great weather for the whole trip.
It is home to a series of breathtaking beaches, luxury yachts, designer boutiques, and drool-worthy restaurants. Housekeeping and airport transfers are included in the price.
This property is available as a Luxe AirBNB rental for an average of $1,571 per night.
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We round out our list with a visit across the pond for this cozy two-bedroom cottage nestled along the seaside. It is located on the beachfront in the heart of Whitstable, easily accessible to pubs, restaurants, and cafes. The house offers a modular sleeping space full of rustic charm. Furnished with antiques and quality linens, you can live your storybook seaside dream.
Location: Kent, England
Nestled in southeast England, Kent has been the setting for some notable pieces of literature and a common haunt for celebrities looking for a burst of inspiration. As a small coastal town, it has a great local appeal for those looking to become part of the goings-on.
You aren’t going to get an abundance of sunny days in England. However, the entire goal is to capture those cozy rainy afternoons to read books or drink a nice cup of tea. Average temperatures are between 43 degrees in the low and mid-80s during the warmer months.
The road in front of the cottage is a pedestrian-only street, making it very peaceful. The yard is also filled with lavender bushes and herbs, making the scent comforting. With local dining and pubs, living a local coastal English lifestyle is just a few clicks away.
The average price on Airbnb is $361 a night.
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