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Best Overall: Cabin in the Woods Near Pierson – See Rates at Airbnb
"This neat, traditional log cabin stands out for its near-perfect Airbnb reviews and Superhost owner."
Best Runner-Up: Waterfront Cabin Near Fort White – See Rates at Airbnb
"Close to Ichetucknee Springs State Park, the cabin is surrounded by wildlife – which you can watch from the porch or the hammock swing."
"In a previous life the property was a pony farm and now you can explore beautiful tracts of pasture, cypress swamp, and native woodland."
Best for Families: Bear-Themed Cabin Near Ocklawaha – See Rates at Airbnb
"Teach the little ones to fish, or get out on the water using the provided paddle boat and canoe."
Best for Larger Groups: Five-Bedroom Cabin in Apopka – See Rates at Airbnb
"The ranch style cabin can be rented as a guest house for family reunions and getaways, or as a venue for events with up to 50 guests."
Best Near the Beach: Two-Bedroom Cabana on Big Pine Key – See Rates at Airbnb
"In between adventures, unwind in the cabana’s double hammock or fire up the barbecue grill on the tiki patio."
Best for Nature Lovers: Rustic River Cabin Near Crawfordville – See Rates at Airbnb
"After a fun day exploring the river, treat yourself to a session in the sauna."
Best Luxury: Canalfront Cabin in Homosassa – See Rates at Airbnb
"There are three kayaks for you to use, or you can opt to relax in the waterfront backyard with its eight-person hot tub."
"This rustic cabin is surrounded by gardens, where fruit, vegetables, eggs, and honey are all produced organically."
Our Top Picks
Best Overall: Cabin in the Woods Near Pierson
Ideally located in between Ocala National Forest and Daytona Beach, where you can swing by a waterpark or a NASCAR speedway, this neat, traditional log cabin stands out for its near-perfect Airbnb reviews and Superhost owner.
The rental is spotlessly clean and perfect for families, with a cute twin bedroom and a queen bedroom with a 32” TV. There’s a second TV in the loft living room, which also houses a sectional leather sofa and electric fireplace.
Enjoy the surrounding nature while relaxing in a rocking chair on the front porch, or make use of the nearby boat ramp to access some of the state’s best freshwater fishing. If you happen to catch something, the kitchen provides everything you need to whip up a delicious meal. There’s even a dishwasher to make cleaning a breeze.
If you're not lucky enough to grab a fish, just head into Daytona Beach to try some of the local food, like Big Tunas Beach Bar & Grill for some classic American seafood like peel-and-eat shrimp and poke bowls.
Best Runner-Up: Waterfront Cabin Near Fort White
Adventure-loving couples will appreciate this New Amish, all-wood cabin. Located in Fort White, on the banks of Santa Fe Creek and close to Ichetucknee Springs State Park, it’s surrounded by wildlife – which you can watch from the porch or the hammock swing.
Go fishing, swimming, or hiking during the day, or you can ask the host about a pontoon boat tour to the nearby springs. At night, the stars above the fire pit shine brightly, so you can cook s'mores while stargazing.
The cabin itself is simple but comfortable with a kitchen, a separate bedroom with a full bed and futon, and a smart TV with Netflix. Air-conditioning and heating keep you at just the right temperature all year round, while pets are welcome for a small extra fee.
Best Budget: Two-Bedroom Cabin Near Gainesville
This quaint, two-bedroom cabin enjoys a tranquil location 15 miles north of downtown Gainesville. The nearby city is a college town, the home of the University of Florida, and because of its student population houses some of the state's best nightlife, and restaurants that are on a budget.
In a previous life, the property was a pony farm, and now you can explore beautiful tracts of pasture, cypress swamp, and native woodland, keeping an eye out for local animal and birdlife as you go.
The cabin itself is simple yet clean and comfortable. Brew a pot of coffee in the fully equipped kitchen, then head out on the covered porches (there’s one in front and one out back) to enjoy the early morning sunshine.
There are two bedrooms – one with a queen bed, one with two twins, so the rental is great for a smaller family – and a living room with an electric fireplace and flatscreen TV. Unfortunately, pets are not allowed.
Best for Families: Bear-Themed Cabin Near Ocklawaha
2 sofa beds
Located near Ocklawaha and just one and a half hours from Disney World, this split-level, lodge-style cabin sits on the shores of spring-fed Crystal Lake. It’s surrounded by oaks and pines and has its own private beach – making it the ideal playground for families.
Teach the little ones to fish, or get out on the water using the provided paddle boat and canoe. There are also two rental bikes, and an on-site children’s playground, so you can have some fun on land, as well.
Kids will love the cute bear theme of the cabin itself, which has an open-plan kitchen and great room, and a farm-style dining table for big family meals. Alternatively, you can grill out on the furnished deck. Baby essentials include a high chair, a Pack n’ Play, and stair gates.
If the kids get sick of home cooking, head into town for a restaurants like Primo's Pizzeria for Italian food like subs and pizza, and A & B Restaurant for Greek-American cuisine a Gyro on pita.
If you're planning on heading to Disney World from the cabin, check out our travel guide on the amusement parks to help you plan your trip.
Best for Larger Groups: Five-Bedroom Cabin in Apopka
1 sofa bed
This five-bedroom, ranch-style cabin is located on the outskirts of Apopka, a town right outside of Orlando, and it can be rented as a guest house for family reunions and getaways, or as a venue for events with up to 50 guests.
The focal point of the cabin is the chandelier-hung great room, with its full entertainment center, which includes an 80” smart TV with everything from Netflix to Hulu.
The fully stocked kitchen will delight the chefs in your group, while grill masters can prepare al fresco meals out on the porch.
Make the most of the Florida sunshine with long, lazy days spent by the pool while the kids play basketball on the cabin’s cement court. Mix things up by heading into Orlando for a trip to Disney World, or you can stay closer to home with a journey to Apopka to check out Wekiwa Springs State Park where you can swim in the locally-renowned emerald springs.
There’s plenty of parking space, and an additional apartment with a separate entrance for groups of 12 or more.
Best Near the Beach: Two-Bedroom Cabana on Big Pine Key
Those that want to be near the beach will find what they’re looking for with this fun cabana, located in an RV park on Big Pine Key. Enjoy full access to the resort, with outdoor amenities including two beaches, a fishing pier, a pool, and various sports courts.
Bringing your own boat? There’s a marina with boat slips for rent nearby. In between adventures, unwind in the cabana’s double hammock or fire up the barbecue grill on the tiki patio.
Inside, you’ll find an open-plan kitchen and dining area, along with two bedrooms. The master has a queen bed, while the smaller has a double bed, so the cabin will easily fit a family of six.
Cable TV is available and Wi-Fi is available throughout, so entertainment is easy in case the weather keeps you inside. The cabana outside offers ample parking for two vehicles, or for one vehicle with a boat and trailer.
Best for Nature Lovers: Rustic River Cabin Near Crawfordville
1 bunk bed
1 sofa bed
A 30-minute drive south of Tallahassee, Florida's capital city, takes you to this picturesque cabin, located on an idyllic section of the St. Marks River. Come to fish, paddle, and look for wildlife – including manatees, which are frequently spotted from the cabin’s riverfront gazebo.
There are canoes and kayaks for you to use, so you can really get out into the river, and a split-level deck for soaking up the sights and sounds of nature.
After a fun day exploring the river, treat yourself to a session in the cabin's sauna, where you can sweat out your stresses.
The large cabin’s interior is comprised of four bedrooms, a large kitchen, and a living area with a TV and wood-burning stove. The set-up is ideal for families, and you can even bring along some friends. Other useful amenities include free Wi-Fi and on-site parking.
If you want to explore Tallahassee, check out nearby spots like Cypress Restaurant for New Southern dishes like seared scallops with squash noodles, or head to Mission San Luis for an authentic recreation of the colonial history of the state.
Best Luxury: Canalfront Cabin in Homosassa
Located on the shores of Mason Creek in Homosassa, north of Tampa, this waterfront cabin offers a high-end base from which to explore the surrounding springs.
Inside, the cabin is dominated by an open-plan great room with cathedral ceilings and a rustic-chic aesthetic. Light the wood-burning fireplace in winter, curl up in front of the smart TV or fix a meal using the kitchen’s stainless steel appliances.
Outside, you can fish from the private dock, or just set up a chair and relax. There are three kayaks for you to use, or you can opt to relax in the waterfront backyard with its gas grill, fire pit, and eight-person hot tub. The cabin even has a cozy screened-in porch for when the weather’s not cooperating.
The town nearby is home to Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, where you can catch a glimpse of the famously friendly manatees, and see other wildlife like the red wolf and Florida panther.
Most Unique: Cabin on an Urban Farm in Miami
For something completely different, book a stay on an urban farm in Miami’s increasingly trendy Little River neighborhood. This rustic cabin and the adjoining owners’ house are surrounded by gardens, where fruit, vegetables, eggs, and honey are all produced organically.
The studio-style cabin has its own private entrance. There’s a comfy double bed, a modern bathroom, and a kitchenette. Whether you eat at the indoor dining table or outside on the shared, country-style porch is up to you. Air-conditioning, Wi-Fi, and laundry facilities are all provided.
Hang out with chickens and goats, take part in twice-weekly yoga classes, or meet fellow travelers at Sunday volleyball games. With your own food and activities right outside, you'll never have to leave the cabin, but you can explore Miami's vibrant cultural scene and gastronomy, by visiting sites like the Pérez Art Museum Miami to see a famed collection of modern art or head to Versailles Restaurant Cuban Cuisine for iconic Cuban food.