Glamping is the new camping – minus the fuss of trying to ‘rough’ it with no electricity and running water. Experiencing nature with the comfort of our daily amenities is the best way for some people to enjoy a relaxing retreat. There are plenty of Florida parks and wildlife to explore, and these glamping sites make it easy to breathe in the great outdoors with all the conveniences of home.
Cabins | Courtesy of the Carrabelle Beach RV Resort
Located an hour from Tallahassee, this beachfront resort offers cabins, bungalows and cottages with parking space for an RV and amenities like a swimming pool. Bungalows sleep 2-6 while cottages come fully furnished with two TVs, a full kitchen, a bar, dining room, living room and a spa-type bathroom that’s perfect for relaxing after a walk along the beach. Cabins are designed with a woodsy interior and offer a large deck for lunching with the family.
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Built by the locally residing Miccosukee Native Americans, these chickee huts offer front-row views of the Everglades swamp and grassland prairies. Best times to visit are during Florida’s fall, winter and early spring to avoid mosquitos and the humid heat of the summer months. Safari Tent Camping is also another option for a more natural experience. This provides a tent, cooking station, cots and there are restrooms and showers nearby. (Downside is there’s no a/c!)
Chickee hut | Courtesy of Everglades Adventure Tours
Horseback riding, nightly campfires, this ranch resort in River Ranch, Florida has it all. Luxe Teepees are 651 square feet with a queen sized bed and include a fireplace (though you probably won’t be needing that in Florida). Conveniently they have a/c, a mini refrigerator, dining table and a pull out couch for extra guests. Complimentary coffee and pastries are served to you in the morning and if you’re not feeling the teepee accommodation, the resort also offers lodges and cabins.
Nestled near the Loxahatchee River in Jupiter, Florida, this resort offers unique recycled lodges made of shipping containers. Inside the cargo blocks, there’s a kitchen, living room, dining room, a queen bed and futon bunk beds to accommodate the whole family. The setting is perfect for exploring the wildlife and taking a break from city life. Bring a kayak and paddle through the waterways to spot manatees, eagles, turtles and other animals that lurk between the beautiful cypress trees.
Headwater container accommodation | Courtesy of Headwaters Eco Retreat
Escaping to what may seem like the middle of nowhere is easy at the Griffin Ranch. The property is brimming with 30-acres of ponds, wooded areas and bike trails. Rent a rustic cabin or stay at its historic 100+ year old cottage complete with a romantic claw foot bathtub and charming panel beds. If you really want to try “roughing it”, there’s a campground to pitch a tent. Nuzzled in central Florida, it’s an hour’s drive from Orlando.
Take in the scenic wildlife with a touch of Disney magic. Cabins here can have in-room celebrations for the kids (think treats, gifts and birthday cakes), and in December, holiday lights are offered to decorate your cabin. The resort offers the comfort of groceries delivered to your door (when you pre-order), and amenities like a pool with a waterslide. Need a ride to Magic Kingdom Park? Catch a 10-minute boat ride from the lakeside dock. There’s also a 750-acre pine and cypress forest to explore.
Reserve a tent at a campsite along Florida’s Gulf and East Coasts. Fancy Camps includes one 16’ canvas tent with a cushy soft pillow top mattress, lighting, seating area and a heating/cooling unit so you can sleep in while enjoying the sights of your favorite park. Glamorous while still sleeping cozy underneath the stars, this one is a must-try for couples looking to get away.
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Explore Florida by road with a VW van from the 70’s. Florida VW Rentals has vintage mini RV/sleeper vans that are fully equipped with a two burner stove for cooking, a five gallon water tank, two beds, a dining table and everything you need for living on the road, including a map. This minivan is set for a groovy adventure.
Accommodation in the trees | Courtesy of Coldwater Gardens
Sleep in a treehouse in the middle of the woods with all the conveniences of a modern home. Coldwater Gardens is an innovative farm that boasts five acres of land with accommodation like cabins, treehouses and glamorous tents. The treehouse is built amongst a field of magnolia trees and has an open-air feel so you can enjoy nature from the comfort of your bed in an a/c ventilated room. Have your meals on the open deck area with rooftop while you watch the sunset, or explore the gardens.
Docked on Manatee River, this chapel turned houseboat comes fully furnished with everything you may need and has access to a swimming pool in the nearby fitness center. Take your breakfast out on the front porch and watch the sunrise while you enjoy the tranquility of the marina. The luxurious home is an ideal romantic spot for couples and bares unique stained glass windows for those who admire architectural details. Plus, hiking trails and kayaking are available nearby at Myakka River State Park.