Looking for a Grand Lake getaway that’s truly your own?
Avoid the crowds and noise of a resort or crowded campground by booking a vacation rental at Grand Lake.
With a wide variety of homes, cabins, and condos to choose from, you’re sure to find the perfect place for you, whether you are looking for a cozy cabin where you can relax and unwind, or a big, beautiful lakefront home for a festive getaway with family and friends.
Further down this page, you will find convenient links to several premier Grand lake vacation rentals.
Some of these properties will give you the option to book directly with the property owner or manager, and others will include convenient links to their property listings on the popular portal websites.
If you are ready to find your perfect getaway, you can jump to the featured vacation rentals.
But first, we want to share with you some essential things to consider when booking your Grand Lake vacation rentals.
Your Guide To Choosing The Perfect Grand Lake Vacation Rental
Whether you’re a first-time visitor to Grand Lake or a returning vacationer, selecting the perfect rental property for your stay can make a world of difference.
To help you navigate the process, we’ve put together this comprehensive guide, considering everything from location and amenities to budget and customer service.
Choosing the Right Location
Grand Lake is a big lake, and depending on what you are looking for in your Grand Lake getaway, where you choose to stay can have a big impact on things.
Is it important to you to be on the lake, with access to a boat or swim dock, with panoramic lake views? Or would you rather have quick and easy access to off-the-water activities likes night life and shopping?
Grove is commercial hub of the Grand lake area, and offers the most options when it comes to dining, shopping, things to do (movies, mini-golf, etc), and ongoing fun events scheduled throughout the year.
If you choose north of Grove, you will find a quieter area of the lake, perfect for those peaceful getaways or maybe a fun fishing trip.
Or, maybe Monkey Island is right for you. Monkey Island features the full-service and far-reaching Shangri-La Golf Club, Resort, and Marina, which includes a luxury, full-service hotel, plus 45 holes (yes, 45!) of golf, a full service marina that includes boat rentals and charters, and a fantastic activity center called The Anchor, that includes a state-of-the-art arcade (think VR games), plus a wiffle ball field, pickleball and tennis courts, and a great sports bar showing all of the games that you might want to see.
Besides Shangri-La, you will find plenty of other great bars and restaurants on Monkey Island – so it’s the perfect spot if you are looking for a little night life.
And, the South Grand Lake area offers some of the best boating in this region with wide open and deep water, and deep coves that are perfect for anchoring out and spending a day on the water, including enjoying the legendary cliffs at Dripping Springs.
The Duck Creek arm of Grand Lake is home to Arrowhead and Cherokee Yacht Clubs, plus Safe Harbor Harbors View Marina and Ugly John’s Marina and probably the most well known area of Grand Lake.
And don’t forget off-the-water fun, like you will find in Disney, with the famous rock-crawling and 4×4 trails that you will find on the rocks below Pensacola Dam.
What About Amenities
Now that you’ve got the location part of the equation handled, you need to consider the amenities that are important to you in a Grand Lake vacation rental.
Every short-term rental will offer different amenities, although you can typically expect a fully equipped kitchen, Wi-Fi, air conditioning, linens, etc.
But, do you want, or need, access to a boat dock? Or maybe you want a dock so you can go fishing.
How important are those panoramic Grand Lake views to you?
Do you need a large outdoor area for gathering and cooking out – some places might not even allow you to cook out at all. So be aware of that when booking your stay.
Additionally, make sure to considering such things as pet friendliness – some places might allow dogs and some might now, and if there are any special accessibility needs in your group.
Timing of your Stay
It’s also important to consider the timing of your stay and the impact on price, availability, etc.
Obviously, the big holiday weekends of Memorial Day, July 4th, and Labor Day are the most popular for a lake destination like Oklahoma’ Grand Lake.
But, typically, there is availability around the lake on these weekends, as long as you are willing to pay for it.
If you do have a little flexibility, whether that is a summertime stay but not during a holiday weekend, or maybe visiting Grand Lake in the “off-season” (although, Grand Lake is pretty awesome all year round, just sayin’) then you will like find a great selection of vacation rentals with a little more variation in price.
Speaking of off-season, that is all relative. because if your reason for coming to Grand Lake is to try to snag a legendary Grand Lake spoonbill (Paddlefish) or maybe to get on the rocks in Disney, those things are most popular in the non-summer months.
Another thing to consider when it comes to timing is whether or not you are wanting to be around during some of the most popular Grand Lake events, whether that’s all the fireworks fun around Independence Day or a popular festival like Pelican Fest in Grove in the fall.
To help you with that, we try to keep the Events page of this Grand Lake Living website up to date with listing for the most popular annual events added months in advance, so you can see the dates and try to plan accordingly.
Booking Your Stay
The last thing we want to talk to you about is actually booking your stay at your chosen Grand Lake rental.
As with anything and everything in today’s world, you want to do your own due diligence.
Some things to consider when it comes to actually boking your stay at Grand lake include:
- Read reviews for the property AND the host, wherever you can find them, which is primarily on the big portal sites
- Can you book directly with the owner? Some allow and prefer this, others insist on going through the big portals. Does that matter to you?
- Are there minimum stay requirements?
- What about the cancellation policy. Things can and do come up.
- Is the owner or host on site or nearby? This may matter to you or may not.
- Rules for that property, including prohibitions against smoking or vaping, BBQing, etc. What can you and can you not do?
With all of that said, let’s get to what you are most likely looking for anyway, and that is some links to featured Grand lake vacation rental properties.
Featured Grand Lake Vacation Rentals:
Now, let’s try to find you that perfect vacation getaway…
Disclosure – The vacation properties you see on below are paid placements, and the owner of this website in no way guarantees anything related to your stay or booking with these properties. As always, do your due diligence.
It should also be noted that some of these properties that are included below are single properties and have been added by the owner, and some of these links below are for vacation rental property management companies who may have 8 or 12 or more properties in their portfolio.
But through this list below, you should have access to find out about several dozen premier Grand lake vacation rental properties of all shapes and size.
Oh, and also please know that the listing of these properties below is random, so make sure you scroll through the whole list.
Anchor’s Aweigh Monkey Island CondoAnchor’s Aweigh Monkey Island Condo
Relax and unwind in this beautiful lofted 1-bedroom, 2-bathroom condo (1 King and 1 Queen). A fully equipped kitchen has everything you may need including a full-size refrigerator with freezer, toaster oven, microwave, glass top stove and oven, silverware, glasses, as well s a French press and drip coffee.
The large living room with a comfy reclining sectional gives you room to play games or cozy up for movie night, and a private patio to grill and enjoy the beautiful outdoors and a partial view of the lake.
Located conveniently in Shangri-La, explore the gated community’s 7-mile golf cart trail, hit the links at the Shangri-La Golf Course, let the kids run free in the arcade at The Anchor, or take a boat out on Grand Lake! Soak up some sun at the community pool (seasonal) and enjoy this home away from home!
Check out this beautiful property on AirBnB HERE for more pictures, pricing, and availability. But you can also feel free to email the owner directly (address above) to inquire about a direct booking.
TBD Afton OK 74331
We hope you’ve found this guide to finding a Vacation Rental at Grand lake helpful.
One thing we know for sure… the right property, at the right time, with the right people, will make a Grand Lake memory you will never forget!