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100 Best Summer Vacation Rentals to Book Now
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It's Time to Plan Your Summer Vacation—Here Are 100+ Top Rentals to Snag

Now that April is upon us, summer houses are getting snatched up left and right—book before they're gone with our guide to the best beach rentals, lake houses, and villas around.

Is there anywhere on earth like a summer house? No matter what stuff your daydreams are made of—be it childhood memories on the Jersey Shore, the clapboard floating lake house in Sleepless in Seattle, or the lush and idyllic northern Italy villa in Call Me By Your Name—the places we call our temporary home for a weekend, week, or month in the summer are full of nostalgia and wonder, and become spaces we find ourselves thinking of fondly throughout the rest of the year.

Now that spring is upon us, it’s time to make the vacations we’ve been dreaming of a reality. Historically, Google searches for summer vacations peak at the end of March and beginning of April—so, yes, it’s time to book. No matter where your plans are taking you, places to stay are going fast, which is why we've compiled more than a hundred terrific options to browse.

Haven't decided just where to go yet? We have some insights. Summer 2023’s most-booked destinations reported by rental service VRBO—which recommends booking your summer stays by April 17 for the most availability—are the Outer Banks, North Carolina; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Gulf Shores, Alabama; Cape May and Ocean City, New Jersey; Cape Cod, Massachusetts; and Maui, Hawaii. Some less-booked but still highly recommended and popular-for-summer destinations that VRBO highlighted include Blue Ridge, Savannah, and Tybee Island, Georgia; Miramar and Rosemary Beach, Florida; Corpus Christi and Port Aransas, Texas; and Branson, Missouri—all worth considering if you'd like to explore somewhere new without the crushes of crowds.

As for the editors here at Condé Nast Traveler, an overwhelming number of us are fleeing to Tuscany once our summer Fridays commence. Also featuring heavily on our team's calendars? New England destinations like Maine and Nantucket, plus New York state spots like Montauk, Woodstock, and the Hudson Valley. We're also going to the Scottish Highlands, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Seattle, Vancouver, and Quito.

So without further delay, below, the best summer vacation rentals in 2023. —Alex Erdekian

All listings featured in this package are independently selected by our editors. However, when you book something through our retail links, we may earn an affiliate commission.

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