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Spring break 2021 isn’t going to be like years past, where you’re cramming into bars and going to all-night beach raves. BUT that doesn’t mean you and your pandemic pod can’t rent a rad vacation rental close to the beach, with a private pool or near some excitement, and still have the time of your life. Why pack into hotel rooms when you can book a sweet vacation rental property and all hang together, whether you go out or stay in? This is the year to think outside the box. Take a peek at the vacation rentals below and start the party planning for your pod.

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Mid-century modern home with rooftop: Nashville, TN

Why not gather your crew, grab your guitars and road-trip it to Music City for spring break? Book this super nice 4-bedroom house with private rooftop, so your gang can all stay together. The house feels brand new and can fit 12 people. Wake up in the morning and enjoy complimentary coffee and Netflix, and then end your day chatting with your friends on the sweet rooftop lounge with couches, chairs and a dining table. All the honky tonks and excitement along Broadway are just a short ride share away. Catch an up-and-coming country star performing at The Stage, then stroll over to Printer’s Alley and take the stage yourself at everybody’s favorite late night karaoke spot, Lonnie’s.

Remodeled mountain view home: Marfa, TX

It’s not exactly the ideal year to head to the usual bumping spring break spots, so why not take the time to visit a place that’s probably already on your bucket list—artsy Marfa! This funky West Texas town offers everything from wide-open plains with wild jackrabbits and javelina to eclectic art installations like Prada Marfa. Rent out this remodeled ranch-style house overlooking the mountains for a few days and spend your evenings BBQ-ing on the patio under the big Texas sky. Take a day trip or two down to Big Bend National Park, truly one of the most beautiful corners of the United States.

3-bedroom beachfront penthouse: Carlsbad, CA

With fewer crowds and awesome beaches, the coastal towns north of San Diego are truly hidden gem destinations. From Del Mar up to Oceanside you’ll find beautiful stretches of golden sands, seaside restaurants, and bustling boardwalks filled with surfers and rollerbladers. Post up in the beloved town of Carlsbad and rent out this 3-bedroom penthouse at Beachwalk Villas. You’ll feel like high rollers in this 2000-square-foot abode with sweeping ocean views. Carlsbad State Beach and Tamarack Beach are both right outside your door, a one-minute walk away. Watch the surfers out your window in the morning or book a group surfing lesson for your crew. You can’t come to the San Diego area not try some fish tacos, so fill yourself up with those for lunch, then book a fun dinner at the buzzy Campfire Restaurant in Carlsbad Village.

Sky-blue beach home with a view: Amelia Island, FL

If you’re seeking out a beautiful Florida destination without a packed beachfront, look no further than Amelia Island. This gorgeous white-sand barrier island lies 45-minutes north of the Jacksonville area and is easily drivable from Alabama, Georgia, and the Carolinas. Pile your pod into this sky-blue Amelia Island beach home complete with a palm tree out front and ocean view out back. With four spacious bedrooms, this rental is very well appointed and boasts a charming coastal vibe. It has everything your group needs, including beach chairs—which you’ll be using a lot because Fernandina Beach is just steps away!

Historic downtown home: Charleston, SC

No place is as charming as Charleston. The gorgeous tree lined streets provide a beautiful perimeter for stunning historic homes, like this one boasting two apartments, each with 3-bedrooms, offering ample space for everyone. Full kitchens mean you can stay safely at home and enjoy meals, but should you choose to venture out, the location is walkable to everything, including dozens of amazing restaurants. Spring is the perfect time to visit this Southern city, before the oppressive heat of the summer creeps in. It’s still warm enough to visit the beach but you’ll be able to be outside without sweating to death!

Entire home with hot tub: Miami, FL 

Miami is a popular destination for springs breakers looking for sunshine, hot spots, and good food. And while the club scene may not be bumping this spring, the weather is still amazing and outdoor dining is easy peasy. You and up to 8 friends can book this stunning 3-bedroom home in Biscayne Bay and find yourselves swimming in the lap of luxury….and also swimming in your own private pool! Just a 10-minute drive to the beach as well as the popular Brickell neighborhood, the location is killer. You can grill out in the backyard or cook in the stunning kitchen, then unwind at night in the hot tub! Sounds like a perfect spring break to us!

Old Town Condo: Scottsdale, AZ

With nearly 300 days of sunshine annually, it’s no wonder folks are so happy here.  But, there’s more to the Grand Canyon State than just desert and spas, although both are pretty awesome! This beautiful 2-bedroom condo is located in Old Town Scottsdale, which means just outside your door, you’ll have historic landmarks to see, tasting rooms to pop into, and restaurants to enjoy. Old Town is close to dozens of great hiking trails, world-class golf courses and spas, spring training fields, bars, shops, and acres of vast desert landscape. You can’t go wrong with a spring visit to Arizona!

Mid-Century home: Palm Springs, CA

With so much coastline, people often forget that parts of California are also in the desert, and if we’re being honest, it’s our favorite part. Palm Springs is chock full of amazing mid-century modern architecture, like Casa Yuqi. This 3-bedroom home, complete with a hot tub and a heated pool, is the perfect spring break oasis. Pop into town to take in the beautiful, colorful buildings, enjoy delicious cuisine, spend the day golfing at one of the sprawling courses, or enjoy a morning hike—Joshua Tree National Park isn’t too far away. There is so much to do here and the weather is perfect!

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