5 Tips: Searching for a Vacation Condo

Living Room with TVNo matter what time of year you go on vacation, or if you’re a snowbird looking for that great place to spend your winter; there are a few things that every guest will look for.  So lets just dive right into the top five on the majorities list.


1.)   Location, Location, Location

When scoping out areas to stay in, just as the old saying says, ” you want what you want when you want it”. You want to see the beach as soon as you wake up?  Look for rentals that are directly on the beach and with a nice balcony view. There are condos with nice beach views but some of these places do not offer great beach access.  Great access is walking out your door, taking an elevator down, and when the doors open there’s the beach! Being just a walk or drive ( if you like) away from great coffee, donuts or an evening ice cream.  Great shopping, great restaurants, and fun amusements all within a 2-10 minute drive.


2.)  Cleanliness

When you walk into your “home away from home” for the week, you want to come to a clean place.  Condo owners who charge a cleaning fee, is due to them hiring a third party company to come in to clean and prepare the condo for guests.  That’s a pretty great sign that the place will be top notch, from clean sheets to clean floors.  Seeing a place sparkling clean also tells you that the owners take pride in offering you their place to enjoy.



3.)  Area Attractions and Amenities

Granted you came to the beach for some salt and sand fun-filled days, but what if it’s a rainy day or you just want to take a day to explore?  You want to find out what kind of attractions are in the area, if you have kids they would probably love a fun day riding water-slides, taking a boat to an island, exploring some wacky science knowledge at an area kids museum, or swimming with dolphins at a marina. If you want some evening relaxation off the beach make sure there are pools and hot tubs.  Panama City Beach has a lot to offer and it’ll take more than one vacation to enjoy all that’s here.



4.)  Family Oriented

You’re wanting to have a great family vacation, but not wanting to have your little ones awakened in the middle of the night from the loud life of the party guests.  Some condo’s have age restrictions, smoking bans, and security officers ( to keep the peace and enforce condo rules).  With age restrictions on guests that are allowed to rent, really cuts down on the college parties, teens without adult supervision and all around chaos that you can find in hotels or other condos.  It’s great to be in a place where other guests respect the rules and everyone has a wonderful family vacation.



5.)  Owner’s Who Care  

Finding the right condo for your needs is challenging enough. That is why it’s great when owners offer you a contact number to answer any questions that can not be answered through a website.  Owners want your business, they want you to come back again and again, they want to hear that your experience was a great one and if there is something amiss then let them know. Of course always remember that they are human too and can only do so much, so be careful with making unrealistic demands or dislikes that are out of their control.


So now you have a few tips to get you started on your search for that perfect place for your beach vacation.  Right now is the perfect time to start your search as a lot of times availability is open for the following season.


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