Destination guide

Soak up the warmth of the Sunshine State

Anchored by the stately Greco-Roman buildings of the Stetson University campus, unique DeLand offers an intriguing mix of historic buildings clustered among vibrant waterfront parks and wildlife refuges. Nicknamed the Athens of Florida for its range of cultural opportunities, the town is equally a haven of outdoor enthusiasts looking to soak up the warm weather. A DeLand vacation rental is also a perfect home base for exploring some of central Florida's finest attractions, from Daytona to Orlando. And if you're brave enough, you'll never have more opportunities to skydive.

Things to do

Nineteenth-century charm in a modern-day playground

Running through the heart of DeLand, Woodland Boulevard forms the Downtown DeLand Historic District, peppered with intriguing 19th-century buildings. Art lovers won't want to miss the exhibits at the Museum of Art _ DeLand. Venture a bit further afield to find the Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens, and the adrenaline-pumping action of the Daytona International Speedway. Whether you're young or just young at heart, no visit to central Florida would be complete without a trip to the many amusement parks in the Orlando area. Take your pick of Disney, Universal, or SeaWorld, all about an hour away.

Activities

Welcome to the skydiving capital of the world

If you've ever wanted to jump out of a plane, you're in luck. Most of the companies in the skydiving industry proudly call DeLand home. If staying on solid ground is more your style, there are plenty of chances to cheer on the hometown team at Stetson University. Take to the waters in a canoe or kayak on Spring Garden Run to spot the birds and wildlife of Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge. For top-notch swimming, diving, and snorkeling, head to the crystal clear waters of the lakes in Ocala National Forest.

Weather

Leave all thoughts of snow behind

If winter's not your jam, a DeLand vacation rental might just be the perfect place for you. You'll never have to worry about seeing the white stuff, though you may still want a light sweater if you get cold easily and you're heading there in the winter months of December to February. Highs even then will still likely be in the 70s, though nights are occasionally cool. Summers are hot and steamy, with the mercury rising well into the 90s from June to September. That's also when you should expect to see passing daily rainstorms (the perfect excuse for vacation napping).

Natural features

The waters spring to life in Central Florida

Plenty of green space lines the banks of DeLand's St. Johns River, making it the epicenter of outdoor activity in the area. There are several natural springs where you can beat the summer heat, shaded by the wild persimmon trees growing on their shores. The pine scrub groves of the Ocala National Forest are home to countless lakes, rivers, and streams, where it's warm enough to swim year round. If you're out exploring the wilderness, be on the lookout for the Florida black bears that roam the region.

How to get there

How to get to and around DeLand

The nearest airport is in Daytona Beach, FL (DAB-Daytona Beach Intl.), located 17.4 mi (28.1 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could also fly into Orlando, FL (SFB-Orlando Sanford Intl.), which is 19.2 mi (30.9 km) away.

If you'd prefer to travel by train, you can make your way to DeLand Station.

Where to stay around DeLand?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 2,507 vacation rentals near DeLand. From 526 Houses to 1,549 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 DeLand for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

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

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 DeLand:

  • Rogers Deland: 16 vacation rentals
  • Ormond-by-the-Sea: 538 vacation rentals
  • Lenox Park: 170 vacation rentals
  • O'byrne: 101 vacation rentals
  • Ortona Park: 168 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 DeLand?

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

  • Lake Beresford Park: 169 vacation rentals
  • Stetson University: 173 vacation rentals
  • Victoria Hills Golf Club: 184 vacation rentals
  • Tiger Bay State Forest: 2,709 vacation rentals
  • Wayne G. Sanborn Activity Center: 180 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around DeLand 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 DeLand?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 526 Houses in DeLand. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in DeLand include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 1,549 rentals available
  • Cottages: 33 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 33 rentals available

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

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in DeLand?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 1,863 vacation rentals with pool available in DeLand. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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