School’s out, sun’s out, tides out. Is there anything better than summer vacation in Florida? For those looking for Florida’s most popular summer vacation rental destinations, you’ve come to the right place. “The wisdom of the crowds” is an adage for a reason.

We’re sharing our most popular Florida summer vacation spots based on web traffic to for the months of April + May. These are prime vacation planning months, so rest assured our visitors know where they’re going, and they get what they want!

If you’re interested in these five Florida areas, don’t wait to book! Clearly other travelers aren’t. Happy planning!

Top 5 Florida Summer Vacation Spots

Panama City Beach

Photo courtesy of Visit Panama City Beach Facebook page

If you’re searching for the best of what Florida offers (think sun, sand, family attractions, and nightlife) set your sights on Panama City Beach. Adventures abound on the land and sea, as an afternoon jetskiing gives way to an evening dining on delectable seafood. The “Spring Break capital of the world” comes alive in March, that’s for sure, but it also welcomes visitors the other 11 months of the year. With over 300 sunny days per year, and temperatures hovering in the low 80’s, there’s no bad time to book a trip.

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Photo courtesy of City of Naples Facebook page

Upscale, charming Naples serves as a perfect backdrop for a glitzy Florida vacation. This sophisticated beach destination is located right along the Gulf of Mexico, on southern Florida’s “Paradise Coast”. Miles of fine sand beaches, gentle turquoise waters, and friendly locals are synonymous with this area. Shoppers delight in searching for antiques, home furnishings, clothes and jewelry. With its beautiful neighborhoods and grand architecture, the atmosphere is elegant, yet relaxing.

Snowbirds flock here during the winter as it’s popular among retirees and those looking to escape the harsh northern winters. World class dining and shopping draw wealthy travelers to the area. The turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico provide endless entertainment and relaxation, too. Hunt for seashells while you pack together sand for the perfect castle. Take a fan boat through the Everglades to experience southern Florida’s amazing ecosystem. Don’t forget to pack your clubs – this city is famous for its incredible golfing.

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Photo courtesy of City of Destin Facebook page

Offering emerald green waters flanked by miles of sugar white sand (perfect for building sand castles) it’s no wonder Destin’s known as “The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village”. The warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico highlight the area’s many attractions – both by land and by sea. It’s easy to spend an entire day outdoors when there are sport fishing, parasailing, and scuba diving opportunities galore.

With over 340 days of sunshine per year, and average temperatures that never drop below 60 during the day, this is a world-class retreat any month of the year. In the summer, most days reach 90 degrees with the water temperature as high as 84 degrees – that’s almost bathwater!

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Photo courtesy of City of Kissimmee Facebook page

A short drive south of Orlando finds you in sunny, friendly Kissimmee. Here you’ll be near all the theme parks, but you’ll be away from the bustling crowds. Rentals will cost less than a stay in Orlando, so you’ll have extra cash to spend on park tickets and meals. This area also offers activities for those who love outdoor exploration, with exotic plants and animals in the local nature preserves.

The Florida theme parks are the major draw for visitors to the area. Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, SeaWorld, and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter draw millions of families every year.

The fun doesn’t stop as kids and adults alike can mingle with their favorite characters, feel the chills and thrills of amusement rides, and cool off in the area’s water parks. If the theme parks don’t meet your need for speed, spend an afternoon at Fun Spot America. With two unique go-kart tracks and 18 rides you’ll be dizzy with delight.

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Cape Coral

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Sunny, friendly Cape Coral is a smart choice for those who want a quiet escape away from the hustle and bustle of the major Florida hot spots. Cape Coral is situated nearby Fort Myers and right on the Gulf of Mexico, so you won’t have to drive too far for those warm waters. Next time you’re looking for fun & sun, skip the traditional beachside hotel and opt for one of our Cape Coral vacation rentals instead.

Renowned Gulf Coast beaches, verdant golf courses and family attractions like the popular Sun Splash Family Waterpark make Cape Coral an appealing destination for visitors. With more than 400 miles of canals (more than Venice, Italy), boating, fishing and watersports are favorites among those spending time here. Walk through a nature preserve, treat yourself to find dining, or shop away the afternoon when the sun gets too hot.

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    James Ford Reply

    I am glad to see Destin is so high on this list because we always have a great time there but most of our friends haven’t visited the area. It doesn’t have as a big of a brand name as some of the other cities on this list but it’s so fun and very affordable. We usually stay with Exclusive 30A (they’re a vacation rental company there) and they have so many different options so we’ve stayed near multiple beaches of Destin. That being said, I may look into buying a house of my own in the area just so I can have a go-to destination when I visit. Just need to save a little more…

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      Carol Ravel Reply

      My family loves Destin too and after years of vacationing throughout 30A we finally pulled the trigger on our own vacation rental. Thanks for the Exclusive 30A recommendation James, we’re going to look in to their management services and from what we’ve read so far they have excellent customer service for owners and guests. Hopefully now that we have a home in Florida we can visit some of the other cities on this list as well because they look absolutely amazing!

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