Best Summer Vacation Beach Rentals

Your seaside escape awaits

No beach house? No problem. Both Airbnb and HomeAway have an impressive index of vacation-worthy rental properties in coastal towns across the country—from historic Montauk to always sunny Malibu.

It's not too late to snag a room—or an entire house, for that matter—in some of the hottest seaside destinations. Here, seven spectacular summer rentals to book ASAP.

Lindsay Cohn is a freelance lifestyle and travel writer. She believes omakase is always the right choice and that rosé season should be all year long. Follow her on Twitter at @Lindsay_Cohn.  

Villa Sogno

Malibu, California, $4,296 a night

Vacation like an A-lister: Situated on four pristine acres, this 11,000-square-foot mansion boasts a movie theater, gym, wine cellar, pool and unobstructed vistas of Malibu's celeb-studded Zuma Beach.

Hither Hills Luxury

Montauk, New York, $1,000 a night

This Montauk pad, designed by Hamptons architect Pamela Glazer, looks straight out of the pages of Architectural Digest. If the flawless furnishes weren't enough, the property also features a wirelessly heated gunite pool, Jacuzzi spa, sizable deck with ocean views and access to the private Hither Hills Ocean Beach.

Water's Edge

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, $1,542 a night

Equal parts laid-back and luxurious, this Hilton Head dwelling has four bedrooms with en suite baths, peaked ceilings, a gourmet kitchen, stunning oceanfront views and a private pool.

The Dove

Pebble Beach, California, $3,572 a night

Located on a fairway of Cypress Point, this picturesque six-bedroom property offers panoramic views of the ocean and golf course. From the gourmet kitchen to the bathroom tile work, it's clear the builders pulled out all the stops.

Villa Tropicale

Key West, Florida, $1,100 a night

This two-story pad epitomizes Key West. The interior is immaculately appointed with tropical decor, while the exterior features lush gardens, a pool and a gazebo. It's the perfect place to mix up summer-ready libations. Piña coladas or frosé, anyone?  

Martha's Vineyard Luxurious Retreat

Edgartown, Massachusetts, $2,500 a night

Situated on three immaculately manicured acres, this Instagram-worthy rental—complete with an expansive patio, heated saltwater pool and dedicated media/game wing—was made for entertaining.

The Shelter Island Pavilion

Shelter Island, New York, $900 a night

Built by Stamberg Aferiat + Associates, this multi-section home blends brilliant colors, lots of light and modern design elements to create a space that's vibrant, cheerful and ultra cool. Best of all, it comes with access to a private beach.