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Cape & Islands Vacation Rentals Surge Ahead for 2009

Contact: Elizabeth Weedon
Phone: (888) 281-8660

June 11, 2009 - Vacation rental bookings on Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket are making a steady climb as the summer season moves into high gear. So far this month, bookings are 55% ahead of June 2008. This continues the upward trend of vacationers waiting until the last minute to book their Cape and Islands vacations this summer.

2009 vs. 2008 Booking Rates

Month to month bookings have steadily picked up since January 2009, as compared to the same months last year. The table below explains the details:

January -20%
February -24%
March -30%
April 1%
May 3%
June 55%

In general, Cape and Islands rental bookings are only 11% behind last year. Specifically, the Cape is down 10%; Martha’s Vineyard is down 8% and Nantucket is down 20%. Bookings for homes above $5,000 are ahead of 2008 by 4%.


Prices are less than 1% above 2008 levels, except on Nantucket, where they are down 4% and back to 2007 levels. This year could be the perfect time to visit Nantucket.


About Since 1997, has been providing an efficient and inexpensive way of matching vacationers and vacation rental homeowners. The website lists more than 4,000 properties on Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, and Nantucket. The Vacation Planner also offers extensive information to the 175,000+ vacationers who use our site yearly, including information about beaches, events, dining, activities, and shopping. Our amazing staff collectively has over 100 years of experience as Cape & Islands vacation rental homeowners. We love the Cape and Islands, work hard to promote this special place, and proudly belong to 17 local Chambers of Commerce.

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