Looking to get away? We suggest getting a jumpstart on your beach vacation by booking ahead of time! There are many benefits to booking your accommodations early including meeting your travel goals as well as your budget. For families, couples, groups and solo travelers, planning a vacation requires optimal time to get the best deal possible. That’s why we have great Orange Beach and Gulf Shores vacation tips to give you.

We have composed a list of 4 reasons to book your vacation in advance by providing you with information on the ideal time to reserve your condo at the beach.

Sought After Units Go First

turquoise condo interior

Don’t procrastinate if you want to get the best price on the most sought after vacation rental. You will have a larger selection of accommodations to choose from the earlier you book. Condos are typically decorated by the owner so there is a wide range of styles to choose from. Some of the decorations are modern and up-to-date and those are the condos that are selected first.

Rates Change with Occupancy

In the vacation rental industry, rates go up as occupancy goes up. Some travelers who visit the same location book their accommodations a year in advance. We suggest making your reservation as far in advance as possible so you can get the best possible rate. Condos normally do not offer last minute deals like hotels unless it is the shoulder season.

Book Early to Start Planning

mother and child having fun in the pool

Planning your vacation ahead of time gives you ample time to select the most desirable lodging options in ideal locations. Once you choose a location, then you can start researching activities, excursions, and nearby restaurants. Planning ahead allows you to concentrate on planning other aspects of your beach vacation once you have selected your accommodations.

Avoid Cancellation Penalties

Some vacation rental companies allow you to make reservations with no money down when booked in advance. If you are required to make a deposit, we recommend reviewing the cancellation policy to avoid losing money. We suggest you seek out the rental companies that let you book with no money down and allow you to cancel up to two weeks before your arrival date without a penalty in case your plans change.

Avoid stress and get the best rates and the most desirable condo by booking your stay in advance. Don’t wait until the last minute to plan a vacation you daydream about all winter long. Take your time and research an ideal location for you and your family!


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