In 2000, 3,578,718, or 3.09% of the American housing stock, were holiday or second homes, compared with 2.66% in 1990, and 1.87% in 1980. 26% of all these are located in the north-eastern states, with approximately 250,199 (7% of all the second homes in the U.S.) located in New York, and Maine having the largest percentage of its housing stock as second homes.[11]
You may have decided upon your destination, but what about the location of the villa itself. Are you looking for somewhere near the beach, the countryside or close to a city?  An isolated retreat may seem ideal when you're booking it, but think carefully about the practicalities – especially if you're with children or a large group. Is there a shop or restaurant within walking distance, for example?

Les locations de vacances sont une alternative de plus en plus populaire aux séjours traditionnels. Pourquoi ?Car elles offrent aux voyageurs en vacances l'espace, l'intimité et tout le confort d'un hébergement particulier à un prix incroyable !Fini les chambres d'hôtels impersonnelles : maisons en bord de mer avec accès direct à la page ou appartements luxueux en ville, TripAdvisor Rentals vous propose des hébergements avec de la personnalité pour rendre votre séjour inoubliable. Choisissez parmi des milliers de locations à travers le monde :appartements chics pour voyages d'affaires en solo, cottages tout équipés pour une escapade romantique ou villa spacieuse pour des vacances en famille. Pour des séjours qui correspondent à vos besoins et votre style de voyage individuel, il n'y a pas mieux.
We loved it! This was a family vacation for our family that has grown as a different dimension. Our children are adults now and we also have a grandchild so this was a "different" family vacation for us…Everything we needed to stay in the house was there… We all enjoyed walking the beach and looking at the shells and other "creatures" that washed up on the beach. We saw dolphins swimming... Read more
Besides the added space and privacy, you’ll see that vacation rentals are a great value, too, often costing about half what a hotel would cost. If you’re wondering if that savings might come at the expense of comfort and amenities, the answer is not at all. You can kick back on the couch as if it were your own, cook your favorite meals in the kitchen, and check in on friends or colleagues with in-house Wi-Fi.
The quality of the pool can make or break your villa holiday. So before booking, check the size of the pool, whether it is heated and if so, whether you have to pay to switch the heating on? If you're holidaying with children, check too that the pool has a shallow end and a shelved entrance or steps for toddlers. Other factors to consider include whether the pool is exclusive to your villa or shared with other properties, and whether there enough sun beds for everyone travelling.
Spain-Holiday.com offers a unique holiday letting experience where bookings are made directly through property owners. Many of our home owners are locals and they provide the best insider knowledge about the destinations surrounding their holiday homes in Spain. They are always enthusiastic to share their favourite restaurants, bars and sights worth visiting. Our team at Spain-Holiday.com is also always here to guide you on any questions you have about your holiday in Spain.
By booking self catering accommodation in Cape Town, you can enjoy a more private setting, while having the freedom to come and go at any hour of the day or night. Whether you are indulging in a luxury self-catering villa with sea and mountain views or spending your time in a more intimate and cosmopolitan self-catering apartment in the vibrant city centre, Holiday Apartments' stunning and varied selection of self-catering accommodation options will have something perfectly suited to your accommodation requirements.
Belle Vue Apartments is probably the largest holiday resort complex in Europe, covering an area of 150,000 square metres in the Port d'Alcudia, housing 1,474 visitors across 17 buildings. In other words, its ginormous! Within it you will find the Hidropark, with acres of slides, rides, wave pools and splash pools as well as bouncy castles, trampolines, paintballing, giant floating balls and mini golf. If you are feeling bold, try one of the two 15-metre [more] Kamikaze slides without screaming! Or sample the thrills of the Spiral with its superfast descent ending with a big splash directly into the water. The 1000-square metre Wave Pool generates waves over one metre high – are you ready? When you get peckish the cafe Neptuno will sort you out. Hidropark is open every day from the 1st May to the 31st October from 10.30am. until late afternoon, and it’s free for the under twos.

Majorca is well-loved holiday destination for walkers and cyclists from around the world who come to explore the foothills of the quiet and peaceful Serra de Tramuntana mountain range. There is a thriving cycling culture attracting both the pro teams and road cycling fanatics as well as people cycling for fun and exercise. Rugged mountain trails lead to remote valleys, while carefully signed routes give way to long-forgotten mule tracks and hidden [more] mountain passes. You might pass through sleepy villages, or find yourself on a clifftop gazing town at the turquoise sea. Coastal walks are popular, particularly up towards the Cap de Formentor on the North Easterly Coast of Mallorca. There are even people brave enough to walk or cycle up the hair-raising, twisty road that takes you to the top. If you are lucky you might see or hear some of the indigenous birds of the islands such as vultures, bee-eaters, Audouin's gulls, ospreys, night herons, Eleonara's falcons, scops owls or hoopoes! [less]
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