It’s no big secret that Florida is the vacation rental center of the US. From the coasts and the Keys to Cinderella’s castle, the Sunshine State attractions millions of travelers each year. To help you plan your next Florida trip, we’ve rounded up 13 of the most popular Florida vacation spots this year, based on FlipKey rental bookings. Some are Florida stalwarts, delivering precious sunshine to millions of visitors each year, while others are gathering steam as a new wave of popular locales. Which is giving you serious wanderlust? Let us know in the comments below!
#13 | Haines City, Florida
Pristine golf courses and overflowing orange groves are quintessential Florida, and both can be found in abundance in Haines City. Nicknamed “The Heart of Florida”, Haines City offers a needed break from the action (and cost!) of nearby Orlando.
#12 | Miramar Beach, Florida
Romance abounds in Miramar Beach. Book a tandem massage at a world-class spa, or enjoy the peaceful solitude of a hike with your partner in Grayton Beach State Park. And if you feel like some Vitamin Sea? Soak up the rays together on the sugar white sands of Miramar Beach while you apply (and reapply) sunscreen.
#11 | Four Corners, Florida
Four Corners, also known as Citrus Ridge, is a residential and short-term rental community located within 15 mins of the Disney parks. This full-service neighborhood has a grocery store, banks, and even restaurants with 24/7 takeout for those late-night cravings.
#10 | Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Boasting more than 3,000 hours of sunshine per year, Greater Fort Lauderdale is home to 23 miles of Blue Wave certified beaches. Explore the vast number of culinary, arts and cultural must-sees and must-dos including a stroll down chic shopping street Las Olas Boulevard (aka the Style Mile!).
#9 | Miami Beach, Florida
Miami Beach needs no introduction. High-end shopping, art deco architecture, and of course, sizzling South Beach make Miami one of the top vacation destinations in Florida this year and every year. But you already knew that, right?
#8 | Clermont, Florida
For those looking to experience the world-famous theme parks and”Old World Florida” (think rolling orange groves and artfully designed communities), visit comfortable, quiet Clermont. For a unique way to see the city, climb the 226-foot Florida Citrus Tower. This attraction offers a 360-degree view of Florida’s beautiful green hills at the top of a glass observation deck.
#7 | Cape Coral, Florida
Situated along the banks of southwest Florida, Cape Coral is home to hundreds of miles of turquoise-blue canals that flow into the Gulf of Mexico. For some family fun, play on the beach or at the Sun Splash Family Waterpark. You can also venture further afield, with easy day trips from Cape Coral including Fort Myers (for Red Sox spring training) or the Everglades (for an adrenaline-pumping ride on a fan boat).
Have a need for speed? Come to Daytona Beach. With a seating capacity of almost 170,000, Daytona International Speedway hosts some of the biggest auto races in the country throughout the year. After that? It’s Bike Week when everyone in town sits astride their favorite motorcycle.
#5 | Destin, Florida
Destin is a world-class beach and fishing resort community located in the Florida panhandle. A classic beach destination, Destin welcomes millions of families every year for summer vacation. Looking for an oceanfront rental in Destin? FlipKey has a rental for every budget and taste.
With its trademark white sand and warm Gulf waters, PCB attracts everyone from spring breakers to retirees, singles to families. As a result, Panama City offers a range of activities for all ages and interests. From deep sea fishing excursions to a day out on Shell Island, there’s something for everyone here (and then some!).
#3 | Orlando, Florida
If you haven’t been to Orlando to see Disney World, Universal Studios, and the other surrounding parks, what are you waiting for? Many vacation homes in the Orlando area are within a short 15-minute drive to the parks, and offer luxuries for kids and adults. Enjoy space, your own private swimming pool and more with FlipKey.
#2 | Davenport, Florida
Just 35 miles south of Orlando, Davenport offers easy access to the theme parks in a more affordable setting. Davenport is known for its golf and its lakes, both of which offer a chance to enjoy the sunshine. This area becomes the star of Central Florida in late winter during the Strawberry Festival (February), and the Wine Festival (March).
#1 | Kissimmee, Florida
Go-kart racing, miniature golf, water parks and adventure sports… Kissimmee offers family-oriented activities you’re sure to love. Kissimmee Lakefront Park features a playground and splash park for kids, BBQ grills for a cookout, and fishing piers. Plus,in Old Town Kissimmee you’ll find a classic car cruise through the city streets, accompanied by a live band every Saturday night.