The Best 2024 Summer Destinations All Have This in Common

And we found stylish homes to rent in each.
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There’s something comforting about returning to the same beach town every summer. You know where the best ice cream shop is and what time to expect the parking lots to fill up—you don’t have to Google it. But then again, it can all get a little old: the same pizza takeout, the same tiki bar. If you are game for trying out a new destination this year, look no further than Airbnb’s latest trends report. The rental platform recently discovered that the top categories booked for families lately have a waterfront theme, including Beach, Amazing Pools, and Lake categories, so its team looked to it even further and revealed the top 10 trending destinations near the water. Warning: You’ll want to double-check that your passport is up-to-date before reading any further. 

The Top Airbnb Destinations Near Water for Summer 2024

  1. Çesme, Turkey
  2. Krk, Croatia
  3. Jeju, South Korea
  4. Cebu City, Philippines
  5. Melbourne, Australia
  6. Puerto Escondido, Mexico
  7. Nassau, Bahamas
  8. Durrës, Albania
  9. Miramar Beach, Florida
  10. Marquette, Michigan

Finding the right house in any town can easily turn into an hours-long pursuit, so we did some of the hard work for you and found chic stays in the top five spots. Whether you make it there or not, there’s something we can all take away from the rentals below.  

Çesme, Turkey

The One With the Grand Pool Entrance

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If you’re a sucker for arches, look no further than Çesme. This three-story stone villa has panoramic views, but when you’re relaxing by the 130-foot-long pool, it’s hard not to focus on the giant archway off the deck that leads into the living room.

The One Near Ancient Ruins

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This villa near the ruins of Erythrae similarly boasts lots of stucco, stone, and curves. 

Krk, Croatia

The One That Feels Country But Is Beach-Adjacent

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As the biggest and most populous island in the Adriatic, Krk will keep your itinerary jam-packed. But in busy waterfront destinations, it’s nice to come back to a true escape, like this charming two-bedroom house that’s only 150 meters away from the beach.

The One Where You Can Hot Tub and Dine at the Same Time

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Or if you prefer to be close to the action, this condo in the center of town has got a hot tub (it’s easy to find as it’s right next to the dining room) and an infrared sauna. 

Jeju, South Korea

The One That’s Most Like Visiting a Spa

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This minimalist cottage in Hallim-eub promises an ocean view from anywhere in the house, including the natural hinoki bath, which the host suggests has the same effect as taking a forest bath.

The One That’s a Respite Next to the Airport

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This highly rated rental 15 minutes from the airport also offers a hot tub experience and, to complete your wind-down routine, a fully stocked tearoom. 

Cebu City, Philippines

The One That’s a Touch Scandi, a Touch Caribbean

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For a private resort-style experience, consider one of these stays for large groups. The above villa can house 15 guests (and four small dogs), while the one pictured below can comfortably accommodate eight guests.

The One High Up on a Hill

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The thing they both have in common? Next-level indoor-outdoor flow.

Melbourne, Australia

The One That’s Probably Graced Your Pinterest Feed

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This Clifton Hill home’s dusty pink kitchen, USM cabinets, and mod mix of seating (yes, that’s a Faye Toogood chair in the living room) might look familiar: The house has been featured in a handful of Australian design publications.

The One That’s Straight Out of a Storybook

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For a more traditional setting, complete with a garden and outdoor dining area, add this Victorian terrace home in Fitzroy to your bookmarks.

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Lydia Geisel

Home Editor

Lydia Geisel has been on the editorial team at Domino since 2017. Today, she writes and edits home and renovation stories, including house tours, before and afters, and DIYs, and leads our design news coverage. She lives in New York City.