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Miami, FL, February 17, 2009—Okay, the economy has tanked, but that doesn't mean a vacation is impossible. Bargains galore is the travel industry's story this winter. And the best deals of all are's Florida vacation rentals—villas, apartments and condos—that sleep as many as eight persons but cost no more than $100 a night. is the leading online vacation rental directory, with hundreds of good deals from one end of Florida to the other. What's more, Rentalo now offers a "Worry Free" Lodging Guarantee that provides up to $5,000 of payment protection—for free—so travelers can book a Florida vacation rental with full confidence. Among the rentals available:

Broadmoor Villa, Rotonda, FL—$94 per night

This three-bedroom, two-bath villa is located between Sarasota and Fort Myers on the Cape Haze Peninsula in southwest Florida. The villa has its own lanai and swimming pool and the neighborhood winds through golf courses and fresh-water canals. Villa amenities include cable/satellite TV, air conditioning, a stereo, CD player, full kitchen with dishwasher and a garage. Beautiful Gulf Coast beaches, shopping and restaurants are nearby. Orlando, Naples and Miami are just day trips away. The nightly rate is $94, with a one-night minimum. For information:

Samantha's Castle, Orlando, FL—$85 per night

Well, it's more like a house than a castle, with three bedrooms, two baths, a formal dining room, open kitchen, an oversized deck and a built-in heated swimming pool (on a corner lot overlooking a pond). The house is just off Interstate 4, six miles from Walt Disney World and close to all major attractions in Orlando. A public golf course designed by Greg Norman is only a mile away and a Publix supermarket, restaurants, McDonalds, a liquor store, drug store and service station are equally close. The nightly rate is $85, with a three-night minimum. For information:

Canal-Front House, Englewood, FL—$100 per night

A perfect family house with bunk beds for the kids in one bedroom, this three-bedroom, two-bath house actually sleeps eight. All three bedrooms have access to the swimming pool. The house is located in Englewood, a quiet town with four pristine beaches on Lemon Bay in southern Sarasota County. The area offers several public golf courses, as well as boating, fishing and scuba diving. Nearby eateries range from pizza joints to seafood restaurants, and shopping is available. The nightly rate until May 31 is $100, with a seven-night minimum. For information:

Nature Coast Villa, Crystal River, FL—$85 per night

An hour and a half from both Tampa and Orlando and ten minutes from Gulf Beach, this quaint two-bedroom, one-bath villa is in a safe and quiet park-like setting. It is called "Nature Coast" for all the wildlife and natural property in the area. (Nearby Kings Bay is one of the best places in Florida to see manatees.) The villa provides free phone service, Wi-Fi, cable TV, a Jacuzzi tub, screened lanai and more. Small housebroken pets are welcome. Horseback riding, boating, diving, sailing, golf, tennis, shops, cinemas and restaurants are close by. The nightly rate until April 1 is $85, with a three-night minimum. For information:

"In the current economic downturn," says Rentalo president Alfredo Purrinos, "vacation rental homes make even more sense. They are a budget-friendly and affordable alternative to traditional lodging." Rentalo's inventory of some 200,000 properties in the U.S., Mexico, Caribbean, Canada, Europe and around the world includes hotels, inns, lodges and bed and breakfasts in addition to vacation rental villas, condos and apartments. To book an affordable house or condo rental in Florida or elsewhere, log onto

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