Glamping: Florida Spots For Those Who Prefer A Little Luxury

Florida has beautiful beaches, bustling cities, small towns, national parks, theme parks, and so much more.  A visit to Florida is a must-do — and with so many places to stay, it can be hard to decide what’s right for you.

Photo courtesy of Headwaters Eco Retreat

For visitors looking for something a little different than your standard beach resort, look no further than glamping!  Florida is ready to show you how combining “glamorous” with “camping” can be an awesome and unique experience!

And if you’re looking for something a little more rustic (but not too rustic!) — Florida glamping has that too!

Experience Westgate River Ranch

Stay in a glamorous canvas tent at the Westgate River Ranch Resort in Central Florida, and find out why this place is a glamping destination!  These glamping tents offer everything you need to stay in complete comfort on a dude ranch. The beautifully decorated tents have a king bed and two twins, and they include heat and air conditioning, mosquito nets for the patio, a gas grill, mini fridge, microwave, and a private, locked bathroom facility for your use.

Get to know your glamping neighbors at the community fire pit each night, and make sure to catch the rodeo on the weekends!

And if you really want to go all out, check out their 651-square foot Luxe Teepees!  These teepees are amazing. Here you will find all the comforts of home, because they come with full bathrooms, a fireplace, heat and air conditioning, and they are immaculately appointed — you’ll love them!

If you’re looking for even more cowboy themed accommodations, look no further than their lodge rooms. They offer standard rooms and deluxe suites, and have everything you need to enjoy a night on the ranch.

Immerse Yourself in the Great Outdoors at Headwaters Eco Retreat

You know you’ve always wondered what it would be like to spend the night in a shipping container!  For a truly unique experience, head to Headwaters Eco Retreat.

Located in Jupiter, FL, the main lodge is made up of three fully-equipped upcycled shipping containers!  You are able to choose if you want to rent the entire space (for up to 8 guests), or just part of it (accommodating either 2-4 guests).

And these shipping containers?  They’re perfection.  Wonderfully designed and peaceful, the retreat sits on the Loxahatchee River.

And even though it feels like you are miles away from civilization – you really aren’t.  Grocery stores are nearby, and the Juniper Inlet Lighthouse is only 30 minutes away.  The lodge is across from Riverbend Park – home to many water activities.

Headwaters is the perfect place to unplug (although it does have WiFi!).

Enjoy Fancy Camps at Florida State Parks

If you’re looking for luxury camping at a state park – then look no further than the offerings from Fancy Camps!

Fancy Camps has permanent tent setups along the Gulf Coast at both Topsail Hill State Park and Grayton Beach State Park.

Each spot comes with a 16-foot canvas tent, a queen bed, rugs, end table, lighting, and heat and air.  Sleeping pallets for kids (sleeping pad, sleeping bag, and pillow) can be added at no additional cost.  Outdoor chairs and a fire pit are included.

Air conditioning in a tent?  Sign me up!

Cuddle Up in a Real Caboose

Katie’s Kaboose, a one-of-a-kind accommodation at Adventures Unlimited, is a renovated train caboose equipped with a full-sized bed and single trundle bed. Relax by the campfire or in a hammock after a day of zip-lining and tubing. 

For a little more space, try their Lorax Loft. Inside this cozy tree house you’ll find a king size bed, champagne soaker tub (with remote control) a, year-round fire place, and a mini equipped kitchen.

Stay On A Yacht

Channel your inner Beyonce and stay on a luxury sailing yacht!

Choose between three luxury sailing yachts at Blue Ocean Yacht Charters located in Key West.

These yachts have everything you could possibly dream of – spacious bedrooms, numerous bathrooms, and wonderful 360 degree ocean views.  The 48-foot yacht even has underwater ocean view windows, so you can fall asleep with fish swimming beside you!

The yachts are docked at a marina during the night, and guests have access to the private pool and beach.

For an extra fee, Blue Ocean Charters offers sunset sails and full-day excursions.  They also offer a chance to spend a night anchored next to a private island!  And if you want to visit Dry Tortugas when you’re in town – they offer trips there as well!

Enjoy Lake Views at Twin Lakes Camp Resort

Twin Lakes Camp Resort is an RV park in northwest Florida that offers two beautiful glamping tents overlooking a lake!

Located in DeFuniak Springs, these canvas tents have wooden floors and a king bed for two guests.  They each have a full bathroom, complete with a claw foot tub.

And the best part?  They’re air conditioned!  (And heated.)  So any time of year is a good time to visit.

The tents include a microwave, refrigerator, and TV.  The wooden decks make a great place to watch the sunset over the lake.

Sleep In An Airstream

If you’ve always wondered what it would be like to sleep in an Airstream – now’s your chance!

The aptly-named Aluminum Cabana is located at Santa Rosa RV Park, just steps away from the beach.

This modern and updated Airstream can sleep up to six people, and they promise complimentary bikes, kayaks, wine, and cupcakes. (Ummm…count me in!)  There’s also a pool on the property for the guests to use.

This is truly a unique vacation experience, and a pretty awesome way to experience all of the outdoor activities the area has to offer.

Photo courtesy of Coldwater Gardens

Glamorous Camping at Coldwater Gardens

Coldwater Gardens has eco-cottages, a modern treehouse, glamping tents, or a tiny house for you to choose from!

Located in the Panhandle, the canvas glamping tents overlook a pine savanna and offer two queen beds with linens, and fans to get the air circulating.  With outdoor showers, and a mini-fridge, it definitely adds comfort and convenience to your overnight camping trip.

If you’re looking for even more comfort, check out the modern treehouse or eco-cottages, both have AC and heat, and are beautifully decorated.  The treehouse is surrounded by magnolia trees, and seriously offers you all the comforts of home.

The tiny house is a great option for two people, with a climate-controlled bedroom, and full bathroom.

All of the accommodations are located near the gardens – where they grow produce year-round — which you are welcome to tour.  There are also hiking and biking trails on the property.

Get Fancy at the Danville B&B

The Danville B&B is an Orlando-area event venue, that also happens to have several unique places to stay on the property!

Their yurt is one of the fanciest ones I’ve seen.  Although it’s a traditional yurt in that it is a canvas tent with wood floors, it is extravagantly decorated, and comes with a king bed and full bathroom. (And AC! Always a plus while in Orlando!)

Ever wanted to stay in a treehouse…with an elevator?  Now’s your chance!  Their treehouse not only has a tree trunk elevator, but it also has a flat-screen satellite TV with Netflix and Amazon and WiFi. Say what? It has a full bathroom!  And a swing chair and table that overlooks the property!  I really wish I had this treehouse when I was a kid!  (Also, now.)

And if you’re looking for something a little more…manly, they have a man cave you can stay in too.  Located inside an airplane hangar, it boasts a loft space for the bed, and a bar!

Guests who stay on property have access to the other amenities here – like an Irish pub, and 500 acres of trails.

Chickee Hut Photo courtesy of AirBnB

Choose Your Accommodations at Griffin Ranch

If you’re looking for something more rustic, The Griffin Ranch is for you.  The Griffin Ranch offers a couple different accommodations on their 30-acre ranch, including fully furnished cabins, a renovated Airstream, a lodge, and a bunkhouse – called the Safari Room.

The ranch is home to ponds, pastures, and wooded areas.  The nearby Ocklawah River and Juniper Springs are well-known for canoeing and kayaking.  Horseback riding on the 100-mile trail, or taking a dip in the local springs are also popular.  And if you’re looking for a day trip – St. Augustine is only about an hour away.

Sleep in the Trees at Treehouse Canopy Room

When you think of visiting Miami, you’re probably not thinking about spending the night in a treehouse on a farm – but you should!

The Treehouse Canopy Room is located on a permaculture farm near Little Haiti.

This unique accommodation has a double bed for two on the third floor of a treehouse overlooking a farm that has animals like goats, pigs, and emus.  The bathroom and outdoor shower are located very close by.

And if you’re ready for outdoor adventure, sailing, kayaking, and biking are available for a small fee.

The treehouse has fans to keep the air circulating, and mosquito netting to keep the bugs away from your bed.

Staying here, you wouldn’t believe you were only 15 minutes from South Beach.

Lay Your Head in a Restored Camper Van

Become the coolest person you know by staying in one of Florida RV Rentals restored VW Camper Vans.

These camper vans – located in the Tampa/St. Pete area — are outfitted with a gas stove, a table, and two comfortable beds.

At $350 a night they aren’t cheap, but they are way cool and give you the freedom to pick which Florida view you want to fall asleep next to.  The camper vans come with everything you need for an awesome one-of-a-kind overnight experience — bed linens, blankets, pillows, pots and pans, beach towels, camping chairs, and place settings for four are included.

Spend the Night in a Chickee Hut

The Chickee Hut is a cross between a treehouse and a rustic cabin.  Styled after the Native American chickee huts, this unique spot is located in the Everglades.

This hut has a queen bed and can sleep two, but they also have two camping cots that can be added for a total of four.  The site doesn’t have electricity or running water, but a bathhouse is nearby.

The hut overlooks the glades, and is located on the same property as Everglades Adventure Tours, so you can book an eco-tour while there!

 

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Kate Gelsthorpe is a former TV news writer, and a born and raised Georgia girl who grew up camping with her family at state parks around central and south Georgia. After 18 years in Atlanta, her family recently moved to Athens, and in their spare time you can find them exploring their new hometown. She and her husband, Kevin, are the proud parents of an 8-year-old dinosaur expert, and a 6-year-old outdoor-loving fashionista.

Kate Gelsthorpe

Freelance Writer and Adventure Maven at loveandkate
Kate Gelsthorpe is a former TV news writer, and a born and raised Georgia girl who grew up camping with her family at state parks around central and south Georgia.After 18 years in Atlanta, her family recently moved to Athens, and in their spare time you can find them exploring their new hometown.She and her husband, Kevin, are the proud parents of an 8-year-old dinosaur expert, and a 6-year-old outdoor-loving fashionista.

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