Vacation Rental Accommodations

The Lazy Turtle Lodge, on the banks of the Santa Fe River, is a 10 acre private estate and the full-time residence of the owners. It is located 15 minutes from historic High Springs and 40 minutes from "The Swamp", home of the University of Florida Gators, in downtown Gainesville. The rental units: Turtle Heaven and Turtle Palace are both vacation rentals available for minimum stays of two nights. The units are located in "Old Town", which is a lovely 500 foot wooded walk to the edge of the River. Total escape with NO Internet at the unit - Wi-Fi is available only around the Lodge at the River. Guests may use the back yard, beach and dock facilities at the Lodge during their stay. Set amidst turtles, oaks and cypress, our "little piece of heaven" is the perfect place to escape, paddle, canoe, cave dive, float, swim, birdwatch or simple do nothing. Both units provide comfortable "chic" amenities, fire pits, rockers overlooking the woods, picnic table, Weber grills and are fully equipped. See the individual unit listing for details. Note: The rentals are optional for weddings and are available year round.


This is ecotourism and "glamping" at its best!


Larger parties can be accommodated in a combination of units, including Turtle Club (our overflow trailer) which has A/C, a queen bed and a full size futon but NO bathroom and Turtle Nest (our cooking trailer for larger groups) Turtle Nest contains a full size stove and oven, full size refrigerator and washer dryer and is fully kitchen equipped. There is an additional $40 cleaning fee for the cooking trailer for up to a three day stay.