AUSTIN, Texas – August 14, 2019 — Labor Day weekend is the start, not end, of prime travel time for vacationers seeking value. Prices are poised to drop up to 29% for primo vacation rental homes in coveted beach and lake destinations for the month of September, according to data released today by Vrbo®.
What’s more, temperatures at top shoulder season savings destinations like Ocean City, N.J., and Sunriver, Ore., are likely to decrease by only one percent1 from August to September, using recent history as a guide.
“Shoulder season refers to off-peak travel times, and while there are no official dates for the start and end of shoulder season, owners of Vrbo vacation homes tend to set their nightly rental rates to drop right after Labor Day,” said Melanie Fish, Vrbo travel expert. “Shoulder season offers so many benefits – reduced vacation rental home prices, more selection available, less crowded beaches, the list goes on. We looked at the data so vacationers can take full advantage.”
From sought-after eastern shores to a popular gulf beach town, the top US destinations for shoulder season savings include2:
Ocean City, N.J. – 29% less per night ($417 vs. $296)
Sunriver, Ore. – 29% less per night ($401 vs. $285)
Ocean City, Md. – 29% less per night ($359 vs. $254)
Cape Cod, Mass. – 25% less per night ($402.25 vs. $304)
Lincoln City, Ore. – 25% less per night ($349 vs. $263)
Myrtle Beach, S.C. – 24% less per night ($255 vs. $193)
South Padre Island, Texas – 23% less per night ($307 vs. $235)
Whitefish, Mont. – 22% less per night ($321 vs. $250)
Bar Harbor, Maine – 22% less per night ($334 vs. $261)
Hilton Head Island, S.C. – 19% less per night ($281 vs. $227)
1Based on average temperature highs in August vs. September from Weather.com
2Based on an analysis of full-month average nightly rates in August and September 2018 in destinations with the greatest traveler demand during those months, then ranked by traveler demand and the greatest reduction in average nightly rates from August to September.
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