After what feels like a lifetime of being stuck at home, the pre-covid world is slowly starting to make a comeback. As tie-dye masks, quarantinis and virtual happy hours slowly become a thing of the past, many of us are looking forward to doing some revenge traveling this summer. “There's so much pent-up demand for people to travel,” according to Vacasa CEO Matthew Roberts. He says that “pandemic-driven demand has caused the market for vacation home rentals to leapfrog at least a few years in terms of growth...more traditional hotel travelers, such as baby boomers, tried Airbnb and Vrbo for the first time and decided they liked it.”
However, people aren’t just craving the usual vacation hotspots. After over a year of being sequestered to our homes, many of us are looking to try something new. A recent Vacasa survey found that buyers aren’t just looking for beach houses in Florida and Hawaii, but in less expected places like the Washington Coast and lakefront Michigan. Not in the market to buy but still want to spend this summer by the sand? See below for a list of the ten most popular cities for buying beach houses this summer, plus our pick of swoon-worthy rentals in each spot.