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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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People everywhere are finding themselves with a familiar office these days: their home. With COVID restrictions in place, many of us will likely have at least a few more months until we’ll be asked to work in-person again. Until then, that means you probably have some flexibility with where exactly you work, so why not get an office with a view? Whether you’re working solo or have a pod of friends looking to temporarily relocate together, we rounded up 7 vacation rentals that have everything you need for working remotely. Great WiFi, space to work and fun things to do outside of the 9-to-5 means all you need to do is pack up your laptop and book it!

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The Catskills, NY

The Catskills in Upstate New York is one of the loveliest places on Earth, no matter the time of year. This tranquil villa in Roxbury offers 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, an outdoor shower, plus a hot tub—great for friends and roommates sharing a quarantine bubble. In the winter, you’re a quick drive to Plattekill Mountain where you can ski, while warmer months allow you to go knee deep into one of the many rivers and creeks to fly fish. The home is eccentrically decorated (think peacock wallpaper, velvet chairs and sunken floor-level Jacuzzi tubs) so maybe it’ll help get the creative juices flowing during the workday hours. Plus, you’re just a two-hour drive from the NYC so you can easily visit whenever you crave a little concrete.

Costa Rica

Recently reopened to Americans, the lush tropical forests and beautiful beaches of Costa Rica are calling your name. For around $100 a night, a room in this killer home could be your new office. In addition to the sweet ocean views, this property offers free WiFi, has a pool and hottub, and is only a 13-minute walk to the beach. Surfing is a favorite pastime here so be sure to book some lessons when you arrive. Head south for a stretch and live the pura vida like a local.

Scottsdale, AZ 

Warm desert temps will be right outside your front door at this charming 4-bedroom home in Scottsdale. This house has tons of space for everyone to have their own work area and lunch breaks can be enjoyed in the huge backyard at the picnic table. After work, plunge into the pool to wash away any workday worries. The home is just a quick drive to Old Town Scottsdale and just a bit further north from is Fashion Square, with plenty of shopping and restaurants. Especially during the pandemic, Scottsdale makes a great home base, since there are so many amazing outdoor activities nearby. Spend weekends hiking Papago Park, Superstitious or Camelback Mountain, or book a hot air balloon ride over the desert!

Barbados

This stunning southern Caribbean island is offering visitors extended stays with its new “Welcome Stamp.” The stamp allows tourists to stay for 12 months, making Barbados an ideal place to hold up for a while and work. Villa Jarrow, featuring 3 bedrooms and 3 baths, is set right on the shores of St. Lawrence Bay, meaning you can clock out and be swimming in cerulean waters within 60 seconds. There are plenty of restaurants and shops in the village nearby and the property offers easy access for water skiing as well!

Key West, FL

If you like piña coladas and key lime pie, Key West is calling your name! The Bahamian Reed condo sleeps 5 people, has 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, and overlooks the pool. The bright, tropical decor will automatically cheer up your soul after a long arduous year. The Old Town location of this property is awesome, just a few blocks from Duval Street where all the fun bars, restaurants and shops are. There’s no better place to head this winter than the southernmost point of the USA

Austin, TX

Throughout the pandemic, Austin has stayed weird…and that was their goal. (Their motto is Keep Austin Weird, after all.) If this sounds like you, then go live among other eccentric types and indulge in amazing food, a killer art scene, live (outdoor) music and cocktails that go down a little too smoothly. All 2,500 square feet of this charming home can be yours, putting you less than a 5-minute walk to the downtown Austin scene. The 3-bed/3-bath home sleeps 12 and has a grill on the back patio. It has every appliance you could dream of, including a printer which will come in handy when you need to write to your boss that you’ve decided to work from home a little longer.

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Yes, this one requires a long plane ride but if you’re ready to go full digital nomad, Chiang Mai is an amazing place for an extended visit that includes working from “home.” Thailand is already a very affordable destination but right now, their government has sweetened the deal by offering a special tourist visa so you can stay up to 9 months. Book this amazing home and you’ll live like a king for $125 a night. The luxurious 3-bed/3-bath property comes with a car and driver, as well as maid service! You can work poolside and hit the tennis court after work. On weekends, you’ll be able to go hiking or mountain biking, hit the beach or head into the city, which is only about 25 minutes away. Heads up: You will have to quarantine for a bit upon arrival.

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Crowded pool parties and wading elbow-to-elbow with strangers at all-inclusive swim-up bars are a thing of the past, at least for now. But what hasn’t changed is that a pool is still an absolute must when it comes to summer vacation. And for this, there are private vacation home rentals that come with your own place to swim, splash and cannonball the summer away. Here is just a small selection of homes, cottages and chalets—with pools!—bookable on CheapTickets (just go to the hotels tab, select the number of bedrooms under vacation rentals on the left and then tap the “Pool” filter).

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Big Sur, CA

Soak up amazing views of the California coast while swimming in the private, cliff-side infinity pool at Morning Glory Ranch, a luxurious oceanfront cabin in Big Sur that also features a hot tub and fireplace.

Folly Beach, SC

The sights and sounds of the Atlantic Ocean are a big part of being poolside at this vacation rental. Nicknamed “Little Drip,” this 1-bedroom home is situated right on the beach and features a private terrace and grills. 

Texas Hill County, TX

Everything is bigger in the Lone Star State, including this Texas Hill Country vacation home that sleeps up to 20 people. It features a beautiful pool and patio, plus a spa tub and barbecue grills, making it an ideal setting for a large family or group gathering.

Benton Harbor, MI

Lake Michigan views await those who slip into the secluded lakefront pool or hot tub at this New Buffalo vacation home. The house is walking distance to town and well-equipped to host large families or groups, and guests rave about the melt-your-stress-away views.

Cascade Mountains, WA

Enjoy the pool at this central Washington state vacation home boasting dramatic views of The Cascades. Located in Manson, the home is steps from Lake Chelan and features a private dock, perfect for accessing swims in the lake. The pool, however, gets rave reviews, with one former guest describing it as “beyond amazing.”

Key West, FL

This absolutely darling Key West vacation home features a private pool perfect for lazy days in the Florida Keys. When you’re done sunbathing, vibrant Duval Street is mere steps from this colorful home in the Key West Historic District.

Phoenix, AZ

A stay in this luxurious 3-bedroom vacation home in Chandler comes with this incredible private pool. Enjoy Southwestern sunsets with a drink in hand after a day of exploring Phoenix and the surrounding area.

Fort Lauderdale, FL

The private pool is a WOW-inducing amenity at this 6-bedroom waterfront villa in downtown Fort Lauderdale. The 7,000-square-foot home sleeps up to 12 people and is a quiet and tranquil respite residing in the exclusive Shady Banks neighborhood.

Austin, TX

This Austin-area vacation home (located in nearby Mesquite) is known for attracting repeat guests—and its pool surely has something to do with the appeal. The air-conditioned home resides on the waterfront and even boasts an outdoor movie-screen that makes for fun “dive-in” movie nights with friends and family.

Palm Springs, CA

You may just want to spend most of your day lounging around, or plunging into, the secluded saltwater pool at this Palm Springs-area vacation home. Located in La Quinta, the 3-bedroom desert retreat is ideal for short getaways, offering proximity to Joshua Tree National Park and some of the country’s best golf courses.

Cape Cod, MA

Escape to an adults-only Cape Cod vacation home that sleeps up to 16 people, where a massive outdoor pool offers a great way to begin or end the day—or be a setting in which to spend the entire afternoon. The home is close to Falmouth and area biking trails.

Las Vegas, NV

This is the antithesis to the high-energy, pulse-pounding pool parties of the Vegas Strip: Relax in a secluded pool, away from the crowds at this 3-bedroom vacation rental in a quiet neighborhood in Henderson. Have all the comforts of home—plus a pool and hot tub—while exploring the Las Vegas area.

Emerald Coast, FL

The private pool at this Destin vacation home overlooks the Gulf of Mexico. Situated right on the beach, “Paradis” (as this property is called) sleeps up to 16 people, making it a great option for families and groups of friends seeking an Emerald Coast getaway with poolside privacy. 

Myrtle Beach, SC

Enjoy spectacular sunrises from a private pool on a balcony overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. That’s the unique opportunity that awaits with a stay at this oceanfront vacation home in Murrells Inlet.

Hollywood Hills, CA

For a real splurge, consider this 3-bedroom Los Angeles vacation home, if only for its private infinity pool offering truly epic views of the Hollywood Hills.

Tagged: California, Cheap City, USA, Cheap Tips, Destinations, Florida, L.A., Las Vegas, Texas

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