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Beach Vacation Rentals

Staying at a beach vacation rental provides you with a series of new issues different from staying in a mountain vacation rental. On our last trip, which we just returned from, we rented both. This post shows the differences between the two (at least in our experience.)

The first thing that separates the two is the critters. In our North Carolina mountain vacation rental we shared the property with deer and various un-named furry animals. At the Florida beach vacation rental we met up with dozens of lizards, a few snakes, and a ton of song birds. So the setting will determine what you’ll run into on the property. And depending on your viewpoint of wildlife, the deer may get your heart pumping faster than the snake. It doesn’t matter, it’s just part-and-parcel to the geography so be ready for anything.
The second thing I’ll point out is the neighbors. The mountain setting should provide you with more privacy than the beach, depending upon the kind of accommodations you get. If you rent condos at both places you’ll be near your neighbors and really shouldn’t have any expectations beyond your typical hotel experience when it comes to privacy. If you rent a condo face it, you’re going to run into your neighbors. Embrace the opportunity to make some new friends!
The down stroke to both, in my mind, is that sitting in a hot tub in the dark, in the mountains can be a bit spooky! And trying to relax in a smallish backyard at the beach surrounded by on-top-of-you neighbors can be bit maddening. Luckily, on this trip the beach vacation rental’s neighbors were awesome. No loudness at off-hours in the least. But we stayed in a quiet neighborhood and we knew what we were in for.
The last thing I’ll point out is travel times. Depending upon the time of year and the time of day you travel, both the beach and the mountain vacation settings can be a long drive from your destination, even if it’s only a few miles away.
Roads in the mountains are sinuous which adds to your travel time. Streets at the beach, while typically straight, can be mobbed with beach goers. So the upside is to just manage your expectations and ask your vacation rental owner or agent about the roads, traffic, and the wildlife you should be aware of when driving. And if I have to write out the differences between the mountain wildlife and the beach wildlife to you then you need to read a different blog!
In closing, I think the biggest impact you can have with your stay at either the mountain or the beach is to do your research. Ask questions about these points to the owner or agent. Look at the local websites catering to that area and ask questions there as well. The more you know going in the better, I think, your opinion of your stay will be coming out.
I’m sure I’m missing a ton of other issues about the differences between a mountain vacation rental and a beach vacation rental. If so, please point them out to me. I’m happy to oblige.
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