The 10 Best Airbnbs In Florida 2024

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The 10 Best Airbnbs In Florida 2024

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Beth Luberecki, Contributor

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When it comes to vacation destinations in the U.S., it’s no surprise that Florida is a popular choice. The state offers something for everyone, from laid-back lounging by the beach to stylish cities packed with excellent dining, professional sports, cultural attractions and shopping. There are many terrific hotels in the Sunshine State, but the best Airbnbs in Florida can offer a more intimate and relaxing home base for couples, families, groups of friends or solo travelers alike.

If you’re planning a trip to Florida, there are many benefits to choosing an Airbnb over a hotel. Travelers who book Airbnbs are often treated to more privacy and space than a standard hotel room can offer, and there are a wider variety of options available for every budget. From a waterfront villa in Fort Lauderdale to a lakefront cottage near Tampa and a golf lover’s dream getaway in Kissimmee, we’ve selected the best Airbnbs in Florida for 2024.


Best High-End Airbnb: Villa Limon

Villa Limon is a dreamy escape in the heart of Miami.

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Villa Limon

Accommodations: 6 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms

Who Will Love It: Those who like the finer things in life

All-Star Amenities: Home gym; heated pool and outdoor kitchen; espresso machine; parking for seven vehicles

What Not To Miss: The home’s many indoor-outdoor connections and the option to add on butler and chef services

Location: Miami

This contemporary villa—conveniently close to both the Design District and downtown Miami—has all the perks of a luxury hotel as well as plenty of indoor-outdoor living space. Relax with a good book on one of the sun loungers by the heated pool or enjoy a meal on the patio prepared on the natural gas grill in the outdoor kitchen. After a morning workout in the home gym, head off to explore nearby shops, art galleries and restaurants.

An expansive living room, multiple dining areas and airy family room provide plenty of space for gathering, while the fully equipped kitchen features all the comforts of home and then some. Five of the six bedrooms include en-suite baths with standalone showers, and the entire home—which is part of the Airbnb Luxe collection of properties—looks like something straight out of a design magazine. Optional add-on services include a private chef, butler and driver.


Best Airbnb For Big Groups In Florida: Modern Waterfront Villa

The Modern Waterfront Villa is on a Fort Lauderdale Canal.

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Modern Waterfront Villa

Accommodations: 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms

Who Will Love It: Travelers who like a water view from every window

All-Star Amenities: Heated pool and hot tub; outdoor kitchen; outdoor TVs; elevator

What Not To Miss: A practice round on the putting green

Location: Fort Lauderdale

Located on a canal with features like marble floors, sleek cabinetry and spa-like bathrooms, this luxurious five-bedroom home is a fine choice for large families and group trips. Four of the bedrooms have king-sized beds and a fifth bedroom has twin bunk beds. Each bedroom has an en-suite bathroom, ensuring everyone can retreat to their own private sanctuary at the end of the day. The home offers plenty of opportunities to gather together, whether everyone wants to splash around in the heated pool and salt water hot tub, hit some balls on the putting green, catch the game on one of the outdoor televisions or convene in the two formal dining areas for a meal prepared in the gourmet kitchen. Want to explore additional activities during your stay at this Airbnb Luxe property? A “trip designer” can help guests add on everything from spa services to a driver after booking.


Best Beach House Airbnb In Florida: Gorgeous Oceanfront Oasis

Views of the ocean from front porch at Gorgeous Oceanfront Oasis on Amelia Island.

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Gorgeous Oceanfront Oasis

Accommodations: 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom

Who Will Love It: Vacationers who want to be able to step right onto the beach from their rental

All-Star Amenities: Washer and dryer; beach chairs; umbrella and beach toys; grill

What Not To Miss: The panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and the seaside hammock

Location: Amelia Island

With its wood-paneled walls and ceilings, weathered white furnishings and tasteful shell and sailboat decor, this beach cottage rental in Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island near Jacksonville is at one with its surroundings. Amelia Island is famous for its uncrowded stretch of sand and gently crashing waves, and the back porch practically juts out onto the beach. Three bedrooms offer soothing spots for resting and glimpsing ocean views, while the spacious main bath has a dual vanity and separate water closet. There’s also an outdoor shower for a post-swim rinse, and taking an afternoon nap on the lower deck hammock while listening to the ocean is worth the booking alone. The home is close to downtown Fernandina Beach, where restaurants and shops in historic buildings line the streets and boat tours leave from the Fernandina Harbor Marina. Nearby Fort Clinch State Park is a must-visit for history buffs and nature lovers.


Best Airbnb In Key West: Pilar’s Secret Hideaway

Pilar’s Secret Hideaway In Key West, Florida.

Daryl Reiber Photography / Airbnb

Pilar’s Secret Hideaway

Accommodations: 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms

Who Will Love It: Travelers who want to experience Old Town Key West while enjoying seclusion and privacy

All-Star Amenities: Private pool and gated yard; private parking space

What Not To Miss: Brunch al fresco in the landscaped pool area; outdoor shower

Location: Key West

If taking in the sights of Old Town is on your wishlist, Pilar’s Secret—which is discreetly tucked away on a quiet lane just half a block away from Duval Street—can accommodate up to eight people. Named after Ernest Hemingway’s fishing boat, the secluded home features a fully equipped gourmet kitchen and a spacious living area with French doors that open to a beautifully landscaped pool area. Two bedrooms are located on the first floor with a shared bathroom between them, featuring a shower and soaking tub. A luxurious master suite with a king-size bed is on the second level and has a private bathroom with a spa-like shower. The home features warm interiors, rooms full of natural light, central air and abundant areas to relax and plan the day. While it offers all the comforts of home, its stellar outdoor space is designed to entice you into the fresh air. Grab a seat on a lounger by the private pool or fire up the grill and share a casual meal at the poolside dining table. Before heading out for a day or night of adventure, grab a quick rinse in the outdoor shower to freshen up.


Best Airbnb In Orlando: Casa Lago

The lush backyard has a private dock.

Casa Lago

Casa Lago

Accommodations: 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms

Who Will Love It: Families, large groups and Disney fans

All-Star Amenities: Private deck and dock; kayaks; private parking; pool; grill; fire pit; exercise equipment

What Not To Miss: A sunset cocktail on the dock

Location: Orlando

If you’re traveling to Florida to take advantage of the Walt Disney World Resort complex and Universal Orlando Resorts, this sprawling home in downtown Orlando is the perfect place to stay. It has four bedrooms and three bathrooms, so it’s ideal for couples, groups of friends or families with children. The interior is newly renovated and outfitted with stainless steel appliances, a washer and dryer, exercise equipment and anything else you might need if you’re planning an extended stay. Families with children will appreciate the crib, high chair and playroom filled with books and games to keep little ones occupied. There’s also plenty of outdoor space to soak up the sun, including a fully fenced backyard, outdoor dining area, grill and fire pit, which provides a spot for visitors to wind down at the end of a long day. Guests can also access the nearby lake using the path or dock. Pets are welcome, so those who like to travel with their furry friends can take advantage of this pet-friendly home and lush backyard.


Best Airbnb for Modern Design: Modern, Bright Downtown SRQ A-Frame

This modern A-frame is across the street from the Sarasota Art Museum.

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Modern, Bright Downtown SRQ A-Frame

Accommodations: 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms

Who Will Love It: Architecture enthusiasts and art lovers

All-Star Amenities: Bosch kitchen appliances; bedroom skylights; back patio and grill

What Not To Miss: The loft reading nook and the exterior view of the home when lit up at night

Location: Sarasota

Sarasota, a city an hour south of Tampa, has fine cultural institutions like the Ringling Museum of Art showcasing the work of old masters and modernists, so it’s not surprising that interesting architecture exists here as well. This renovated A-frame home—just across the street from the Sarasota Art Museum—boasts light-filled living spaces done up in sleek, mid-century modern style. The pet-friendly rental has three comfortable bedrooms accented with skylights, a dedicated office space, a side garden and back deck. Guests can hide out with a good book in the loft reading nook or cook up a gourmet meal using the Bosch appliances in the contemporary kitchen. The neighborhood is worth exploring, especially for fans of architecture and art. The home also serves as a good jumping off point for checking out the restaurants, boutiques and art galleries in downtown Sarasota and on island shopping and dining hub St. Armands Circle.


Best Airbnb Near Palm Beach: Vibrant Poolside Paradise

Tasteful tropical prints set the tone at the Vibrant Poolside Paradise in West Palm Beach.

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Vibrant Poolside Paradise

Accommodations: 2 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms

Who Will Love It: Stylish travelers who want to relax but also experience Palm Beach

All-Star Amenities: Heated saltwater pool; grill; baby-friendly amenities like a crib and high chair

What Not To Miss: Relaxing in the poolside cabana

Location: West Palm Beach

Bright colors and tropical prints set the scene at this pet-friendly, two-bedroom getaway in West Palm Beach, just minutes from glitzy Palm Beach. Palm Beach is known for its antique-filled gilded era mansions, upscale boutiques, art galleries and sandy beaches, and this rental’s retro-meets-modern decor will help guests get in the spirit. The whimsical Vibrant Poolside Paradise airbnb has a living room with a garage door that opens onto a terrace, a sunny yellow kitchen and plenty of outdoor space for entertaining. Take a swim in the heated saltwater pool, then head to the poolside cabana for catching up on reading or rest. Guests can use the grill to cook steaks or fresh fish for a meal in the outdoor dining area or head out to explore the many restaurants in downtown West Palm Beach just a few blocks away.


Best Airbnb For Couples: Casa Mariposa

Pool area at Casa Mariposa in Marathon, Florida.

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Casa Mariposa

Accommodations: 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom

Who Will Love It: Escapists seeking a quiet sanctuary to unwind

All-Star Amenities: 50 foot lap pool; parking space

What Not To Miss: Nearby Sombrero Beach; the tropical flower and butterfly garden

Location: Marathon

When getting away from it all is on the agenda, the Florida Keys offer a scenic escape from the mainland, with access to secluded beaches and stellar recreational activities like snorkeling, sailing and boating. Casa Mariposa, which is about an hour from Key West, is a one bedroom guest suite attached to a large shared patio crafted of coral cut stone (so it will always feel cool underfoot) and enveloped in sumptuous tropical foliage. The landscaping is recognized by the National Wildlife Federation as a Certified Wildlife Habitat and the local garden club cites this property as a certified sanctuary for monarchs, so don’t be surprised to see these butterflies as well as bees and birds (in the morning, mockingbirds and cardinals sing you awake).

Swimming laps is easy no matter the season, thanks to the 50 foot long pool with a soothing waterfall that’s kept at a consistent 88 degrees year round. While the pool and outdoor patio are shared with another guest suite, the bedroom has a private entrance and private bathroom with frameless glass shower and waterfall shower head. This room does not feature a kitchen for cooking, but does provide a small mini refrigerator, microwave and Keurig. For a change of scenery, the warm sands and turquoise waters of Sombrero Beach is a short walk away.


Best Airbnb On An Island: The Pearl Beach House

The large second floor bedroom has 700 sqaure feet of open design.

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The Pearl Beach House

Accommodations: 2 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms

Who Will Love It: Anyone who wants to get away from it all

All-Star Amenities: Lots of outdoor deck space; beach access; nearby shared amenities

What Not To Miss: The expansive Gulf of Mexico views

Location: North Captiva Island

A ferry from nearby Pine Island brings guests to North Captiva, where a golf cart is the preferred mode of transportation. This half-acre property surrounded by lush vegetation and apart from neighboring homes includes a main house and guest cottage for a private escape. The interiors have a warm, beachy vibe, while the windows and decks look out onto the Gulf of Mexico and its beautiful sunsets. It’s an easy stroll to the beach for swimming and shell collecting, or explore myriad fishing and hiking options on the island. Renters also get access to the North Captiva Island Club, which includes tennis courts, two pools, a restaurant and bar. If you like, bring your best friend on vacation—dogs up to 50 pounds are allowed.


Best Airbnb For Families: 8-Bedroom Home With Putting Green

This eight-bedroom home has a swimming pool and a Micky Mouse-themed putting green.

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8-Bedroom Home With Putting Green

Accommodations: 8 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms

Who Will Love It: Families and Disney fans

All-Star Amenities: Pool and hot tub; fire pit; movie and video gaming area with Playstation and Xbox; play area for little ones

What Not To Miss: The Mickey Mouse–themed putting green and superhero-inspired game room

Location: Kissimmee

Yes, this eight-bedroom home just south of Orlando in Kissimmee is a short 15-minute drive from all the magical fun at the Walt Disney World Resort complex and Universal Orlando Resorts, but the family-friendly attributes don’t stop there. The entire house has been designed as an homage to the world of Disney—something that may enthrall kids and parents alike. Young guests can choose a bedroom inspired by Mickey Mouse, Toy Story or Frozen, then play foosball in the superhero-themed game room. Adults can relax in spaces with soothing neutral color schemes and modern decor, on the covered lanai or around the backyard fire pit. When a movie is called for, a Star Wars-inspired home theater takes you to a galaxy far, far away. Later, make a splash in the pool and hot tub and practice golf skills on the putting green. Guests also have access to the amenities at Encore Resort at Reunion, which include a fitness center and water park. Kissimmee Waterfront Park has walking paths, playgrounds and a fishing pier.


Best Airbnb Near Tampa: Bay Lake Cottage

View of the lake at Bay Lake Cottage.

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Bay Lake Cottage

Accommodations: 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom

Who Will Love It: Wildlife enthusiasts who desire water views

All-Star Amenities: Private deck and dock; private parking

What Not To Miss: Sunrises from the private boardwalk

Location: Tampa

Up to four people can sleep in this cozy cottage located at the end of a quiet street, but it’s also a great choice for a romantic getaway, especially if there’s a proposal or elopement taking place. The boardwalk, dock and cottage are private for guests, guaranteeing that nothing will come between you and the currents of Bay Lake. The house features one king-size bed as well as a queen-size sofa bed and has thoughtful amenities to make a stay more comfortable, including a full kitchen, washer and dryer, blackout curtains and even a wine fridge (available upon request). It’s a haven for wildlife, from bass fish to the occasional alligator, as well as bunnies and birds like northern cardinals, blue jays and even eagles. Kayaks are available to rent, but if you’re angling to cast a line into the lake for an afternoon of peaceful fishing, poles and tackle are provided.


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  • This story is regularly checked to ensure that all prices and information are as current as possible. It was last updated in May 2024 by lifestyle editor Katherine Louie, who checked all properties to ensure they were still active and bookable. She also added a beautiful home in downtown Orlando that is ideal for travelers looking to stay close to the Walt Disney World Resort complex and Universal Orlando Resorts.

About Beth Luberecki, Your Florida Airbnb Guide

I have been a professional writer for more than 25 years covering a range of topics including travel, business, real estate and home decorating. My travel stories have appeared in publications and on websites such as USA Today, FamilyVacationist, Smarter Travel, Tripadvisor, Times of the Islands and Gulf + Main. My work has also appeared in Washington Post’s Express and Florida Trend. I have lived in the Sunshine State for almost two decades and have written about it extensively, from tips and advice on visiting Walt Disney World to where to stay for a romantic getaway or fun family trip. I’m always looking for new places to discover in Florida with my husband and teenage daughter.


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