Larry Starr, Sarasota vacation rental expert who heads Resort Vacation Accommodations, understands the many considerations families and individuals face when securing rental properties. In the following interview, Larry Starr, Sarasota resident and entrepreneur, offers advice on choosing vacation rentals and some suggestions on what to do and see in the area.
Gathering of Experts: Thanks for joining us! Can you start by telling us what a vacation rental is?
Larry Starr, Sarasota Vacation Rental Expert: Vacation rentals are a dozen steps up from staying in a traditional hotel. Vacation rentals are usually houses, condominiums or townhomes that offer more living space, privacy and freedom. The best part is that many of the rentals are located near or directly on the beach!
Gathering of Experts: Where are your Resort Vacation Accommodations properties located in Florida?
Larry Starr, Sarasota Vacation Rental Expert: Resort Vacation Accommodations has hundreds of gorgeous rental properties to choose from in the Southwest Florida region from Bradenton to Venice.
Gathering of Experts: Which cities might be familiar to readers?
Larry Starr, Sarasota Vacation Rental Expert: Currently, vacation rentals are located in Anna Maria Island, Bradenton and Bradenton Beach, Longboat Key, Sarasota, Lido Key, Siesta Key, Casey Key and Venice.
Gathering of Experts: What should vacationers consider when choosing a vacation rental?
Larry Starr, Sarasota Vacation Rental Expert: Each vacationing family is unique and should think about what will suit them best. For example, consider whether beachfront or beach access properties would be most pleasing. Sarasota’s properties and the surrounding rental’s amenities can vary greatly; consider how much personal, onsite services are ideal. Also, think about the amount of space that will be needed and the proximity to area shopping, restaurants, and attractions that is desired.
Gathering of Experts: With seven gorgeous locations, how does a vacationer choose between them?
Larry Starr, Sarasota Vacation Rental Expert: You’re right, Sarasota and the surrounding area has much to offer to every different type of vacationer! The best way to research is to visit the Resort Vacation Accommodations website to learn more about each area and the available properties offered. www.rvafl.com
Gathering of Experts: Which type of vacationer would enjoy Southwest Florida?
Larry Starr, Sarasota Vacation Rental Expert: Southwest Florida is unique in that while it is both a beach lover’s paradise. It also offers golf, fishing, shopping, fine dining, and more–all in close proximity to the beaches. If golf and luxury dining are on the agenda, vacationers should consider Longboat Key. If vacationers are looking for adventure and great nightlife, Sarasota mainland or Siesta Key may be the choice. If “just off the beaten path” rings true, consider Anna Maria Island, which is close the hustle and bustle of the city, but not too close, explains Larry Starr, Sarasota ’s biggest fan!
Larry Starr, Sarasota and surrounding Southwest Florida vacation rental expert, has been involved in the travel and vacation industry for 25 years. He owns AutoXotic, a luxury vehicle rental and ownership company, a natural extension of his vacation services. Larry Starr’s Sarasota community contributions include activity with the Sarasota Convention and Visitors Bureau and membership with the Sarasota County Arts Council and many local Chambers of Commerce.