First Timer's Guide to Vacation Rentals

What You Need to Know Before You Book Your Vacation Rental

Know the Benefits of Staying in St. Augustine Vacation Rentals vs. Hotels & Resort Accommodations

Vacation rentals have been popular among groups and families for decades, and these days they are an option that couples and small groups are turning to more often. Vacation rentals offer the home-away-from-home conveniences to help you make the most out of your getaway. With added privacy and more space, vacation rentals give you the comfort you need to feel truly at ease. 


Coastal Realty Vacation Rentals offers a wide variety of accommodations to meet your needs in the best locations throughout St. Augustine and Northeast Florida. Choose from our pet-friendly rentals, oceanfront condos, luxury stays, and more.


If you’re trying to determine the best location for your trip to St. Augustine, consider booking your vacation at one of our resort communities along Florida’s Historic Coast.

Benefits of Booking a Vacation Rental

Vacation rentals offer many benefits that hotels cannot, while still including many of the amenities you’ll typically find at a resort hotel. Depending on where you choose to stay, you’ll find accommodations that include a community pool, private beach access, a resort clubhouse, dock access, and more. Stay alongside a marina or the wide-open beaches of St. Augustine. Plus, many of our vacation rental condos have private balconies as well as spacious interiors, fully equipped kitchens, and cozy furniture.

Cook Meals in Your Own Kitchen 

One of the biggest financial benefits of staying in a vacation rental is having a full kitchen. While we all love being able to go out to eat while on vacation, cooking in your rental can save you a significant amount of money. Plus, when you have access to your own kitchen you won’t have to abide by a hotel’s dining schedule or rely on local restaurant hours and delivery service.

Enjoy Ample Space & Privacy in a Vacation Rental 

Staying in a vacation rental also means that you’ll have more privacy as well. Traveling in big groups is easier because you can have private rooms to retreat while enjoying the shared space when you’re ready to gather. It’s truly the best of both worlds! 

Plan Your St. Augustine Vacation With Coastal Realty

What to Bring With You on Your Vacation

You’ll need to stock your vacation rental with groceries and supplies, as well as bring some other beach essentials for your stay with us. While there are tons of great restaurants in St. Augustine, cooking at least once a day in your rental can help you save quite a bit on food costs.


You can stop at one of the many local and national grocery store chains in the area, or you can utilize a grocery delivery service so you don’t waste any time at the store. Popular apps like Shipt and Instacart are popular here, and some of the local stores offer grocery delivery and curbside pickup as well.


A few things to consider adding to your grocery list:


  • paper towels
  • dishwashing detergent
  • coffee (and coffee condiments)
  • condiments (mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard, etc.)
  • olive oil and/or butter
  • paper plates
  • countertop spray
  • hand wipes/hand sanitizer
  • toilet paper

What's Included in Your Vacation Rental 

All of our vacation rentals are individually owned, so be sure to confirm what’s included in your unit within the rentals property description.


Our rentals feature full kitchens with an oven, microwave, a coffee maker, refrigerator, and dishwasher. Our units are equipped with TVs, WiFi, and an in-unit washer/dryer. Plus, you'll find spacious living and dining spaces, beautifully decorated interiors, comfortable furniture, and cozy linens and towels.


You'll be provided with a starter-kit of essentials for your stay, which include:


  • Bed Linens & blankets
  • Bath towels
  • Bathroom tissue and facial tissue
  • Kitchen essentials (dishes, silverware, glassware, mugs, pots & pans, etc.)
  • Small supply of soap
  • Cleaning samples for kitchen and laundry

Keep in mind, this is just a starter kit so be sure to buy more of these items for your stay.


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We Have a Local Team Ready to Help

Our team is locally based in St. Augustine, offering extensive knowledge of the area and the best things to do and see. Our award-winning team is available seven days a week for assistance and hands-on service so you can make the most of your stay with us.


Need help booking your stay? Our team is available to assist in finding the most ideal vacation rental condo for your group based on size and needs. Reach out to us with any questions! You can submit a contact form and we’ll get back to you at our earliest convenience or call us for immediate assistance. 

Book Direct to Save on Your Stay

When you book directly with Coastal Realty Vacation Rentals, you are paying the lowest rate possible. We want to be sure that you’re getting the most out of your vacation, so we’ll never charge additional fees and we regularly offer promotions and special discounts to our guests. You can only take advantage of these special offers when you book direct with us. 


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