Florida Glamping: The Five Best Accommodation Styles
When you think Florida camping, you probably think about sleeping bags, campfires, and tents. While this appeals to many of the state’s adventurous residents, others would prefer to end the day wrapped up in high thread count sheets after a long warm shower. This style, known as glamping, mixes the outdoorsy nature of traditional camping with the comforting amenities of a hotel stay.
There are a variety of glamping styles, each differing on the luxury scale, and we’re sharing our five favorites below.
Glamping tents are a modern twist on a classic staple. Instead of sleeping under a thin piece of fabric held up by ground-in stakes, these tents are, typically, fully furnished with air conditioning and private bathrooms. If interested in a true Florida glamping experience, tents are the way to go. Guests still get the benefits of a rural retreat, as you’re essentially sleeping under the stars.
Those looking for this type of accommodation in Central Florida should visit Westgate River Ranch. Overlooking the Kissimmee River and sitting on more than one thousand acres, the property offers an array of tent options and is packed with activities, including horseback riding, airboat rides, and more.
If you’re unfamiliar, a yurt is a round dwelling that combines the features of a tent and a mini house. They are fully air-conditioned, have queen/king-sized beds, full bathrooms, TV, and WiFi. Many even have their own patios, which are perfect for enjoying that morning cup of coffee.
Danville B&B in Geneva, Florida has a yurt that received a nearly 5-star rating and more than 650 reviews on Airbnb. The property says it’s not unusual for guests to see an Alpaca or two and is conveniently located near a collection of hiking trails.
As kids, we all wanted a treehouse; a private, serene hut settled among the branches of our favorite tree. While many of us haven’t even seen one, this accommodation style is popular in Florida glamping.
As a matter of fact, Danville B&B has a great option for this also. Their treehouse was featured on Netflix’s show Most Amazing Vacation Rentals and is nestled between two giant Oak trees. The 18-foot treehouse features a tree trunk elevator, full bath, panoramic windows, skylight, and more.
Tiny Homes and Cabins
These two accommodation styles are very similar, however, one tends to be more modern and compact, while the other tends to have a log exterior and larger floor plan. Both of these options still offer guests a full nature experience, as they are typically located close to traditional camping sites, hiking trails, or fishing spots, but feature the amenities of glamping.
For those interested in tiny homes, the Orlando Lakefront community is a great option. Each stay includes free use of kayaks, paddleboards, and fishing equipment.
For an immersive cabin experience, Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort is a must-visit. The roomy cabins are set among Florida pine and cypress trees and are conveniently located next to popular swimming holes and horseback riding trails.