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29 Sep 2020
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Did you know: You could be paying up to 20% in additional booking fees if you reserve your vacation on a third-party booking site.

Many travelers are searching for vacation rentals and know that a stay in a hotel cannot match the value, convenience and level of comfort that a vacation rental brings. Yet, many travelers are paying too much by booking their vacation rental through third-party channels like Airbnb, HomeAway, VRBO,, etc.

Check out these 7 reasons to ditch the big online travel agencies and book direct with Seaside Vacations:
1. #BookDirect and save:

Did you know that Airbnb, VRBO, HomeAway and Trip Advisor add hundreds of dollars to your booking total?

2. When you book direct, you have direct contact with the property manager:

When booking a vacation rental, peace of mind is important. Want to know if there is a grill, a kayak, 24/7 service, or a grocery store close by? When you book direct, you can get answers to important questions before you commit to booking!

3. The best price isn’t on the OTAs:

Online Travel Agencies and aggregators like Airbnb, Expedia,,, HomeAway, TripAdvisor, and FlipKey don’t have the best price for travelers. In fact, you can save hundreds by booking direct and booking local.

4. Many of the best vacation rentals aren’t even listed on the major sites:

Because of the cost of using the big sites, many of the best vacation rental homes with the highest demand cannot be found on the big OTA websites. By limiting your search to the aggregating websites, you might be missing out on the best vacation home for your family or group.

5. Local Vacation Rental Managers have intimate knowledge about the destination:

We can direct you to the best rental for your needs and recommend activities, restaurants, and entertainment for a memorable vacation. Seaside Vacations can even provide you with discounts and special promotions with local businesses to help you save money while on vacation.

6. If you have special needs, a local rental manager can help:

Looking for help with your family's special needs? A local rental manager can work with you directly to help with any of your individual needs before you commit to booking. 

7. Discover why the Outer Banks is a top vacation destination:

From events and activities to special promotion services, booking direct is your best value. Download our Inside Guide to the Outer Banks for insider knowledge and start planning your trip! 

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See What Our Guests Are Saying About Seaside Vacations

What Our Guests Are Saying

"Great rental company! Easy to work with and helped with questions and maintenance issues without pause. Our rental was perfect and exactly as posted online. Would rent from again (and may rent the same house next year!)."

"Great people and courteous service. We’ve been using them for 20 years and always had great responses to any problems that have come up."

"We’ve been coming to the Outer Banks for a few years, always to a Seaside property. We are never disappointed; the houses are lovely, clean, spacious, extremely well maintained. On this visit, we had to call for a clogged drain. They came within the hour and fixed the one causing the problem. We wholeheartedly recommend Seaside for your next Outer...

"My family and I rented a home from Seaside vacations! We LOVED that they let the expense of a vacation be broken up into monthly payments. It made our vacation possible. The home was even more beautiful than in the photos. It was extremely clean. It had everything we needed plus more. We could not have been happier with our...

"The best location and house we have ever rented. The house was everything we needed and so much more. Thank you for making our vacation so memorable."

"This was my second year with Seaside and both were awesome. A great house on the ocean with a covered porch. Clean, well-appointed. Everything you would need. Loved having linens and towels (one less thing to deal with). Keyless entry a plus. Nice gift bag and loved the opportunity to leave food for the Sonder project."