Six of the 10 markets driving the most inquiries for vacation home rentals over Easter weekend are in the Sunshine State—down from eight last year. Three of the remaining four destinations in the top 10 are popular southeastern coastal spots.
There's still time to snag a home away from home in these top 10 Easter vacation spots:
One of two non-beach towns to make the top 10, Orlando is the theme park capital of the world. At Easter time, Disney World is hosting two popular springtime events at Epcot: the Epcot Eggs-travaganza and Epcot Flower & Garden Festival. Vacation home renters are spoiled for choice, with over 650 HomeAway listings in downtown Orlando and over 11,000 listings in the greater Disney/Orlando area.
With sand like powdered sugar and the brilliant turquoise Gulf of Mexico, Destin is a gem on the panhandle's Emerald Coast. There's plenty of fun for families here, and the 1.5-mile Henderson Beach State Park is a singularly impeccable waterfront paradise where you might spy dolphins, sea turtles, or migratory birds.
Myrtle Beach, SC
The top pick outside of Florida, Myrtle Beach is affordable, chockablock with family-fun attractions, and well represented on HomeAway with 3,400 vacation rental listings.
This gorgeous gateway to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park draws families all summer long. Though Gatlinburg has only 4,000 year-round residents, HomeAway currently lists more than 2,000 properties in this small resort town, from cozy cabins to mountain chalets that can accommodate extended family
Gulf Shores, AL
Just west of Florida's panhandle beaches, the Alabama Gulf Coast's most popular beach town also made the top 10 list for Easter weekend. Family-friendly Gulf Shores offers a ton of ways to have fun with kids, from hanging out at the beach and nature walks at Gulf State Park to zooming down waterslides at Waterville U.S.A.
Orlando's next-door neighbor is known for its proximity to Disney World and it's proliferation of affordable lodgings, including more than 9,700 vacation rental listings on HomeAway.
Panama City Beach, FL
Another panhandle hot spot, Panama City Beach is famous as a spring break magnet for college kids. Families may prefer the quieter Destin, above, during the busy Easter weekend.
Hilton Head, SC
A gem of South Carolina's Lowcountry, 70-square-mile Hilton Head Island is a posh resort island full of gated communities, golf and tennis clubs, and neat-as-a-pin neighborhoods. You won't see ugly billboards or neon signs. Dozens of miles of bike trails criss cross the island and bring you under palmettos, live oaks, tall pines and dogwood, and all roads seem to lead to the beach.
Miami Beach, FL
Talk about eye candy. One of the world's most famous stretches of sand, Miami Beach's iconic pastels and Art Deco architecture put the destination on the map in the 1930s. Choose from among 1,900 listings on HomeAway.
Fort Lauderdale, FL
he only Florida beach town to make the top 10, Fort Lauderdale offers sun, sea, sand, water parks, and more than 2,400 HomeAway listings. If your kids love nature, don't miss visits to the Flaming Gardens and Butterfly World.