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15 Vacation Homes with the Most Jaw-Dropping Views

For a vacation with a spectacular view, don't miss these amazing scenic home rentals around North America and the Caribbean, all available on HomeAway.

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Cliffside scenery in Gualala, California

If Gualala hasn’t been on your vacation radar, that’s going to change as soon as you see the 180-degree ocean views from this spectacular oceanfront home perched on a cliff over the Pacific Ocean. Called the Phoenix Nest, the dramatic 2,500 getaway is nestled on two glorious acres of forest in Mendocino County, about two hours northwest of Sonoma, and averages $325 a night. Extra bonus: You can watch the technicolor sunsets from the private hot tub on the deck. Curious about home rentals? Here’s the difference between HomeAway, VRBO, and Airbnb.

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Muscle Shoals music house, Sheffield, Alabama

Sitting on a secluded bluff overlooking the Tennessee River and Wilson Dam, this 2,100-square foot home mixes amazing vistas with music history. It was owned by the world-famous Muscle Shoals Sound Music Recording Studio and used to record stars ranging from James Brown to Bob Dylan. And you can stay in the historic home for an average of just $159 a night.

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Ocean Turtle House, Big Island, Hawaii

Welcome to the east side of the Big Island of Hawaii and the Kai Honu Hale or “Ocean Turtle House.” The three-level oceanfront home was designed to make you feel as though you are floating on the water with 180-degree unobstructed views of the sparkling Pacific Ocean, magnificent sunrises, and leaping with dolphins, swimming turtles, and even migrating whales in the winter. You can say aloha to all the amazing marine life for an average of $150 a night.

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Unobstructed ocean views in Jalisco, Mexico

Vacation goal: Watch unforgettable sunsets while sipping homemade margaritas and nibbling chips with guac and salsa prepared by private staff. Actually, this goal is a lot easier to achieve than you might believe. Not only are the views at this charming Mexican villa extraordinary, so are the perks of staying at this cliffside getaway near Puerto Vallarta, including daily housekeeping and a chef who prepare meals and a private terrace with unobstructed water scenery all for an average of $336 a night.

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The Edge of Solitude in Custer, South Dakota

Situated high atop the Black Hills historic red-limestone and sandstone canyon, this home in Red Canyon Ranch, aptly named “The Edge of Solitude,” is a monument to the cowboy lifestyle, with elements of luxury and style that most cowboys have probably never seen. The lodge-pole pine cabin offers full views of Red Canyon from three sides and an outdoor hot tub that nearly floats above the canyon’s edge makes soaking under the stars a memory of a lifetime for an average of $413 per night. Don’t forget to pack these 10 things you should always bring to a vacation rental.

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Rocky Mountain views in Evergreen, Colorado

If you’re looking to experience the high life up high, this ultraluxurious mountain estate is the pinnacle of home rentals. For the average price of $1,300 a night the Above the Clouds residence offers 8,500 square feet of space at just over 8,000 feet elevation, nestled into 32 private acres on Bear Mountain. Not only is the mountain scenery incredible, but the home itself offers plenty of Instragrammable moments, from the 20-foot boulders that frame the front door to the three waterfalls cascading from the dining room into the living room.

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High on a bluff in Bandon, Oregon

Without neighbors, power lines, or crowds on the beach the views of the Pacific Ocean from this private home in Oregon are second to none. You can even watch gray whales from your perch high on the bluff, or keep an eye on eagles and falcons from the 10 private acres overlooking the sea. Prices here average $625 per night.

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Whidbey Island waterfront near Seattle

Located on the west shore of Holmes Harbor with vistas over Puget Sound and even as far as The Cascade Mountains on clear days, this Whidbey Island location is located just over an hour from Seattle and averages $575 per night. Want even more stunning scenery? Take a trip to nearby Deception Pass for breathtaking views of rugged cliffs and the turbulent waters that surround Whidbey Island. Make sure you avoid these common mistakes when booking a vacation home rental.

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Ocean Breezes in Mendocino County, California

Lovely, historic Ocean Breeze is an architecturally unique, oceanfront Fort Bragg vacation rental located just north of Caspar, California, in Mendocino County. It’s ideally situated at the end of a private residential road to take full advantage of the unobstructed panoramic view of the craggy shoreline. You’ll view crashing waves on stormy days and expansive ocean vista from the spacious wrap around deck and private hot tub; it’s also an excellent location for watching the migration of whales or abalone hunting. Nightly rates average $394.

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Tropical breezes in Eleuthra, Bahamas

One of the most unique and striking properties on the tranquil island of Eleuthera is this stunning white villa perched atop the most picturesque ocean cliff on the island. The 12,000-square foot luxury estate averages $1,068 per night and is the perfect spot for weddings with gorgeous turquoise tropical water vistas. Bonus: Eleuthra has one of the most beautiful pink sand beaches in the world.

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Catch the green flash in Rincon, Puerto Rico

Avid surfers will be in wave nirvana at this home known as Fisheye View where you can start your day with an ocean check of several world-class surf breaks without leaving your balcony. In the evening, relax in your hammock and catch the famous Rincon sunset that culminates in a fleeting green flash that’s easiest to catch when you can keep your eye comfortably on the horizon, which you can do here for an average of $750 per night.

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Crow’s Nest panoramas in Ocean City, Barbados

Expect spectacular sea views from this luxury cliffside villa with a stunning location gazing out over the Atlantic Ocean. Called the Crow’s Nest, the home is located in the southeast of the island and offers vistas out over the landscaped gardens to the ocean from the extensive covered terraced areas and pool. Even the master bedroom’s double shower offers a window out to sea. The home rents for $413 average per night.

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Coqui chorus in St. John

Coqui is a newly renovated cliffside villa perched 50 feet above the brilliant blue waters of Pillsbury Sound overlooking St. Thomas. Named for the sound made by St. John’s softly chirping tree frogs, Coqui has an unparalleled 180-degree panoramic view that the owners promise will take your breath away. You can be lulled to sleep by the waves and the frog song for an average of $714 per night.

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Waterfront wonders on San Juan Island, Washington

Summer sunsets over Vancouver Island to the west, sunrises over Mount Baker to the east, and vistas over Sucia, Patos, and Matia Island National Monuments are center stage at this home on San Juan Island. With any luck you might even catch a display of the Northern Lights at the spot overlooking the Haro Strait, and which goes for an average of $936 per night.

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Dove’s Rest at Skyhouse at Canyon, Texas

You’ll never forget the first time that you see this view from hundreds of feet above the west rim of Palo Duro Canyon State Park. This cabin is so high in the sky, it feels almost celestial, and it provides a perfect bird’s-eye (or more specifically “Dove’s eye view” of the canyon floor from far above. You can even gaze out at the canyon from the hot tub on the terrace, for sky-high relaxation with the perfect view, for around $575 average per night. Want more? Check out the most luxurious Airbnb in every state.

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Melissa Klurman
Melissa is an intrepid explorer and award-winning travel journalist with more than 25 years of experience. She covers topics ranging from family travel and Disney to honeymoons and romantic beaches, and everything in between.