A friend and I will be visiting the area March 23rd for a long weekend. We're open to a hotel or a condo but definitely want a kitchen or kitchenette and definitely want to be on the beach. The budget is $200-250/night. I took a brief look on VRBO but there were SO many options under $250 I didn't even know where to begin. I will generally never book a VRBO unless it has several reviews.
Assuming it's recommended to go the VRBO route instead of a hotel, what areas and/or resorts should I avoid? I don't know the area well at all so any help is appreciated.