How to Plan the Perfect Group Vacation

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We know a thing or two about hosting! So, if you're planning a beach vacation for a large group, we’re happy to share some tips to help you make it an excellent experience for everyone involved. 


Pack appropriately

Many people dislike packing. But it’s so important to pack what you need, no more and no less, especially with a large group. Of course, you need to pack enough for yourself, but how about a few things to share?


Check out our recommended beach vacation packing list to help you get started!


Choose a home that everyone will be comfortable in

When selecting a house for a crowd, it’s vital that the home is large enough to suit the number of people. On the flip side, you don’t want it too big either, as you may feel separated from your group.


Our homes clearly list the number of bedrooms and bathrooms and give our advice on how many will comfortably sleep there.

  • Salty Dayz - Sleeps 1-4 (2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms)
  • Tipsy Topsail - Sleeps 7-10 (4 bedrooms, 2 full and 1 half bathroom)
  • Island Asylum - Sleeps 3-8 (3 bedrooms, 3 full and 2 half bathrooms)
  • Sound Move - Sleeps 13-19 (8 bedrooms, 6 full and 1 half bathroom)


Coordinate with your group to plan the trip together

Communication is key when planning a trip with a large group. Keep everyone in the loop and work together to determine the best travel dates and plans.


Plan group activities that everyone can enjoy

One of the best parts of traveling with a group is the shared experiences you can have together. Plan activities everyone can enjoy, such as a beach day with games and a picnic or a group outing to a local attraction.


Set a budget that works for everyone

Money can be a sensitive topic, so be sure to talk openly and honestly with your group about how much everyone is willing and able to spend on the trip. Once you've set a budget, make sure to stick to it.


Take a look at our helpful tips for saving money on your next beach vacation.


Make reservations early to avoid any issues

Make reservations for your group's activities, restaurants, and accommodations as early as possible to ensure that everything goes smoothly. This will help you avoid any last-minute surprises and ensure everyone has a great time.


Not sure what to do? Check out these popular screen-free experiences, all located near our beach homes.


Stock up on essentials

Your beach rental home will come with a few basic necessities. However, when staying with a large group over a long period of time, often these get used up quicker than expected. Prepare before you go!


Check out our recommended grocery store list so you can vacation without any last-minute needs.


Take lots of photos!

You're traveling with a crowd to make memories! Be sure that these live on forever by documenting your time together.


For optimal photos, take a look at our beach photo-taking tips.


We hope these tips help you plan a fantastic beach vacation for your group. Remember, the most important thing is to have fun and create lasting memories together!