Florida -- with its warm temperatures, amusement parks, no income taxes and active post 50 population -- has been synonymous with retirees and family vacations for as long as we can remember.
Some may decide to combine the two endeavors by purchasing vacation homes in Florida to retire in a few years down the road. But if the rising cost of vacation homes makes this a less attractive option for you, consider renting an affordable vacation home instead.
"Since most retirees have to be cautious of their budget, many are opting to rent a vacation home to forgo the high costs of hotels and amenities," said Tom Gilmore, CEO of VacationHomeRentals.com, a website connecting would-be vacationers with home owners looking to rent out their homes.
Half of the cities in VacationHomeRentals.com's top 20 list of the most popular vacation rental destinations are located in Florida. But think outside the Sunshine State and consider renting an affordable vacation home in five other desirable locations.
"The traffic in these areas are constantly high from VacationHomeRentals.com given the desirability of these areas," Gilmore told the Huffington Post.
To find out the five most attractive and affordable cities for vacation home rentals outside of Florida, take a look at the slideshow below.
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