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Dreaming About the Seaside

I have beach houses and vacations on the mind this week -- probably because I'm not going to enjoy much of either this summer. It's just too busy with family responsibilities and other duties to carve out a week on the Delaware shore. But a little searching showed that rentals are still available, even around Independence Day. Searching Long & Foster's vacation rental Web site, I found nine still available in Bethany Beach for check-in Sunday.

Rental houses and condos are also available this far into the season through Vacationrentals.com, a site where owners lease their homes direct to the vacationing tenant.

A search showed 29 places available for the week after Independence Day through ResortQuest, a company that leases a lot of condos and townhouses near Bethany Beach.

More interesting, though, is that ResortQuest has listings of condos, townhouses and some single-family houses that are available for two- three- or four-day rentals. Availabilities seem to be greatest later in the summer. Now that's the length of vacation I might be able to pull off in this busy summer!

What rental sites do you rely on to find vacation rentals? Share them here -- after you've booked your favorite week.

By Elizabeth Razzi  |  July 2, 2009; 6:00 AM ET
Categories:  Department of Hopeful News , Outdoors  
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I'd recommend http://www.DiscoverVacationHomes.com – The website was just launched nationally by the Vacation Rental Managers Association (VRMA) to help travelers find reputable vacation rental companies across the U.S. (and, soon, North America). It also provides other resources about the category in general, answers to common questions and more.

Using the Destinations Map, you can pinpoint a location, and a list of the area’s most established businesses will pop up. Then you can visit their websites directly, which are often equipped with photo and/or video tours of multiple homes, condos and/or villas, accredited booking capabilities, lists of deals/specials and more.

Hope that helps, and that you're able to enjoy a seaside getaway after all, Elizabeth!

Posted by: ADrake | July 2, 2009 10:15 AM | Report abuse

The best place for HUGE deals on last minute vacaction rentals is http://www.nextweekvacations.com. They have a few from Delaware - my home state-- and a ton for the outerbanks where we go on vacation.

http://www.nextweekvacations.com/North-Carolina--Last-Minute-Vacation-Rentals-890.html

Posted by: timmyhickman | July 2, 2009 2:27 PM | Report abuse

I am really glad that people are starting to look to vacation rentals over hotels for value. But the best values at vacation rentals are found at http://www.getmorevacations.com. I found the site from WeJustGotBack.com's site and GetMore is great. It has vacation rentals in the Outer Banks that give you free golf, free dolphin cruise, beach set up and this thing where you can go watch the wild mustangs in a safari-style way - free, each day that you stay with them. Getting to do the things you go on vacation to enjoy as a free part of your stay saves you hundreds of dollars. You're already saving money staying at really nice rentals instead of hotels - now everything is INCLUDED? I can't believe more people don't know about it but the word is getting around

Posted by: RedHare1 | July 3, 2009 11:10 AM | Report abuse

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