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Vacation home rentals perfect for big families

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Your family can feel right at home while traveling

We've stayed in all kinds of accommodations while traveling with our family:

  • tent-camping

  • glamping in a yurt

  • crashing with friends or family

  • swanky resorts

  • not-so-swanky hotels and motels

  • beach homes

  • mountain chalets

  • sweet BnBs in Europe

But truly, when we're on a budget and looking for comfy, cozy beds plus a fully outfitted kitchen to boot, nothing beats booking vacation rental homes.


Advantages to renting vacation homes on family trips

Before I show you some of our favorite vacation homes we've stayed in, here's the advantages we've enjoyed over the years:

  1. Nightly fee for rental home is usually cheaper than hotel accommodations, even in popular destinations.

  2. Way more room to spread out. Why cram your family in 400 square feet when you can have 1800+ square feet?

  3. More privacy. Many vacation homes include a hot tub - that you don't have to share with anyone else.

  4. Fully outfitted kitchen helps you sleep in (no breakfast hours), save money, and eat healthier. Dining out becomes a treat and something to look forward to on vacation.

  5. Your own personal laundry room enables you to pack light.

  6. Owners are super helpful and ready to answer questions. Plus, they give great suggestions of where to go and what to do.

  7. Some vacation homes are dog-friendly. Bonus!

  8. Kid and baby-friendly amenities often included. For example: lug less stuff knowing a pack-n-play is already there for your use.

  9. No hidden fees and no surprises. The total cost discussed with the owner is what you pay. Plus, if you take good care in the home, you'll get your damage deposit back.

  10. If you are a last-minute planner, many owners are willing to negotiate the price for last-minute bookings. We've saved hundreds, if not thousands, this way.

Now on to our favorites for big families! 

Examples of great vacation homes for big families

Now when I say big families, I mean 6 people or more. All of these below sleep at least 8. The last one included is a five bedroom flat in Sevilla, Spain. This lodging option really helped my dad plan and budget for an epic 50th wedding anniversary trip for five couples.

If you want to know more about our vacation or how to book the home, just click on the buttons to learn more.

Have fun! 

Wilderness Club Big Cedar (Ridgedale, Missouri) 

This the only resort I will mention in this post. And yes, you can rent cabins and condos here. I promise you'll feel right at home at this rustic, classy Ozark mountain getaway.

When we lived just on the south side of Kansas City, MO, our favorite nearby get-away was the amazing Big Cedar Lodge, an Ozark mountain resort parked on Table Rock Lake just 10 miles south of Branson, Missouri.  

Our kids still beg to go back, even though we hang out hats in Colorado now. Great in all season, Wilderness Club at Big Cedar offers outdoor fun and indoor luxury for all ages.

See why they are rated the #1 Top Midwest Resort by Travel + Leisure readers here:

Marathon, Florida - the Middle Keys

While we loved Cape San Blas, our family decided to try a different part of Florida. So we headed to the Keys for snorkeling and fishing over spring break one year. 

We rented a boat since our vacation home in Coral Lagoon had a boat slip. WE HAD A BLAST. Throw in a swimming pool just steps away from the house, plus state park beaches and our week was made!

This was one of our best spring break family destinations yet. 

Cape San Blas - Florida's best secret beach

No high-rise condominiums along this 17-mile long peninsula.  Just past Port St. Joe, this quiet cape awaits to help you relax and play on the Gulf side and the Bay side.  

White sugar sands and beautiful beach homes invite you to put your feet up and stay a while.

Juniper Breeze was our vacation home for several spring breaks, plus for one summer vacation. This sweet beach home is managed by the friendly team at Cape San Blas Vacation Rentals.

West Yellowstone, Montana

Old Faithful, waterfalls, mud pots, more geysers, geothermal swimming holes, rivers, horseback rides, and more, this is one epic national park vacation.

We rented this gorgeous cabin just on the outskirts of West Yellowstone, Montana.  We were 7 miles from Yellowstone's west gate.  


Snowmass / Aspen, Colorado

Just this summer, we spent four day and five adventure-filled days in mountains of Snowmass and Aspen. Let me just say we'll be back as the entire area around Independence Pass has become our favorite nearby playground for long weekends with family and friends. 

Biking, hiking to the famous Maroon Bells (looming above!), spying the Aspens changing colors, plus snow skiing and more make this a year-round destination.

Ten of us (two families) stayed in this awesome home with killer views in Snowmass Village.

Sevilla, Spain

Flamenco, bullfighting, tapas, history, cafe con leche*, and more, Andalucia (or southern Spain) turned out to be the best 50th anniversary celebration idea ever for my parents.

*Café con leche is a Spanish coffee beverage consisting of strong and bold coffee mixed with scalded milk in approximately a 1:1 ratio. You MUST try it.

Basing ourselves in Sevilla, Spain, we experienced urban sprawl mixed with old town charm, and all of our sites were within easy walking reach. This city and road trips to nearby destinations re-tell Moorish and Christian history throughout the countryside.

Just a leisurely 10-15 minute stroll from dinner, shopping, and historic sites, our spacious 5 bedroom flat was just right for the 10 of us. 

Where's your favorite vacation home to date and why? Share the love with our readers down below!