Why Choose a Private Vacation Home Over a VRBO

The Florida Keys are a tropical oasis, offering guests ample sun, sand, and adventure. The series of islands can be found just off the southern coast of Florida, approximately 15 miles south of Miami. With water all around, the Keys are a popular destination for water-based activities, like diving and snorkeling.


There are also plenty of attractions to see, such as Theater of the Sea, Alligator Reef Light House, and Anne’s Beach. With so much to explore, you’ll likely be spending a few days, weeks, or even months in Islamorada, Key Largo, or one of the many other incredible getaway destinations.


While choosing to visit the Florida Keys is an easy decision, it can be harder to pick a place to stay. While some people choose to book on vacation rental marketplaces like VRBO, this is not always the best option. Here are just a few reasons why you should consider a private vacation home over a VRBO.

The Problem with VRBO and Similar Rentals

VRBO, Airbnb, and similar short-term rental companies have received a lot of attention over the last few years but not always for good reasons. While these types of rentals can offer certain perks, they also carry a host of disadvantages.


One of the biggest issues is misleading ads, photographs, and descriptions. As almost anyone can post a property for rent, there is little to no vetting process and property owners can make a rental appear better than it really is. In addition, each host is a separate individual and some VRBO hosts can be unfriendly or intrusive, turning your dream vacation in the Florida Keys into a nightmare.


While many travelers choose VRBO to save money, these short-term rentals are not always as cheap as they appear. There are often hidden fees that are paid to the listing service, in addition to the rental fee paid directly to the host. You may also need to provide the host with an upfront deposit and there may be extra cleaning fees charged.


Contact us at 305.664.3333 or rentals@islandvilla.com so we may help with your Florida Keys rental plans

Why Choose to Rent a Private Vacation Home?

Renting a private vacation home can have many advantages over a VRBO. First, you get access to a luxury vacation rental equipped with a wide range of amenities.


While VRBO properties are often regular homes or apartments without all the bells and whistles, private vacation homes have features designed to make your stay more luxurious, such as swimming pools, heated jacuzzi tubs, and private outdoor terraces.


Next, you typically get more space with a private vacation home. VRBO properties can be small and crowded, especially if you’re traveling with a group. Private vacation homes offer plenty of space for every guest to spread out and maintain their privacy.


Private vacation homes are also found in prime locations. While VRBO properties are typically located in residential areas, private vacation homes can often be found in gated communities with picturesque views of the beach, ocean, canal, or bay.

Search Vacation Rentals at Island Villa Properties

In search of some of the most beautiful private vacation homes in the Florida Keys? Start your search for the perfect vacation rental with Island Villa Properties.

Maison Residences – Unit 101 – Beachfront

One of the top featured properties at Maison Residences is Unit 101. This four-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bath vacation rental offers beachfront accommodations in the heart of Islamorada. This world-class property provides guests with amazing views of the Atlantic Ocean, as well as all the comforts of home.


Walking into your home-away-from-home you’ll find a gourmet kitchen equipped with top-of-the-line appliances. Keep walking and you’ll come across a grand room with soft sofas and doors that lead to an oversized living terrace. This is the perfect space for entertaining with its multiple seating areas, flatscreen TV, and Lynx infrared/gas grill.

Maison Residences – Unit 202 – Oceanfront

Maison 202 in Islamorada is a four-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bath vacation rental located in the heart of the village. Upon arrival at the property, guests will be met with beautifully manicured grounds with tropical palm trees and paved areas throughout. The property also contains more than 350-feet of white sand beach and a scenic 155-foot day dock.


The bright and airy unit offers an open floor plan with multiple rooms, allowing guests to spread out and enjoy their privacy. In addition to a gourmet kitchen, grand room, and oversized living terraces, guests can enjoy relaxing in the stylish bedrooms. Each bedroom contains a king-size bed and flatscreen TV.

Maison Residences – Unit 203 – Oceanfront

Unit 203 at Maison Residences is an oceanfront property. Enjoy waking up each morning to a spectacular view of the Atlantic from nearly every window of the rental. Step outside and you’ll find an 86-foot lagoon-style swimming pool and heated jacuzzi. Families will enjoy spending time at the white sand beach or strolling along the day dock.


The stylish vacation rental includes many upscale amenities, such as 10-foot ceilings, porcelain tile, Caesar-stone countertops, U-Line beverage center, designer-selected lighting fixtures, and Kohler plumbing fixtures. Guests are provided with a private elevator and have smart front door locks for ease and extra security.

Cabana Flat – Maison Matecumbe

Choosing to spend your Florida Keys vacation in beautiful Islamorada is a decision you won’t regret. The scenic area offers so many incredible attractions and sights, and you’ll find many of them nearby your luxury vacation rental. Maison Matecumbe is centrally located in Islamorada off the old road at mile marker 81.


This spectacular vacation rental is a small nine-unit condo situated in a gated community. Maison Matecumbe offers all of the luxury amenities you’re looking for in a rental, including a newly completed swimming pool, hot tub, and access to a white sand beach.


Contact us at 305.664.3333 or rentals@islandvilla.com so we may help with your Florida Keys rental plans.

Why Island Villa Maison in the Florida Keys Is the Best Place to Vacation

Envision yourself relaxing at one of Island Villa’s Maison Residences. By the pool, in the sand, or on your own private terrace, there’s no better way to encounter a quiet, luxurious experience. Explore available luxury vacation rentals in the Florida Keys and let Island Villa help you find your little slice of paradise.

Your Peaceful Getaway

From its beautiful beaches to its world-famous sports fishing, the Florida Keys remains one of the most popular places to vacation in the world. To make your trip even more memorable, pick your vacation rental wisely. Island Villa Properties provides luxury accommodations set in gorgeous locations in Islamorada.