Phoenix, Scottsdale, Mesa and many other communities of the Greater Phoenix area are very popular destinations for those that are interested in escaping the harsh winters for some milder, desert adventures.
I am often contacted by people who are interested in finding a Phoenix area vacation rental. Why pick a vacation rental instead of staying in a hotel?
- Larger, more comfortable accommodations.
- Interested in bringing a pet.
- Larger family gathering.
- More privacy than in a hotel.
- Full kitchens, laundry rooms, private pools and other amenities.
- Preference for adult-only area.
- Longer stays.
Interested in Listing Your Phoenix Area Home as a Vacation Rental?
Homeowners may list their homes with VRBO to attract people looking for a vacation rental. It costs $349 per year (March 2013) for the listing and includes the ability to have photos and other listing tools. You may also, for an additional charge, add more photos, add Google maps features, link to a YouTube video and more. You must register and then you can create your listing. (Sign Up Directly With VRBO to List Your Arizona Vacation Rental.)
Looking for a Vacation Rental in the Phoenix Area?
TripAdvisor usually has 200 or more vacation rental properties listed in the Phoenix and Scottsdale area. You can filter the site for the number of bedrooms and bathrooms you are looking for, as well as the amenities that you desire for your rental. Photos are available for each property. A calendar of availability is associated with each listing. Look for vacation rentals directly at that website.
VRBO (Vacation Rentals By Owner) has listings in cities and towns all over Arizona. In and around Phoenix, Arizona you'll find vacation rental listings in Apache Junction, Carefree, Chandler, Fountain Hills, Glendale, Litchfield Park, Mesa, Peoria, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Sun City, Surprise, Tempe and just about every other city in the metro area. Of course, listings change often.
You may search for listings by specific city and by the dates of your stay. Each property has photos for you to see and most have maps. If they allow pets or are handicap friendly, that will be noted. The short listing indicates how many bedrooms and bathrooms are in the vacation rentals, as well as the rental price. For more details, like restrictions, minimum stays, features of the property, any rate specials and calendar availability you can go to the detail for that property.
There is no fee for people to search for vacation rentals at VRBO. You may contact vacation home owners by calling them directly or completing an online inquiry form.
A warning about reviews: you will notice that you can read some traveler reviews about specific vacation rentals at VRBO. VRBO owners were allowed to opt out of reviews, so you aren't going to see many critical or negative reviews there. As of February 2011 that policy changed and owners may no longer opt out of reviews if the reviewers meet the eligibility requirements established by VRBO.
Since I live in the Phoenix area, and don't use vacation rentals here, I am not in a position to recommend any particular vacation rental that may be listed online.
All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice.