The Best Rainbow River Cabins in Florida

A getaway to the Rainbow River will take you totally off-grid
A getaway to the Rainbow River will take you totally off-grid | © Pat Canova / Alamy Stock Photo
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14 October 2020

Whether you’re staying on the river itself or a short walk from its magical shores, a getaway to the crystalline Rainbow River will take you totally off-grid. You can meet many of its local residents on its banks, from Florida’s infamous alligators to a number of different bird species – and when it comes to somewhere to stay, take your pick of the area’s best cabins.

Dunnellon House

Guesthouse, Short-term Rental
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Riverside Dunnellon House, Florida
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You’ll feel as if you’re hiding away on your own private island at Dunnellon House, a three-bedroom home on the banks of the Rainbow River. You’ll have easy access to the water, thanks to your own personal dock at the rear of the house, so you can spend your days canoeing on the river, launching yourself into its cooling depths from the dock or simply lazing in one of the brightly colored hammocks. When night falls, get the firepit going and cook outdoors to make the most of the spectacular location.

About this place:

Cosy, Great Location, Wellness, Rural, Traditional, Relaxed

House five minutes from the Rainbow River

Guesthouse, Short-term Rental
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House Five Minutes from Rainbow River, Florida
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You’ll spend many hours sitting poolside at this two-bedroom house – whether soaking up the sun in the daytime or sipping a beer under the fairy light-strewn palm trees come dusk. The neighborhood has its own private Rainbow River access point just a five-minute walk from the house, so you will be exploring its clear waters in no time. Take advantage of the canoes that come with the house and go for a morning paddle, using the property’s golf cart to shuttle it all to the entrance to the river.

About this place:

Cosy, Great Location, Private Pool, Wellness, Traditional, Relaxed

Palm Waters Riverhouse

Guesthouse, Short-term Rental
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Palm Waters Riverhouse, Florida
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This four-bedroom home sleeps ten and sits right on the shores of the Rainbow River, surrounded by greenery. The highlight here is the chill-out room, which is just off the main bedroom and is designed for you to meditate or read in while looking out over the river. Be sure to get out onto the water, too: adrenaline junkies can catapult in from the rope swing by the water’s edge, while those who are after a more peaceful start can head out on the stand-up paddleboard or kayaks provided at the property.

About this place:

Cosy, Great Location, Wellness, Traditional, Relaxed

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  • The Nature House

    Guesthouse, Cabin, Short-term Rental
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    The Nature House, Florida
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    Welcoming nature indoors thanks to its vaulted roof and floor-to-ceiling glass windows, this house feels truly off-grid; wooden interiors and earthy tones inside complement the natural energy and fuse the indoors with the outdoors. Sleeping five guests over three bedrooms, this property is a great alternative to camping, for those who aren’t quite sold on the whole tent experience.

    About this place:

    Traditional, Cosy, Great Location, Countryside, Rural, Remote, Relaxed

    The guest house at Windmill Acres

    Guesthouse, Short-term Rental
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    The Guesthouse at Windmill Acres, Florida
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    With its candy-colored exterior and a delightful pool, this studio property has been designed with Instagram in mind. When you’re not hanging out by the shared pool area with a beer in hand, you can enjoy the property’s great location. This guest house backs right onto the Florida Greenway, making it a great location for hikers.

    About this place:

    Adventure, Great Location, Private Pool, Rural, Unusual, Remote, Quirky

    Three-bedroom villa with pool and hot tub

    Guesthouse, Villa, Short-term Rental
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    Three-Bedroom Villa with Pool and Hot Tub, Florida
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    Sitting on the edge of a golf course, this modern three-bedroom villa is a great spot for those hoping to get in a few rounds during their holiday. However, those who aren’t looking to hit a ball around on their vacation can spend their time lazing by the covered pool or lounging in the hot tub on cooler days. Sleeping six guests, this home is spacious and comes with a sizeable fully stocked kitchen, so you can enjoy a hassle-free holiday.

    About this place:

    Boutique, Great Location, Private Pool, Wellness, Rural, Stylish, Relaxed
    These recommendations were updated on October 14, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.