Destination guide

Hulking manatees await in Homosassa

Homosassa sits on the southern banks of its namesake river, spread out over the water channels just before the meanders break between the islets and the lagoons on the Mexican Gulf. The town is a laid-back and leafy place, topped with spiny palm trees and drooping willows. It's also the gateway to some quintessentially southern nature parks, which sprawl over the wetlands and springs to the west of the center. Look for Homosassa vacation rentals there to be in with a chance of meeting galumphing manatees, river otters, American crocs, and more.

Things to do

Springs and state parks on the menu in Homosassa

To catch a glimpse of bulbous West Indian manatees, hulking hippos, snapping American alligators and nimble river otters, you're best off making a beeline straight for the acclaimed Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park. Boasting an underwater observatory and oodles of managed forest walks, it's the top spot for getting up close to Florida's unique Gulf coast nature. To the south of town, the Chassahowitzka River and Coastal River Swamps offer a chance to see even more of the Sunshine State's great outdoors, with boating trips, fishing excursions, and crabbing jaunts all on the menu.


Wetlands wildlife galore in Homosassa

Homosassa is known for its wealth of marine wildlife and the surrounding natural habitats along the Mexican Gulf coast. You can go in search of Homosassa vacation rentals that nestle between the babbling springs and croc-spotted rivers to really immerse yourself in the tropical backcountry of this corner of the Sunshine State, spending your time bird watching and bobcat spotting in the acclaimed state parks. Camping is also a popular pursuit, while boating trips out to the fragmented islands around Tiger Tail Bay and beyond should also be somewhere on the itinerary.


Winter tropics beckon in Homosassa

When the crowds retreat after the summertime holidaying period, and the tropical storms between August and November stop altogether, Homosassa is truly at its best. That's when the southern heat kicks in to bring warm winters to this corner of Florida, there's little rain, and the wildlife viewing in the region's state parks and marshes is at its finest. Look for Homosassa vacation rentals between the months of December and April to enjoy the best weather, and don't forget to bring the sun cream – it's not called the Sunshine State for nothing…

Natural features

Wetlands and marshes envelop Homosassa

To the north, south, east, and west of Homosassa, it's wetlands that dominate the landscape. As the Floridian citrus groves feather out, they give way to the winding water channels of the Homosassa River, which gradually turns into a series of fragmented sounds and brackish lagoons, where babbling springs and clutches of tropical forest abound. This is prime manatee territory, not to mention a habitat for crocs and gators, otters, and black bears, all of which can be spotted on the nature trails of Homosassa Sprinvgs or on boating trips through the Chassahowitzka Swamps.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Homosassa

Fly into Ocala, FL (OCF-Ocala Intl.), the closest airport, located 35.7 mi (57.4 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you might consider flying into Tampa, FL (TPA-Tampa Intl.), which is 54.6 mi (87.8 km) away.

Where to stay around Homosassa?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 317 vacation rentals near Homosassa. From 237 Houses to 21 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Homosassa for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

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

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 Homosassa:

  • Old Homosassa: 48 vacation rentals
  • Riverhaven Village: 43 vacation rentals
  • Springs at Kings Bay: 35 vacation rentals
  • Indian Waters: 22 vacation rentals
  • Crystal Shores: 28 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 Homosassa?

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

  • Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park: 557 vacation rentals
  • Rainbow Springs State Park: 68 vacation rentals
  • Weeki Wachee Springs: 100 vacation rentals
  • Pine Island Beach Park: 545 vacation rentals
  • Stone Creek Golf Club: 316 vacation rentals

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

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 237 Houses in Homosassa. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Homosassa include:

  • Cabins: 21 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 23 rentals available
  • Villas: 16 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 Homosassa?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 114 vacation rentals with pool available in Homosassa. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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