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Vacation rental rates can vary drastically, depending on the time of year, some being 300% or even 400% more during a summer month than during an off season month, such as January. Seasons obviously vary depending on if you are visiting a beach town or a ski town…the following is a typical schedule for a beach town…say beautiful Southern California.

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Everyone needs a little guidance when planning a vacation, or trying to decide on out of town accommodations. Hopefully this will help a bit…especially if you are new to the vacation rental experience. Here are some things to consider and questions to ask yourself before you pay that deposit:

  • Are the photographs accurate? Make sure that you are seeing is what you will actually get. Keep in mind that anything can be done to photographs these days, inaccurately portraying what a home may really look like. Ask if the photos are up-to-date and if not, ask what exactly has changed. Also ask if there are any additional photos that can be sent.
  • Are there guest reviews? Are these in house or third party? Before renting a place, you should always read reviews of guests who have actually823a-dining-view3 stayed in the property you are thinking about. If these reviews are from a third party reputation manager, such as www.flipkey.com, you can be 100% certain that the reviews are unbiased and true. In-house reviews (collected by the management company) areprobably true and accurate as well, but do not have that third-party verification.
  • How close is the rental to the sand? Many companies tell you that their rentals are “on the sand” or “beach front” when in fact, they are across the street. Find out exactly where the rental is in reference to the sand.
  • Does the rental provide WiFi? TV(s)? DVD Player? Stereo? Find out exactly what sort of entertainment amenities will be provided, so you don’t come expecting something and find that it is not there.
  • Does the property management company offer rentals such as bicycles and surfboards? Are beach chairs and boogie boards provided.
  • Are there outdoor showers? This is an especially important question for beach front homes…there is nothing worse than tracking in sand to your beautiful clean rental.
  • What is the bedding configuration? How many does it sleep, exactly? Have a print out of the floorplan and make sure that it will work for you and your group. You do not want to arrive and realize that one couple has to sleep on the floor.
  • What happens if there is a problem with the rental, or we are unsatisfied? Find out what the procedure is if there is a problem or maintenance issue with the rental…will the company switch you to something else? Refund you part of the rent? Do nothing?
  • Are the rentals owned by the rental company or by individuals? Many times, if rentals are owned by the rental company, things are kept up-to-date and issues are resolved faster, as the company does not have to go through an owner to get approval for things. You are also dealing with the first party rather than the third.
  • What is there to do walking / short driving distance from the rental? If what you want is an excluded home miles from anything, then you don’t have to worry, but if you want to get out and explore the surrounding areas, find out how accessible everything is.
  • Is there a catering service or private chef offered? Most companies can recommend caterers and private chefs for your use.
  • Is there a return customer discount? If you book once with a company, you’d hope they would welcome you back year after year with a great customer discount.

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Can a Hotel Offer This? Private Golf Tee Overlooking the Ocean…Can a Hotel Offer This? Private Golf Tee Overlooking the Ocean…

Traveling to San Diego and trying to decide on accommodations? What is the difference between a vacation rental and a hotel room, and what is better? Well, it all depends on what you are looking for. Obviously, we are going to push for the vacation rental!

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Think about a surfside holiday in the winter sunshine

COAST CITIES — Ever dreamed of waking up to the sound of waves or winding down the day with a glass of wine on an oceanfront deck watching the sun dip below the horizon? As the rest of the world bundles up, consider an off-season vacation right at the water’s edge.

The Oceanside-based company started with one property on Neptune Avenue back in 2000, right next to Beacon’s Beach. Today, in 2008, the company has grown to 38 properties. The off-season rate being offered for all rentals now is $99 per bedroom, per night. Book online and save 5 percent off of the rental rate.

Beachfront Only Vacation Rentals specializes in only beachfront homes either on a bluff overlooking the ocean in Encinitas or directly on the sand in Oceanside. All have fully stocked kitchens with everything from spices to blenders to coffee grinders, and all rentals come stocked with linens as well. There is something for a couple wanting to get away, or an entire family reunion, with one-bedroom condos on the sand to nine- or 10-bedroom single-family homes. One four-unit condo complex at 809 S. Pacific St. sleeps 60. Rooftop decks are common at several rentals, plus fireplaces and flat screen TVs.

“Beachfront Only has done all the work for you,” one guest from Arizona commented.

“Spacious floorplans, 50-inch plasma television, Jacuzzis, barbecue grill, washer and dryer, appliances, dishes, linens, towels, private parking and more. Just step off the back patio and dip your toes into the freedom of tranquility.” Another guest put it this way, “What hotel can you stay in that is on the beach (has) a kitchen, almost every utensil needed, 2,000 square feet and four bedrooms?”

The company offers various contests for its customers and the most recent photo contest winner, Joni Goar, submitted a photo of a “105th Birthday” greeting written in the sand below her rental. Her party was actually from San Diego, like many Beachfront Onlys’ guests who just want to escape for a few days to the beach.

Beachfront Only homes can also be used for corporate retreats, and even business meetings. They work at customer service, whether it be delivering extra soap and toilet paper, or helping arrange for flowers upon arrival. They boast a staff that works around the clock, seven days a week.

Visit http://www.beachfrontonly.com or call (858) 759-0381. The Web site lists all properties, their availability, floorplans, photos, virtual tours, reviews and local area information. Join the mailing list to receive e-mails on specials and future contests.

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