5 Quirky Places to Stay in Florida

Posted by - April 23, 2012 | Category: Hideouts

Unique, Unusual, & Offbeat Places to Stay in Florida

1. Yurt Tree House

Yurt-Treehouse-Gainesville-Florida-Itchetucknee-River_thumb.jpgIf odd for you means rustic, then perhaps a night in a yurt is for you. Yes, a yurt. Well, it’s actually a quasi-yurt. A true yurt is an indigenous, portable, Mongolian dwelling. And since Club Florida Yurt Treehouse is firmly implanted in the trees near the Santa Fe River outside of High Springs, Florida, it’s more like a tree house that thinks it’s a yurt.

It’s still pretty unique for Florida accommodation.

There’s an outhouse, a composting toilet, and even an anti-raccoon cage for your food, as well as a host of rules to abide by listed on their website. Chalk it up to part of the quirky experience though.

2. Lake Como Family Nudist Resort, Community & RV Park

Lake Como Nudist Resort, Florida

I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty sure I don’t want to see my family naked. But if your family prefers to be a little more…umm…unencumbered, then you might want to make your way to the Lake Como Family Nudist Resort, Community, and RV Park. With dining options like the Bare Buns Cafe and the Butt Hutt bar, you can be sure it will be an enlightening experience.

3. Jules’ Undersea Lodge

Jules Undersea Lodge, Key Largo Florida, Underwater hotel United States

Claustrophobes and aquaphobes beware – it’s probably best move you on to the next quirky accommodation – the Jules’ Undersea Lodge in Key Largo, Florida is certainly not for you. The only underwater hotel in the United States, it’s been around since the 1980s. So has most of the furniture if the website is any indication — it looks like the place could use a bit of a refresh. Let’s hope their diving equipment isn’t as out-dated as that adding machine picture above.

4. Casablanca Inn

Casablanca Inn Florida -- odd unusual unique offbeat places to stay in florida

This hotel in St. Augustine, Florida is home to more than quaint and cozy rooms – it’s got a ghost too. The Casablanca Inn is said to be inhabited by The Lady with the Lantern – a former owner of the hotel who frequently can be seen from the roof swinging her lantern to warn bootleggers that the feds are on site, even though she’s been dead for years. Hopefully drinks are on the house if she shows up while you are there.

5. Disney’s Pop Century Resort

Giant Sony Sports Walkman at Disney Pop Century Resort, Orlando, Florida, Quirky places to stay in florida

If you’ve ever dreamed of being greeted from your hotel balcony by a giant Rubix Cube, a gargantuan Sony Sports Walkman, or just a really big Bowling Pin, then perhaps Disney’s Pop Century Resort in Orlando, Florida should be on your bucket list. Giant icons that salute many of the 20th-century popular culture crazes—including toys, gadgets, music, movies, fads and catch phrases.

Ten whimsically decorated 4-story buildings represent the 1950s, ’60s, ’70s, ’80s and ’90s, and are adorned with icons and catch phrases from each period.

Gnarly. Or is that, “Gag me with a spoon?”

You be the judge.

What quirky places to stay in Florida have you been to?

Not quite what you’re looking for? Check out these other unique hotels in Florida.

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