Vacation pool homes in Orlando Florida…is Saltwater Good?

Did you know that some people find saltwater pools to be gentler on the skin and eyes?  Next time you are booking vacation pool homes in Orlando Florida for your holiday you might want to give one a try!


While the term saltwater conjures up the gritty feeling you have when you exit the ocean, this really isn’t the case with a saltwater pool.  Saltwater pools have only a tenth of the salinity of the ocean – in fact you can barely taste the salt in the water.  And while there still is chlorine in the water, the levels are much lower and more consistent than most chlorine pools.  You can give one a try here… check out one of our vacation pool homes in Orlando Florida with a saltwater pool.


Or call the pros at OurFloridaConcierge to get more information about vacation pool homes in Orlando Florida!

Florida Vacation Homes: Spa vs Hot Tub?

We have many vacationers at our homes request a hot tub or spa.  In the U.S. most people think of a hot tub as a stand-alone unit with water at a constant and very hot temperature.  The only controls needed are to turn on and off the jets.  Most Florida vacation rental homes, however, have the hot tub integrated into the pool system.  There is a separate round well of water that sits a bit above the pool with the spa water flowing into the pool.  The spa remains the same temperature as the pool until you turn the timer on, which redirects all of the heat to the spa and turns the jets on.  Give one a try on your next Orlando vacation!

Pool Heat for Florida Pools: What to Do as a Renter?

We sometimes field questions from vacationers on whether they should order pool or spa heat when renting one of our vacation homes.  During the hot summer months (May through October) pool heat is not necessary, (and, in fact, disabled on our website since the pool will already be hot enough!), but you may want spa heat for a nice soak after a busy day walking the parks!  During the cooler months (November to April) you will need to order pool heat if 70 degrees (21 C) is too cold for you and your family.  If you do order pool heat, we will attempt to get the pool to around 85 degrees (29 C).  When we have cool evenings make sure to put on the pool blanket to keep all of that nice warmth in the water for a warm morning swim!

Orlando Weather: What it Means For You

Besides the theme parks and beaches, why else do tourists flock to Orlando?  The weather, of course!  Summers can be hot and sticky but with the afternoon thunderstorms the temperature is quickly brought down to reasonable temperatures.  The cooler months, however, are glorious as the humidity leaves and the temperatures moderate, and it seems the sunshine is endless!  Expect little rain and lots of sunshine from October to April, the opposite of the gray, rain and snow in much of the northern U.S. and Europe.  Perfect for visiting the parks but sometimes a touch too cool for swimming in the ocean.  The middle of January has our coolest weather, but the average daytime high is still 70 degrees (21 C)!  Plan your getaway today!

Florida Hurricanes: something to worry about?

Visitors to Florida seem fascinated by Hurricanes and rightly so.  We have had our fair share of these nasty weather events, although the last big one hit New York and New Jersey instead!  In the Orlando area we are far enough away from the coasts that when one comes through, its impact is typically muted compared to the coasts.  In fact, Disney has only closed a few times due to hurricanes.  That said, if a hurricane is imminent, you will want to watch it closely, since while the theme parks may stay open, the airports and other travel services may be closed.

Beware of Florida Alligators!

Mention the word alligator and many people become frozen in fear!  Unlike its cousin the crocodile, however, there is really no reason to be afraid of alligators.  They usually only feed at night, are by nature afraid of humans and only eat small critters that wander too close to them!  A few of our communities are near small lakes that should have alligators in them.  If you can find them, they are not one of the shy ones, meaning they may have been fed by humans, thereby associating humans with food.  This is of course a bad idea, and you want to stay away from any alligator who seems to have an interest in you!  Especially the ones that are your size or larger!

Other stuff to do in Orlando?

When most tourists think of Orlando, they think of sun and fun and the amusement parks – rightly so!  But did you know we also have plenty of other great things to do, both indoors and out?  We have beaches only an hour away, of course, plus museums, hang gliding, indoor and outdoor parachuting, river tubing, echo tourism, zip lines, ATV riding, nature walks, boutique shopping, wineries, breweries – the list is endless! You can get some more ideas here…

Orlando Beaches, Lakes, and Springs

Orlando is about an hour from each of the Florida coasts – the Atlantic to the east with its great surfing, and the calmer Gulf waters to the west.  The type of beach you go to will depend on the activities you and/or your family will want to enjoy.  After you hit a beach or two, you may want to check out our inland freshwater lakes and springs, especially if you are a diver.  And the really adventurous diver may want to try some inland cave diving – exploring the vast underground rivers and springs that crisscross the state!

What to Know About House Damage Waivers

What’s a house damage waiver?  Fairly new to the industry, this is an insurance policy that replaces the security deposit to cover any damage you or your guests may do to a home while renting it.  It saves arranging for the deposit itself and covers more damage than most deposits would cover.  Some management companies require a house damage waiver and others make it optional, but we think it’s a great idea – simpler, easier and more comprehensive than a security deposit!