Vacation Rentals

Why bunk down in a generic hotel room when you could take up residence in a mid-century modern home in Palm Springs or try Metabolist living, an organic-inspired architectural style from the 1960s and '70s, in Tokyo? Vacation rentals at their best combine truly unique accommodations and a lower price tag than most hotels. But with great reward comes some risk as well. Travel + Leisure evaluates rental properties (and the companies behind them) based on ease of use, renters’ protections, and safety, as well as aesthetic appeal, location, and value.

Little Mermaid themed Malibu beach house pink and blue bedroom
You Can Book This 'Little Mermaid'-themed Malibu Beach House for Under $6 — and We Got an Inside Peek
Colorful home facades and palm trees in Fort Myers, Florida
This Florida County With 590 Miles of Shoreline Is One of the Best Places to Buy a Vacation Home, According to Real Estate Experts
The Gulfport Lighthouse in Gulfport, Mississippi
This 'Secret Coast' City in Mississippi Has Some of the Most Affordable Beachfront Real Estate in the U.S., According to an Expert