TripAdvisor reveals America’s top winter vacation rental getaway destinations

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Miami Beach (TripAdvisor traveler photo)

TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, has announced America’s top winter vacation rental getaway destinations for 2011, based on TripAdvisor vacation rental inquiry data for the winter months. Whether travelers are looking to hit the slopes or escape the cold for a beach trip this winter, vacation rentals can provide top-notch amenities, more living space, and significant potential savings versus other lodging options.

“For travelers planning a winter getaway with friends and family, vacation rentals can offer a unique experience and appealing savings in amazing destinations across America,” said Hank Hudepohl, director of vacation rentals at TripAdvisor. “Whether travelers want to embrace the cold or escape from it, these vacation spots offer visitors plenty of fun activities in addition to a wealth of top-rated vacation rental properties.”

TripAdvisor listed two categories – winter ski destinations and sun vacation destinations. Beach Maniac, of course, is really only interested in one of those categories:

Top 10 Winter Sun Vacation Rental Destinations in the U.S.

1) Miami Beach, Florida — 249 vacation rentals on TripAdvisor
While it may be tempting to just relax on its sunny beaches during a warm weather winter escape, Miami Beach also features renowned nightlife, gourmet dining, and a thriving arts scene. Travelers could save up to $2,910 by staying at a vacation rental for a weeklong trip.

2) Orlando Area, Florida — 4,019 vacation rentals on TripAdvisor
Right in the heart of America’s famous theme park country, the Orlando area offers visitors endless family fun and plenty of Florida sun. Travelers could save up to $1,670 by staying at a vacation rental for a weeklong trip.

3) Key West, Florida — 493 vacation rentals on TripAdvisor
Located at the tip of the Florida Keys, Key West boasts a great mix of activities for travelers including boating, snorkeling, fishing, shopping, and world-class dining. Travelers could save up to $2,870 by staying at a vacation rental for a weeklong trip.

4) Honolulu, Hawaii — 391 vacation rentals on TripAdvisor
Hawaii’s State Capitol, Honolulu is a vibrant city with an active nightlife, historic landmarks like the USS Arizona Memorial, top notch dining and shopping, and quick access to pristine beaches. Travelers could save up to $2,020 by staying at a vacation rental for a weeklong trip.

5) Lahaina, Hawaii — 679 vacation rentals on TripAdvisor
Located on the island of Maui, Lahaina boasts top-rated beaches, including Ka’anapali and Napili, as well as unique sights like the Banyan Tree Park near the town’s Courthouse building. Travelers could save up to $2,320 by staying at a vacation rental for a weeklong trip.

6) Kihei, Hawaii — 732 vacation rentals on TripAdvisor
Situated off Maalaea Bay on the island of Maui, Kihei extends plentiful warm weather fun to visitors, including sandy beaches, horseback riding, wind surfing, and golf courses. Travelers could save up to $3,500 by staying at a vacation rental for a weeklong trip.

7) Key Largo, Florida — 96 vacation rentals on TripAdvisor
The warm weather enjoyment is nearly endless in Key Largo, featuring gorgeous beaches, scuba diving, kayaking, parasailing, and even the chance to swim with dolphins. Travelers could save up to $2,010 by staying at a vacation rental for a weeklong trip.

8) Poipu, Hawaii — 525 vacation rentals on TripAdvisor
Found on the island of Kauai, Poipu offers fun both for travelers seeking relaxation and those looking for adventure, with beautiful beaches, serene spas, kayaking, ATV tours, and mountain biking. Travelers could save up to $3,250 by staying at a vacation rental for a weeklong trip.

9) Naples, Florida — 841 vacation rentals on TripAdvisor
Located on the Gulf Coast of Florida, visitors to Naples appreciate its pristine beaches and warm waters, as well as its myriad options for shopping, dining, and golfing. Travelers could save up to $2,020 by staying at a vacation rental for a weeklong trip.

10) Kailua-Kona, Hawaii — 546 vacation rentals on TripAdvisor
Situated on the west coast of the island of Hawaii, Kailua-Kona offers travelers plenty of fun in the sun with fantastic beaches, delicious local cuisine, coral reef snorkeling, and natural wonders like the Mauna Kea Summit and Rainbow Falls. Travelers could save up to $2,390 by staying at a vacation rental for a weeklong trip.

To explore TripAdvisor’s vacation rentals listings around the world, as well as its innovative Vacation Rentals Calculator, visit: TripAdvisor Vacation Rentals.

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