6 Top-Rated Vrbo Stays Along The Gulf Coast
By Josie Howell, AL.com, June 23, 2022
With summer finally here, many of us are planning our next trip to the Gulf of Mexico (if not already planned). When doing so, its good to keep in mind that Vrbo has many great and unique stays along these beautiful Alabama and Florida beaches.
There are many things to look for when scoping out the best stay, such as cleanliness, space, location, etc. However, reviews can be the best way to separate good hosts from the best hosts with the best vacation rentals.
Perdido Key – 5 stars on Vrbo
This beach cottage is part of the Purple Parrot Resort conveniently located near the stunning resort style swimming pool and Tiki Bar/Grill.
This stay has 95 reviews, yet has maintained its 5 star rating.
According to the listing description, The Purple Parrot Resort was damaged by hurricane Sally last September, but the vacation rental has been totally refurbished and is better than ever
Promising review: Slo Mo was the perfect beach getaway. The cottage was very clean and had all of the amenities that we needed. The owner quickly responded to all of our questions and let us know as soon as it was available to check in. Everything was so easy. The location is great and so close to the beach, grocery store and anything else we needed. We will definitely be back!
Orange Beach – 5 stars on Vrbo
This gulf front penthouse not only has that notorious ocean view that we all look for, but is also spacious (which is not always the case for condos at the beach).
It can sleep up to eight people with three bedrooms, two baths and includes a massive deck. Amenities include a sauna, hot tub, shared pool, tennis court and, of course, direct beach access.
Promising Review: We stayed with our two young kids and this lay out was perfect! Two bedrooms are away from the master so we could put the boys to bed and not have to tip toe around! Great location with shops within walking distance and the beach was so close! Nice sized pool as well.
Panama City Beach – 4.9 stars on Vrbo
While at first place this may seem like one of the many condos at Panama City Beach, the reviews tell a different story.
To have 4.9 stars with 151 reviews is incredibly strong and hard to do. This luxury beach front condo at the Palazzo Resort sleeps five people, includes free beach chair service, is near Pier Park and claims to be extremely clean.
Promising review: Pictures of the unit don’t do it justice. This place was spotless, beautiful and quiet. Beautiful view, great location. Would definitely come back
Gulf Shores – 4.6 stars on Vrbo
This spacious Gulf Shores beach home offers awe-inspiring features along with a beautiful view of the ocean.
While a little pricier, the house has seven beds and can sleep a total of 12 people, allowing for the ability to split costs many different ways.
Promising Review: I would definitely recommend this house. It is very well laid out and updated. It was comfortable for our family of 8 (6 kids). It sits on the perfect stretch of beach for both swimming and fishing, yet is close enough to the action of downtown Gulf Shores. It was also well stocked.
Cedar Key – 4.9 stars on Vrbo
Cedar Key is arguably a hidden gem in Florida. In Alabama, we often gravitate towards PCB, Destin, Tampa or even Miami, however, Cedar Key should also be on that list.
This Cedar Key cottage is a gorgeous waterfront home that was built in the 1920s and is located in a historical part of town.
It has two beds, two baths and a variety of amenities that include kayaks you can utilize.
Promising review: In my opinion Pelican Place is the best piece of property you can choose on Cedar Key. House was wonderful. Views amazing. Short walk to fishing pier and downtown. We had a minor plumbing issue but JD came to access, called a plumber and it was fixed in an hour or so. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay!!
Pensacola Beach – 4.9 stars on Vrbo
We saved the best (and most expensive) for last. Though the pictures speak for themselves, this unique, luxury beach home that is perfect for big parties/groups.
This home has 3200 sq. feet, sleeps 16 people and included amenities such as a game room, pool table, ping pong table and community pool.
Promising review: The house was perfect for us. We had four teen boys that stayed in the “Bunk House” and they loved having their own space and the pool table. The views are amazing, plenty of space for everyone indoor and outdoor. Spent the days at the beach and nights at the house grilling out, playing games, or bags. It was a perfect vacation and one the kids will remember forever!