Whether you’re a new outdoorist who wants to try spending a weekend in nature (with the comforts of home), want to visit a beautiful destination without staying in a typical hotel, or just crave a unique getaway experience that revolves around being outside without really roughing it, glamping is a great choice.
Short for “glamorous camping”, glamping provides the chance to seek out adventure, unwind, and connect with Mother Nature without sacrificing the luxuries of vacation or creature comforts of everyday life. Glamping has existed for centuries in different iterations, dating all the way back to the admittedly more functional yet frivolous palatial tents of globetrotting monarchs who set up camp in spectacular fashion around the world. But most will recognize the canvas glamping tents used in the 1920s by wealthy British and American travelers on safari in Africa that are still popular today.
These same style of canvas tents are arguably the most common type of modern-day glamping accommodations, with the addition of bell tents, yurts, renovated Airstream trailers, treehouses, and even a tiny home or two. What makes it a legitimate glamping experience? A luxurious shelter with resort-style amenities in a naturally beautiful destination.
Made up of many diverse and unique National Parks (three in total!), wilderness preserves, natural monuments, and a stunning designated National Seashore, Florida is an outdoorist's dream. From surfing and snorkeling to paddle-boarding, kayaking, canoeing and even dude ranch-ing, the opportunities to get outside and explore are endless. And so is the key lime pie. You can thank us later. The best time to visit Florida is from April to May and October to November to avoid the heat and humidity.
Want to explore the tropical waters, white-sand beaches, and stunning coastline of the Sunshine State? Here are our top picks for the best Florida glamping rentals to visit this season—or the next.
The 8 Best Places to Go Glamping in Florida
Vibe: Total Dude Ranch
When most people think of Florida, they think of gin clear waters, palm trees, and Disney World, but at Westgate River Ranch Resort, it’s all about experiencing the state’s lesser known ranching culture. Choose to stay in one of their luxury glamping tents, covered wagons, or teepees fully-stocked with every amenity, and then catch one of Westgate’s lively rodeos for some unique entertainment or head out for horseback riding yourself.
Rate: Starts at $45/Night
Vibe: Sunshine State of Mind
Come for the bright and airy remodeled Airstream, but stay for the private pool, hot tub, and rock waterslide. The soothing all-white interior has a beachy style that’s filled with lush greenery — including a faux vertical garden — giving the feeling that you’re off exploring some of its subtropical landscape, rather than hanging out in a camper. When you’re ready to venture out, the beach, town, and famed Anna Maria Islands are all nearby.
Vibe: Toes in the Sand
Fancy Camps’ inviting yet spacious bell tents are set up less than a mile from the emerald waters of the Gulf Coast in Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. Fully-equipped with electricity, heating, cooling, and a plush queen-sized bed, this beachfront site earns points for partnering with Florida’s State Parks to provide a more eco-conscious glamping experience, and of course, for the best name.
Vibe: It’s Tiki Time
A yurt in the sky is hard to beat, but when you throw in the multi-level treehouse with an elevator, hot tub, and tiki bar, well, you’ve got one pretty epic glampsite. From the kitchenette to the flatscreen TV and shower complete with LED mood lighting, the yurt itself spares no luxury and throws in a few you didn’t even know you needed. But if that's still not enough, Orlando, Lake Louisa State Park, and Florida's Canaveral National Seashore are all within in an hour drive.
Vibe: Cheeseburger-in-Paradise Kitschy
From its warm wooden interior to its retro, beachy decor and colorful striped awning, this renovated hunter green vintage trailer looks and feels like a poolside cabana from days gone by. Enjoy soaking in the clawfoot tub in the outdoor bathroom, and ending your day sipping on some rum in your favorite Jimmy Buffet-inspired Hawaiian shirt on the private deck.
Vibe: Peaceful Pastures
In central Florida and about 1.5 hours drive from attractions like Orlando and the Suwannee River this all-white, tiny A-Frame is located on 8 acres of farmland. Designed to immerse visitors in nature, there's a convertible wall that opens up to a small deck overlooking a pond. Simple accommodations and a peaceful atmosphere makes it perfect for a quiet weekend retreat. Heads up animal lovers: you’ll also share the property with tiny cows and miniature horses.
Vibe: Coastal Luxe
Accross the Everglades from Miami, this glampsite is designed to emulate the upscale accommodations of downtown Naples. White Canvas Camp offers glampers the finer things with private bathrooms, quality linens, comfortable beds, and a small chandelier. Take a well deserved seat around your fire pit in at the picnic table or hammock and have a cookout in this scenic palm and pine grove setting at night. By day, go biking along the famous white sandy beaches of Naples
Vibe: S.S. Oasis
Sure, this might be stretching the definition of glamping, but when in Florida why wouldn’t you stay on a sleek, well-designed, shipping container turned houseboat when you can? Modern furnishings and all the creature comforts you want (air-conditioning!) fill the bright and spacious interior, but the real stunner is the sun-soaked rooftop deck. Plus, it’s within a short walk to downtown Hollywood and the local beaches.