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To VRBO Or Not To VRBO – That Is STILL The Question – Part 2

Book Your Next Getaway  Without Paying

A “Vacation Penalty” Imposed On You By Booking Sites

TO GUESTS OF CASA MÚSICA DEL CARIBE: Rest assured, that you can book directly with us, the owners, with confidence. You do not need to do an online booking with ANY listing site to have complete faith that your stay at our home will be better than you can imagine! AND, when you book directly with us, you will not incur a booking fee of 5-15% that is charged to all travelers who use online booking with VRBO/HomeAway or AirBnB and other travel sites that charge the traveler a “booking fee”, or, like some like to call it, a “vacation  penalty”.  Save your money!  Use it for something fun on your trip.

We want to be able to communicate directly with YOU so that we can effectively deliver the service we’ve always believed in and the vacation experience that not only our returning guests have come to expect, but what WE expect when we travel. At this time, we plan to continue to list our property with VRBO/Homeaway/Expedia (or whatever they decide to call themselves next) because we realize that some people prefer to book their vacation using that form of venue.

Two Helpful Hints On Booking

Any Vacation Rental Online:

  1.  Search for your perfect vacation rental on any of the listing sites like VRBO, HomeAway, Airbnb,  TripAdvisor, etc. Make a list of your top 3-5 properties and note the name of the property and location (town, island, etc.). Most owners call their house a name. If you Google CASA MÚSICA DEL CARIBE you’ll immediately find our website and Facebook page.
  2. Do a Google search for the house name and location to see if some of your favorite properties have a website or a Facebook page; many do. From there you can contact the owner/manager directly and cut out the third party.

If you would still like to complete your bookings through the VRBO/HomeAway websites, we will do this for you as long as we have listings with them. If you would like to continue working directly with us to book our property (and not pay a service fee up to $499), you can do so by contacting us through our website  BOOK YOUR GETAWAY HERE  or our Casa Música del Caribe Facebook Page.

 CASA MÚSICA DEL CARIBE is owned by us  — and there is no-one, except you, who cares more about your vacation or holiday experience than we do. For many years VRBO brought the majority of guests to vacation home owners.  Unfortunately, we now feel our guests will be penalized with large booking fees and lack of access to vital information about our property – all slated to take place by the end of the 2017.

 If you look at traveler reviews about HomeAway and VRBO’s customer service, you’ll find they are overwhelmingly and undeniably negative. We are saddened to lose what once was a valuable relationship. However,  having guests contact us directly to book will keep your vacation hassle-free (and you’ll save money to use on your getaway).

If you have questions about these changes, we’ll be happy to address them as best as we can.  If the thought of a trip to a beautiful tropical island – where you can take off your watch and ditch the shoes – going completely on island time –  brings a smile to your face, you know how and where to find us.  We would love to  help you plan an amazing trip.

At this time, we plan to continue to list our property with VRBO/HomeAway/Expedia because we realize that some people prefer to  book their vacation using that format.  However, we hope that you’ll consider this route as well – booking directly with the homeowner or property manager.

What’s in it for you?  Extra spending money on vacation.  What’s in it for us?  Continued happy and repeat visitors…most of which have now become friends and family.

To our past guests:  Thank you for staying with us.  Many of you have become friends, and some even “family” and that doesn’t happen without the personal touch.

To our potential guests: Thank you for stopping in on our page.  We look forward to hearing from you and putting you in the columns marked “friends” and “past guests”.

Take off your watch, lose the shoes, surrender to island time and enjoy that extra money you have to spend because you booked direct with the owner!

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