… Or Book Late (But Really, Early Is Better)
Let's say you've suddenly grasped that it's June (how is it June already?) and you haven't reserved your beach rental for the season. That's not ideal, but it's OK. Although it's standard practice to book quite far in advance for peak-season beach travel, it's possible to get an excellent deal on an oceanfront abode just weeks before departure. You have two options: Make an effort to hunt for last-minute cancellations, or consider booking your rental in a low-season beach spot, such as the Caribbean.
"Sometimes cancellations occur and owners are willing to offer deals to secure bookings," said Gray. To grab last-ditch deals, email property owners and ask that you be notified of any cancellations (this works best if you're flexible with your dates). Or browse eleventh-hour rental sites like Owner Direct's last-minute deal page, which, as of this publication, shows coastal properties at 10 to 20 percent off select dates in June. You may have to do some work, but with a little determination, you could get lucky and happen upon a top property for a nice price.
Willing to go abroad for your beach retreat? Since summer is low season for travel to the Caribbean, you'll have better luck finding a healthy inventory of beach rentals in, say, the Bahamas or Puerto Rico.