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.

How many vacation rentals are available around Homosassa?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 338 vacation rentals around Homosassa. From 252 house rentals to 20 cabin rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

Can I rent a shore-front property in Homosassa?

You won't be met with views of your neighbor's washing line in this area. Superb waterfront scenes and leisurely days with your posse are the only things on your horizon now. Vrbo has no less than 162 vacation rentals with waterfront views in this destination. Searching for a different vacation vibe? See if any of our other properties stand out. Our options here include:

  • 122 water-view vacation rentals.
  • 61 riverside vacation rentals.
  • 52 waterfront vacation rentals.

Can I rent a house in Homosassa?

Instead of booking a cookie-cutter, chain hotel room this vacation, you could just rent a whole house. You'll be a part of the neighborhood before you know it! There are 235 houses listed on Vrbo. Prices begin at $50 per night. If that doesn't agree with your group's style, we've got a number of other rental options to choose from, such as:

  • Condo: 28 vacation homes. Prices start from $60 per night.
  • Villa: 21 vacation homes. Prices start from $57 per night.
  • Cottage: 13 vacation homes. Prices start from $184 per night.

Can I stay in Homosassa in a large group?

There's nothing better than getting together with old work friends or spending a couple of weeks with your loved ones in a terrific new location. What's best, Vrbo has options big enough for everyone. Why not take a look at the 86 house vacation homes featured here? They're the top choice for big groups of guests. If you are hoping to stay in a big group, the vacation properties that will serve you well include:

  • Searching for vacation homes that can house 6 people? We have 116 that will be suitable. Prices start from $50 per night.
  • Looking for a place for 8 people? We have 74 that will be ideal. You can get one for as low as $73 a night.
  • Going away with 10 guests? We have 33 vacation homes that will suit. Prices begin at just $69 per night.

So never fear! When you book with us you can bring your dad, your grandpa and all your pals to Homosassa.

Where are the cheapest rentals in Homosassa?

Cut down on those pesky accommodation costs by organizing your stay with Vrbo. You'll find plenty of great rentals and save heaps of cash! Forest Oaks is heaven for bargain hunters. And with 11 Vrbo rentals at an average price of $96 a night, it isn't hard to see why. Terra Vista is another place to consider. We've got 4 rentals here, and the average price is around $113 a night.