How to Decorate Your Florida Vacation Rental for the Holidays


How to Decorate Your Florida Vacation Rental for the Holidays

The holidays are a time for celebration and joy, and there's no better place to celebrate than in Florida! The beautiful weather, the beaches, and so much more, make it the perfect location for those looking to escape from the cold winter weather. If you're thinking of renting your beach home or condo out as a vacation rental during the holidays this year, you should take the time to decorate your rental in a festive fashion.

Travelers want to feel at home during the holiday season, and because of that, you need to make sure your rental looks cozy, inviting and radiates that holiday feeling. It might seem like an impossible task at first glance - but it's simple to design your indoor and outdoor space and get your holiday decorations up in record time!

Here are some tips about the different ways you can decorate your Florida vacation home for the holidays, so it is ready for your guests:

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Use Holiday Decorations

The easiest way to light up that holiday spirit is through decor. It's a rather inexpensive and simple way to enliven your vacation rental with a jolly atmosphere. You can either purchase holiday decorations for your rental or borrow them from a friend or family member.  Consider the different rooms and areas you need to decorate, get creative and make a list of all the things you will need.  Start with the essentials, such as holiday themed towels, bedding and pillows, and then add a few extra touches like wreaths or garlands.

  • Lighting: Use a clear string of lights with white bulbs to give the impression that your home is decorated in snow. If you don't have access to these types of lights, any other kind will work just fine! Just make sure they are bright enough for guests to see in case it's dark when they arrive at your home. You can hang these lights throughout the house, but we recommend hanging them in such a way that it looks like they're falling from above and landing on any furniture or plants within reach.
  • Garlands: Use garland to line windowsills, door frames, cabinets, etc. This will give your guests the impression that they are staying in a winter wonderland. To really make the garlands stand out, try placing some tiny white Christmas lights wrapped around the pine leaves.

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Use the Natural Elements

Did you know that Florida is home to so many different types of palm trees? These palms work well when it comes to adding some greenery and holiday spirit inside your vacation rental without spending too much money on decorations. Palm tree leaves, such as baby palms and pindo palms, make great holiday wreaths. You can either purchase these online or at your local craft store; we recommend getting a variety of different sizes to decorate with in various rooms throughout the vacation rental.

You can also hang up small pinecones wrapped in Christmas lights within reach on any palm trees. These bring a festive and cozy feel to your home, as well as some beautiful lighting during the evenings.

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Fully-Stocked Kitchen and Festive Dining Area

A fully stocked kitchen and a festive dining area is an essential part of your guests' holiday experience.  This way, they'll feel like home and won't want to go out to eat or drink while on vacation. When you rent out your home or condo to guests during the holidays, make sure it's equipped with appliances like microwaves and grills so that they can stay in and cook their own festive feasts.

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Pump up that Fireplace

If you have an indoor fireplace, congratulations: Your job is already halfway done! Because not only does it look lovely and provide a cozy feeling, but it will also help you set the perfect mood for your guests.

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Light those candles

You may think that candlelight is only good during Christmas or New Year's Eve - but this works all year round! If you like to use candles as decoration in your holiday rental, now is the time to do it. There are so many different types of candles out there, so you can choose the ones that fit your rental best.  Opt for shabby chic or rustic decor to give your guests a cozy feeling during their stay.

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Presents under the tree

The holidays are all about family, friends and giving. Why not help your guests get in the spirit of things by having a Christmas tree within reach? Place it near the fireplace or entrance for easy access to presents - even if you don't have any! You can also place some gifts underneath it using boxes and wrapping paper so it looks like your guests have presents waiting for them.

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Add festive plants or flowers

Make use of citrus fruits like oranges, limes, and grapefruits for a unique touch. You can also add in some pinecones if you want a more traditional look. The citrus fruit will give your home the perfect amount of holiday cheer without going overboard with too many ornaments and lights.


Decorating is just one part of the equation when it comes to properly preparing your rental for holiday guests. You should also take note of some other things, such as holiday check-in and check-out times, whether there are any extra services included in their rate etc.

One of the most popular reasons to travel during the holidays is because it's simply beautiful outside. People want to experience these perfect Florida beaches without being too cold so having some outdoor lights will make your guests want to spend time outdoors.

To make this year's holidays a smooth transition for all involved, you need to find out what your guests are looking for and then do everything possible to accommodate their needs. Don't forget about all the other little steps that help create a special holiday experience from start to finish, and make sure your guests feel like they're celebrating the holidays in their own home.



Now that you know how to decorate your holiday rental, what are you waiting for? The best part about having a vacation home is being able to show it off and make the most of every season.

We hope this blog post has given you some helpful tips on how to make the most of your Florida vacation home during the holidays. If you've got any other creative holiday ideas, feel free to put them to the test, always considering your guests ' needs to create a one-of-a-kind holiday experience!