Discover a selection of 181 vacation rentals in Gainesville, FL that are perfect for your trip. Whether you’re traveling with friends, family, or even pets, Vrbo vacation homes have the best amenities for hanging out with the people that matter most, including swimming pools and kitchens. Prices start at $71 per night, and houses and condos are popular options for a stay in Gainesville. Either way, you'll find a rental for everyone's needs.
Destination guide

A Florida college town filled with culture

The roar of sports fans and the riffs of live music make up the soundtrack in Gainesville, one of the liveliest college towns in the Sunshine State. It’s home to the University of Florida, and the student population gives the town its laid-back, live-for-the-moment feel. While there’s buzzing nightlife to get stuck into, not to mention cultural attractions to stimulate the intellect, the area is also known for its serene, natural beauty, and opportunities to spot wildlife. Gainesville vacation rentals, which include spacious family homes with hardwood floors and antique furnishings, will make you feel right at home, no matter how long you’re staying.

Things to do

Art and culture in Gainesville

Gainesville vacation rentals always place you within strolling distance of major cultural attractions. One of these is the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, which proves you don’t have to go to a major city to feast your eyes on serious masterpieces. You’ll find works from Africa and Asia here, as well as iconic images from names like Ansel Adams, William Hogarth, and Claude Monet. Meanwhile, the Florida Museum of Natural History features fossils and bones as well as a Butterfly Rainforest and a special Discovery Zone where children can get their paws on interactive activities.


Getting out and about in Gainesville

While it may be tempting to spend a lot of time just relaxing in your Gainesville vacation rental, there’s so much to lure you out and about this part of Florida. There’s Gainesville’s downtown district, a quaint warren of independent shops and bustling eateries, where you wander the tree-lined streets and snack on artisan pastries. Football fans should catch a game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, which is dubbed the Swamp and is home to the Florida Gators. If peace and quiet is what you’re after, head to the Morningside Nature Center to see turtles, deer, and countless birds, and visit a living history farm evoking life in the 19th century.


Spring and fall in Gainesville

Things can get mighty hot in summer, so if you prefer more moderate temperatures, head over in the spring or fall. Spring is particularly enjoyable, thanks to the vivid azalea blooms, clear blue skies, and big events that bring the community together, including the Santa Fe College Spring Arts Festival. Fall, meanwhile, lets you wander the forests and take in the attractive golden hues of the season, and – if you’re here at the right time – catch live shows and public performances at the Downtown Festival and Art Show.

Natural features

Exploring the Florida wilds near Gainesville

Gainesville may have plenty of urban pleasures, but it’s also nestled amid grand, natural landmarks. Newmans Lake lies just to the east, while south of the city center sits Sweetwater Wetlands Park, which has over 125 acres of ponds and wetlands – a rich, fertile habitat where colorful birds and butterflies, not to mention fearsome alligators, call home. The trails and boardwalks make this a hiker’s paradise. Meanwhile, to the north, you can also visit Devil's Millhopper Geological State Park, with its fragrant pine forests.

How to get there

How to get to and around Gainesville

Fly into Gainesville, FL (GNV-Gainesville Regional), the closest airport, located 3.7 mi (6 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you could book a flight to Ocala, FL (OCF-Ocala Intl.), which is 33.8 mi (54.3 km) away.

How many vacation rentals are available around Gainesville, FL?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 181 vacation rentals around Gainesville. From 69 house rentals to 48 condo and apartment 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 city-center property in Gainesville?

Small and cramped hotel rooms are forgettable. Living like one of the locals in the bustling central streets of an exciting new place is not. Vrbo has 23 centrally located getaway rentals available. Alternatively, you might be interested in trying a different sort of setting. Vrbo has plenty of rental options to choose from, including:

  • 23 rural vacation rentals.
  • 19 lakefront vacation rentals.
  • 10 shore-front vacation rentals.

Can I rent a house in Gainesville?

Forget about standardized, cookie cutter hotel rooms. Our house vacation rentals have an unique, personal touch — and all the space you and your group could need! There are 68 houses available on Vrbo. Prices start from $57 per night. Or maybe you'd rather one of the area's other property options, such as:

  • Hotel: 29 vacation homes. Prices start from $39 per night.
  • Condo: 22 vacation homes. Prices start from $60 per night.
  • Apartment: 17 vacation homes. Prices start from $55 per night.

Can I stay in Gainesville in a large group?

The recipe for the perfect getaway is chilling out with friends and relatives in an exciting new place. If you'll be hitting the road with a large group, Vrbo has options for you. At the moment, house vacation homes are the hottest thing for big groups of visitors here, and we have 14 available on our database. If you are hoping to stay with a large group, the properties for rent that can cater to you include:

  • If yours is a squad of 6, we've got 26 vacation homes just right for that size. Spend a night for as little as $69.
  • Require a vacation rental for 8 people? We have 17 that will be perfect. You can get one for as low as $80 per night.
  • Searching for rentals catering to 5 guests? You'll be thrilled to hear we have 12 that'll be perfect. You can grab one from just $74 per night.

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

Where are the cheapest rentals in Gainesville?

Ditch those samey hotel chains! Bask in the flexibility of living like a local in an affordable rental instead. Check out all the diverse options available to book on Vrbo. When it comes to seeking out a great deal, your first stop should be Gateway Park. Here, Vrbo has 11 rentals at an average price of $73 a night. There are another 4 Vrbo rentals waiting to be booked in or around Madison Park. The average price here is $110 a night.

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