I am researching our Christmas trip of about 10 days. Looking for a condo unit with a balcony that overlooks the ocean. Preferably a high rise; we don't really care about anything else. Anything up to 50 miles north of FtL. Would really like to keep the rate under $160/night.
I found a great place on vacation rentals dot com but the owner wants a deposit now (that's fine) but the rest in cash before we arrive. This makes me very nervous! When I've rented in Europe, I was able to use a credit card so felt quite protected. You read such horror stories about dealing directly with owners, although I'm sure 95% of them are great people.
So my questions are two: 1) a good area for oceanfront at a decent cost and 2) anybody have experience with this "all cash" kind of arrangement?