Lazy Turtle Lodge

Wedding Venue and Vacation Rentals

The Lazy Turtle Lodge, where life is "slow and easy", is a beautiful, privately-owned 10 acre estate on the Santa Fe River (located between historic High Springs and Fort White) in North Central Florida. Set amidst oaks, cypress, and shady hammocks this little "piece of heaven" offers ecotourism vacation rentals in the form of "glamping" - glamour camping. If you are looking to get away from the stress of city and corporate life and love nature, then this is the place you want to come.

The Santa Fe River flows 75 miles from Lake Santa Fe, goes underground at Oleno State Park and flows out again at River Rise. It continues to meander lazily west and meets up with the Ichetucknee River and then the Suwanee River which then flows out to the Gulf of Mexico. The Santa Fe River is a tanic, darkwater river that is spring fed and sits over the Floridan Aquifer - one of the largest aquifers in the country and home to one of the most unique cave systems in the world. Cave divers come from all over the world to dive these magnificent caves. The Lazy Turtle Lodge sits on the banks of the Santa Fe River between Poe Springs and Ginnie Springs with fast access to Rum Island Springs and Gilchrist Blue Springs.

Activities include; kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding, cave diving, spring hunting, fishing or simply sitting in your rocking chair to watch the river go by while listening to the sounds of nature. Deer, wild turkeys, turtles and otters can often be viewed.

Wedding Venue

The Lazy Turtle Lodge offers a spectacular venue for an open-air "country" wedding (the wedding venue does not require the rental of the units). Decor can range from country chic to country elegant and the space can accommodate a small family or up 200 guests. See our website section on weddings. We are also listed as a wedding venue with Celebrations Catering in Gainesville, Florida under Venues at .

Vacation Rentals

Turtle Heaven and Turtle Palace are the two rental units that are located 500 feet up a lovely country lane from the edge of the beautiful Santa Fe River. These units may be rented through AirBnb, VRBO and TripAdvisor (minimum stay of two nights) under "Lazy Turtle Lodge Estate - Turtle Heaven and Lazy Turtle Lodge Estate -Turtle Palace". There you will find additional details, guest reviews photos and calendar availability. Or they may also be rented by calling us DIRECT at 386-454-8823 or emailing

In a Hickory Nutshell

The Lazy Turtle Lodge 10 acre estate, includes the Lodge (residence of the owners) on the banks of the Santa Fe River and "Old Town" located 500 feet up from the River. "Old Town" includes four units; Turtle Palace and Turtle Heaven (two fully equipped glamping vacation rentals), Turtle Club (an overflow sleeping unit) and Turtle Nest (large group cooking facilities and W/D). See website pages for details.