With its year-round sunshine, natural beauty, sightseeing opportunities, and abundance of fun attractions, Florida is one of the top holiday destinations in the nation (and believe it or not, it has cabins!) Florida Cabin Vacation Rentals provide proximity to pristine beaches for swimming and sunbathing, opportunities for exciting watersports, and national and state parks with breathtaking scenic wonders where you can go hiking, cycling, kayaking, fishing, and horseback riding. The cities offer terrific shopping, museums, restaurants, and nightlife. Here are some of the best places to find Florida cabin vacation rentals.

1. Crystal River

 Crystal River
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Crystal River lies on King’s Bay in the midst of the Nature Coast on Florida’s west side. Every year hundreds of manatees gather in the bay, offering a unique opportunity to view and even swim alongside them. Adjacent to the city is Crystal River Preserve State Park, which has miles of trails that are ideal for hiking, cycling, and bird watching. Crystal River, Salt River, King’s Bay, and other waterways create fascinating water trails to explore by kayak, canoe, or motor boat, either on your own or with a tour guide. For shopping, head for the eclectic specialty shops and art galleries in historic downtown Crystal River or the boutiques and department stores at Crystal River Mall. For a relaxing break, take the whole family to Hunter Springs Park on the waterfront, which has picnic areas, barbecue grills, a volleyball court, and a freshwater swimming area.

2. Salt Springs

Salt Springs
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Salt Springs is between Lake Kerr and Lake George in the midst of the beautiful Ocala National Forest. Vacation rentals have convenient access to Salt Springs Recreation Area, which features a clear, clean pool fed by warm subterranean waters. The pool, whose depth ranges from two to 20 feet, is a popular spot for swimming and snorkeling. Adjacent to the recreation area at Salt Springs Run Marina and Landing, rent rowboats, canoes, motorboats, and other watercraft for fishing and fun on Salt Springs Run and Lake George. For unique shopping experiences year-round, head for Salt Springs Flea Market and Salt Springs Community Yard Sale, and for nationally-acclaimed Florida cuisine, try Bass Champions Restaurant. With over 650 square miles of natural beauty, the Ocala National Forest offers endless opportunities for hiking and cycling. Wildlife you can observe in the forest includes white-tailed deer, black bears, alligators, river otters, and many species of birds.

3. Ocala

Horses
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Ocala, in central Florida between Crystal River and the Ocala National Forest, is known as the Horse Capital of the World. Whether your desire is to visit horse farms, watch horse shows, or learn to ride, the farms and trails in and around Ocala are great places to fulfill your equestrian fantasies. The city is adjacent to Silver Springs State Park, home of the famous glass-bottomed river boat tours. On the wildlife trails you may spot deer, alligators, tortoises, and armadillos, and in the trees, watch for a non-native colony of rhesus macaques. The park features the Silver River Museum and Environmental Education Center, a fascinating resource for visitors of all ages who want to learn about local history and ecology. Within the city, enjoy shopping, exploring the museums and art galleries, and fine dining.

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4. Weeki Wachee

Weeki Wachee
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Vacation rentals in Weeki Wachee provide easy access to Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, the area’s premier attraction. At the heart of the park is a deep warm-water spring where women in mermaid costumes perform enthrallingly beautiful underwater shows every day. The park features riverboat cruises and wildlife shows where visitors of all ages are able to view and even touch resident mammals, reptiles, and birds. Also, within the park is enormous Buccaneer Bay Water Park, which has multiple water slides, a lazy river for tubing, a water play area for young children, and a white sand beach for swimming and snorkeling. For a terrific excursion, rent a canoe or kayak and explore the Weeki Wachee River.

5. Panama City

Panama City Beach

Panama City lies on the breathtakingly beautiful Emerald Coast of the Florida Panhandle. Fronting the city is Panama City Beach, a 27-mile stretch featuring lovely white sand where you can swim, sunbathe, and enjoy water sports such as skimboarding, surfing, parasailing, jet skiing, and snorkeling. From the city’s marinas, join a tour to explore the coast and view dolphins, or charter a boat to head out to the Gulf of Mexico and fish for red snapper, tuna, speckled trout, tarpon, and other sport fish species. Visitors of all ages enjoy the water slides and pools at Shipwreck Island Water Park, the exhibits and animals show at Gulf World Marine Park, and the bizarre displays at Ripley’s Believe It or Not. Panama City also features abundant opportunities for shopping, visiting art galleries, experiencing eco-tourism, and attending live music concerts and festivals.

6. Jacksonville

Jacksonville

Jacksonville, Florida’s largest city, has miles of white sand Atlantic Coast beaches that are ideal for swimming, sunbathing, snorkeling, and watersports. Kayaking and paddle boarding are also popular ways to enjoy the coastal and inland waterways. The city has over 80,000 acres of national, state, and city parks where you can go hiking, ride bicycles, play games, and enjoy birdwatching. Special attractions include the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, and the Adventure Landing Amusement Park. Among its numerous and fascinating museums are the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, the Museum of Science and History, the Jacksonville Maritime Museum, and the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens. Shop ’til you drop at downtown Jacksonville Landing, beachside shops, numerous malls, and local farmers markets.

7. Gainesville

Morningside Nature Park
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Gainesville vacation rentals in north-central Florida have access to a charming downtown area that’s perfect for taking strolls, shopping, dining, and attending the city’s numerous events. The many parks have miles of trails for hiking and cycling, and the rivers and lakes invite paddling a canoe or kayak. Become enthralled by nature at the Butterfly Rainforest and the Florida Museum of Natural History. Head for Alachua, High Springs, and other nearby towns for some of the state’s best antiquing.

 
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