Why stay at a vacation rental during your trip to the theme-park capital of the world? For starters, not every waking hour can be devoted to Mickey Mouse, Harry Potter or Shamu. Many of Central Florida’s best vacation rentals offer multiple bedroom units complete with full kitchens so every meal doesn’t have to come with a side of fries. And property amenities often include amazing pools, kid-friendly diversions like arcades and even adult-friendly escapes like coffee bars.
And all for a price that will you have quacking like Donald Duck.
Here are just a few of the vacation rentals in Central Florida that caught our eye.
8317 Lake Bryan Beach Blvd. Orlando FL 32821
What we like: Orlando’s tourism area can be a busy strip of resorts and restaurants, but Grand Beach sits on a quiet lakefront location that offers a break in the action. Amenities are still first-class and include watersports like canoeing and fishing along with a fitness center, yoga and volleyball.
Grande Villas Resort
12118 Turtle Cay Circle Orlando FL 32836
What we like: At Grande Villas, the guests rave about the kid-friendly pool (shaped like a turtle) and the mini-golf. Other family-friendly activities include “dive-in” movies, craft time and face painting. And you’re still close to all the theme park fun.
Sheraton Vistana Resort
8800 Vistana Centre Drive PO BOX 22051 Orlando FL 32821
What we like: The question should be – what don’t we like? The Sheraton Vistana is huge. The resort features 13 tennis courts, seven swimming pools, seven hot tubs, a 16-hole miniature golf course, six recreation centers, two snack bars and one full-service restaurant. Too much for you? That’s okay, there’s a massage facility to help you relax after your busy day.
Bella Piazza Condominiums
901 Charo Parkway Davenport FL 33897
What we like: Guests crow about the roomy accommodations at this new resort just 15 minutes from the Disney parks. The condos are also close to a large Publix (the favorite grocery for most Floridians) and other restaurants, bars and shops.
3045 Polynesian Isle Blvd. Kissimmee FL 34746
What we like: Even though Polynesian Isles is located blocks away from shopping, restaurants and theme parks, guests here rave about the quietness of the property – a welcome respite from the craziness of being in the tourism capitol of the world. If you’re ready for action, two swimming pools, tennis courts and even a putting green await you.
Cypress Pointe Resort
8651 Treasure Cay Lane FLORIDA Orlando FL 32836
What we like: For days when you need a break from the parks, Cypress Pointe Resort will still keep your family entertained with regularly scheduled activities for children and adults. A fitness center, game room and more are there to choose from. And the shops and restaurants of Disney Springs are within walking distance.