Thursday, December 24, 2015

Happy Holidays from all of us at Perfect Places!

Doesn't this look like a great place to be spending the holiday?  En lieu of gifts, one of our staff members went on a nice holiday vacation to Florida, and took this great picture while basking in the warm, sunny rays.  What's better than spending time in Florida, with family?  Some would argue that being at home is better, but those who love to travel know that the holidays can be held anywhere!

This image was taken along the Central Gulf Coast of Florida in Madeira Beach!  This part of Florida consists of several beach "towns" that all have something different and special about them!  From the slow paced and charming Anna Maria Island, to the vibrant fishing town of Madeira Beach, to the happening Clearwater Beach, there are some great places to stay in this part of Florida. 

From anywhere along this stretch of beach communities, you can cast a line and go deep see fishing, watch dolphins jumping at sunset, go parasailing across the ocean, or even the newest trend--stand up paddle boarding! There is something for everyone to do in this area of Florida, so family fun with be nothing short of that--FUN! 

If you are dreaming of relaxing along the shore this winter, here are some great photos to tide you over, and keep you warm, until you make the leap to book your vacation:

Madeira Beach:
The view from this Madeira Beach, FL vacation condo
 Anna Maria Island: 
A gorgeous sunset on Anna Maria Island, Florida
A beautiful ocean view from this Clearwater Beach vacation rental!

Wherever you may be this holiday season, we wish you a safe and happy holiday, and joy for the new year!  May your new year be full of fun, family, and of course, travel!  Best wishes, from all of us at Perfect Places!


PerfectPlaces.com has over 70,000  vacation rental properties in over 103 countries and 6,600 cities.  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, December 9, 2015

Best Spring Break Destinations in Mexico 2016


Is spring break calling your name?  What about spring break in Mexico? It is one of the most common places for people around the world to travel to for spring break.  Not only is it affordable, but it has some of the most beautiful beaches, water, and snorkeling around.  Mexico offers many different areas to travel to, from the mountainous areas, to the rainforest, to the beach.  There are destinations in Mexico for all spring breakers preferences!  With only three months left before the beginning of spring break, it's time to get planning!  Here are some of the top destinations for spring break in Mexico!

Cabo
Known for its surf, sand, mountains, and beautiful beaches, Cabo is one of the top 5 tourist destinations in Mexico!  This puts Cabo at the top of the list for the most popular spring break destinations in Mexico.  Cabo is located on the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula along the Pacific Ocean. This makes it very accessible to those in the Western parts of the United States.  In fact, many people living the the California, Arizona, and Nevada areas choose to drive to Cabo instead of fly.

Why not rent an entire house for your spring break trip in Cabo?  If everyone all under one roof sounds good to you, try renting this beautiful vacation villa in Cabo!  Enjoy your own private pool, hot tub, gorgeous ocean views, and every bedroom has its own private bath.  How perfect is that?
4 bedroom vacation villa in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Playa Del Carmen
If you are looking for beautiful, tranquil beaches, a more laid back atmosphere than Cancun, and some of the best diving in the world, look no further than Playa del Carmen! Explore the ancient ruins, play a round of golf at one of many beautiful golf courses, visit the Jungle Sanctuary, and spend time basking in the rays on the soft sand beaches.  You won't be disappointed spending your spring break in Playa Del Carmen!

Stay in one of the most beautiful resort areas in Playa Del Carmen and have the luxury of a full gourmet kitchen, marble floors, oceanfront balcony, 24 hours security, infinity pool, kiddy pool, and so much more.  This place is absolutely gorgeous and will make your stay perfect!

Puerto Vallarta
Puerto Vallarta is located along the Pacific Ocean on the west coast of Mexico.  What used to be a small fishing town has now blossomed into one of the top tourist destinations, while still keeping that small village like atmosphere. Don't let the size fool you, Puerto Vallarta has enough to keep everyone busy, from the nightlife, to the rainforest zip-lines, to fishing charters.  There is always something going on in Puerto Vallarta!  Many travelers choose Puerto Vallarta if they are looking for a less touristic feel, but still have the option to visit Senor Frogs and Margaritaville.

Mismaloya Bay is one of the most beautiful locations in Puerto Vallarta! You will be surrounded by the mountains, jungle, and the ocean.  It truly is one of the most picturesque locations!  This fantastic Puerto Vallarta Condo will give you completely unobstructed views of the surroundings and is so close to the ocean that your balcony is almost over the water! Bonus: It's only $125-$150 per night!
Vacation rental in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Puerto Vallarta resort vacation rental for spring break
These are just a few of the the top spring break destinations in Mexico!  Not sure where you want to spend spring break?  Contact our Travel Specialist!  We love to help our customers find the perfect place for spring break!

PerfectPlaces.com has over 70,000  vacation rental properties in over 103 countries and 6,600 cities.  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 25, 2015

Best Accomodations for 2015 College Football Playoff Bowl Games

It's almost time for the most exciting time of year for football fans--The 2015-16 College Football Playoff Bowl Games!  If your team is performing well and has a chance to compete at one of the many bowl games, now's the time to start booking your College Football Playoff Game accommodations!  Go for the bowl game, stay for vacation!  Hotels and vacation rentals will book up fast, so don't wait until the last minute to book.  You wouldn't want to miss the chance to cheer on your favorite team and make memories that will last a lifetime!

Here are a some great bowl game accommodations options for you to stay at during the quest to a team championship!

Orange Bowl -- Miami, Florida
Nothing can compare to the atmosphere of the Orange Bowl, but the Miami area sure comes close, especially Miami Beach! Why not spend part, or all of your time staying in the Miami Beach area?  You can get from the stadium to the beach in as little as 20 minutes.  Not bad, right?  Witness an epic game, head back to "home", and hit the beach! We have fantastic accommodations in Sunny Isles Beach, Miami BeachHollywood, Boca Raton, Pompano Beach, and Fort Lauderdale.   
2015 Orange Bowl accommodations in Miami area
Fiesta Bowl -- Glendale, Arizona
Arizona is a perfect place for a bowl game, with nearly perfect weather this time of year, a dry climate, and some pretty awesome scenery.  We have some really great options for your Fiesta Bowl accommodations; you won't be disappointed!  From large houses with private pools, golf course condos, or condos/houses in the mountains, there's a huge variety to choose from.  Plus, most are within a 7-20 minute drive of the stadium!
Fiesta Bowl accommodations near Glendale, Arizona
Rose Bowl -- Pasadena, California
We just love this area of California!   There are so many options for things to do in the Pasadena area, and so many great places to stay!  If you want to be close to stadium, stay in the hills of Los Angeles and be just a 10 minute drive to the front door of the stadium.  Or, stay out a little bit further and head for the coast!  Whichever you decide, you won't be disappointed staying in this wonderful area.
2015 Rose Bowl accommodations near Pasadena, CA

Let the best team win, and have a great time on your vacation to the 2015 College Playoff Bowl Games!  Need help planning your trip to the bowl games?  Contact our Travel Specialist!  We love helping our customers find the perfect place for vacation! 

The 2015-16 College Football Playoff Bowl Games schedule is as follows:
Dec. 31 - Orange Bowl (Miami)
Dec. 31 - Chick-fil-A Bowl (Atlanta)
Dec. 31 - Fiesta Bowl (Glendale, Ariz.)
Jan. 1 - Sugar Bowl (New Orleans) - College Football Playoff
Jan. 1 - Rose Bowl (Pasadena, Calif.) - College Football Playoff
Jan. 1 - Cotton Bowl (Arlington, Texas)
Jan. 12 - College Football Playoff Championship Game (Arlington, Texas)

PerfectPlaces.com has over 70,000  vacation rental properties in over 103 countries and 6,600 cities.  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, November 12, 2015

Top Ski Resort Destinations in the West

Winter is almost near!  The snow is here and many of the top ski resorts in the west are preparing to open in the next couple weeks.  If you are thinking about taking a nice long weekend or a full week to hit the slopes, check out our list of top ski resorts in the west! 
Park City, Utah
Opening this year on November 21, 2015, Park City Mountain will celebrate with free coffee and reusable mugs! But that's not the main reason to visit Park City on your ski trip, it's because of the mountains and village!  With over 7,300 skiable acres, it is the largest single ski and snowboard resort in America!  It is now linked with the Canyons Resort which gives you even more options than ever before.  Park City Mountain now offers over 300 trails, 38 lifts, seven terrain parks, 14 bowls, 6 half pipes and one super pipe, plus ski-in/ski out accommodations.  There is something for every ability!

If you want a great ski in and ski out property, take a look at this 3 bedroom vacation condo in Park City!  You can't get any closer to the Park City Mountain lifts and there is also a free shuttle to the downtown area and other parts of the mountain!  
Park City Mountain vacation condo in resort with ski in/out!

Big Sky, Montana
The Big Sky Resort is opening November 26, 2015, just in time for the holiday weekend!  One pass gets you on 22 mountains on over 5,800 acres with over 300 runs of winter fun!  Because Big Sky is not near another large city, it's well known for its short or non-existent chairlift lines, and quick drive from the airport or neighboring areas.

This Big Sky ski in/out townhouse is perfectly placed to ski down to the Pony express chairlift, or is a short walk to the Moonlight Lodge to hop on the Iron Horse chairlift.  The Moonlight Lodge also offers a great restaurant and bar, plus it has an hourly shuttle to the the Big Sky Base area!  Bonus: just look at the view from this place!
Big Sky vacation rental in Big Sky Base area
Breckenridge, Colorado
Opening day for the Breckenridge Ski Resort is November 13, 2015, the earliest of our featured destinations! Breckenridge has just recently been showered with extra powder, making it the perfect time to make it to opening day!  This ski resort is not only popular with professional skiers and snowboarders, it's also a favorite of every day winter sport enthusiasts and their families.  Even celebrities love to flock to Breckenridge for skiing and the world-class, upscale shopping and dining!  Breckenridge is a very popular destination that people return to year after year.

This vacation condo in Breckenridge offers the best location possible!  The ski school, Quicksilver Super6 chairlift, shops, restaurants, and nightlife are just outside your door.  Plus, you have access to the hot tubs, pool and workout facilities. 
Ski-in/out condo in downtown Breckenridge

These are just a few of our featured ski destinations in the western part of the country!  Other fantastic ski resort areas are Lake Tahoe, Vail, Aspen, Angel Fire, and Jackson Hole.  All these great ski destinations book up very quickly, so don't delay!  Contact our Travel Specialist if you need help planning your winter ski vacation.  We love to help our customers find the perfect place for vacation!

PerfectPlaces.com has over 70,000  vacation rental properties in over 103 countries and 6,600 cities.  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 30, 2015

Don't put those flip flops away just yet...head to the Caribbean instead!

Warm up with a little fun in the sun!  If warm weather is calling your name, we have the solution for you.  The Caribbean is one of the best places to sneak away to get that warm sunshine on your shoulders and soft sand in between your toes!  With over 1,000 islands, the Caribbean has plenty of places to soak up the sun.  Whether you seek seclusion or are looking for a more happening vacation, we have some great places for you to visit in the Caribbean!

Jamaica
Jamaica is one of the most popular islands for people to visit in the Caribbean.  It is often sought after for honeymoons, spring break, and of course winter vacations.  With a vibrant atmosphere and many options for entertainment, Jamaica is a perfect option for those seeking a beautiful island with plenty of nightlife and activities to keep busy.
Jamaica all-inclusive resort vacation rental
If you are looking for an all-inclusive stay on one of the best parts of Ocho Rios, try this great resort!  With all meals, beverages, activities, and non-motorized water sports included, you really don't have to leave the resort!  Another great thing about this Ocho Rios all-inclusive vacation rental is that it offers ocean views from every room!

US Virgin Islands
 The USVI consists of 3 main islands: St. Croix, St. Thomas, and St. John.  Each island has wonderful options for travelers visiting the Caribbean.  St. Croix is the largest of the islands and is packed with fun things to do year round.  St. Thomas is the most cosmopolitanism of the islands, offering more tourist-like activities and shops. If you want pure seclusion, try St. John as 60% of the land is natural parks.  All the islands offer so much beauty, they are all worth seeing! You also have the option to travel to the other islands by ferry, so consider visiting all three while you are there.
St. Thomas, USVI vacation rental resort
This fantastic resort is located at the eastern end of beautiful St. Thomas boasting amazing ocean views!  The Point Pleasant Resort offers 3 pools, private beach, spa, fitness center, and is located in the heart of all the fun activities.  Try this St. Thomas resort for to make your Caribbean vacation perfect!

St. Lucia
Are you looking for a more calm, more off the beaten path vacation but still have all the resort amenities?  Then St. Lucia is a fantastic choice!  St. Lucia is a secluded island in the southeastern part of the the Caribbean Islands.  It's known for it's beautiful beaches, mountains, rain forest, natural waterfalls and some great diving spots for those scuba diving enthusiast. St. Lucia is definitely a more laid back island, but still offers many activities if sun bathing just isn't enough! 
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St. Lucia beachfront vacation rental resort
Bay Gardens Beach Resort in Rodney Bay, St. Lucia is a beautifully landscaped resort on the Famous Reduit Beach!  This resort offers a beautiful beachfront location, perfect for relaxing and listening to the waves come in.  It's also in the the heart of Rodney Bay Village, giving you easy access to restaurants, bars, casinos and shopping, should you want to leave your hammock!

These are just a few ideas for your Caribbean vacation, but there are many more!  If you are ready to head to the Caribbean, contact our Travel Specialist!  We love to help our customers find the perfect place for their Caribbean vacation.

PerfectPlaces.com has over 70,000  vacation rental properties in over 103 countries and 6,600 cities.  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, October 15, 2015

Honeymoon On A Budget!

One of the best parts about getting married is being able to getaway afterwards with your spouse and spend some quality time together.!  Sometimes it can be difficult to find the funds to take a honeymoon, because after all, weddings are now costing an average of over $31,000!  But don't worry, we have found some fantastic honeymoon options that won't bust your budget or sacrifice having a beautiful, romantic honeymoon! 

Little island, big fun!  This great island just south and east of the Cancun area offers so much fun, yet in a relaxed atmosphere.  Spend your days on the beach, snorkel in some of the best reef locations in the world, and take in the Mexican charm of the vibrant downtown.  We think you will love your honeymoon in Cozumel so much that you will be back! Spend your days with your honey on your own private beach at this fabulous vacation condo in Cozumel.  You can lay in  your bed and watch the waves come in, open your patio door, and walk right out onto the beach.  Prices start at just $85.00 a night.  What a fantastic honeymoon!
Oceanfront vacation condo in Cozumel, perfect for honeymooners!

The perfect places for honeymooning wine lovers!  If making your way through the world renowned vineyards of California is something you have always wanted to do as a couple, now is your chance!  The Sonoma Wine Country is absolutely beautiful and is full of fun activities to enjoy as a couple.  Visit the wineries and shops during the day and come home to your private, cozy, and romantic chalet! This private home is nestled in the Redwoods, located on the creek front with swimming holes, private hot tub, patio, and two decks!  All for just $225.00 a night.  Don't forget to grab a bottle of wine while you are at the vineyards to share in front of the fire or in the hot tub! 
Sonoma area vacation cabin in Cazadero, California
If you have always wished to honeymoon in Italy, but just can't seem to find the extra money to do so, consider Croatia!  Dubrovnik is very similar to the Italian Coast and is just a fraction of the price! With wonderful history, culture, shops, dining, and some of the most beautiful beaches along the Mediterranean, you will surely fall in love!  Relax on your private ocean view terrace and this could be your view, for just $45.00 a night! Watch the boats sail by, the fisherman with their daily catch, and take in the tranquil waters.  Croatia is simply beautiful.  Beautiful country, beautiful view, beautiful price.

Ocean view vacation studio in Dubrovnik, Croatia
Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Getaway from it all in the Smoky Mountains!  If you seek a little seclusion on your honeymoon, Gatlinburg is a great choice!  The Smoky Mountains are so beautiful you will enjoy being surrounded by the scenery just as much as being with your new spouse!  Gatlinburg offers an array of activities from horseback riding, to hiking, to shopping and dining.  Don't miss riding the Arial Tram from downtown Gatlinburg up the mountain for some of the most breathtaking views you have ever seen.  Celebrate your new marriage with a cozy retreat to Gatlinburg at this cabin for just $115.00 a night! 
1 bedroom vacation cabin in Gatlinburg
We hope you are able to have an unforgettable honeymoon, no matter where you go!  If one of these budget honeymoon ideas doesn't work for you, contact our Travel Specialist.  We love to help our customers find the perfect place for their honeymoon! 

PerfectPlaces.com has over 70,000  vacation rental properties in over 103 countries and 6,600 cities.  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, October 1, 2015

Family Friendly Vacations for the Holiday Season


Are you thinking about ditching the gifts this holiday season and taking your family on a vacation instead?  Sounds like a great idea to us, but let us do the work!  We have selected some of the best family-friendly vacations for the holiday season.  Whether your family prefers the beach, amusement parks, skiing, or nature, we have just the place for you.

Orlando, Florida
Vacation condo near Walt Disney World
Every child dreams of going to Walt Disney World at some point in their life.  Why not make their dreams come true and surprise the kids with a trip to Orlando and Disney?  We guarantee it will be a vacation your family will never forget! While in the Orlando area, check out Disney, Universal Studios, Sea World, Nickelodeon, Busch Gardens, and area beaches!  There are so many family-friendly activities to do within a two hour drive of Orlando that your family will leave with an abundance of memories of a great Christmas vacation.

If you are looking for a great place to stay for your Disney world vacation, look no further!  This Orlando vacation condo is located just 2.5 miles away from the Disney, making it a quick drive to and from.  It is also located on Lake Bryan, offering a lakefront getaway complete with paddle boats and kayaks!  The fun doesn't stop there.  This resort offers tennis courts, pools, hot tubs, arcade room, playground, and fitness center.  You will definitely have a fun-filled family holiday here!

Aspen, Colorado
If your family loves winter sports, Aspen may the be best place for your holiday vacation!  With 4 mountains to choose from for skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, tubing, and cross country skiing,  you can fill your days at one or all!  Aspen/Snowmass offers an all mountain pass that will allow you to shred some powder at all four mountains!  Find your favorite mountain and spend an extra day there, or keep mixing it up for a fun variety.  Aspen also offers many family-friendly activities, including a phenomenal downtown experience with one of the most beautiful Christmas displays around.  Check out the live, period, carolers too!  There is so much fun to be had in Aspen.
2 bedroom vacation rental in Aspen

Stay at this perfectly decorated vacation condo in Aspen and you will be just 100 yards from the Aspen Mountain gondola!  Step out your front door and you are right in Aspen's world class shopping and dining area.  Plus, guests are provided with free access to the Aspen Club and Spa.  What a great way to spend Christmas!

Phoenix, Arizona
Central Arizona is one of the most popular destinations to travel to during the winter months because of its large variety of activities and its fabulous weather.  You can expect zero humidity and average temperatures of 67 degrees.  Perfect for those family hikes up the mountains!  On days you aren't trekking up the scenic Phoenix Mountain range, take the family to the Phoenix Zoo, Jambo (the indoor amusement park), the Arizona Science Museum, or try tubing on the Salt River.  Don't miss Rawhide Western Town in Chandler for a real cowboy/girl experience and a bit of Old West fun!

3 bedroom vacation home in Phoenix, Arizona

Your family will absolutely love this private vacation home in Phoenix!  Located right at the foot of the Phoenix Mountain range, it offers fantastic mountain views and a resort like backyard with private pool.  When you vacation to the mountains, you should be able to see them from your room! This place will not disappoint.



Quintana Roo, Mexico
Feeling the need to take a tropical vacation this Christmas?  You are not alone!  Quintana Roo (Cancun area) is one of the top destinations families travel to during the winter months.  With average temperatures in the 80's, sunshine nearly every day, beautiful beaches, and some of the prettiest water you have seen, Mexico should be a top contender on your list!  Spend the day at the beach and have a sandcastle building contest, visit some incredible outdoor water parks, go zip-lining through the jungle, take day excursion to nearby islands, or hang out by the pool for some fun!

2 bedroom vacation condo in Cancun, Mexico
If you want an excellent location for your holiday vacation, this Cancun penthouse vacation condo is just the ticket!  Overlooking the Caribbean Sea, this resort offers many amenities like an oceanfront pool, kiddie pool, hot tubs, and a tennis court.  You will definitely have some family-fun right here!  All the great activities are just a short distance from this condo, making it the perfect place.


We hope you have a great time on your family vacation this holiday season!  If you need some help planning, please contact our Travel Specialist!  We love helping our customers find the perfect place for their holiday vacation!

PerfectPlaces.com has over 73,000  vacation rental properties in over 103 countries and 6,600 cities.  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, September 18, 2015

Most Popular Destinations for Snowbirds

We all know how it goes, summer flies by and winter will soon be creeping upon us!  For those of you that plan to escape to a warmer climate this winter, now is the time to start planning.  We are seeing some destinations up to 100% booked already! Whether you plan to travel a couple weeks, or the entire winter, we have some fantastic places for you!  Remember, these the top snowbird destinations go fast, so book soon before they are gone!

Fort Myers Beach is a small, seven mile long barrier island on the southwest coast of Florida.  Fort Myers Beach attracts snowbirds who enjoy the coast, water sports, and of course sunning on the beach.  A lot of snowbirds choose to bring their boat, or rent one, and stay along the intercostal waterway in order to have access to boat in the ocean. It also offers over 40 miles of canoe and kayak trails, which is perfect for those outdoor enthusiasts. The shelling is one of the best in Florida if you prefer something a little more laid back, and the beaches are perfect for spending the day in the sun. Fort Myers also has a great outdoor shopping and dining area with wonderful restaurants and bars.  

Oceanfront vacation condo in Fort Myers Beach, Florida
Kissimmee, Florida
The Orlando area offers more than 170 golf courses, and holds some of the most prestigious tournaments, making this a huge attraction for golf-loving snowbirds!  Kissimmee is one of the best areas to stay in that offers quick access to the most golf courses.  It also has an abundance of entertainment options, restaurants, and is a quick 30 minutes to nearby beaches! You are also close to many attractions like Busch Gardens, boat and nature tours, and just about anything in Central Florida or either coast!  You can do a lot of activities in just a 2 hours radius!


3 bedroom lake front vacation rental in Kissimmee, Florida

Tucson, Arizona
Many snowbirds flock to Arizona during the harsh winters.  While many choose the Phoenix and Scottsdale areas, Tucson is best for those who want a more relaxed environment with less traffic and less people.  It's an absolutely beautiful area of Arizona offering world-class golf courses, hiking, biking, horseback riding, bird watching, shopping, and so much more.  There really is something for every snowbird to do here! Bonus: the climate is humidity-free! 
Port Aransas, Texas
Texas is very well known for its snowbird population because of its hot temperatures and low humidity.  Port Aransas is located in southeast Texas on Mustang Island and is just northwest of Corpus Christi.  A fisherman's paradise, Port Aransas is known as the "Fishing Capitol of the Texas" and offers anywhere from casual fishing trips, to serious anglers excursions.  Port Aransas has many marinas you can dock your boat at for your entire trip, and many of the accommodations have access to boat docks right on the property.  If fishing isn't your thing, Port Aransas has some fantastic beaches perfect for morning walks and afternoon sunbathing, golf courses, shopping and some great local nightlife!  
Port Aransas vacation rental
There are so many more great snowbird vacation destinations!  Austin, Hawaii, Marco Island, Mexico, and some other very popular destinations during the cold weather months.  If one of these doesn't work for you, contact our Travel Specialist!  We love to help our customers find the perfect place for their vacation!


PerfectPlaces.com has over 73,000  vacation rental properties in over 103 countries and 6,600 cities.  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, September 3, 2015

Travel on a Budget - Tips for Saving Money on Traveling

The Dalai Lama once said, "once a year go someplace you've never been before", and we completely agree!  Traveling does the body, mind, and spirit a great deal of good and we challenge you to do just that.  However, the bottom line is that travel does cost money.  You have to spend some money to travel.  But the good news is that we have some some great ideas for traveling on a budget!

Travel during the "shoulder season" 
You may not have heard of the term, shoulder season, but it is a great time to travel!  It's just before, or just after, a destinations peak travel season.  This is the perfect way to save a lot of money on accommodations because most places will give great discounts to fill up their occupancy!

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1 bedroom vacation rental on Madeira Beach for $60-$110/night!
Find smaller, mom and pop type accommodations
Let's face it, the less fancy you get, the cheaper the accommodations usually are!  Smaller resorts and vacation homes cost far less than your full service resort or large scale vacation home.  But that doesn't mean your rooms and amenities will be in poor condition!  Unless you are looking for luxury, staying smaller is a win-win situation!  Check out this oceanfront complex, with fantastic views and an oceanfront pool!


Budget your transportation
Sometimes, flying is your only option.  So if you must fly, look for budget airlines, or airlines that fly into regional airports.  You can save hundreds of dollars by avoiding the large airlines and large airports!  If you are in an area that has a train, use it!  Europe has one of the best transit systems in the world.  You can hop on the train and visit many fascinating destinations for very little euros! Or, hit the road!  If you are within 12 hours of your destination, why not drive?  Sure, it's a long day of driving, but if you are a family of 4 you can save over $1,000 just by driving.  Break travel up in two days and do some fun sightseeing stops along the way!

Research local deals
Do your homework!  Before you travel, look around at area restaurants and find out when they have happy hour (usually includes great food specials too), or early bird meals.  Look into discounts for fishing charters, or discounted tickets for things like museums, water parks, golf, and shows. Many places will offer deals like buy two get one free, or after 4pm specials.  Matinees are another great way to save!


Stay in a vacation rental
Most often, vacation rentals cost far less than a hotel room and come with great amenities like a full kitchen, living room, dining room, and free WiFi.  While most hotels are still charging for WiFi, it's an added benefit at most vacation rentals (always check if they offer it!).  The kitchen is a huge plus as you can make your own meals, have your morning coffee from a full size coffee maker, and your evening drinks for much less than going out.  Take a look at this oceanfront vacation condo in Maui, Hawaii! For less than half the price of a hotel, you can wake up to this beautiful view and have way more space too!
1 bedroom oceanfront condo in Lahaina, Maui, Hawai from just $140/nighti
These are just a few helpful tips on how to save some cash while traveling!  We hope we have given you some great ideas to allow you to travel more often, or at the least, "once a year go someplace you've never been before." Want some help planning your next vacation?  Contact our Travel Specialist!  We love to help our customers find the perfect place for vacation!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Top Travel Deals During The Fall

Fall is a beautiful time to travel and see all of the colorful fall foliage.  But, it can also be a fantastic opportunity to travel to some of the top destinations around the world, at a discounted rate!  Check out our top deals for travel in the fall.


Florida
It goes without saying that Florida is one of the top destinations for travelers most months of the year.  However, the most popular times are the end of December through the end of August, which leaves September through mid-December for some fantastic discounted rates!  Stay on the beach for as little as $50 a night or stay in The Villages with access to over 33+ golf courses for just $395.00 a week (a $1,000 savings!)
3 bedroom vacation rental in The Villages, Florida

Caribbean
The Caribbean often gets a bad rap for having hurricanes during the Fall months.  But hurricanes do not take over the entire span of the Caribbean and are fairly rare when considering how large the Caribbean is.  Most of the time, the islands of the Caribbean are full of sunshine and minimal rain.  Stay in Santo Domingo for just $35.00 a night! Or, try one of the southernmost islands, Barbados, and save $60.00 each night of your stay.  There's so many reasons to visit the Caribbean, and at these prices, what are you waiting for?
Christ Church, Barbados resort vacation rental
Europe
Europe's off season runs a bit longer than most other destinations, which offers some great savings several months of the year.  However, the best time to get the lowest rate is the month of November.  It may be a bit more chilly in November, but if you can go in the beginning of the month, you are likely to have some nice fall temperatures.  London is one of Europe's top destinations for tourism and offers some of the best sightseeing in the world.  Travel to London in November, and you can save over 50% on your stay! You can also travel in August, September, October and December and still receive substantial savings.
London vacation apartment
These are just a few of the best destinations with travel deals during the Fall!  You can also find some fantastic savings, and great travel, in Alabama, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Canada.  If you aren't sure where you want to travel this Fall, contact our Travel Specialist!  We love to help our customers find the perfect place for vacation! 

PerfectPlaces.com has over 73,000  vacation rental properties in over 103 countries and 6,600 cities.  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, August 6, 2015

Best Destinations for Fall Foliage

Summer is coming to an end, but don't worry...Fall is upon us!  What better way to spend the fall season than to view the breathtaking foliage around us!  We have found some of the best destinations for fall foliage throughout the United States.  Whether you are taking a stay-cation, weekend trip, or a week-long vacation, we have some fantastic places for you to visit!


Great Smoky Mountains in North Carolina and Tennessee
Smoky Mountains in the Fall
The Great Smoky Mountains are truly a fantastic place to visit year round!  But the fall season is an especially great time to visit, because temperatures are milder than summer and the views are even more remarkable! Fall foliage in the North Carolina and Tennessee areas can be best seen early October through early November.  It's so popular that you will need to book in advance!  Take a break from your hectic life and take a trip to the serene Smoky Mountains!  

Aspen, Colorado
A truly unique experience awaits you in Aspen!  The famous Maroon Bells tower over the wonderful fall foliage, especially the golden Aspen trees.  People from all over the world travel here to view this unique experience!  The best time to catch a glimpse is mid September through the first week in October.  It is a short window, so don't miss it!
Leavenworth, Washington
Photo Courtesy of Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce
This charming Bavarian Village is to die for; it is so cute!  It offers so many fantastic attractions in one place, it is truly amazing.  You would never guess you were just about 2.5 hours from Seattle!  Don't miss the beautiful fall foliage that surrounds the lake and the mountains through late November.  Leavenworth is one of the best places to visit for a long fall foliage season.  Don't miss the famous Oktoberfest which will take you back in time to celebrate Bavarian heritage.

These are just a few of the great places to visit for fall foliage!  Check out other destinations like Blue Ridge, GA, New Hampshire,  Michigan,  and many more great places! Not sure where to go on your fall foliage vacation?  Contact our travel specialist!  We love to help our customers find the perfect place for vacation!

PerfectPlaces.com has over 73,000  vacation rental properties in over 103 countries and 6,600 cities.  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.