The In’s & Out’s of Orlando Vacation Rentals
By Nigel G. Worrall
There are approximately 20,000 vacation rental homes, apartments and condos in the Orlando area. With so many vacation rental properties available it can be hard to know which is the right option for you and your family so this article will attempt to break it down and make your choice easier.
Before you decide to rent a condo, apartment or vacation home you’ll need to research such things as location, amenities, size of property and of course, couple that with what you intend to do when you arrive in town.
Location is extremely important to your plans so you need to ensure you have selected the right area to be able to get to everything you want to see and do. If you are visiting the main theme parks then you’ll need to stay in Kissimmee which is the closest destination for vacation rentals in the Disney, Sea World and Universal Orlando areas.
If you are planning to visit for some of the great shopping or fabulous dining then you’ll need to be close to Interstate 4 which allows for fast and quick travelling from the Kissimmee area to the Florida Mall, Mall of Millennia, Dr. Phillips and Winter Park areas.
So let’s now break the accommodation choices into three areas:
Condo’s are typically 400 to 800 sq. ft in size and are typically made up of a small living area, a bedroom and a tiny kitchen. Usually your condo will be mixed in with many other units of a similar nature and for some people that can be very overwhelming. Condo’s are usually the cheaper way to go if you are on a really tight budget but peace, quiet and a tranquil environment can be sacrificed.
2) Apartment / Townhouse
Apartment’s, otherwise known as townhouses, can vary in size but most range from 500 sq ft upwards to 2,000 sq ft for the larger units. Apartments are very similar to condos in as much as they are usually found in three story or higher blocks of buildings and again this can feel overwhelming to those who are used to having plenty of space around them. Again, privacy can be an issue but they do offer a little more space than a condominium unit. Each apartment will have a separate living area, separate medium sized kitchen and separate bedrooms. Most apartments range from one to three bedrooms and are usually moderately priced.
3) Vacation Homes
Vacation homes are the way to go if you value space, peace and quiet and the ultimate in luxury. Common myth is that they are expensive but there really are some great deals around and if you enjoy having spacious floor plans of 1500 sq ft upwards to over 4,000 sq ft of space available to you then this is the only way to go. Vacation homes have at least one lounge or living area (some have two or three such areas), large screen TV’s, internet access, full sized kitchen, a laundry, a garage and a private heated swimming pool.
Most vacation homes are also equipped with all modern appliances, home furnishings, DVD/CD players, entertainment centers, video game consoles, screened-in lanais and patios.
Each type of vacation rental property offers amenities that are sure to make your stay in Orlando more pleasurable and you should check each rental community to find out if they have some of the nicer extras such as clubhouse access, hiking and biking trails, communal pools, golf courses, tennis and basketball courts, gyms and shuttle transportation to area theme parks as not all rental communities have what you may be looking for.
So now you have the information you need to decide. Ultimately it’s up to you what you want and need to ensure the perfect stay. Choose well!