Monday, December 1, 2014

Top New Years Eve Celebration Destinations

New Years Eve is just around the corner, and you know what that means...parties!  For a lot of people, it also means vacation.  Many people take time to travel over the New Year to take advantage of days off work and school.  Whether you seek the glitz and glam of the New Years Eve cocktail parties or a more low key, kick off your shoes and relax kind of celebration, we have the top New Years Eve celebration destinations for you!


New York City
This destination always makes the list because it is one of the most sought after destinations for New Year's thanks to the Times Square ball drop! If you seek a big event with live cameras, live music, and one of the largest parties around, look no further than spending New Year's Eve in New York City!

If you are looking for a place to stay close to Times Square, try this 2 bedroom New York City vacation apartment.  This apartment is located just 3 blocks from Times Square!  No need to hire a taxi in the madness of the holiday, just walk out your door and you will be at the New Year's Eve Time Square Celebration in minutes!
Vacation Rental in New York City
Orlando, Florida
Disney and the Orlando, Florida area are some of the most visited tourist destinations in the United States.  New Year's Eve is a great time to visit Disney as the weather is warm, and the fireworks are magical! They don't call it the Magic Kingdom for nothing.  If you are looking for good, family friendly fun, Orlando is the place to spend your New Year's Eve celebration!

Fun for the whole family can be had at this great Orlando/Disney area vacation condo!  Endless amenities like miniature golf, swimming, kayaking, arcade games, full kitchens, and so much more.  This is a great location just a few miles from all the magic at Disney!

1 bedroom Orlando/Disney Vacation Rental
Berlin, Germany
This famous city packs in over 1 million party goers each New Year's Eve!  So, if you are looking for a party, this might be the place to go.  With live music, endless food venders, and an impressive fireworks show at midnight, you are sure to have a memorable celebration (and be tired at the end of the night)!

This one bedroom vacation apartment is located right in the heart of Berlin!  Just steps from all of the attractions and nightlife you seek on your New Year's Eve vacation.  At the end of the day, you will want to kick back and relax in this great vacation apartment in Berlin.

One bedroom vacation apartment rental in Berlin, Germany
Caribbean
We debated on a specific location, but decided that anywhere in the Caribbean is a great destination to spend New Year's Eve!  All of the islands will have celebrations, festivals, parties, you name it!  Plus, they all offer the warm sands and the beautiful ocean waters that so many people seek this time of year.

If you end up visiting St. Maarten for your New Year's Eve vacation, try this 3 bedroom ocean view vacation home in Beacon Hill!  It is available for the holiday and can sleep up to 6 people, so bring your family and friends!  The views will not disappoint either.

3 bedroom ocean view vacation home in Beacon Hill, St. Maarten
Wherever you may celebrate the New Year's Eve holiday, we hope you enjoy your vacation and have a wonderful New Year!  If you are still in search of the perfect place to spend New Years Eve, contact our travel specialist.  We love helping our customers find the perfect place for vacation!

PerfectPlaces.com has over 66,000  vacation rental properties in over 79 countries.  Perfect Places is dedicated to helping travelers find and rent vacation rental properties worldwide. Vacation Rental properties offer a compelling alternative to Hotels for travelers seeking additional space, amenities and value that Hotels are often unable to match. Perfect Places is a privately owned company headquartered in Mountain View, California.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Vacations under $100 a night!

We are often asked if it is possible to find vacation rentals under $100 a night.  Our answer is always, OF COURSE!  In fact, we have many vacation rentals under $100 and some even start at just $20 a night.  Vacations don't have to be expensive!  Check out this list of vacation rentals for under $100 a night; it just might inspire you to hop on that plane a little sooner!


Looking for some peace and quiet with a beautiful view?  Jamaica is one of the most traveled destinations in the Caribbean, but it doesn't have to be swarmed with tourists or super expensive!  This ocean view 2 bedroom beach house in Long Bay, Jamaica just might be perfect for your vacation!  For just $60-$80 a night, you can stay at this fantastic home.
2 bedroom beach view vacation home in Long Bay, Jamaica


Quite possibly the oldest and most visited city in the world, traveling to Rome is a must!  It is often thought that Rome is very expensive given the shortage of space for building homes and hotels, however we have found a fantastic apartment.  Starting at $25 a night, this vacation apartment in Rome is within minutes of all the must see attractions!

Myrtle Beach is a popular vacation destination in the United States, but that doesn't mean it has to cost you a bunch of money.  Grab your Myrtle Beach vacation rental for just $21-$97 a night!   With views of the ocean, and everything you could possible need on your vacation, this condo is perfect and at the perfect price!
2 bedroom Myrtle Beach vacation condo

Who said luxury had to come at a high price?  This beautifully decorated ocean view condo in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic starts at just $85 a night!  Relax in your beautiful condo, take a swim in one of the pools, and then hit the large white sand beach!  Your toes will be in the sand within minutes of walking out your door.

This is just a small sample of our vacation rentals for under $100 a night!  Check out our website, or contact our travel specialist for more vacation rentals.  We love a good bargain ourselves, and we love to help our customers find the perfect place to vacation for under $100 a night.

PerfectPlaces.com has over 66,000  vacation rental properties in over 79 countries.  Perfect Places is dedicated to helping travelers find and rent vacation rental properties worldwide. Vacation Rental properties offer a compelling alternative to Hotels for travelers seeking additional space, amenities and value that Hotels are often unable to match. Perfect Places is a privately owned company headquartered in Mountain View, California.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Private Boat and Canal Access Vacation Rentals in Cape Coral, FL!

Have  your boat and dock it too, in Cape Coral, Florida!

If boating is one of your favorite things to do while on vacation, you would probably love to have your own private boat and dock too.  There is no better place for this than Cape Coral, Florida!  Cape Coral is famous for having over 400 miles of canals, which is the more than any other city in the world! Many of the canals also lead directly out into the ocean, if you seek an ocean voyage or fishing adventure.

Cape Coral is a fantastic place to vacation and stay at your own waterfront vacation home with boat dock.  Simply walk out of your vacation home onto your private dock, hop into your boat, and you can be on the water in seconds!  There are even several restaurants and bars that allow you to pull your boat up, dock it, and have a nice lunch or diner!  You can take your boat almost anywhere in Cape Coral, Florida!


Here are a few of the top vacation rental homes in Cape Coral that have a private dock and boat!

This fantastic 4 bedroom and 2 bathroom villa is directly on the canal and comes with your own boat, private dock, and private pool!  Take a dip in the pool and watch the boats go by, then hop in your own boat and take it for a spin!  How much better can it get?  This vacation home in Cape Coral is sure to be a winner!
4 bedroom vacation home with boat and dock in Cape Coral, FL

Wow, this vacation home has it all!  Stay in your own 3 bedroom 4.5 bathroom canal front vacation home, with pool, hot tub, pool table, and a private boat and dock with access to the Gulf of Mexico!  Hop on your boat and you are just a few minutes from the waterfront dining and shopping at the famous Cape Harbour Marina.  This home is also sophisticatedly decorated for that extra luxurious feeling!

3 bedroom canal front vacation home in Cape Coral, Florida

Paradise awaits you at this 4 bedroom canal front vacation home in Cape Coral!  Picture yourself at this luxury vacation villa sun bathing on the canal front deck, or taking a dip in your own private swimming pool!  This home is also just a few minutes from the waterfront dining and shops, and is a 20 minute boat ride to the Gulf of Mexico!  What a breathtaking boat ride it will be!
Cape Coral 4 bedroom vacation home with Gulf access

If you love boating and warm weather, Cape Coral has a lot to offer for your vacation.  With 355 days of sunshine, you are likely to have fantastic weather any time of the year to enjoy boating.  If you would like some help finding the perfect place for a canal front vacation, contact our travel specialist!  We love helping our customers find the perfect place for their vacation! 

Monday, October 6, 2014

Smoky Mountain Adventure: Find the Abandoned City!

Are you intrigued by the discovery of an abandoned town in Smoky Mountain National Park?  So are we!  Take your own vacation to the Smoky Mountains and let your adventure begin to find the abandoned city!

The Smoky Mountains are a very popular destination for travelers who seek nature, seclusion, beautiful mountain scenery, and of course hiking!  Fall is a fantastic time to visit the mountains as the foliage is changing colors making the scenery ever so pretty.  Add in the thrill of searching for the abandoned city and you will be sure to have one of the most memorable vacations yet!

There are many different areas of the Smoky Mountains that offer fantastic accommodations for your adventure to the Smoky Mountains.  Bryson City is the closest town to Smoky National Park, followed by Whittier, Sylva, and Maggie Valley

Bryson City
Feel like you are on top of the world from this amazing log cabin home in Bryson City.  Set at 3,000 feet of elevation, it offers 5 acres of unspoiled nature and breathtaking views of the Smoky Mountains!  This home has 3 bedrooms and sleeps up to 6 people and offers a grill, outdoor fire pit and hot tub.
Bryson City, NC Vacation Cabin
Whittier
This wonderful Whittier vacation cabin boasts sweeping views of the Smoky Mountains and offers luxurious accommodations for up to 10 people! Enjoy the views from your wrap around deck, private hot tub, and all the amenities you could possibly need.  Best off all, Smoky National Park is just 5 minutes up the road!
Whittier, NC 3 bedroom vacation home
Sylva
You will definitely enjoy your vacation at this cabin located right on the Tuckaseegee River in the Smoky Mountains!  Enjoy the indoor fireplace, large porch, gas grill, fire pit, and fish from the comfort of your own cabin!  Smoky National Park is also a short drive away.
2 bedroom vacation cabin in Sylva, NC
Maggie Valley
This is your true Smoky Mountain escape!  This log cabin home in Maggie Valley offers fantastic views, wrap around deck, private hot tub, and sleeps up to 8 people.  The home overlooks Maggie Valley as well as the Maggie Valley Resort Golf Course--so if you enjoy golf, bring your clubs!
Maggie Valley log cabin vacation home
These are just a few wonderful places to stay while you are searching for the abandoned city in Smoky National Park!  We hope you have a great time hiking, fishing, relaxing, and enjoying nature in The Smoky Mountains!  And please, if you find the abandoned town, let us know!  If you need help planning your vacation to the Smoky Mountains, please contact our travel specialist!  We love finding the perfect place for our  customers Smoky Mountain adventure!

PerfectPlaces.com has over 66,000  vacation rental properties in over 79 countries.  Perfect Places is dedicated to helping travelers find and rent vacation rental properties worldwide. Vacation Rental properties offer a compelling alternative to Hotels for travelers seeking additional space, amenities and value that Hotels are often unable to match. Perfect Places is a privately owned company headquartered in Mountain View, California.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Caribbean Islands: Island Hopping!


Picture yourself amidst tranquil waters, palm trees, and your feet in the soft white sand!  Sound like a perfect vacation to you?   Then look no further than the Caribbean Islands!  With over 1,000 islands, the Caribbean offers an abundance of beauty, some exotic destinations, and the relaxation you deserve. Did you know that many of the islands are actually made up of two islands, or two countries?  This gives you an opportunity to visit one location, but two destinations! Here are just a few of the Caribbean Islands that offer two vacation destinations for the price of one!

St. Kitts and Nevis
Not one, but two islands make up the country of St. Kitts and Nevis!  St. Kitts is the larger of the two islands, housing the capital city, and the smaller island, Nevis, is located just 2 miles southeast.  With beautiful tropical rain forests, volcanoes, and some of the most pristine beaches around, St. Kitts and Nevis makes for an increasingly popular vacation destination.  


St. Kitts and Nevits
Beautiful St. Kitts Vacation Rental
Try this ecologically sensitive beachfront resort on your vacation to St. Kitts and Nevis!  It is located on the island of Nevis, which is ideal for boating, scuba diving, snorkeling, mountain biking, and the seclusion of a small, relaxing island!

Saint Martin
Another Caribbean Island destination is Saint Martin, which is one island, but is home to two countries!  There is the Dutch country of St. Maarten, and the French country of St. Martin.  The views from the island of St. Martin are absolutely breathtaking and is one of the reasons that tourists have been traveling here for years.  Many repeat travelers come back to St. Martin each year and we bet if you try it, you will return as well! 


St. Maarten Resort Vacation Rental
This beautiful resort is located in St. Maarten and offers some of the best views on the island!  It also brings all the conveniences you come to appreciate on vacation, like pools, hot tubs, tennis courts, whirlpool bath tub, full kitchen, and a washer/dryer! 

Turks and Caicos Islands 
Positioned in the Bahamas island chain lies the islands of Turks and Caicos.  This is one of the more unique Caribbean destinations because it is one country, made up of 8 larger islands and 299 smaller islands! There are two main islands, Caicos Island is the largest island where most of the locals reside and Turks is the smaller main island and thus how the country got its name the Turks and Cacios Islands.


Turks and Caicos Vacation Villa in Sapodilla Bay
If you want an absolutely jaw dropping view, consider staying at this vacation home in Sapodilla Bay, Turks and Caicos.  With ocean views from nearly every room, a private fresh water pool, and beautiful decor, this vacation home is one you will remember forever! 

We have no doubt that wherever you decide to travel in the Caribbean, you will have a fantastic vacation and make some lasting memories that will leave you yearning for your return vacation!  If you need some help planning your Caribbean Island vacation, contact our travel specialist!  We love helping our customers find the perfect place for their Caribbean vacation!  


PerfectPlaces.com has over 66,000  vacation rental properties in over 79 countries.  Perfect Places is dedicated to helping travelers find and rent vacation rental properties worldwide. Vacation Rental properties offer a compelling alternative to Hotels for travelers seeking additional space, amenities and value that Hotels are often unable to match. Perfect Places is a privately owned company headquartered in Mountain View, California. 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Top Fall Vacation Destinations

The end of summer is coming to a close and for many people that means one thing- Fall is coming!  Football, foliage, pumpkins, apple orchards, hot chocolate, bonfires, and boots!  Not only does fall offer a variety of activities, but it can also be a great time to travel to destinations that are in low season (think Mexico!) because it can save some cash!  Whatever your favorite part about fall may be, you may find it at one of these great fall vacation destinations!


Nashville, Tennessee/Fall Creek Falls, Tennessee
This vibrant city is known for the being the hub of country music!  Take a stroll downtown Nashville and listen to live music on every corner and stop into a honky-tonk bar for some good old fashion fun!   It is also a beautiful area of the United States with an abundance of nature that surrounds the vibrant city.  After you have had some fun in the city, escape to Fall Creek Falls for some of the most beautiful waterfalls, fall foliage, and relaxation!
Fall Creek Falls resort vacation rental
Nashville area attractions
















Caribbean 
Vacation rental in Grand Caymen Islands
You might be thinking, what?  The Caribbean doesn't have fall foliage!  Well, you are correct, they have palm trees!  However, traveling to the Caribbean during the Fall is a fantastic opportunity to save some money on your travel.  Generally, September through the beginning of December is off season in the Caribbean, which means that rates are lower for accommodations and even airline tickets.  Most destinations have beautiful weather during these months so it's a great time to enjoy the beach at a much lower price.




Finish your day at your very own Napa Valley Vacation home!
 Napa Valley, California
With numerous wineries, festivals and harvesting of the grapes, Nape Valley knows how to do Fall and do it well!  There are activities going on all over the wine region and many of them are free.  Bonus--driving through the valley is a beautiful activity in itself.  It is one the prettiest areas of the country, especially during the many Stomping of the Grapes activities in Napa.  Go barefoot and help stomp the grapes, or grab a glass of wine in the winery and enjoy!

These are just a few of the great places to visit for your fall vacation!  You can also view beautiful fall foliage and fall activities by visiting Colorado, North Carolina/Blue Ridge Mountains, Montana, New Hampshire, and Vermont!  If you need some help planning your fall vacation, please contact our Travel Specialist!  We love helping our customers find their perfect place for vacation!

PerfectPlaces.com has over 66,000  vacation rental properties in over 79 countries.  Perfect Places is dedicated to helping travelers find and rent vacation rental properties worldwide. Vacation Rental properties offer a compelling alternative to Hotels for travelers seeking additional space, amenities and value that Hotels are often unable to match. Perfect Places is a privately owned company headquartered in Mountain View, California.




Friday, August 22, 2014

Vacation Rentals --Adventures of first time rental guests!


Beach front condo in Treasure Island, FL
Vacation rentals are becoming increasingly popular and over the next year we will see bookings increase even further. People are beginning to realize that vacation rentals not only offer a great value, but the offer amenities that are not always possible to have at a hotel. For some people, they may hesitate with reserving a vacation rental, because the have simply never stayed at one! Well, if that sound likes you, we have the answer. Sit back, relax, and read along as we take a journey with a first time vacation rental customer!

Andy and Karen are avid golfers and take a golf vacation each year. The couple travel to golf courses around the country and always seek out a fantastic destination that offers them other things to do like live shows, shopping, restaurants and sight seeing. In the past, they have stayed in hotels because that is just what they have always known. This year, the decided to give a vacation rental a whirl, and boy were they glad!  The two decided that Branson, Missiouri would be a great place to take their golf vacation because it offers world class golfing and is also known as the live music capitol of the United States! The city offers exciting entertainment, restaurants galore, shopping, and some great museums (like Ripley's Believe it or Not). After contacting one of Perfect Places travel specialists, the couple booked their first vacation rental--a private golf course vacation home in Branson

After they booked their Branson vacation rental online, they received an email with their confirmation and directions on how to check into their home upon arrival. The home they stayed at offered a convenient check in--just type in the code on the door and the place is all yours! It was as simple as that. They opened the door to their vacation home and were totally blown away by how nice and large it was. In fact, they told us that they "should have brought more people with to share the wonderful amenities"!

After unpacking their items in their own master bedroom, they decided to run to the store to pick up some things to make for meals. This vacation home had a full gourmet kitchen and it sure was a hit! "We saved so much money by being able to cook most of our meals in the kitchen as well as use the wonderful grill on the deck that overlooked the golf course"! It was nice for them to be able to come home at the end of a long golf day and have such a nice space to relax in. They were able to use the whirlpool, relax on the couch and watch the big screen TV, have a garage for their car and so much more. Their vacation home even came with the community amenities of a club house, fitness room and an outdoor pool!  When the vacation came to an end, the said they didn't want to leave and wished they would have stayed longer! They immediately started thinking about where they would vacation next and what vacation rental they might book!


We were so happy to hear they had a fantastic vacation at our golf course vacation home in Branson and we look forward to booking their next golf vacation! With over 66,000 vacation rental properties world-wide, it shouldn't be hard to find another great vacation rental for Andy and Karen. Booking a vacation rental is really very simple and the benefits of staying at one are so great! From the beach, to the mountains, to the desert, we have vacation rentals of all kinds! If you haven't ever stayed at a vacation rental, we encourages you to give it a try. If you would like more information about reserving a vacation rental, please feel free to contact us! We love helping our customers find the perfect place for their vacation!

PerfectPlaces.com has over 66,000  vacation rental properties in over 79 countries.  Perfect Places is dedicated to helping travelers find and rent vacation rental properties worldwide. Vacation Rental properties offer a compelling alternative to Hotels for travelers seeking additional space, amenities and value that Hotels are often unable to match. Perfect Places is a privately owned company headquartered in Mountain View, California.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Top Snowbird Vacation Destinations


Summer will be coming to an end soon and fall will be upon us before we know it.  If the thought of cold temperatures haunts you, then it's time to start planning your winter vacation!  If you plan on traveling a few weeks, or the entire winter, planning ahead is a great way to secure the best vacation properties out there.  To make it easier, we have compiled a list of the Top Snowbird Vacation Destinations for all of you snowbirds out there!  

Tip: Book early to save! Planning ahead can sometimes save you money as some properties offer a discount for booking early!

2 bedroom snowbird rental in Panama City Beach, FL
1.  Florida
Many areas of Florida are considered snowbird destinations that bring in millions of visitors each winter.  From the Gulf coast to the Atlantic coast, there are many cities that offer everything you are looking for during your winter vacation. Popular destinations are:
-Fort Myers 
-Napels
-Marco Island
-Panama City Beach


2 bedroom snowbird condo in Tucson, Arizona
2.  Arizona 
Like Florida, Arizona offers many areas with an array of activities that everyone can enjoy.  From hiking, biking, white water rafting, and great shopping, there is really something for everyone.   Snowbirds often flock here to escape the cold temperatures and avoid the humidity other southern regions have.  Some top winter vacation destinations are:
-Scottsdale/Phoenix/Mesa
-Tucson






Located in South Carolina along the Atlantic Ocean, Myrtle Beach offers over 100 championship golf courses, beautiful beaches and some great fishing!  Myrtle Beach offers a great location for those golf enthusiasts who also love the beach.
3 bedroom beachfront vacation home in Galveston, Texas




4.  Texas
Long known for snowbird travelers, Texas is a great place to vacation during the winter months as it offers perfect temperatures and happens to be close to the Mexican border.   While on winter vacation in Texas, many travelers take a vacation within a vacation and travel across the border for a day or more.  With live music, fabulous weather, and a variety of activities to explore each day, Texas is sure to keep you as busy as you would like.  Popular snowbird destinations are:
-Galveston
-Corpus Christi
-Austin

5.  Mexico
From staying in the city to staying right on the beach, Mexico offers a lot of options for snowbird travelers.  Often times your dollar goes a lot further in Mexico which is another reason millions of travelers choose Mexico as their winter vacation destination.  The top destinations for winter travelers are:
-Puerto Vallarta
-Playa Del Carmen


Still not sure where to vacation this winter?  Contact our Travel Specialist for some help deciding! We love to help our customers find the perfect place for their winter snowbird vacation!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Top Family Vacation Destinations and Tips Too!

Taking a family vacation is a fantastic way to make memories that everyone in the family will remember forever.  Some of the fondest memories people have are of their family vacations.  However, it can be difficult to plan a family vacation, taking some of the fun out of it.  We want you to have the best family vacation ever, so we have a few tips on how to plan the ultimate family vacation as well as some of the most popular destinations!
Disney-area 10 bedroom vacation home

1.  Plan...AHEAD.
Yes, this is pretty important!  For the most part, taking family vacations take a lot of planning, especially if you have families traveling long distances. Another reason this is so important is that most often, family vacations are taken at peak vacation times like summer break, Christmas break, and spring break.  These times of the year often book up very fast and the best accommodations are booked up well in advance.  For example, try to book a vacation rental that sleeps 12 people in the middle of spring break--it's nearly impossible if you wait until the last minute.  We say nearly because of course there are exceptions depending on where the destination is.

2.  Have a leader...or two.
It can be hard to juggle all of the tasks of planning a big family vacation, so put someone in charge of the majority of the planning and keep things organized.  It's also nice to be able to delegate tasks like booking a fishing trip, airport transportation, or making dinner reservations.   So you might want to pass along some of those tasks to another person or two.

3.  Plan for more than enough space
Family vacations are without a doubt one of the most fun things a family can do together!  At the same time, it's no fun to all squeeze into one tiny hotel room.  Let's face it, at the end of the day, we are happy to all be together but we might want some space.  Having extra space can reduce the stresses of travel and make it more enjoyable for everyone.  How could a family of 5 sleep all night in one hotel room if the baby is up crying all night?  It makes for an exhausting trip if everyone gets woken up.  Having more than one sleeping area makes all the difference.  An added bonus is when you have a living area so that the kids and adults can spread out a bit (a benefit of vacation rentals).

4. Plan some activities
Of course it is important to be flexible while on vacation, but it's also a good idea to book some activities ahead of time.  Let's say you want to go fishing, but didn't book ahead or look into a few boat charters.  Now you will be stuck wasting time on your vacation searching for a company to take you fishing.  It's a lot easier to have at least a few activities planned or booked ahead.  At the least, do your research before leaving and jot down a few companies you would like to book an activity with.

5.  Have some FUN!
When it comes down to it, all that matters is you are on vacation with your family, making lasting memories.  If things don't go as planned, just roll with it!  Don't have a breakdown in front of Disney World like the mother did on the hit TV show The Middle.   It's just not worth making a big scene at Disney World just because things haven't gone the way you hoped!  Enjoy every minute of your family vacation!

Kailua-Kona, Hawaii vacation condo
If you are taking a family vacation and need some ideas of where to go, the most popular destinations are: Orlando/Disney, Florida, Hawaii,   Lake Tahoe, and Yellowstone National Park.  All of these destinations offer a lot of activities that the whole family will enjoy!  If you need help planning your family vacation, contact our travel specialist.  We love helping our customers find their perfect place for their family vacation!

PerfectPlaces.com has over 66,000  vacation rental properties in over 79 countries.  Perfect Places is dedicated to helping travelers find and rent vacation rental properties worldwide. Vacation Rental properties offer a compelling alternative to Hotels for travelers seeking additional space, amenities and value that Hotels are often unable to match. Perfect Places is a privately owned company headquartered in Mountain View, California.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Niagara Falls Vacation Guide

Niagara Falls is known for one of the most breathtaking, natural, waterfalls in the world.  Located on the border of the United Sates and Canada, this natural wonder is one of the most visited places in North America.  The falls have even been known for daredevils plunging down the falls in barrels, jumping from the top of the falls, or most recently a man walked 1800 feet on a tightrope across the falls.  Niagara Falls is so popular that over 28 Million people visit each year.

You have two options when you visit Niagara Falls.  You can either visit the American side or you can visit the Canadian side.  Or, if you have your passport, you may visit both!  Either side offers plenty of breathtaking views, attractions, restuarants and lodging for your vacation in Niagara Falls.

Niagara Falls
Some of the top attractions around Niagara Falls are:
1.  Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory -Featuring over 2,000 colorful tropical butterflies floating freely among lush, exotic blossoms and greenery.  Located within the Botanical Gardens.
2.  Niagara Glen Nature Center -Overlooking the spectacular Niagara River, the Niagara Glen Nature Centre offers a wide variety of activities such as hiking trails, plant conservation and picnic areas.
3.  Niagara Sky Wheel -Soar 175 feet above Niagara Falls for the most spectacular view you will ever experience.
4.  Niagara Park Botanical Gardens -Niagara Parks' Botanical Gardens is located on the scenic Niagara Parkway and the Great Gorge, just a 10 minute drive north of the Niagara Falls.
5.  Rainbow Bridge -Enjoy the most beautiful views from the bridge that connects the United States and Canada.

While you are in the Niagara Falls area, spread out and enjoy your vacation in one of our Niagara Falls vacation rentals!

Just a quick drive away from the Falls, this 3 bedroom Niagara Falls vacation home is located right in wine country!  Why not have a little more rest and relaxation at this large home, with bedding for 8 people, a large outdoor patio, and the location is directly within the grounds of a wonderful winery.

Niagara on the Lake vacation rental
Another great option is this Bed and Breakfast that offers 1-2 bedroom rentals in Niagara Falls!  Enjoy the large deck, gazebo, bikes, and a hot breakfast every morning.  Walk just a few minutes to the Falls, the casino, Maid of the Mist, Clifton Hills, and more!  Just right outside your door and ready for you to enjoy all the Niagara Falls Attractions!

Niagara Falls Bed and Breakfast vacation rental
If you need some help planning your trip to Niagara Falls, contact our travel specialist for help.  We love to assist our customers with finding the perfect place for vacation!

PerfectPlaces.com has over 66,000  vacation rental properties in over 79 countries.  Perfect Places is dedicated to helping travelers find and rent vacation rental properties worldwide. Vacation Rental properties offer a compelling alternative to Hotels for travelers seeking additional space, amenities and value that Hotels are often unable to match. Perfect Places is a privately owned company headquartered in Mountain View, California.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Tips for taking a last minute vacation

Have the itch to go on vacation at the last minute?  You are not alone!  Many people decide at the last minute that a vacation is much needed!  Sometimes waiting until the last minute to book your travel can work against you.  Many times, the airlines raise the prices and hotels increase the rate if they are almost sold out.  But on the other hand, sometimes you can find some great last minute vacation deals!  Here are a few tips on how to get the best bang for your buck on your last minute vacation!

 Be flexible with your travel dates
This is very important!  If you can be flexible with your travel dates, it makes last minute bookings much more economical.  If you are flying this very important as last minute flights can cost $1000 or more.  Try a budget airline for your last minute travel.  As the departure dates get closer and seats are empty, they often discount their ticket prices.  Just be sure to check every airlines additional fees.

Use social media to your advantage
Often times, travel companies post last minute specials on their social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter and Google+.  If you are following those in the travel industry, such as Perfect Places, keep an eye out daily for posts that offer last minute or discounted travel.  This can help greatly if you want to travel somewhere and would like to keep a budget in mind.  It is even better if you are flexible with your destination, as special deals may be located throughout the world.

Travel closer to home
We often overlook vacations that are near our home and within driving distance.  Driving avoids the heavy price tag of some last minute flights!  Sometimes all we need is a good deal within a 5 hour drive to have a nice relaxing vacation!  If you live in New York City, travel to upstate New York, or to Niagara Falls to escape the hectic NYC lifestyle.  Escape Nashville and head West to the Smoky Mountains to write your newest hit song in a secluded and peaceful log cabin home. There are almost always some great vacation destinations within a short drive of home.

Just remember to keep your options open, and have a great time on your last minute vacation!   Before you know it, you will be relaxing on the beach, hiking through the mountains, shopping in a quaint seaside village, or wherever your last minute vacation may take you!
If you need some help planning your last minute vacation, contact our travel specialist for help.  We love to assist our customers with finding the perfect place for a last minute vacation!

PerfectPlaces.com has over 66,000  vacation rental properties in over 79 countries.  Perfect Places is dedicated to helping travelers find and rent vacation rental properties worldwide. Vacation Rental properties offer a compelling alternative to Hotels for travelers seeking additional space, amenities and value that Hotels are often unable to match. Perfect Places is a privately owned company headquartered in Mountain View, California.



Thursday, June 5, 2014

Top Honeymoon Destinations

The I do's have been said and the wedding reception is over.  Now it's off to one of the best parts of getting married- the honeymoon! Nearly 1.5 million couples take a honeymoon each year, with the average cost being around $4,500 dollars.  It's no question that those who opt for a honeymoon want to be sure that their honeymoon is the best!  The most popular destinations are Florida, Hawaii, Mexico, Jamaica and the Bahamas.  With the top honeymoon destinations spread throughout the world, it can be overwhelming to select the best honeymoon destination.  Here are a few options for those who are looking for the most memorable honeymoon experience.

Bahamas
The Bahamas are sought after by honeymooners looking for an island getaway.  Located just Southeast of Florida, the Bahama's offer a rather quick flight from the tip of Florida (Miami being the most popular airport to fly out of).

Have your own private beach!  This wonderful beachfront vacation apartment in Piegeon Cay, Bahamas is set on over 3 acres of land offering beach and bay access.  The one bedroom vacation apartment is fully equipped with a full kitchen, living area, and offers canoes, kayaks and bicycles to use during your stay! 

1 bedroom vacation rental in Pigeon Cay, Bahamas



Mexico
Mexico offers several top honeymoon destinations including Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas and Cozumel.  The most popular destination is Cancun because it was one of the first tourist destinations to be developed in Mexico.  It also offers the most direct, non-stop flights to and from Cancun International Airport.

Spend your honeymoon at this luxurious Cancun, Mexico vacation condo that offers swimming pools, tennis courts, beautiful beach area with palapalas and more!
Vacation rental in Cancun, Mexico
 Jamaica
After your wedding, escape away to the Island of Love-Jamaica!  Located south of Cuba and west of Haiti, this wonderful island offers the beautiful water of the Caribbean and the tranquility that honeymooners seek.  But don't worry, there is no shortage of activities in Jamaica!  From visiting the Dunn's River Falls, to horseback riding, to lounging on the beach, you will make lasting memories no matter what you choose!

If you take your honeymoon to Jamaica, stay at this oceanfront property located in the extremely popular area of Negril.  This vacation condo in Negril is located in a boutique resort that offers a great location on world famous Negril Beach!
Studio vacation rental in Negril, Jamaica
Hawaii
There is no doubt that Hawaii is one of the top honeymoon destinations in the world.  With world famous beaches, surf, mountains, rainforests and world class accommodations, it's an extremely appealing destination for a honeymoon(or any vacation for that matter)!  Hawaii is made up of six islands, Hawaii Island (also known as Big Island), Maui, Lanai, Molokai, Oahu and Kauai.  The options are endless when it comes to which island to stay at and which accommodations to choose.  Any island you choose will provide you with a fantastic honeymoon; you really cannot go wrong in Hawaii!  If you can't decide, you can always island hop as there are many options for transportation to the other islands.

One of the most popular honeymoon locations is the island of Maui.  Imagine your honeymoon at this one bedroom vacation condo in Maui that offers breathtaking ocean views right from your living room and bedroom!  The condo is located in a wonderful resort that offers a beachfront location on one of the best beaches and a great location for activities, restaurants, shopping and more.
1 bedroom oceanfront vacation condo in Maui
Florida
Florida is a very popular destination for honeymoons and vacations in general.  Florida's west coast is along the Gulf of Mexico and the east coast is along the Pacific ocean, offering numerous options for your honeymoon.  Top honeymoon destinations in Florida are Fort Myers, Miami, Key West, and Marco Island.  If you seek more action, consider staying in Miami or Fort Myers, but if you seek a more intimate honeymoon, opt for Marco Island or Key West.

Fort Meyers is a fabulous location for a honeymoon because it offers peace and quiet, but also offers options if you want a little more action and night life.  This 1 bedroom oceanfront condo in Fort Myers is a wonderful place to stay on your honeymoon.  It offers views of the bay and the ocean, complimentary breakfast, and the beautiful pool and hot tub grounds are sure to please!
1 bedroom vacation condo in Fort Myers, Forida
All in all, no matter where you choose to honeymoon, there are some fantastic destinations to choose from.  Remember, a honeymoon is taken to celebrate, relax, and enjoy each other, so wherever you may go we hope you enjoy yourself and make lasting memories!  If you still are not sure where you would like to take your honeymoon, contact our travel specialist for help.  We love to assist our customers with finding the perfect place for their honeymoon!

PerfectPlaces.com has over 66,000  vacation rental properties in over 79 countries.  Perfect Places is dedicated to helping travelers find and rent vacation rental properties worldwide. Vacation Rental properties offer a compelling alternative to Hotels for travelers seeking additional space, amenities and value that Hotels are often unable to match. Perfect Places is a privately owned company headquartered in Mountain View, California.