Destination guide

Experience relaxing lakefront living at its finest

Hugging the shores of Lake Monroe at the head of the St. Johns River in central Florida, halfway between Orlando and Daytona, the charming town of Sanford offers an eclectic mix of nature, history, and modern life. A centrally located Sanford vacation rental puts you among quaint 19th-century buildings, unique independent stores, and antique shops. The pristine lakefront and downtown riverwalk are great places to relax at the water's edge. Whether you'd prefer to hike, shop, or take in a Broadway show, there's something for you in Sanford.

Things to do

Where the flowers bloom and the cars zoom

Visitors young and old will enjoy a day at the Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens. For even more flowers, head to the Kraft Azalea Gardens. You can get a taste of Broadway at the Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center. Downtown you'll find plenty of shopping near Magnolia Square and along the RiverWalk. A Sanford vacation rental will also have you just a half hour from downtown Orlando, and just 40 minutes from the carnival atmosphere of the Daytona Beach Boardwalk and racing at the world-famous Daytona International Speedway.


Revisit a childhood of race cars and baseball legends

Anyone who dreamed of being a race car driver as a kid will be happy to know that Sanford is the home of the Central Florida Soap Box Derby, which holds regular races. For more nostalgia, take in a minor league game at the Historic Sanford Memorial Stadium, home of spring training in years past and where legends like Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson, and Willie Mays once played. The RiverWalk trail is great for biking, walking, and running. See hundreds of manatees on a nature walk through Blue Spring Run. Lake Monroe is a prime spot for boating and fishing.


Soak up the sun in steamy, summery Sanford

Pack the sunscreen when you head to your Sanford vacation rental, because you'll be treated to summer-like weather pretty much all year round. The warmest months are June to August, when temps are well into the 90s and things can get steamy. Daily passing storms are a good time to spend some relaxing time indoors. Even in the coolest months of December to February, highs are still in the 70s, though overnight lows can dip down into the 50s, so remember to bring layers. Hurricanes have been known to happen, particularly in September and October.

Natural features

All things marine, from seashore to sea cows

There are few places where you can see more endangered manatees than at Blue Springs State Park just north of Sanford, where hundreds huddle in the waters, to the delight of visitors of all ages. Perched where the St. Johns River meets Lake Monroe, Sanford is surrounded by countless parks, lakes, wetlands, and nature preserves where wildlife thrives. To the north you'll find the vast Ocala National Forest, while a short jaunt to the east takes you to the sandy stretches of Daytona Beach on the Atlantic Ocean.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Sanford

Fly into Orlando, FL (SFB-Orlando Sanford Intl.), the closest airport, located 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into Orlando, FL (MCO-Orlando Intl.), which is 24.7 mi (39.8 km) away.

If you'd rather travel by train, the main station serving the city is Sanford Station.

Can I find a vacation rental around Sanford?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 7,465 vacation rentals near Sanford. From 1,525 Houses to 2,332 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Sanford for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Sanford?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Sanford:

  • Florida Center: 137 vacation rentals
  • Southeast Orlando: 42,231 vacation rentals
  • Central Business District: 33 vacation rentals
  • Downtown: 45 vacation rentals
  • Southwest Orlando: 16,742 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Sanford?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Sanford. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Central Florida Zoo: 360 vacation rentals
  • Sanford Station: 397 vacation rentals
  • Sylvan Lake Park: 513 vacation rentals
  • Spring Hammock Preserve: 584 vacation rentals
  • Central Florida Regional Hospital: 362 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Sanford listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Sanford?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 1,525 Houses in Sanford. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Sanford include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 2,332 rentals available
  • Villas: 659 rentals available
  • Cottages: 33 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Sanford?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 6,530 vacation rentals with pool available in Sanford. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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