SUN OF A BEACH, LET’S TALK NAMES.
You finally made the tough decision to dip your toes in 30A real estate. Congrats! That was a big leap. Now let’s have a little fun.
Naming your swanky Seaside property or that chic spot in Grayton Beach should be evocative, inspiring, or downright cute. And trust us, a catchy name is so much cooler than just a house number or the family’s last name.
A great name also reflects your beach home’s soul. It’s the heartbeat of your coastal retreat.
WHY A NAME MATTERS.
Set the mood.
A family is scouting for their next vacation spot along the Gulf Coast. They come across “Sunset Hideaway” in Seagrove Beach versus “House #32, Seagrove.” Which one instantly paints a more inviting picture? First impressions matter.
A name tells a story.
A good name can evoke feelings and memories even before the vacation begins. A rental named “Dolphin Retreat” instantly paints a picture of playful dolphins and a sense of escape.
Boost your SEO game.
When potential renters type in search phrases like “30A Beach House” or “Seagrove Beach Vacation Homes,” having a unique and catchy name can make your property stand out from the crowd. And hey, if they remember the name, they’ll return and even recommend it!
Location strengthens connection.
Names inspired by the locale, like “Carillon Calm” or “Rosemary Relaxation,” instantly tie your property to the 30A area. It gives guests a feel of the authentic 30A experience. Their taste of the Gulf of Mexico’s charm even before they arrive.
Stand out in a sea of 30A listings.
30A is a hotspot, which means there are a plethora of vacation homes vying for attention. A unique and memorable name can set your property apart from the “Beach Houses” and “Ocean Views” out there.
An intriguing name is share-worthy. Imagine vacationers posting photos on social media with captions like, “Loving our time at ‘Whispering Pines’ in Seacrest Beach!” That’s free marketing!
When vacationers are recommending your place to their friends and family, a memorable name is, well, easier to remember!
HOW TO CREATE A NAME.
Just remember, when you’re trying to figure out how to name your beach house, stick with themes of sand, sun, the gulf or sea, and tranquility. If you were the guest, why would you be going to the beach for a vacation? Channel that and put it into your beach vacation rental name!
Make it catchy.
The idea is that your vacation rental name needs to stick. Using different literary devices like rhyming or alliteration helps to make your vacation rental memorable for guests and potential visitors.
Most of us have a love/hate relationship with puns. But when done right, puns are hard to beat, especially if they rhyme and use alliteration. Some puns are annoying or too cutesy. Cutesy is fine. Too much cutesy can be distracting.
You don’t want to overcomplicate it, but you also don’t want to oversimplify. If your property name is overly generic, like “Beach Escapes,” you risk your property coming across as entirely unmemorable and boring. Give your vacation rental some character and make the name catchy.
There’s no point coming up with a name that you don’t like saying, or worse – that you can’t pronounce! You and others will be using this name a lot.
So before you set your vacation rental name in stone, you should ensure:
• It’s easy to read.
• It’s simple to pronounce and spell (especially over the phone).
• It won’t confuse your guests.
• Bonus tip: Check that Siri, Alexa, and any other voice-activated app can understand it!
• Bonus tip 2: Would your name/logo be a good tattoo?
Signs of a good name.
If you’ve ever driven around 30A, you’ll see that many of the homes have a charmingly displayed, customized sign with the beach house name. But instead of driving around for inspiration, these signs should get you going in the right direction.
A creative exercise.
If you’re feeling a little lost at sea, here’s a beach-house naming exercise.
1) Write! Jot down all potential names that come to mind. (see helpful beach glossary at bottom) Don’t be too picky at this stage. Consider using a dictionary and thesaurus to find synonyms and less commonly used words. Try for one-word names. Also, this is a good time to get out all the good puns, and all the bad ones too. Get all the cliches out of your system, get it all on paper, or on your screen. It’s good to see it all in front of you, instead of swimming around in your head.
2) Compile a second list. These should be upbeat words that describe an item, an action, or an activity. Also think colors, feelings, smells and tastes, etc. (Don’t worry if this list starts to look too much like your first list. Just keep going!)
3) Place the lists next to each other. Next, randomly (or not) combine the words from lists 1) and 2).
- You’ll start to see which words go with what, and amidst the confusion and language carnage, a bit of magic starts to appear.
- Go farther. Try mixing a color with an animal, or an animal with an architectural term. With creativity, there are no rules (sorta). Just have fun.
EXAMPLE: LIST 1): Hideaway, Hideout, High Tide, Hills, Holiday LIST 2): 30A, Beachy, Sandy, Swimming, Sunny, Chill, Smiles
COMBINED RESULTS: 30A Hideaway, Sandy Hills, Sunny Holiday, Chill Hills, Holiday Smiles, High Tide Hideaway, Holiday Chill, etc
Okay, admittedly, some of these names aren’t home runs, but you get the idea. Just start mixing and matching until you have a solid list of 10 or so options. There are other brainstorming examples available online, but this one’s a no-brainer. Good luck!
Bonus tip: If you find it tricky to brainstorm alone, have some friends and family come over for an idea-generation session!
MORE DO’S & DON’TS.
Always remember that your property is a vacation destination, so its name has to be eye-catching
and attractive to potential guests.
DO use wildlife and geographic terms that make sense for the area. For example, it’s lovely to use the word Cape on a cape, but not if there isn’t one around. The same goes for using wildlife terms to reflect the nearby wildlife.
DON’T overcomplicate things. Keep it simple and make it straightforward. Why? Because it’s crucial that it remains printed in the guest’s mind. Long names aren’t good either.
DON’T name your beach house something too similar to the homes around yours. You are naming the beach house partially to set it apart and make it easier to locate.
DON’T forget to pick something you’ll love! Even if you are naming your beach house for future renters, you’re the one who has to live with it!
DO consider using your name. A first name combined with another word is a great option, especially if you can turn it into a pun or use alliteration.
DON’T overestimate your home’s proximity to water. While a house two blocks from the water is a lot closer than your house back in the city, don’t name it Ocean View if you don’t have one!
DON’T use acronyms. Not only will you have to constantly explain their meaning, but it will also be difficult for your guests to remember them over time.
DO consider getting a sign made or making a sign on your own. This can go outside the house or decorate the entryway or main room.
DON’T be afraid to change it later if you find you don’t love what you picked. You can rebrand between seasons (just make sure any repeat renters know it’s still you).
A FEW LAST WORDS.
Although it would be helpful to provide a huge list of great beachy names for you to choose from, or be inspired by, creating your own name is much more satisfying. But who’s got time for that?
The helpful glossary, below, of oceanic and nautical words, plus some good descriptions and architectural terms, will help get those creative juices flowing.
Skip the cheesy online house-name generators and generate a few on your own. It’s a blast!
Have fun and good luck naming your 30A seashell castle!
Ahoy, Albacore, Albatross, Algae, Alys, Amethyst, Anchor, Anchovie, Angelfish, Aqua, Asea, Ashore, Atlantic, Auk, Auklet, Away, Azur
Barefoot, Banana, Barnacle, Barracuda, Bay, Bayfront, Bayside, Bayview, Baywater, Beach, Beachcast, Beachcomber, Beaches, Beachfront, Beachy, Bikini, Bird, Birdie, Blackpool, Bleau de France, Bliss, Blue, Blue Fin, Blue Mountain, Boardwalk, Boat, Bottom, Breakwater, Breakwaters, Breeze, Bronze, Bumblebee, Bungalow
Cabana, Calm, Canary, Capricorn, Captain, Carillon, Catch, Caye, Cerulean, Cherry, Clam, Cliff, Cliffs, Cliffside, Coast, Coastal, Cobalt, Coconut, Cod, Conch, Condo, Coral, Cormorant, Cottage, Cove, Crab, Crest, Crested, Crimson, Crystal, Current, Cuttlefish, Cyan
Daffodil, Dandelion, Deep, Deepend, Delight, Dip, Dock, Dockside, Dogfish, Dolphin, Dory, Drift, Driftwood, Duchess, Dune, Dune Allen
Eastern, Ebb, Eel, Egret, Egyptian Blue, Emerald, Escape, Estate, Evening, Evening Star
Fantasy, Fin, Fire, Fish, Fisherman, Fishing, Flamingo, Flip-Flop, Flounder, Flow, Flying Fish, Footprint
Garnet, Glass, Glassy, Gold, Gone, Grayton, Green, Grouper, Gulf, Gull
Harbor, Harborside, Harborview, Haven, Hawk, Heather, Heaven, Heavens, Hermit, Heron, Herring, Hideaway, Hideout, High Tide, Highway 30A, Hills, Holiday, Honey, Hope, Horseshoe Crab, Hurricane
Iguana, Indigo, Inlet, Island, Isle, Ivory
Jade, Jellyfish, Jetty, Jungle
Kelly, Kelp, King, Kiss, Krill
Lagoon, Laguna, Lake, Lakeshore, Lattitude, Laurel, Lavender, Lemon, Lilac, Lily, Lime, Little, Lionfish, Lobster, Loggerhead, Lookout
Mackerel, Magic, Mahi-Mahi, Manor, Manta Ray, Marine, Maritime, Mauve, Maya Blue, Migration, Mint, Mollusc, Monsoon, Moon, Morning, Morningstar, Moss, Mussel
Narwahl, Nautical, Nautilus, Needle Fish, Nemo, Nest, Northern
Oar, Ocean, Oceanfront, Oceangrass, Oceanside, Oceanview, Oceanward, Octopus, Odyssey, Olive, Open, Orange, Orca, Orchid, Otter, Overlook, Overlooking, Oyster
Pacific, Paddle, Palm, Panama, Panama City, Paradise, Park, Patch, Path, Peach, Pearl, Pebble, Pelican, Penguin, Peninsula, Penthouse, Perch, Periwinkle, Petrel, Pier, Pineapple, Pirate, Plankton, Pleasure, Plum, Point, Pointe, Porpoise, Port, Prawn, Prion, Prince, Princess, Promenade, Pufferfish, Puffin, Purple
Queen, Quiet, Quill
Ray, Razorbill, Red, Reef, Reel, Relax, Resort, Retreat, Riptide, River, Riverside, Riverview, Riviera, Road, Romantic, Rose, Rosemary, Ruby, Russian Blue
Sage, Sail, Salt, Saltwater, Salty, Sand, Sandbank, Sandbar, Sandbox, Sandcastle, Sandollar, Sand Dune, Sander, Sandpiper, Sandshoe, Sandspit, Sandstone, Sandstorm, Sandy, Sangria, Santa Rosa, Sapphire, Sardine, Scallop, Scarlet, School, Scoter, Scooter, Sea, Seabeach, Seaborne, Secrest, Seadog, Seafloor, Seaglass, Seagrass, Seagrove, Seagull, Seahorse, Seal, Sealion, Seamark, Seascape, Seashell, Seashore, Seaside, Sea Star, Sea Turtle, Sea Urchin, Seaview, Seaward, Seaweed, Seven, Seven Seas, Shack, Shark, Shearwater, Shell, Ship, Shipwreck, Shipwrecked, Shoal, Shore, Shorefront, Shoreline, Shores, Shoreview, Shrimp, Silver, Skim, Skimmer, Snail, Snapper, Solar, South Walton, Southern, Spanish Blue, Spice, Sponge, Squid, Starboard, Starfish, Stingray, Stone, Storm, Submarine, Sugar, Sugarcube, Suit, Summer, Sun, Sunbath, Sunbathers, Sundown, Sundowner, Sunfish, Sunflower, Sunny, Sunscreen, Sunset, Sunrise, Sunshine, Sunglasses, Surf, Surfboard, Sweet, Swell, Swordfish
Tan, Tanned, Tarpon, Tea, Teal, Tern, Tide, Tide Pool, Tiger Shark, Time, Toes, Townhouse, Tranquil, Treasure, Tropic, Tropical, Trunks, Tsunami, Tuna, Turtle, Tuscan
Ultramarine, Umbrella, Unicornfish, Unwind, Urchin
Vacation, Velvet Crab, Violet, Vista
Walrus, Walton, Wandering, Wave, Waverly, Waves, Water, WaterColor, Waters, Water’s Edge, Western, Whale, Wharf, Whitewater, Wildfire, Wind, Winds, Wine
Yellow, Yellowfin, Yellowtail