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Lazy Turtle Lodge - Turtle Palace Unit

Bedrooms 1
Space 450 sq. ft.
Property type recreational vehicle
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Cozy fully equipped 28' RV, 500 foot country walk to Santa Fe River

Set amidst oaks and cypress on the Lazy Turtle Lodge estate, Turtle Palace is a cozy, comfy fully equipped 28' Cardinal RV with large covered deck, picnic table, Weber charcoal grill, rocking chairs and wonderful hammock. All linens, towels, shampoo, and complimentary coffee and tea are provided. Hot outdoor showers for two (common to both units) are also available (as well as shower wraps/robes) and loved by all our guests especially on moonlit nights. lovely 500 ft walk or drive takes you to view and access the beautiful Santa Fe River where you can float, kayak, paddle, swim, fish or sit on the dock and watch the river flow by. A perfect place to escape, float, kayak, canoe, cave dive, explore springs or just watch the river flow. "Glamping" and ecotourism at its best where time is slow and easy. NO Internet at unit - only around Lodge. The pull out could accommodate a child or two. Additional guests, over two, are $25/person/night. Children under 6 are free (two children max). There is an outside (common to both rental units) hot water shower for two that is every guest's favorite. The main Lodge (owner's residence) is at the river. The Lazy Turtle Lodge is a 10 acre estate, set in a quiet and beautiful oak, cypress and spanish moss hammock on the banks of the Santa Fe River, one of North Florida's most beautiful spring fed rivers. The estate includes Turtle Heaven (the trailer also on FlipKey), Turtle Palace (the camper), and the main Lodge. Peace, tranquility, wildlife and beautiful sunsets are the norm. Turtle Palace is also a 1.5 mile country walk to Rum Island Park and a short drive to Oleno St. Park. It is also across from Lily Springs, downriver from Poe Springs and upriver from Ginnie Springs. Guests can float/paddle directly from the dock at the Lazy Turtle Lodge to Rum Island Park or put in at US 441 or US 27 for a longer river ride to the Lodge. Canoe and kayak rentals are available at Rum 138 on the corner of CR 138 and Rum Island Terrace and can be delivered on-site. Whether you want to canoe, kayak, paddle board, float, fish or simple watch the river go by on the dock, Turtle Palace is the place to completely get away from big city stress. "Glamping" and ecotourism at its best. All guests will be asked to sign a General Accident and Release of Liability Form at check in.

Pam Smith
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, french, spanish, portuguese, italian
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 17, 2018

About Pam Smith

Pam is a retired commercial real estate broker and husband, Lance, is a retired Herff Jones executive. Having met at the University of Florida (Go Gators!), they always wanted to move back to the Gainesville area. They bought the property from good friends and next door neighbors in 2007 and built the Main Lodge as a full time dream residence in 2011. They have enjoyed entertaining friends and family and decided to open the Lazy Turtle Lodge to guests who appreciate the simplicity and beauty of Mother Nature.

Pam Smith purchased this recreational vehicle in 2007

Why Pam Smith chose Fort White

Pam and Lance had been coming to the Santa Fe to visit friends, now neighbors, since 1997 and fell in love with the natural beauty and serenity of the area. When the property became available, they decided to make it their future home. The property already had three trailers and an RV (now named Turtle Heaven, Turtle Club, Turtle Nest and Turtle Palace) which Pam and Lance began turning into sleep accommodations for their 6 kids. In 2011 they build the Lodge and moved it full time.

What makes this recreational vehicle unique

The beauty and serenity of the area provide a unique setting for both relaxation and river fun. In all seasons the river flows amidst cypress and oak hammocks and can be enjoyed in so many ways. Whether floating, tubing, kayaking, canoeing, cave diving, paddle boarding, fishing or simply sitting on the dock and watching the is slow and easy at the Lazy Turtle Lodge.


Fort White Recreational Vehicle Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • recreational vehicle
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 450 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4 ...
  • Max. adults: 2
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • We ask our guests to recycle plastic, aluminum and glass.
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Stand Up Shower, Sink and Toilet
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen Size Bed - Full Closet
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Stereo
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • festivals
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • kayaking
  • rafting
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • water tubing
This is a place to enjoy nature, tranquility and river activities.


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Lazy Turtle Lodge - Turtle Palace Unit
average rating of 4.9722223 based on 36 reviews

Do it because you can-

  • 5 of 5

I recently spent 2 nights in the Turtle Palace and it was amazing. Pam and Lance were extremely helpful and accommodating. The Santa Fe River is beautiful and staying on this property is well worth it. Do yourself a favor and hit the water. One of the best kayaking adventures I've had to date. If you're thinking maybe I should rent this... totally do it, treat yourself! I can't wait to return.

  • Submitted: Mar 27, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so so happy you enjoyed your stay and look forward to hosting you again soon. Thanks for the great note! Pam and Lance
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Peace At Last

  • 5 of 5

Quiet and Peace are missing in my life but I found them at the Lazy Turtle! Pam and Lance were so nice, the accommodations were perfect and the area was heavenly.

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Loved it!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful property on an beautiful river. Pam and Lance are great hosts and make you feel welcome to their piece of heaven. The Turtle Palace “camper” was well appointed with everything we needed for a perfect weekend. Our first time glamping but won’t be our last. Hope to come back here again soon and may even try staying inTurtle Heaven next time. Brought my 17’ bass tracker and was able to explore much of the Santa Fe river. Kayaks or canoes seem to be the boat of choice though on this river. Highly recommend this place for a relaxing getaway.

  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Our second visit to turtle palace-we love the Santa Fe-being in the "woods" and cook-outs with all the trimmings taken care of!! Pam and Lance are Awesome hosts-we will return.

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The perfect spot for a quiet, secluded get away!

  • 5 of 5

I came to Turtle Palace in dire need of a few days to unplug and rest. This place did not disappoint. If you are looking for quiet, low-key, serene seclusion, this is the place. The camper was clean and very well supplied to accommodate your stay. The bed was comfortable. The outdoor shower (there is one in the camper as well, but I didn't use it) was surprisingly great! The waterfront dock was the perfect spot to sit in the mornings, at sunset and to see the stars (I could actually see the haze of the milky way!). The onsite boat ramp made it easy to put in and take out your kayaks and canoes. Pam and Lance were right there if you needed them, but honestly, I felt like I had the place to myself. The information binder they provided has everything you could possibly need about the area and things to do, where to shop, where to eat and where to have fun. I am grateful that I found this place and definitely could see myself returning. Thanks again Pam and Lance for a wonderful stay!

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: YOu were the “perfect” guest. Thank you for l acing all so tidy. Hope you’ll bring the whole family!
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  • 5 of 5

From the moment we turned on the street we knew this was going to be an amazing stay. The RV is comfortable, the fire pit and covered area were perfect. The private dock on the river was my favorite part with views of old Florida like no other. Plenty of deer, wild rabbits and wild turkeys every time we drove down the road. Our first time and definitely won't be our last!

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the lovely words. We were delighted to have you as our guests and we look forward to the next visit.
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Nearest Airport
27 Miles
Gainesville Regional Airport, Gainesville, Fl.
Nearest Restaurant
7.4 Miles
Great Outdoors
Nearest Beach
98 Miles
Crescent Beach
Car: necessary

Turtle Palace is located 15 minutes from Historic High Springs' antique and craft stores and 40 minutes from the University of Florida in Gainesville on a private 10 acre estate - the Lazy Turtle Lodge. The Lazy Turtle Lodge is directly on the Santa Fe River where guests can float, tube, kayak, canoe, swim, fish, bird watch or watch the river flow by among cypress, oak hammocks and spanish moss. Wildlife includes lots of turtles, birds, otters, deer, and wild turkeys. A stress free beautiful natural setting.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $35 + Tax
Tax Rate 7.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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