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Top-rated vacation rentals in Gainesville

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Guest suite in Gainesville
Private guest suite in a quiet modern farmhouse
This is an elegant and newly renovated private guest suite with its own separate entrance and private bathroom located in a 1950s single family residential home. Most of the furnishings are custom made! This is an ideal place to stay for visiting parents, traveling professional students, business travelers, general visitors to Gainesville, or anyone looking for a quiet place to stay. It is NOT a location to host parties, gatherings, or to hang out in groups. Please, NO SMOKING in our suite.
Oct 28 – Nov 4
$60 per night
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Guesthouse in Gainesville
Walk to UF! Historic King Bed Loft w/ Private Deck
If you are visiting Gainesville, look no further than Camellia Loft. This historic gem was built in 1924 and has been freshly renovated to bring it into the modern era. Enjoy the birdsong and majestic trees from your private deck overlooking the backyard—or relax inside as light streams through the loft's massive skylights. Only 0.5 miles to UF campus and exactly 1 mile to the stadium, you can easily walk to campus or games. Unwind by the shared fire pit or enjoy cooking on the grill
Apr 25 – May 2
$95 per night
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Guest suite in Gainesville
Open Nest: Private Sanctuary
Plan a private romantic getaway for a solo retreat or with your family. Rainbow & kid friendly. Enjoy hot tea on your patio. Read a book on the leather couch. Indulge yourself in the open stone shower. Sleep on the memory-foam topped queen bed, with the sound machine on. Do you work virtually? Do it here. Stream movies on your device. Salt lamp, microwave, mini-fridge, tea kettle, Keurig & fan are included. Wine glasses & wine opener await your arrival. *No TV in room*
May 20 – 27
$72 per night

Popular amenities for Gainesville vacation rentals

Stay near Gainesville's top sights

The Oaks Mall60 locals recommend
Celebration Pointe59 locals recommend
Depot Park115 locals recommend
Stephen C. O'Connell Center19 locals recommend
Devil's Millhopper Geological State Park94 locals recommend
University of Florida80 locals recommend

Gainesville home rentals

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Home in Gainesville
La Cabaña - Modern, Centrally-located home w/King
Jan 12 – 19
$86 per night
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Home in Duckpond
The Floridian. Newly Built Dreamhome, Central
May 31 – Jun 7
$204 per night
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Home in Gainesville
Cozy Gainesville Getaway 1.7 miles from Stadium
Jun 9 – 16
$129 per night
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Home in Gainesville
Gorgeous Downtown Home from 1930s in Heart of UF!
May 18 – 25
$119 per night
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Cozy Gem, minutes from UF & Celebration Pointe
Sep 20 – 27
$127 per night
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El Ranchito
Sep 27 – Oct 4
$88 per night
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Modern Bungalow – 1/2 mile from UF!
Dec 25 – Jan 1
$237 per night
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Home in Gainesville
Downtown home w/ large yard by UF
Apr 16 – 23
$107 per night
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Home in Gainesville
Modern Luxury Home with Heated Pool
Dec 24 – 31
$764 per night
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Home in Hawthorne
Harmony Oaks Guesthouse on Lake McMeekin
Aug 8 – 15
$75 per night
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Home in Duckpond
Close to UF/Stadium & Downtown, PETS welcome!
Nov 30 – Dec 7
$144 per night
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Home in Gainesville
The Tree House - Newly Furnished Urban Oasis
Feb 15 – 22
$99 per night

Other great vacation rentals in Gainesville

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Guest suite in Gainesville
Private In-Law Suite - 1 mile from UF Campus
Jun 15 – 22
$62 per night
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Apartment in Haile Plantation
Get-away condo in the heart of Haile Village.
May 8 – 15
$92 per night
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Guesthouse in Gainesville
Cute 1 bed / 1 bath in the Duckpond
Mar 27 – Apr 3
$70 per night
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Condo in Gainesville
Hogtown Haven-Dog friendly, 2 Bed 2 Bath condo.
Jan 9 – 16
$93 per night
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Condo in Gainesville
NEW REMODEL 2 bdrm condo close to UF VA and Shands
Mar 27 – Apr 3
$94 per night
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Guesthouse in Gainesville
Private cottage convenient to downtown and UF.
Oct 12 – 19
$64 per night
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Unique Container "Caja Verde" 1 Mile UF & Downtown
Apr 1 – 8
$77 per night
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Tiny home in Alachua
Shiva Tiny Home ~ Outdoor waterfall shower
Jul 30 – Aug 6
$74 per night
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Private Garden Studio
Jul 30 – Aug 6
$63 per night
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Condo in Gainesville
Private townhouse at Foxmoor - just blocks to UF
Apr 17 – 24
$86 per night
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B&B's Downtown Steampunk
Mar 29 – Apr 5
$76 per night
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Sweet Gainesville Suite
Aug 3 – 10
$89 per night

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Gainesville

Total rentals

1.2K properties

Rentals with dedicated workspaces

690 properties have a dedicated workspace

Rentals with a pool

360 properties have a pool

Pet-friendly rentals

380 properties allow pets

Family-friendly rentals

620 properties are a good fit for families

Total number of reviews

48K reviews

Your guide to Gainesville

All About Gainesville

With a state park home to wild bison and alligators, a natural history museum with an internationally-acclaimed fossil collection, and a 125-acre wetland park located right downtown, Gainesville, Florida offers more than your typical college town. One hour from Jacksonville, Gainesville is the biggest city in Alachua County, located in north central Florida. The region is best known for its natural areas, which are perfect for outdoor recreation such as biking, swimming, and boating.

However, Gainesville is also home to well-preserved historic buildings, the oldest of which dates back to 1884. For a small city, Gainesville is a lively place with many festivals scheduled throughout the year, as well as a strong arts scene intertwined in the city’s culture. Street art and full wall murals showcase local talent all over Gainesville. A noteworthy spot to visit is the ever-changing Gainesville Graffiti Wall, a 1,120-foot wall that receives new art added nearly every day.


The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Gainesville

Many of Gainesville’s most popular attractions are outdoors and best explored in the springtime. Warm Florida weather brings life to an array of wildflowers, including the roadside phlox, which blooms from April to June each year. Spring also gets significantly less rainfall than the summer months, making it a good time to plan outdoor picnics and hiking excursions. Spring is also when the Santa Fe Spring Arts Festival takes place, showcasing local art and live music.

Summer is rainy season in Gainesville, and the days are often warm and muggy. The precipitation eases every October, and the weather becomes more comfortable for spending time outdoors. Winter is brief, mild, and dry and worth a trip for the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire that turns the Alachua County Fairgrounds into a medieval marketplace for two weeks every January.


Top things to do in Gainesville

Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

Just south of Gainesville is the Paynes Prairie Preserve, a state park that protects the habitat of a wide variety of native animals and birds. You may come across wild horses, deer, and bison when walking in the prairie, or alligators in the park’s marshes. A 16-mile paved path makes it possible to bike through the park for a close up view of Floridian nature. For a panoramic view, a 50-foot-high observation tower is open to the public.

Kanapaha Botanical Garden

The city’s 64-acre botanical garden has 24 collections, including the largest public bamboo forest display and the largest herb garden in Florida. With a map in hand, you can wander through gardens that specialize in botanical varieties, such as the Bromeliad Garden, Fern Cobble, Bamboo Garden, Woodland Trail, and more. Three different waterfalls link up the water gardens to the west of the park.

Florida Museum of Natural History

Learn about the last 65 million years on earth as you progress through five geologic periods in the Florida Museum of Natural History’s permanent Florida Fossils exhibit. Many of the fossils here were discovered within a 100-mile radius of Gainesville. Right at the exhibit’s entrance are several sets of shark jaws, including the nine-foot-wide jaws of the extinct Megalodon. Another permanent exhibit encourages children to learn through interactive activity stations and is open weekdays.

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