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BeachRentalsDirect.com was founded in 2011 and is a simple listing site for private vacation homeowners. This site is focused on beach rentals so their location spots are limited to locations at Bald Head Island, Ocean Isle, Playa Del Carmen, Holden Beach, Sunset Beach and Oak Island. Beach Rentals Direct also supports two other similar websites called BeachHousesNC.com and VacationBeachRentalsNC.com and owners can advertise their homes on any of these websites once they pay an annual fee. Beach Rentals Direct is just like any other simple hosting website and requires all renters to work directly with the property owner for all of their renting questions and to finalize their vacation plans. 

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The Good

  • Direct booking
  • User-friendly platform

Beach Rentals Direct is a very easy to use website. They have each of their available listings categorized by the beaches that the website supports. Additionally, all of their posted advertisements are posted privately from the owner. Since all of the booking is done directly, you save on booking fees.

Private owners offer flexibility for things such as cancellation policies, booking limitations, and scheduling. The best part about Beach Rentals Direct is their focus on beachfront property. This way you can plan your beach vacation perfectly with a vacation home that is near a popular beach.

There are a number of other draws to using Beach Rentals Direct. They try to create as user-friendly of a platform as possible. These benefits include:

  • Rental Guarantee
  • Varying property types
  • Online account for renters/owners

Beach Rentals Direct has a very high annual membership fee of $350 for advertising on their website. This means that even though there are no verification checks, you can be assured that fraudulent advertisements will not be posted on this website because most fraudulent ads would never pay such a high fee for listing. Additionally, you book directly from the owner, which means you get their contact information so you can have local support and attention if needed while on vacation.

The Bad

  • Small website
  • No guarantees
  • No public information

Beach Rentals Direct is a small website that doesn't not have very many postings to view for vacation spots. One huge problem on the website is over half of the postings are expired. Currently, there are less than 30 postings on the site that are not expired. Here are a few other things to keep in mind:

  • No rental guarantees
  • No options for rental insurance
  • No customer service line
  • No verification of advertisements
  • No mobile apps
  • Limited locations
  • No secure online booking options

Beach Rentals Direct essentially takes no responsibility over their posted listings. They are not responsible for verification and do not provide any customer support for booking or availability questions. Beach Rentals Direct also has not had a new posting on their site since 2014. This means you're probably not going to find the most current information on Beach Rentals Direct.

There is no public information regarding the number of actual proprieties listed on Beach Rentals Direct. Additionally, there is no information about where the platform actually services. This data is typically advertised by vacation rentals front and center.

The Bottom Line

We would not recommend Beach Rentals Direct as a good place for you to find your next vacation rental. They simply do not have enough options on their webpage and there is absolutely no customer support available. Most competitors will offer more options and more security for your vacation rental. Those that use BeachREntalsDirect.com to book their beach house can expect the following from the platform:

  1. Private owners
  2. Direct communication with owners
  3. High membership fee
  4. Lack of customer service help
  5. No mobile download
  6. Limited destinations

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