Corporate Online Listing Sites such as VRBO, TripAdvisor AirB&B, etc charge travelers a "service fee" that can be more than 10% of the booking cost. They also charge owners significant commissions and subscription fees that all contribute to raising the cost of your vacation rental in PCB.
The Corporate sites would tell you that paying this service fee protects you from fraud and offers such conveniences as online booking, the opportunity to purchase travel insurance and other slick features. Truth is most owners and property managers also offer these features. Vacation Rental fraud is very rare and can usually be easily avoided by using a little common sense.
"If it sounds to good to be true it probably isn't true"
The Owners on this "no frills" site consider our guest our friends, whom we enjoy sharing our beach properties and beautiful city with year after year. While we occasionally get to enthusiastically welcome foreign guests the vast majority of our guest are hard working American Families and our Canadian Snowbird friends who save every year for a vacation in PCB. In many cases they are returning to properties they have stayed at before. They already know where we are, who we are and what we have to offer!
In other words: When it comes to service fees the juice is not worth the squeeze ! :-)
WHY BOOK DIRECT WITH OWNER/MANAGERS?