Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in 2019 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.
It’s been a long and vacationless quarantine, and all you want is to enjoy the sound of the ocean without the hassle of lugging all of your beach items in the car and desperately trying to find a distanced spot to relax away from others. The only problem? You don’t own property with private beach access. In fact, you don’t even live near the beach.
But not to worry, your dreams aren’t squashed just yet. Depending on where you live, a vacation rental with private beach access is just a road trip away.
So pack up your swimsuit and sunscreen, because we offer homes with private beach access in several US destinations, including Cape Cod, California’s Central Coast, South Texas, and Florida.
Here are five of our favorite vacation rentals with beach access. No long sweaty walks required!
Suited for a multi-generation family group trip or friends that want to socially distance together, this 6 bedroom/5 bathroom estate on Miramar beach in California is right on the water, including 2-acres of palm-studded oceanfront property. Your group can spread out between the 5 bedrooms and poolside casita to enjoy some relaxation by the private pool, or enjoy a meal together at the dining table that comfortable seats 10. Outdoor games are a breeze thanks to the spacious lawn and an outdoor grill and seating area make dining alfresco a must!
This brand-new upscale 4 bedroom/ 3.5 bathroom home boasts a private beach boardwalk and plenty of outdoor space to socially distance while overlooking the Gulf. Perfect for a family summer trip, you can enjoy the sun or shade on two balconies, a deck, or the covered patio. Follow the private beach boardwalk for a day of sun and surf and shake off the sand at the homes’ outdoor shower upon your return. Find everything you need for a cookout on the patio, including a charcoal grill, picnic table, and a set of Adirondack chairs overlooking the water where the sunset views are simply unforgettable!
Perfect for a multi-generation family trip, this 5 bedroom/ 2 bathroom Cape Cod property boasts two acres of private beach with spectacular water views. A wheelchair-accessible ramp and grab bars in the ground-floor bathroom make this home especially welcoming to those with limited mobility.
When you’re not swimming, kayaking, or clamming on your very own beach, head out to explore Coast Guard Beach and Nauset Lighthouse on the National Seashore — both await within a short drive. After a day stretched out on the sand or exploring, enjoy your own sunset cookout on the wraparound deck.
Experience the coastal getaway of your dreams at this magnificent 3 bedroom/ 4 bathroom property right on the sands of Mussel Shoals. Retractable glass walls create seamless indoor/outdoor living where you can enjoy the coastal air while whipping up tasty meals in the open-concept kitchen. Perfect for a family getaway or a couples retreat, the master suite is complete with its own fireplace and a retractable wall that opens to a private balcony. The beachfront deck has a private hot-tub, built-in benches, colorful armchairs, and a dining table for eight where unparalleled views of the coastline await.
An in-home elevator access adds convenience to your stay and complimentary bikes and kayaks make it easy to explore the coastline.
Fondly known as “Paradise on the Gulf,” this custom-built 5 bedroom /4 bath home features 2,851 sq ft of luxurious living space across three floors, meaning you’ll find privacy even if you bring the whole family! Set in the gated community of Caspian Estates, you’re just steps from the beach which you can see from one of the two balconies or patio. You can fire up the grill for a family cookout or utilize the gourmet kitchen for a meal at the family dining table. No matter where you choose to spend dinner though, make sure to catch the gorgeous sunsets from the large outdoor living spaces on each floor.