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50 of the Best Beach House Rentals

From stunning sunsets over the Pacific Ocean to the white sand beaches of Florida, these are 50 of the best beach house rentals in the United States.

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After months of stay-at-home orders and quarantine amid the coronavirus pandemic, many states are slowly starting to reopen. If you’ve been itching to get away—or simply just get a change of scenery—renting a home from a reputable site can be a safe option. To help you plan the perfect vacation this summer, we’ve rounded up the 50 most popular beach house rentals in the United States according to data from Vrbo (formerly HomeAway.com). Whether it’s an upscale condo on the coast of California or a seaside cottage on Florida’s beautiful beaches, these are the places with the highest reviews and ratings. Before you begin packing your bags, stock up on these 11 things you should own if you plan to travel soon.

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Panama City Beach, Florida

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It doesn’t get much better than a day that begins with coffee on your private balcony overlooking the ocean and ends with cocktails in the same spot. This spacious penthouse unit can sleep up to six people (perfect for the whole family) and has hot tubs and a pool that butt right up against the white sands of the Emerald Coast. These are 14 of the cutest cabins for a secluded getaway.

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Emerald Isle, North Carolina

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North Carolina’s Emerald Isle is known for having some of the best beach house rentals on the East coast. And this dreamy duplex definitely fits the bill. Recently remodeled, it has a stunning king-sized master bedroom, a well-stocked kitchen, and an open-floor-plan living room that features floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the ocean. If this sounds right up your alley, check out another 15 vacation homes with the most jaw-dropping views.

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O’ahu, Hawaii

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If you want to stay in Hawaii’s famous North Shore neighborhood but don’t want to stay in a chain hotel or overpriced resort, you’ll want to snag this rental home. Clean and well-equipped (with a stunning ocean view to boot), it’s close to town, so you can end your endless beach days with a fresh seafood dinner at a local joint. Before you head to Hawaii or anywhere else, memorize these 50 packing trips.

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Kona Coast, Hawaii

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Snorkelers and scuba divers, rejoice! This oceanfront home overlooks a private beach on Kaneohe Bay, which boasts some of the best diving on the island, with deep blue waters and vibrant coral reefs. If you’d rather stay ashore, relax on the lanai with a tropical drink in hand or hike a nearby trail instead. Can’t get to Hawaii right now? Try these weekend getaways that are a lot closer to home.

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Anna Maria Island, Florida

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One strawberry daiquiri coming right up! The only thing better than the fact that the kitchen comes equipped with a Margaritaville frozen concoction maker is the wonderful service you’ll receive. In the visitor reviews (the house received an average five-star rating), everyone raved about owner Stephanie’s attentiveness and welcoming personality. And an important note no matter where you’re traveling: Don’t forget to pack these 12 unexpected things for your vacation during the pandemic.

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Pass-a-Grille Beach, Florida

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You’ll get the best of both worlds at this beach getaway, where you’re within walking distance of secluded, crowd-free beaches along with plenty of restaurants. An added bonus—and a rare find in a rental—is the full-sized washer and dryer on-site so you can leave the sand where it belongs when your vacation is over. Always follow these etiquette rules when visiting a vacation rental.

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Anna Maria Island, Florida

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What should you do when you arrive at this beachfront condo? Absolutely nothing—except relax, that is. Located on the quieter north end of the popular island, this rental is steps away from the stunning pure quartz beach, where the water is warm and shallow and perfect for everything from swimming to fishing. Find out more about why Anna Maria Island made our list of the most beautiful seaside spots in America.

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Naples Park, Florida

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One of the best beach house rentals in Florida, this tranquil escape has a heated pool with a bubbling hot tub attached, all shaded by an island-style lanai. And for days when you want to get out of the house, you’ll have a state park beach pass that gets you into nearby Delnor-Wiggens or Lover’s Key State Park for free. While you’re in the Sunshine State, visit the best Florida beaches locals want to keep secret.

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Ormond Beach Plaza, Florida

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Step out onto the back deck of this beach house in the morning and soak in the uninterrupted view of the sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean. It comes with everything you need for a day spent on the sand, including lounge chairs, toys, boogie boards, and even beach baby gear by request. You’ll also want to check out these 10 adorable tiny houses around the country that you can rent.

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Englewood, Florida

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Named “The Highview,” this Manasota Key must-visit has a lot more than just picturesque views of the Gulf. It also has a shell-cleaning station for rinsing off your beach bounty and all of the active accessories you could dream of—from beach cruiser bikes to ocean kayaks to stand-up paddleboards.

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Captiva, Florida

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Beachfront? Please. This unique getaway is surrounded by the beach on its own little peninsula of North Captiva Island. It’s so secluded, in fact, that it’s only accessible by private boat or charter, and there are no cars allowed on the island, which boasts white shell beaches and Mango’s, a local grocery joint with a poolside bar. While we’re on the subject, here are more of the most gorgeous peninsulas in the United States.

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Panama City, Florida

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One of our top 9 cheap beach vacations to book for your family, Panama City has a lot going for it—including this cozy cottage. Bask in the sea breeze in colorful Adirondack chairs on the deck, bike to St. Andrew’s State Park for an afternoon adventure, or make the short trip downtown for nightlife and shopping.

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Weeki Wachee, Florida

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You’ll definitely want to spend some time exploring the outdoors during your stay at this beach house, nestled next to Weeki Wachee State Park. Kayak through the mangroves right off the back porch (boats are provided!), or roam the beach in search of sea turtles and manatees. Rumor has it the owner even leaves the makings for s’mores, which you can cook up over the fire pit. If you want to get even closer to nature, consider these 25 amazing spots where you can camp on the beach.

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Fort Myers Beach, Florida

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With a motto like “where every day is a holiday,” this is a place that knows how to vacation—and it’s no wonder that it gets so many repeat visitors. One of the big draws is the tiki hut in the backyard, which provides a shady spot to sip an ice-cold mojito on a hot day and watch dolphins frolic in the surf.

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Flagler Beach, Florida

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Experience “old Florida” in Flagler Beach, where you’ll find plenty of cute shops, a weekend farmers market, and a quaint historic district. In the evening, retire to this recently renovated three-bedroom beach house. It has a large oceanfront back deck with unbeatable views and a private boardwalk that takes you right down to the beach. You might also like these 13 charming beach towns where you can stay for less than $150 a night.

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Fort Myers Beach, Florida

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Just like these 20 amazing family beaches, there’s something for everyone at “Sandy Toes,” one of the best beach house rentals in the Fort Myers area. For those who want to soak up the sun and sand, the beach is right outside the back door. And for those who would rather wine and dine, downtown is a quick drive away with shops and restaurants galore.

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Panama City Beach, Florida

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Score all the amenities of a luxury resort without the hefty price tag at this penthouse condo. While the beach chair and umbrella set-up service is only available during the regular season, you’ll have access to the indoor/outdoor heated pool, sauna, oceanfront fitness room, and massive hot tub all year round.

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Amelia Island, Florida

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This upscale condo, located in the Amelia Surf and Racquet Club, is ideal for beachgoers who love staying active. The grounds offer numerous swimming pools and tennis courts, along with a shady trail that winds its way down the island and is perfect for biking, walking, or running.

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Fort Walton Beach, Florida

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Here are just some of the complimentary services you receive with a stay at this beachfront condo: 18 holes of golf at Shalimar Pointe Golf Club, a two-hour dolphin cruise, nightly movie rentals, and a snorkeling pass. For the ultimate in relaxation, make sure to avoid these 10 little travel mistakes that make your vacation unnecessarily stressful.

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Fort Myers Beach, Florida

 

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Dreaming of visiting one of the 50 best beaches in the world—but don’t want to spend a bundle? You’re in luck. For just $100 a night, you can escape to this Gulf Coast getaway, where the sparkling clean interior is just as welcoming as the owners themselves. Look for a handwritten note when you arrive!

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Fort Myers Beach, Florida

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Step onto the grounds of this condominium and you’ll feel as if you’ve been whisked away to Hawaii. Not only are there tiki huts nestled among pockets of lush tropical flowers, but you’ll be able to see beautiful panoramic views of the ocean from every window.

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Amelia Island, Florida

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Charming and romantic: two words we’d use to describe this condo located on scenic Amelia Island. The thick grove of trees surrounding your hideaway gives way to windswept sandy dunes that open onto a pristine and private stretch of beach. If you’re looking for more couples getaway ideas, check out these most romantic honeymoon spots in America.

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Gulf Shores, Alabama

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The owners of this condo at the family-friendly Gulf Shores Plantation Resort promise it’ll feel like a home away from home. And while the kids will love the six (!!) swimming pools and tennis, basketball, and volleyball courts, adults will love the chance to play a round (or two) of golf at Kiva Dunes Golf Course, one of the best courses in the country. Learn why one couple decided to rent an Airbnb during coronavirus.

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Gulf Shores, Alabama

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If you’re a fan of warm winter getaways (like these budget-friendly ones for families!), you might want to consider this condo on the Gulf. Amenities like an indoor heated pool and hot tubs, a steam room, sauna, and game room make it the ultimate off-season escape.

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Tybee Island, Georgia

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The name of this beach house, “Captain’s View,” says it all. From the porch, you’ll look out onto your own private beach, where you’ll often see ships sailing by or the sun setting in the evening. You’ll also be able to see the property’s turtle pond, which is part of protected wetlands that are also great for bird-watching. Avoid making any of these vacation rental home mistakes for a perfect trip.

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Topsail Island, North Carolina

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While the interior of this quaint vacation home is warm and inviting, you’ll likely want to spend all of your days outside, whether you’re firing up the gas grill, playing a game of cornhole in the spacious yard, or venturing down to the beach that’s just steps away. And when you’re ready to relax, kick your feet up in one of the comfy rocking chairs on the porch.

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Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire

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This lakeside retreat is definitely worthy of our list of the most scenic nature getaways in every state. The gorgeous views of the crystal blue waters set against a backdrop of majestic mountains beat a tropical beach any day. It also has its own private dock for kayaks, jet skis, and small boats, and there’s a raft included in your rental.

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Cutler, Maine

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Consider this the New England vacation of your dreams. Tucked away under towering pine trees on a secluded beach, the log cabin may look rustic, but it feels luxurious thanks to touches like a claw-foot tub, stone fireplaces, cathedral ceilings, and private balconies for the bedrooms. And don’t forget the “Bare Den” in the backyard, aka a stand-alone sauna!

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Mission Beach, California

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There’s so much to do in San Diego, from riding rides on the Mission Beach Boardwalk to exploring historic Old Town to strolling through the San Diego Zoo (which made this list of the best zoo in every state). And this modern condo, just 50 steps off the beach, is right in the center of it all.

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Fort Bragg, California

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Southern California may have its fish tacos and white beaches, but some of the best beach house rentals are found in the northern regions of the state, where the coastline is a breathtaking vision of rocky cliffs and lush pines. That’s where you’ll find “Ocean Mystique,” a two-bedroom cottage set high on a bluff and made cozy with a hot tub, cast-iron stove, and plush furniture. In California, you’ll also find a number of beautiful beaches that naturally glow.

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Irish Beach, California

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“Grandma’s Beach Cottage” may be rustic, but it’s rustic in the best way possible. The quaint cottage boasts unobstructed views of the waves crashing on the shore below that are just begging to be enjoyed with a long walk on the beach followed by a glass of wine and a warm fire.

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Lincoln City, Oregon

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One of the few homes in Lincoln City with its own private staircase down to the sandy shores below, “The Submarine” is perfect for beachcombers who want to search for treasures in the hundreds of tide pools or have a relaxing afternoon picnic while watching the surfers. And no matter what you’re looking for, these are 25 of the best beach vacations in the United States.

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Tillamook, Oregon

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There are the best beach house rentals, and then there are the most unique beach house rentals. This trendy yurt would be at the top of both, with its 180-degree views of the water and a skylight so you can literally sleep under the Oregon stars. For more yurt-inspired getaways, check out these 13 glamping trips worth taking this summer.

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Rockaway Beach, Oregon

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Nothing beats a summer barbecue on the beach. And this getaway has just what you need for an evening (and vacation) to remember, thanks to its outdoor fire pit and picnic table set up just steps off the beach. Bonus: It’s pet-friendly, so your pup can come along, too!

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Waldport, Oregon

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If this charming A-frame cabin had an online dating profile, it would read, “Must love long walks on the beach, whale watching from the upper deck, and cozying up by the fireplace at night.” Because those are all the things you’ll be doing if you choose to stay here. Can’t afford a big getaway? Here are 41 mini family vacations that won’t break the bank.

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Rockaway Beach, Oregon

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This seaside cottage is close to all of your favorite vacation activities, from hiking scenic trails along the coast to indulging in regional cuisine at local watering holes. And since it sleeps up to six people, it’s ideal for families or groups of friends looking for an action-packed Oregon escape.

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Rockaway Beach, Oregon

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Take in the wild natural beauty that is the Oregon coast with a stay at this surfside villa. Not only are you just a short walk across the dunes from the beach, but you’re also less than half a mile to downtown Rockaway Beach so you can easily get to shops and, more importantly, ice cream shacks.

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Lincoln City, Oregon

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A night in this penthouse condo will rival a night at one of the world’s most luxurious hotels. Just think: a steaming hot tub on your private balcony that looks out at the waves, a fully equipped gourmet kitchen, and a river rock fireplace perfect for staving off that cool ocean breeze in the evenings.

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Moclips, Washington

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Along with these 11 incredible beaches, the Olympic Peninsula should definitely be added to your travel bucket list ASAP. Fortunately, this beach house, stocked with everything you need for a weekend getaway, is close to all of the area’s best sights, like the Hoh Rainforest and Ruby Beach.

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Whidbey Island, Washington

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It doesn’t get much more charming than the storybook setting you’ll find at this Washington retreat. Inside, there’s an old wood-burning stove and comfy furniture for lounging around. While outside, you can watch the boats drift by as you relax in wicker lawn chairs around the fire pit, or set sail yourself with one of the provided kayaks.

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Herron Island, Washington

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You’ve probably never heard of Herron Island—but that’s exactly why you should pay it a visit. The secluded spot in upstate Washington, where this beach house with absolutely breathtaking views is hidden, is only accessible by ferry and there are no restaurants or shops on the island, making it one of the most peaceful places to vacation. Love the thought of island life? These are 15 more U.S. islands you can visit without a passport.

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Lakebay, Washington

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“Sunset Lagoon Retreat” is one of those places that’s so perfect, you have to pinch yourself to remind yourself that you’re not dreaming. Tucked away on a private island in Puget Sound, the romantic getaway has a secluded beach and dock in the backyard, along with a marshy lagoon where you can grab fresh oysters, clams, and mussels for dinner.

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Haines, Alaska

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The trip to Alaska will be well worth it with a few nights at this rustic Paradise Cove cabin. Step out the back door and you’ll be surrounded by what some people consider the most beautiful views of Alaska’s snow-capped mountains and Rainbow Glacier. If you’re more of an off-the-beaten-path traveler, here are the best-kept secrets in every state.

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O’ahu, Hawaii

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These may be the most romantic hotels across the country, but everyone knows that there’s really nowhere more romantic than the beaches of Hawaii. And this O’ahu escape lives up to that reputation. It’s as close to the beach as you could be (the water is literally right outside of your door), and it’s also stocked with plush, hotel-quality linens and plenty of thoughtful touches.

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Maui, Hawaii

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This luxury getaway is without a doubt one of the best beach house rentals on Maui. Maybe it’s the fact that the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean are less than 25 feet from your window. Or maybe it’s that you’re bound to see whales or sea turtles swimming by. Or maybe it’s the spa-worthy rain shower and remodeled gourmet kitchen. For more budget-friendly options, don’t miss the top Airbnb rentals under $100 in all 50 states.

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O’ahu, Hawaii

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At this island home, you’ll have stunning ocean views out one window and picturesque mountain views out the other. But what’s even better is how close it is to all of the most popular North Shore activities like Waimea Falls and the pineapple plantations. Ready to book your Hawaiian vacation? Read this step-by-step planning guide first.

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Kauai, Hawaii

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Named Hale Hokulani, which translates to “House of Starry Heavens,” this romantic rental’s crowning feature is its private lanai. Not only can you listen to the relaxing sounds of the waves rolling in on the beachfront open veranda, but you can also catch a glimpse of the gorgeous Hawaiian skies, from stunning sunsets to some of the brightest stars you’ve ever seen.

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Maui, Hawaii

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Perfect for a couple, this one-bedroom beach house sits right on the sandy beaches of the island’s west side, which are known for their amazing snorkeling and swimming. Bonus: When you wake up in the morning, you’ll be treated to panoramic views of the islands of Lanai and Molokai in the sparkling ocean waters. For more vacation ideas, consider these ways to still get away this summer.

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Maui Sunset, Hawaii

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A secluded beach + a private lanai shrouded by tropical flowers + a California king bed = one of the most romantic hideaways on the best island in Hawaii. And if you do decide to leave your little slice of heaven, you’ll find plenty to do nearby, from attending a traditional luau to getting a couples massage at the spa.