Destination guide

Enjoy The Villages in vacation home rentals

First-time visitors to The Villages will soon notice that there’s something different about this central Florida community. Friendly, laid-back, sun-drenched, fun-loving—so far, typical Florida. But The Villages’ special appeal lies with its unique status as one of the state’s best-known retirement communities. Created through the vision of one man, The Villages has grown from a private real estate development into a thriving neighborhood of homes, stores, restaurants, social spaces, and recreational facilities. The Villages vacation rentals offer visitors the rare chance to experience the silver lining of life’s golden years in true Florida style.

Things to do

Tourist attractions near The Villages vacation homes

If you're traveling with the grandchildren, why not plan a special treat that they’ll treasure for years to come? The candy-colored turrets of Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom are barely an hour away via Florida’s famous Turnpike. Nearby, the Sea Life Orlando Aquarium offers an interactive exploration of the world’s oceans—the 360-degree views from the underwater tunnel are a special highlight. A pleasant 60-mile drive east of your vacation rental in The Villages takes you to Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens, where your little ones can feed giraffes, make friends with rhinos, and pet pygmy goats.


Things to do near vacation homes in The Villages

When it comes to mastering a new hobby, there’s no shortage of opportunities on offer. Many people choose The Villages vacation rentals specifically to sample the famous golf courses, which range from easygoing 9-hole executive standard to challenging 18-hole championship level, and were designed by some of the sport’s top architects. Swimming pools and fitness trails are among the other recreational amenities, while the Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center is a showcase for international music and comedy stars. The Villages’ lively town squares are popular shopping destinations and meeting places, with social events and entertainment filling the long Florida evenings.

Day trips

Day trips from the Villages vacation homes

The Villages vacation rentals are close to the best historic sites in Orlando. You can take a day trip to places like the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, a historic museum with an extensive Tiffany collection and special exhibits, and Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, a museum with artifacts from the shipwreck and recreations of the ship’s rooms. Another unique attraction is SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology, a natural history museum with animal skeletons dating back to prehistoric times.


Climate during your stay in The Villages vacation rentals

Central Florida’s benevolent climate smiles on all visitors to The Villages vacation rentals, no matter the season. Mild winters and sizzling summers lend themselves to healthy outdoor living, so choose a property with a patio and barbecue to enhance your alfresco dining experience. The freshwater expanses of nearby Lake County help to keep the humid subtropical summer temperatures in check. November through March are ideal months to head south for some gentle winter sunshine and skip the high winds and rainstorms of midsummer.

Natural features

The Villages’ natural connections

Emeralda Marsh Conservation Area fringes the eastern extremities of The Villages within Lake Griffin State Park. This unspoiled wetland is protected as a National Natural Landmark and forms part of the Great Florida Birding Trail. Dedicated bird-watchers may be lucky enough to catch a rare glimpse of the endangered Florida scrub jay, while sightings of woodpeckers, kites, and spoonbills are more common. The state park is famous for its ancient oak trees and its swamps provide welcoming refuges for alligators and otters. Nature trails, kayak rentals, and picnic areas are all part of the service. The park is open year-round from 8 am until sundown.

How to get there

How to get to and around The Villages

The nearest airport is in Leesburg, FL (LEE-Leesburg Intl.), located 12 mi (19.4 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you might consider flying into Ocala, FL (OCF-Ocala Intl.), which is 23.3 mi (37.5 km) away.

Good for couples

Romantic vacation rentals near the Villages

If you're looking for a laid-back couple’s retreat, the Villages is the ideal place. Vacation rentals give you access to places like Lake Griffin State Park, a large park with canoe and kayak rentals, hiking trails, campsites, and massive oak trees, and Lake Weir, a freshwater lake with sandy beaches and recreational opportunities. You'll also like Paquette’s Historical Farmall Museum, a warehouse with vintage International Harvester farm equipment and retro memorabilia.

Where to stay around The Villages?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 728 vacation rentals near The Villages. From 138 Villas to 550 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near The Villages for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to The Villages?

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 The Villages:

  • Lake Sumter Landing: 311 vacation rentals
  • Santo Domingo: 47 vacation rentals
  • Duval: 375 vacation rentals
  • Dunedin: 55 vacation rentals
  • Lynnhaven: 45 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 The Villages?

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

  • The Villages Market Square: 856 vacation rentals
  • Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf & Country Club: 791 vacation rentals
  • Glenview Champions Country Club: 799 vacation rentals
  • Cane Garden Country Club: 851 vacation rentals
  • Del Webb Spruce Creek Golf & Country Club: 786 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around The Villages 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 Villas in The Villages?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 138 Villas in The Villages. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in The Villages include:

  • Houses: 550 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 6 rentals available
  • Cottages: 20 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 The Villages?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 543 vacation rentals with pool available in The Villages. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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