Prioritize Your Amenities
Pool? Parking? Pets? Jot down your rental must-haves. These are the features you need to prioritize before you start your search so that you can weed out properties that don't meet your needs and save yourself some research time. For the most part, major booking sites have advanced search features with which you can specify whether you need, say, a condo that allows large dogs. Or a house with three bedrooms that has off-street parking and a dishwasher.
Further, take into account additional amenities, rules and regulations, and payment structures when comparing different properties. These could include anything from use of beach chairs, bikes, and towels to complimentary ferry tickets to cancellation policies. One big factor to consider is whether you'll receive access to private or residents-only beaches. Any property that comes with access to a private or semiprivate stretch of sand offers a huge advantage to travelers who hate crowds.