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Kihei, Lahaina Top U.S. Vacation Rental Hot Spots

February 24, 2011, 10:30 AM HST
* Updated February 24, 11:40 AM
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Hawaii Vacation Rental. Courtesy of TripAdvisor.

By Sonia Isotov

TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, today announced America’s top vacation rental hot spots for 2011 with Kihei in the top Hawaii spot, fourth in the nation, and Lahaina is eighth in the nation.

Ranking are based on TripAdvisor search data and site editors.

“Vacation rentals can offer families and groups of travelers significant savings over other accommodation options,” said Hank Hudepohl, director of vacation rentals at TripAdvisor. “Our list shows off some of the best vacation rental destinations in the U.S. where travelers can save big, ranging from prime summer beach spots to areas with first-rate ski resorts.”

Top 10 Vacation Rental Hot Spots in the U.S.


1. Kissimmee, Florida – 959 vacation rentals on TripAdvisor
2. Big Bear Lake, California – 547 vacation rentals on TripAdvisor
3. Gatlinburg, Tennessee – 444 vacation rentals on TripAdvisor
4. Kihei, Hawaii – 653 vacation rentals on TripAdvisor
5. Destin, Florida – 734 vacation rentals on TripAdvisor
6. Palm Springs, California – 492 vacation rentals on TripAdvisor
7. Outer Banks, North Carolina – 1,302 vacation rentals on TripAdvisor
8. Lahaina, Hawaii – 229 vacation rentals on TripAdvisor
9. Hilton Head, South Carolina – 2,040 vacation rentals on TripAdvisor
10. Cape Cod, Massachusetts – 1,400 vacation rentals on TripAdvisor


TripAdvisor is one of the world’s largest travel site offering advice from real travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features (including Flights search, TripAdvisor Mobile and TripAdvisor Trip Friends) with links to booking tools.

TripAdvisor Media Group, operated by TripAdvisor LLC, estimates that their sites attracts more than 50 million unique monthly visitors across 18 popular travel brands. TripAdvisor-branded sites make up on the largest travel community in the world, with more than 40 million unique monthly visitors, 20 million members, and over 40 million reviews and opinions.

TripAdvisor Media Group websites have been recognized as top travel resources in 2010 by Conde Nast Traveller, Good Housekeeping, TIME magazine and Travel + Leisure. TripAdvisor and the sites comprising the TripAdvisor Media Group are operating companies of Expedia, Inc.

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