15 places in the US where it costs nearly twice as much to rent a house during high season

Eugene Gologursky/Getty ImagesMontauk, New York is one of the most seasonal vacation rental cities in the US.
  • Rental data company AirDNA compiled a list of the most seasonal vacation destinations where owners can expect to see profits double during the summer months for beaches, or the winter months for ski towns.
  • The list includes many beach towns in New York and New England, such as the Hamptons, Cape May, New Jersey, and Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Only one ski town, Big Sky, Montana, made the list.
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If you’ve ever rented or owned a vacation home, you know how big of a difference the seasons can make.

Data company AirDNA released a list of the cities that are the least and the most seasonal, or where the seasons tend to have the most impact on rental price.

To calculate this, AirDNA created seasonality scores based on the difference in demand between peak and off-peak seasons in cities in the US. It also considered the rates that vacation rentals brought during their peak and off-peak seasons.

Especially prone to large changes in vacation rental income are beach towns in the Northeast; beaches on the New Jersey shore, Long Island, and Cape Cod made this list frequently. Only one ski town – Big Sky, Montana – made the list.

For those looking for consistent income from a rental vacation home, these 15 markets probably aren’t the ones for you. But, if you don’t mind the ebb and flow of tourist season, these places offer rental rates that nearly double at certain points of the year.


15. Orange Beach, Alabama

Jim McKinleyOrange Beach, Alabama.

On the Gulf Coast and near Gulf Shores, Orange Beach is a smaller beach town known for family-friendly activities, water sports and white sand.

Busiest month: June

Average daily rate during peak season: $US377

Average daily rate during off-peak season: $US216


14. Port St. Joe, Florida

Romona Robbins/Getty ImagesPaddleboarders in the Gulf of Mexico.

Located on the Gulf of Mexico, Port St. Joe offers the essential Florida beach vacation experience with water sports, lots of local dining, and an abundance of beaches.

Busiest month: July

Average daily rate during peak season: $US364

Average daily rate during off-peak season: $US231


13. Southampton, New York

Miles Astray/Getty ImagesA beach house in the Hamptons.

Southampton offers lavish beach homes and waterfront properties, along with art museums, vineyards, and, of course, beaches.

Busiest month: July

Average daily rate during peak season: $US1,000

Average daily rate during off-peak season: $US595


12. Big Sky, Montana

Flickr/Adam WalkerA ski slope in Big Sky, Montana.

This ski resort town between Yellowstone National Park and Bozeman, Montana offers many slopes and nature activities.

Busiest month: December

Average daily rate during peak season: $US630

Average daily rate during off-peak season: $US343


11. Provincetown, Massachusetts

holbox/ShutterstockProvincetown, Massachusetts.

On the northern tip of Cape Cod, this beach town offers art galleries and restaurants in a distinctly New England setting.

Busiest month: August

Average daily rate during peak season: $US364

Average daily rate during off-peak season: $US187


10. East Hampton, New York

Shutterstock.comEast Hampton, New York.

Outside of New York City, miles down the road from Southampton, is this coastal town known for its buzzing social scene and status as a summer playground for the wealthy.

Busiest month: August

Average daily rate during peak season: $US971

Average daily rate during off-peak season: $US579


9. Sag Harbour, New York

Julie Zeveloff/Business InsiderSag Harbour, New York.

This Hamptons town with its yacht-friendly deepwater dock offers a small-town feel with its fair share of celebrities.

Busiest month: August

Average daily rate during peak season: $US905

Average daily rate during off-peak season: $US507


8. Avon, North Carolina

Jeffrey Greenberg/UIG via Getty ImagesAn Outer Banks, North Carolina beach.

Avon, North Carolina is a village located on Hatteras Island in the Outer Banks.

Busiest month: June

Average daily rate during peak season: $US412

Average daily rate during off-peak season: $US213


7. Ocean City, New Jersey

Facebook/Ocean City NJOcean City, New Jersey.

Not to be confused with Ocean City, Maryland, this beach town offers piers, boardwalks, and many themed attractions.

Busiest month: July

Average daily rate during peak season: $US350

Average daily rate during off-peak season: $US218


6. Cape May, New Jersey

Racheal Grazias/ShutterstockCape May, New Jersey.

Cape May, New Jersey is a resort town known for Victorian homes in a historic setting.

Busiest month: July

Average daily rate during peak season: $US350

Average daily rate during off-peak season: $US218


3. Ocean City, Maryland

Shutterstock/Chris ParypaOcean City, Maryland.

Boardwalks and beaches dot this family-friendly coastal Maryland town.

Busiest month: August

Average daily rate during peak season: $US300

Average daily rate during off-peak season: $US187


4. Wildwood, New Jersey

Creative-Family/Getty ImagesWildwood, New Jersey.

A New Jersey town known for its boardwalk, amusement parks, and family-friendly attractions also offers quiet beach getaways.

Busiest month: August

Average daily rate during peak season: $US310

Average daily rate during off-peak season: $US200


3. Bethany Beach, Delaware

Robert Kirk/Getty ImagesBethany Beach, Delaware

In Delaware’s southeast corner, Bethany Beach boasts a beach boardwalk and views of the Atlantic.

Busiest month: July

Average daily rate during peak season: $US425

Average daily rate during off-peak season: $US272


2. Montauk, New York

Eugene Gologursky/Getty ImagesMontauk, New York.

In this luxury Hamptons resort town home loved by millionaires and socialites, Montauk’s beaches are only part of the fun.

Busiest month: July

Average daily rate during peak season: $US825

Average daily rate during off-peak season: $US461


1. Beach Haven, New Jersey

Black Whale Bar and Fish House/FacebookBeach Haven, New Jersey.

This beachside town peppered with amusement parks has a 10% rental occupancy rate in the winter to thank for its big seasonal difference.

Busiest month: July

Average daily rate during peak season: $US507

Average daily rate during off-peak season: $US325

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