HomeAway uses cookies to improve your site experience. Learn more. By continuing, you consent to our use of cookies.
HomeAway uses cookies to improve your site experience. Learn more. By continuing, you consent to our use of cookies.
Verified Review icon check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit Default Owner Icon heart-filled

Make a holiday villa in Gainesville your home away from home

Literally surrounded by state parks, Gainesville holiday villas and apartments give tourists the opportunity to explore Florida beyond the more usual destinations of the coasts and the Everglades. Home to one of the largest colleges in the US, the University of Florida, Gainesville rentals central location means holidaymakers can find something interesting whichever direction they strike out in. Even staying close to Gainesville holiday accommodation means there are a host of local treasures to explore, from top-flight museums to eclectic nightlife and shopping. Almost all holiday rentals in Gainesville are family friendly, and come fully equipped with every modern luxury, including air-conditioning.

Things to do

-State Parks: Any Gainesville rental will be ringed by fascinating state parks, from the sinkhole at the Devil's Millhopper Geological to the nature activities at Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and Ichetucknee Springs. Nearby Ocala National Forest is a haven for wildlife, and the go-to destination for camping, hiking, biking and kayaking.

-Art: Punching way above its weight for a museum in Gainesville, the university affiliated Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art shows more than 6,200 permanent pieces in addition to temporary exhibits, and focuses on African, Asian, modern, contemporary, and photographic art.

-Nightlife: As might be expected in a large college town, a raucous night out is a definite possibility. Coupled with a very buoyant local music scene, guests will never be far from a knees-up. That said, there are quieter venues and fine dining restaurants to cater to more subdued tastes.

-Shopping: Gainesville's downtown area is a fine shopping area, especially on Wednesday afternoons during the farmers' market, where tourists can enjoy local crafts, produce, and live music. Also check out the 'shopping in a park' atmosphere of Thornebrook Village, the extensive Oaks Mall, and Tioga Town Centre for upscale shopping.

-Museums: The Florida Museum of Natural History is the official state-sponsored centre, and chronicles Florida's human cultural heritage and charts its biological, archaeological and ethnographic history. A fantastic range of exhibits greet the visitor, but the highlight has to be the Butterfly Rainforest exhibit: its butterflies hail from around the world, and are all hatched here at the facility.

Weather in Gainesville

Long, hot and wet summers typify Florida's subtropical climate, with frequent afternoon thunderstorms cooling things down, but adding to the humidity. It really doesn't get that hot, however, compared to inland locations further north, with temperatures usually maxing out in the low- to mid-30°C range. Winters are drier and milder, approximating average British summers, which goes a long way to explain Florida's year-round appeal as a holiday destination.

Travel to Gainesville

Jacksonville International is the nearest major airport at 80 miles away, though there are no direct flights to the UK or Europe. The best bets for a fly/drive are Orlando and Tampa at 122 and 137 miles away respectively. There is no train station, though there is a Greyhound station in addition to a local bus service. It's far better to have a hire car, however, because this is America after all: apart from exceptions like New York, America was designed for the automobile.

Favorite
    Viewed 18 times in the last 48 hours
    Excellent! 4.7/5
    (58 reviews)
    avg/night
    58
    Favorite
      Viewed 88 times in the last 48 hours
      Wonderful! 4.8/5
      (93 reviews)
      avg/night
      93
      Favorite
        Excellent! 4.7/5
        (22 reviews)
        avg/night
        22
        Favorite
          Viewed 20 times in the last 48 hours
          avg/night
          2
          Favorite
            Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
            avg/night
            0
            Favorite
              Excellent! 4.6/5
              (7 reviews)
              avg/night
              7
              Favorite
                avg/night
                3
                Favorite
                  Viewed 40 times in the last 48 hours
                  avg/night
                  4
                  Favorite
                    Viewed 11 times in the last 48 hours
                    Excellent! 4.7/5
                    (6 reviews)
                    avg/night
                    6
                    Favorite
                      avg/night
                      0
                      Favorite
                        Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
                        Wonderful! 4.9/5
                        (7 reviews)
                        avg/night
                        7
                        Favorite
                          avg/night
                          3
                          Favorite
                            Viewed 12 times in the last 48 hours
                            Exceptional! 5/5
                            (13 reviews)
                            avg/night
                            13
                            Favorite
                              Viewed 14 times in the last 48 hours
                              Wonderful! 4.8/5
                              (8 reviews)
                              avg/night
                              8
                              Favorite
                                avg/night
                                2
                                Favorite
                                  Viewed 23 times in the last 48 hours
                                  Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                  (27 reviews)
                                  avg/night
                                  27
                                  Favorite
                                    Viewed 9 times in the last 48 hours
                                    avg/night
                                    0
                                    Favorite
                                      Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
                                      Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                      (8 reviews)
                                      avg/night
                                      8
                                      Favorite
                                        avg/night
                                        0
                                        Favorite
                                          Viewed 21 times in the last 48 hours
                                          avg/night
                                          1
                                          Favorite
                                            Viewed 19 times in the last 48 hours
                                            Very Good! 4.1/5
                                            (28 reviews)
                                            avg/night
                                            28
                                            Favorite
                                              Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                                              avg/night
                                              3
                                              Favorite
                                                Viewed 16 times in the last 48 hours
                                                avg/night
                                                1
                                                Favorite
                                                  Viewed 11 times in the last 48 hours
                                                  Exceptional! 5/5
                                                  (11 reviews)
                                                  avg/night
                                                  11
                                                  Favorite
                                                    avg/night
                                                    0
                                                    Favorite
                                                      avg/night
                                                      4
                                                      Favorite
                                                        Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
                                                        avg/night
                                                        0
                                                        Favorite
                                                          Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
                                                          Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                          (15 reviews)
                                                          avg/night
                                                          15
                                                          Favorite
                                                            Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                                                            Exceptional! 5/5
                                                            (5 reviews)
                                                            avg/night
                                                            5
                                                            Favorite
                                                              Exceptional! 5/5
                                                              (5 reviews)
                                                              avg/night
                                                              5
                                                              Favorite
                                                                Viewed 8 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                avg/night
                                                                0
                                                                Favorite
                                                                  Viewed 8 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                  Very Good! 4/5
                                                                  (5 reviews)
                                                                  avg/night
                                                                  5
                                                                  Favorite
                                                                    Viewed 12 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                    avg/night
                                                                    1
                                                                    Favorite
                                                                      Viewed 13 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                      avg/night
                                                                      0
                                                                      Favorite
                                                                        Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                        Excellent! 4.4/5
                                                                        (5 reviews)
                                                                        avg/night
                                                                        5
                                                                        Favorite
                                                                          Viewed 8 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                          Excellent! 4.5/5
                                                                          (12 reviews)
                                                                          avg/night
                                                                          12
                                                                          Favorite
                                                                            Viewed 11 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                            avg/night
                                                                            0
                                                                            Favorite
                                                                              Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                              avg/night
                                                                              0
                                                                              Favorite
                                                                                avg/night
                                                                                0
                                                                                Favorite
                                                                                  avg/night
                                                                                  2
                                                                                  Favorite
                                                                                    avg/night
                                                                                    0
                                                                                    Favorite
                                                                                      Viewed 59 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                      Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                                      (95 reviews)
                                                                                      avg/night
                                                                                      95
                                                                                      Favorite
                                                                                        Viewed 18 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                        Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                                        (28 reviews)
                                                                                        avg/night
                                                                                        28
                                                                                        Favorite
                                                                                          Viewed 27 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                          Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                                          (38 reviews)
                                                                                          avg/night
                                                                                          38
                                                                                          Favorite
                                                                                            Viewed 15 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                            Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                                            (5 reviews)
                                                                                            avg/night
                                                                                            5
                                                                                            Favorite
                                                                                              Viewed 23 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                              Very Good! 4.2/5
                                                                                              (11 reviews)
                                                                                              avg/night
                                                                                              11
                                                                                              Favorite
                                                                                                Viewed 15 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                Excellent! 4.5/5
                                                                                                (19 reviews)
                                                                                                avg/night
                                                                                                19
                                                                                                Favorite
                                                                                                  Viewed 24 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                  Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                                                  (14 reviews)
                                                                                                  avg/night
                                                                                                  14
                                                                                                  Favorite
                                                                                                    Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                    Very Good! 4.2/5
                                                                                                    (9 reviews)
                                                                                                    avg/night
                                                                                                    9
                                                                                                    Favorite
                                                                                                      Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                      Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                                                      (6 reviews)
                                                                                                      avg/night
                                                                                                      6