Note: All travel is subject to frequently changing governmental restrictions—please check federal, state and local advisories before scheduling trips. This articles was updated on February 19.
After a brutal winter and months of staying at home, most of us are starting to feel a little stir crazy. The ghosts of vacations past are haunting travelers who have suddenly become grounded, and only daydreaming of getaways has helped break up the monotony of working from home. While many of us aren’t quite ready to book a trip to a bustling resort, looking ahead to a beach trip and staying at private rental sounds delightful—and a bit more COVID-friendly. If you’re in need of some vitamin-D and a change of scenery, we’ve rounded up 8 properties where you can relax and recharge with confidence, when the time is right.
The Florida Panhandle
The sparkling white sands of Rosemary Beach are waiting to greet you at this stunning rental. Located near picturesque Seaside, this carriage house boasts Gulf views and plenty of amenities like a fitness center and pool. During the 1-minute walk to the beach, you’ll stroll through a charming neighborhood, plus you’re just minutes from the buzzing part of Rosemary Beach, with restaurants and locally owned boutiques. Is Fido feeling claustrophobic from quarantine? Bring him; pets are welcome at this rental!
There’s a frozen Miami Vice calling your name from the lovely balcony at this Miami condo. This luxury high-rise unit has beautiful views of Biscayne Bay and puts you equidistant to attractions like Little Havana and South Beach. After the sun sets, you’ll be in a prime location to enjoy some of the best restaurants Miami has to offer and feel the buzzing energy of the nightlife.
Santa Barbara, CA
Soak up the Southern California sun at this beautiful Summerland retreat. With three bedrooms, there’s plenty of space for the whole family. The gorgeous ocean views will no doubt lure you to the water. We recommend Butterfly Beach, which is only an 8-minute drive from the house. Wander through the gardens at Lotusland, enjoy fresh seafood at the Santa Barbara Shellfish Company, and stroll State Street, which is full of lively shops and restaurants. Santa Barbara is a great place to relax while still social distancing.
Time seems to slow down in the South and Charleston is one of its most charming cities to visit. Unwind at this beautiful 2-story home, which is just a short walk from historic King Street. Stroll the palm tree-lined streets of downtown Charleston, nosh on Southern comfort food at Husk or Leon’s Oyster Bar, and shop the local boutiques. On the weekend, head out to nearby Folly Beach to soak up the sun and enjoy the gorgeous white sands of the South Carolina shore.
When Starfish Point boasts that it’s “steps from the beach,” it’s not kidding around. This ocean-facing collection of six family-friendly condos features amenities like free parking, WiFi, a playground, garden and barbecue grills. It’s located smack in the middle of the Oregon Coast which means freedom from large crowds and plenty of room to discover local attractions like the Yaquina Head Lighthouse and Yaquina Head Marine Garden—a treasure trove of tide pools and marine life!
Galveston is the beach town for Texans and it’s a great location for a spring or summer getaway. Everything’s bigger in Texas, which will make staying 6-feet apart a cinch. This condo is just steps from the beach, with gorgeous views, and a pool. It’s also just a 2-minute walk to the 61st Street fishing pier, which makes for a nice stroll if you tire of the sand.
Sonoma County, CA
The Northern California coastline offers some jaw-dropping views. This cottage, located on Wright’s Beach, is just a smidge north of Bodega Bay. Watch the surfers catch some waves in the morning then spend the afternoon relaxing on the beach. If you get thirsty, tasting rooms at local wineries are slowly starting to reopen to the public.
Atlantic City, NJ
Been cooped up in tight quarters with family during the pandemic? Grab your entire quarantine crew and rent this beautiful home in Atlantic City. With 11 bedrooms, there’s plenty of room for everyone and lots of space to spread out. A 2-minute walk will land you in the sands of Atlantic City Beach where you can spend a few days breathing the fresh sea air and enjoying some much needed vitamin-D.
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