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Lazy Turtle Lodge - Turtle Palace Unit

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4.9 / 5Exceptional
38 reviews


  • Kitchen
  • Air Conditioning
  • Washer
  • Dryer


What's nearby

  • Popular Location
    O'Leno State Park
    18 min drive
  • Popular Location
    Blue Springs Park
    24 min drive
  • Restaurant
    The Diner
    12 min drive
  • Restaurant
    15 min drive
  • Airport
    Gainesville, FL (GNV-Gainesville Regional)
    44 min drive

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    About this area

    Fort White

    Located in Fort White, this vacation home is in a rural location. Ichetucknee Springs State Park and Suwannee River reflect the area's natural beauty and area attractions include Ginnie Springs and Canterbury Equestrian Showplace.

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    Popular Location

    What's nearby

    • O'Leno State Park - 18 min drive
    • Ichetucknee Springs State Park - 24 min drive
    • Blue Springs Park - 24 min drive
    • Ginnie Springs - 27 min drive
    • Canterbury Equestrian Showplace - 31 min drive

    Getting around

    • Jacksonville, FL (JAX-Jacksonville Intl.) - 111 min drive


    • The Diner - 12 min drive
    • Subway - 15 min drive
    • McDonald's - 19 min drive
    • Zaxby's - 19 min drive
    • Moe's Southwest Grill - 20 min drive

    About this property

    Lazy Turtle Lodge - Turtle Palace Unit

    Vacation home in Fort White with kitchen and patio
    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.
    Guest accommodations at this vacation home offer fireplaces and DVD players. Rooms open to patios. Accommodations offer separate living rooms. Kitchens offer stovetops, microwaves, separate dining areas, and cookware/dishes/utensils. Additionally, rooms include hair dryers and irons/ironing boards.
    The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

    Entire place

    You'll have the entire home to yourself and will only share it with other guests in your party.

    Property manager

    property manager

    Pam Smith

    Speaks English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese

    Property amenities


    Internet access

    Parking and transportation

    Onsite parking
    Car required




    1 bedroom
    Bed sheets provided


    1 bathroom
    Towels provided
    Hair dryer

    Living spaces

    Living room
    Dining room


    DVD player
    Video library

    Outdoor areas



    Washing machine and dryer




    No pets allowed


    Smoke-free property

    Services and conveniences

    Iron/ironing board

    Location highlights

    In a rural location

    Things to do

    Rafting nearby
    Ecotours nearby
    Kayaking nearby
    Scuba diving nearby


    Sleeps 4
    Unit size: 450 sq ft (42 sq m)



    Check-in time starts at 3:00 PM


    Check-out before 11:00 AM

    Special check-in instructions

    • Guests will receive an email from the property manager with check-in and check-out instructions.


    • Pets not allowed

    Children and extra beds

    • Children are welcome.

    Property payment types


    Important information

    You need to know

    Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.
    Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.
    Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.
      Onsite parties or group events are strictly prohibited.

    We should mention

    A car is required for transportation to and from this property.

    Property is also known as

    • Lazy Turtle Turtle Palace Unit Fort White
    • Lazy Turtle Turtle Palace Unit
    • Lazy Turtle Turtle Palace Unit
    • Lazy Turtle Lodge - Turtle Palace Unit Fort White
    • Lazy Turtle Lodge - Turtle Palace Unit Private vacation home

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    5/5 Excellent

      Peaceful getaway

      The camper was very nice and close to the Santa Fe River. It was very quite and peaceful. Would recommend this unit to anyone looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of life.

      5/5 Excellent

        💖 Clean, relaxing, beautiful property 💖

        We absolutely loved our time at Lazy Turtle Lodge. We stayed at Turtle Palace (RV) which was very clean and so comfortable to stay in. The RV has all the dishes you would need to cook/grill.. Pans, plates, silverware etc... Just bring your food and charcoal. There are outdoor showers that are soooooo awesome. Yes, there is a shower inside the RV but once you see the ones that are outside you won't bother with the one inside. The bed is VERY comfortable. Included with your stay is a binder that tells you all kinds of information about the surrounding springs/things to do with directions. You will have zero cell service and zero Wi-Fi.. If you go over to the owner's property you will be able to log on to their Wi-Fi while on their property. Otherwise you will need to drive into town for any type of reception. Honestly, that was perfectly fine with us since we were looking to get away from everybody and everything! Hahaha! Be sure to rent a kayak and kayak down the Santa Fe River. You will come across several different springs that are absolutely gorgeous! Clear, blue water that I finally got to see with my own eyes! Don't forget your sunscreen and use it! I brought some but I didn't realize I was actually burning until it was too late. The owners are extremely friendly and are willing to help with anything that you need. You are welcomed to walk onto their property which has a dock on the Santa Fe River where you can sit and watch the fish jump, the sunrise or sunset. My husband and I still haven't stopped talking about how much we loved this place. If you're looking for a beautiful quiet place to get away, I highly recommend the Lazy Turtle Lodge!! Thank you Pam & Lance!! 💖

        4/5 Good

          Getaway spot

          The property was clean, peaceful, and our hosts the best ones! Our only tiny issue was controlling the AC unit inside. But maybe if we ask, right? Good idea to do grocery shopping before you head to the property.. 🌻🌻🌻 Thank you, Pam and Lance!!!! Smiles, Beata/Zoltan/Hunor/Magor

          5/5 Excellent

            Our stay was awesome and wish we could have stayed more than 2 nights. Everything was great!

            Definitely a great place to get away on the peaceful Santa Fe River. Enjoyed the stay at Lazy Turtle and will go back when we can stay longer. Joyce & George Dunedin, FL

            5/5 Excellent


              The Smiths overlooked no detail. The camper and surroundings were immaculate. They were impeccable hosts. Access directly to the river and the dock, a very inviting and welcoming environment. The outside shower is a must day and night!!! We have already made reservations to return and looking at more dates. You wont be disappointed if you want to slow down and enjoy the peace of the SantFe River, leave your phone in the car, sit by a campfire and enjoy the sounds of nature and each other.

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