There are so many options - from mid-price to upscale hotels, condos (in all price ranges), beach houses and even camping - it can be overwhelming. Once you’ve decided what type of beach rental is needed, the real fun begins. But there is one thing to remember no matter whether you stay in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach or Fort Morgan: booking direct has many benefits.
1.) When you call to book or book online directly with a local vacation rental management company, you are typically talking to folks who live and work in the area. They are knowledgeable about not only the property itself, but also the area, so they can often give recommendations on restaurants, attractions, and more.
2.) Most often, booking directly with a property versus a third party (like VRBO, AirBnB or HomeAway) will carry some perks. This can be anything from onsite maintenance (pretty important if you have a leaking tub or toilet) to free or discounted beach chairs to area attraction discounts. Oftentimes, rental management companies have partnerships with local attractions and restaurants, so always ask if they don’t mention it. Every amount saved adds up.