About Vacation Rentals LBI (VRLBI)

Vacation Rentals LBI (VRLBI) is not a faceless national corporation or a subsidiary of a conglomerate giant. We are local, independently owned and operated, and located right here in New Jersey!

We are committed to providing a way for vacation rental owners on Long Beach Island to connect with travelers in a meaningful way that benefits both, without unnecessary restrictions or fees. Through Vacation Rentals LBI, travelers have access to quality vacation homes while avoiding service fees charged by HomeAway, VRBO, AirBNB and other large vacation rental websites.

We connect homeowners and property managers with travelers who want an easy-to-use interface when booking their vacation rental. We are excited to serve Long Beach Island and it’s communities by providing a growing database of homes from Barnegat Light to Holgate. We seek to provide a world-class vacation rental platform without the hassle or fees found in other websites.

Vacation Rentals LBI (VRLBI) was created out of frustration experienced by its founder, Duane Watlington. While managing his own Vacation Rental Properties on LBI with one of the “Big Name” listing sites, Duane found it frustrating that they were slowly taking away all of the homeowner’s control over how they run their vacation rentals. So in the fall of 2016, VactionRentalsLBI.com was launched to give owners back the control they were losing, and give Vacationers a platform WITHOUT booking or service fees!

Duane Watlington

The founder of VRLBI is Duane Watlington. Duane lives in Central NJ and has vacationed “down the shore” all of his life. While he has visited and vacationed in most NJ shore communities, its LBI that he calls home.

In addition to owning Vacation Rentals in Ship Bottom, Duane also owns other real estate on the Island and even runs a satellite office there for one of his businesses, Active Imprints. Through Active Imprints, (formally Starving Artists T-shirts) Duane has helped many local business and events “get noticed” by utilizing branded merchandise as the advertising vehicle to deliver their message to their targeted audience. Duane is an active member with SOCCC (Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce) where he volunteers on the Chowderfest Committee.

In 2013 Duane purchased his first Vacation Rental property on LBI to help fund his kid’s college education and hopefully become his home when he retires! It has always been a dream for Duane and his wife Kathleen to retire one day to LBI. Managing and promoting this Vacation Rental over the last 3 years has given Duane a lot of insight and knowledge on how to promote and fill as many rental weeks as possible. Over the last three years, Duane has been able to book his two units FULL from Memorial Day through Kite Fest (Columbus Day weekend). In addition he has been able to book many guests to stays in the off-season as well!

Duane has seen some pretty drastic changes starting to take place with the major listing sites like VRBO and Homeaway. They are now encouraging Vacation Rental Owners to switch to online bookings like hotels and motels. In addition, they are now charging Vacationers a “service fee” when they book their vacation online. It is rumored that starting in 2017, some will start charging commissions to the owners as well!

VRLBI was born out of these changes! It is our mission to provide Homeowners/Property Managers with a “listing site” to promote their Vacation Rental properties.  A site where you can manage your own calendar OR import one from your own website. A site where you can manage your reservations and keep track of your communications with your guests. Your guests will be able to search RELEVANT Vacation Rentals! We won’t fill up the search results with properties from other locations. If they search “Ship Bottom” they will get just Ship Bottom homes.

Best of all, we won’t hide EITHER parties contact information! We believe that Owners/Property Managers like knowing who they are renting too, and that Vacationers prefer to be able to contact the owner before booking, to ask questions and go over all the details. So try our site! Our subscription prices are half what the major listing sites were charging. You control your listing hierarchy in the search results based on the package you subscribe to. Just one booking a year through our site will pay for itself from the commissions and fees you will save through other platforms. Sign up TODAY so we can start promoting your listing and you can start filling your openings for next summer!