Looking for cool and unique places to stay in Florida? Plan your trip to the sunshine state around these cool and unique resorts and rentals for a Florida vacation you won’t forget!
Whether you are flying solo, planning a trip with a loved one or going on a family vacation – At the end of the day, it’s all about the experience and making new memories that will last for years to come.
Florida is home to beautiful, scenic beaches and amazing tourist attractions with something for everyone. Whether you’re looking to just relax, enjoy the water sports or excursions, or explore a local attraction, choosing the perfect place to stay for a fun-filled vacation is key.
With so many amazing places to stay in Florida, deciding on where to stay can get overwhelming. But, not to worry, I’ve got you covered!
For the purpose of this post, I’m breaking it down to five places to stay to make it easier to decide – from underwater lodging, themed homes, uniquely designed pyramids and bungalows.
Are you ready to get your vacation plans rolling?
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6 Really Cool and Unique Places to Stay in Florida
1. Pyramids in Florida
The Pyramids in Florida is located in Fort Myers and is one of my favorites for its attention to healing and well-being. If you’re looking for a unique place to stay where you can relax, connect with nature and that inspires wellness at the same time, this is the place to be!
Here you can enjoy being surrounded by the beauty of nature and non-toxic, non-chemicalized herbal gardens, and fruit trees which you are free to pick and eat from, if ripe. How awesome is that?!
You can also soak in the warmth of the sun while taking a dip in the healing mineral waters and go for a reflexology stroll on the Kneipp Barefoot Path designed from various stones, wood textures and other materials with alternating temperatures for an unforgettable and rejuvenating experience.
Guests can eat fresh and enjoy clean, healthy meals on site or venture off-site to get a taste of local foods in the area. There are also local farmers markets and organic farms nearby if you choose to prepare your own meals in your pyramid kitchen.
Whatever you choose to do, rest assured, the founders/hosts have ensured you have everything you need to make your stay comfortable, safe and enjoyable including steering clear from toxic chemicals when washing the bed linens.
Read more about their well-being practices here.
2. Jules Undersea Lodge
Image credit: Deb Arguijo
Jules Undersea Lodge is located in Key Largo, Florida and is the only underwater lodge in the United States! It was named after Jules Verne – the famous author known for his science-fiction novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea among many others. The lodge is also a research lab which is what it started out as originally.
You can learn more about the lodge here.
The exciting part?
Scuba diving is the only way to access the lodge! Don’t worry, You’ll receive proper instruction and assistance getting to your room which will be accessed by diving 21 feet into the lagoon and swimming underneath the lodge to access the entrance to this phenomenal resort. Your personal belongings will be transported down separately.
Your stay includes a pizza delivery by a scuba diver and unlimited air tanks to explore the lagoon during your stay.
Every bedroom is designed for your comfort with air conditioning, an intercom, phone connection to the command center, Amazon Fire Stick, wifi and more. Rest assured, you will be staying in comfort.
So, if you’re ready for an underwater adventure where waking up to sea life peeping through your 42” circular bedroom window is a morning routine, this one’s for you!
3. Bungalows Key Largo
This hidden gem in the Florida Keys is an all-inclusive, adults-only bungalow resort – perfect for a romantic getaway, solo retreat or a bestie’s weekend escape.
The all-inclusive package includes luxury accommodations, welcome drinks and refreshments, all meals including fine dining and premium alcoholic beverages, and much more.
The resort boasts two pools, two jacuzzi hot tubs, three piers to enjoy sunset evenings and plenty of beachfront cabanas to simply just relax under the sun. There are also 3 restaurants on site, a full-service zen garden spa and plenty of activities included with your stay that range from paddleboarding to kayaking to yoga classes and many others.
If being social is more up your alley, you won’t want to miss the floating tiki bar!
Guests can book one out of 135 private bungalows, each with its own soaking tub and separate garden shower. Beach cruisers are also included with your stay so you can enjoy a bike ride as you explore the 12 acre property.
This magical place will make you feel like you’re somewhere in the caribbean!
4. Deer Run on the Atlantic
This adults-only, eco-friendly, sustainable bed and breakfast is located in beautiful Big Pine Key just 40 minutes north of Key West and about a 23-minute drive, south of Marathon.
It’s a great beachfront location and makes for a perfect weekend or week long getaway with the girls, loved one or even flying solo.
The property uses recycled water barrels and solar energy throughout and serves a full organic, vegan breakfast daily. Deer Run also boasts a mineral spring salt water pool with a spa on site along with providing guests with free bikes, kayaks and snorkel gear for some fun in the sun!
Now, that’s my kinda place!
Guests can enjoy all the comforts from home with their stay including a flat-screen TV with cable access, iPod docking station, private bathroom with a hot tub and shower as well as free toiletries. Some units may also include a seating area.
And if you enjoy nature and have a love for animals, keep your eyes peeled for a magical encounter with some of Big Pine Key’s endangered key deer residents!
5. Wizards Way by Lomas Homes
If you’re a Potterhead and huge Harry Potter fan, then you are going to love this Harry Potter-themed home. This one is perfect for a magical family vacation or a group of Potterhead friends looking for a unique place to vacation!
Wizards Way by Loma Homes is an 8-bedroom, 5-bathroom house located in Davenport, Florida with rooms that are themed around Hogwarts, Dumbledore’s office, Hogwarts Express, and so much more.
This family-friendly resort has been designed with the wizard enthusiast in mind and the utmost attention to detail and a wizardly, magical experience that includes special effects, custom-carved beds, ambient sounds, custom mood lighting, a gameroom, and a movie room designed to resemble the Forbidden Forest.
You will feel like you’re living in Hogwarts yourself!
Your stay here includes all the comforts from home and access to all clubhouse amenities including a water park with lazy river and water slide. Guests will also receive complimentary candy from Diagon Alley and other Harry Potter-themed memorabilia, to enhance your wizardly experience.
And if that’s not enough to get your Potter fix on, Wizards Way is only a short 15-minute trip away from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
6. The Guitar Hotel at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
If you’re a fan of live music and the sound of cha-chinging machines, then this one’s for you!
The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel aka “The Guitar Hotel” is designed for fun with something for everyone – from live music to restaurants to guitar pool and poker room to two huge beautiful pools to a mega casino, if gambling is your thing and much more.
Guests can also enjoy a comfortable and luxurious stay in one of this massive hotel’s 638 luxury rooms and suites designed in brightly lit, guitar style. This monstrosity of a hotel extends 450 feet into the sky with breathtaking views of the south florida skyline and performs a rockin’ light show around 7pm each night.
All rooms are non-smoking and private parking is included at no extra charge.
Not my first choice if you’re looking for low-key and relaxation but definitely one of south Florida’s cool and unique places to stay and a fun place to visit with friends or family if music and fun is your ideal vacation.
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