Vacation Rentals | Okeechobee County Florida Board of County Commissioners (2023)

Why pitch a humble tent when there is an array of comfortable holiday homes on offer in and around Okeechobee? Family-friendly travel has never been so affordable, and there is indeed an impressive selection of vacation rentals to peruse on trusted sites like Airbnb.

Not only is a vacation rental better value for money if you’ve covered a great distance, but consider the benefits of having everything already set up for you - groceries readily available from local supermarkets and farmers’ markets, no need to bring anything but your own luggage, and plenty of time to take in the scenery as you silently gloat at the campers struggling with mundane operational struggles and escapee awnings.

Okeechobee tends to put a spark in the imagination with glimpses into real lakeside relaxation and family-friendly hours filled with laughter in the sunshine. Whether you’re settled into one of the rustic lakeside cabins, with only the sounds of waterbirds for company or sliding into a more sophisticated milieu within reach of a review-worthy meal, you’ll find it all here in dynamic Okeechobee, Florida.

Let your ideas run wild, the perfect holiday home is only a click or two away.

A Farm, A Creek, and A Lake

Where children are, there is joy and enthusiasm, and homesteads are excellent places to spark the imagination of impressionable young minds. The squawks, bellows, grunts, and bleats of local four-legged residents sends younger spectators into a frenzy of delighted giggles and squeals. Farm life is awesome, especially when it is right on the doorstep of the ninth largest freshwater lake in the whole of the United States!

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For a modern and comfortable stay alongside Lake Okeechobee, which also boasts the charms of rustic farm life, try this stunning furnished rental on CBC Farm. It is not titled a ‘Vacation Dream Home’ for nothing - and the fishing is fantastic. The critters will keep the young ‘uns occupied while the scenery and homeliness encapsulate much-needed rest in the responsible adults.

Allison's 3/2 rental near Taylor Creek also offers exquisite decor with a plush interior and an excellent location for any avid fishermen. Her charming vacation rental is close to a range of amenities and attractions: downtown, the great lake, the glassy creek, and the best secret fishing spots. She encourages her guests to engage in eco-conscious living alongside modern convenience, riding the Okeechobee wave of environmental awareness. Allison also offers an entire condominium in a quiet complex. This modern condo is fully furnished and ready to call home with onsite pool and laundry. This is a peaceful getaway with access to boat ramp and docks.

There are a few rental options with creek frontage and calm ambiance, especially in the off-season. 2005 Waterfront Buckhead Ridge is a classic example, with 2 bedrooms, all utilities included, and a quaint deck over the water.

Homegrown Smiles

Part of the attraction to the Okeechobee region is the famed hospitality of the vacation rental hosts and agents. A smile goes a long way, and this slice of Florida has more than enough to go around. The Airbnb host community is growing from strength to strength as the popularity of home stays increases across the world.

There is an abundance of different vacation rental options here, from single garden rooms to lowly log cabins, to entire homes that can comfortably house large families (and their friends) in a comfortable and spacious home. A wide range of fees ensures all visitors can find the right price fit for a well-earned break from the rat race.

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Take this ‘Sport Fishing Home’ on Airbnb, for example. A stunning family home with canal access to the lake through Taylor Creek, it is exactly what we’d imagine for a comfortable family getaway with something for everyone. The convenience of home with the adventures of new discoveries, stunning fishing spots for Dad, and a friendly host, Debbie, who is happy to share the ins and outs of the Okeechobee district. Then there’s Irina’s cozy little one-bedroom rental, good for a maximum of four people with lake frontage and a tiny kitchenette.

Traditional Values

Perhaps you want a little more history in your time away, then head on over to the OK Corral Gun Club with 12 cabins to rent and a lot more ‘Old West’ than you would ever imagine this far south. On a farm north of Okeechobee town, The Gun Club is within easy reach of some of Okeechobee’s lesser-known attractions, like the Trading Post Flea Market, and Arnold’s Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, and also, obviously, the revered Okeechobee Battlefield State Park.

The Taylor Creek district is home to Mike and Marisol’s three-bedroomed vacation rental in the Brindaban Forest one-access community. A tastefully-furnished interior set amongst grand old oak trees, it’s a winner for couples or small groups looking for a quiet getaway within reach of all Okeechobee good points.

Nothing Fishy About It

Unsurprisingly, sport fishing is a huge pull to the freshwater lake region. The self-proclaimed “Speck” capital of the world, for its Speckled Perch offering, there is even an annual festival for speck enthusiasts to compete for the coveted title.

Being the largest body of fresh water for miles, Lake Okeechobee features as the primary attraction for Okeechobee county. Other smaller lakes offer some of the same benefits and are accessible for day trips, but it is recommended you take full advantage of the superior accommodation options closer to town (and still on the well-developed northern side of Lake Okeechobee). From rustic cabin rentals to room rentals to entire homes that are furnished and beautiful, Okeechobee caters to a wide range of holiday makers, and unforgettable Florida vacations.

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The River Bluff Fishing Resort is one of many options for a holiday rental, featuring campsites, RV sites, and a few one to three-bedroom accommodations which can even be rented on a monthly basis.

Bring your boat to the Golden Pineapple Okeechobee House for a convenient five minute boat ride to the locks taking you to the best fishing in Florida, Lake Okeechobee. Watch beautiful sunsets from the private dock at this three bedroom home on the canal which includes room for your boat trailer, a private boat dock and lift.

Not at Loggerheads with the Environment

Zack’s stunning Lake Okeechobee Waterfront log Cabins are another example of great rental options close to town and still right on the edge of Lake Okeechobee. Well-maintained, professionally managed and situated in a secure community setting, it’s a wonderful place to kick off your shoes. Dangle your toes off the waterfront deck if you dare, as you watch the boats, wave to friendly fisherman, and take in the breathtaking diversity of the local ecosystem.

If you still want to feel like you are camping without having to bring anything with you, and with the distinct luxury of a ‘glamping’ experience, why not rent a fully-furnished mobile home right across the street from stunning Lake Okeechobee? Like Santiago’s charming furnished mobile home.

The spectacular part of all these beautiful lakeside offerings is their close proximity to Okeechobee. Need something in a hurry? Okeechobee’s downtown retailers are right up the road, and there is an abundance of great value eateries to give the family cook a sporting chance at a great vacation, too.

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Something Different

Every location has its strong points, but Okeechobee sure has a lot of them. Depending on how far you have come, your perspective on convenience may vary, but a vacation rental always trumps having to pitch a tent and then take it down again. Walk in, feel at home, optimize your time, and leave when you’re ready.

There are some unique offerings on platforms like Airbnb, where hosts know the value of their accommodation and want to share it. If you’re into minimalism, there are are compatible supporters of the Tiny House movement, like Gracious Tiny House Park, who are happy to climb aboard the less is more train. The Gracious Tiny House Park includes RV sites, too.

It isn’t many locations which can boast such a wide variety of features - a couple of beautiful lakes (about 27 smaller ones in the area), convenient proximity to shops, entertainment, and dining options, a short drive to the beach, fascinating national parks, unique wildlife, enviable bird lists, and a long list of activities to keep you on your toes when the time comes to roll off your lakeside picnic blanket.

Very Prairie

For a closer pick on The Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park, try pulling in for a week-long break at the Nuna Ranch Lodge, for instance. A rustic cabin tucked away right near the park, it is a glamping winner. Balmy days under great big oak trees and night beside a crackling fire pit make this cattle ranch an unbelievable choice for a weekend away (and a much more romantic getaway than sleeping in the mud with the nightcrawlers, too).

Want something off the beaten track? Book a stay at the Bunkhouse Cabin on 7 acres of land. There’s not too much around, but you can paddleboard on the creek and sing songs late into the night without bothering the neighbors. Why not?

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If you have a large group of friends (or a giant family), the Florida Prairie Nature Lover’s Retreat provides plenty of room for connection in a cedar-wood cabin with the capacity for twelve. If the 7 acres of land and central party house (called ‘the Roost’) don’t have you calling for a reservation, maybe the treehouse and private zip line will seal the deal. Take a peek at this cool video for this unique rental: Florida Prairie Video

Pack your bags, an Okeechobee adventure awaits!


FAQs

Who regulates vacation rentals in Florida? ›

In Florida, if you charge guests for accommodations for rental periods of six months or less, you're considered a transient rental accommodations provider and legally required to register with the Florida Department of Revenue for a sales tax certificate.

Is Florida banning vacation rentals? ›

Florida state law prohibits local governments from banning short-term rentals altogether and from limiting the length or frequency of stays. These Florida laws make the Sunshine State one of the preferred markets for investors interested in vacation rental investing.

What counties in Florida are open for short-term rentals? ›

They can now operate the rentals along with the following counties: Hillsborough, Pinellas, Hernando, and Citrus, Sarasota, Manatee, Highlands and DeSoto counties. As of Thursday, 50 of Florida's 67 counties have been approved to operate short-term rentals.

What is an Okeechobee? ›

Lake Okeechobee means "big water" in the Seminole Indian language, an appropriate name for a water body whose opposite shore can't be seen from the water's edge. With a surface area of 730 square miles, it is the largest lake in the southeastern United States.

Do you need a license to manage vacation rentals in Florida? ›

In Florida, a property manager needs to have a broker license if he or she is being paid to handle rentals and leases for other people. Renting and leasing are considered real estate activities are therefore under Florida's real estate licensing law.

Can Hoa stop Airbnb in Florida? ›

Can HOAs prohibit rentals in Florida? Generally, yes. Homeowners' associations can either create rental restrictions or prohibit homeowners from renting out their units.

Who regulates Airbnb in Florida? ›

All vacation rentals located in the state of Florida are required to be licensed by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR). This includes vacation rentals listed on Airbnb.

How do I file a complaint against a Vrbo host? ›

If you're still having issues, submit a Stay Neighborly complaint form and have this information ready:
  1. Your name, email address, and phone number.
  2. URL for the listing from the Vrbo website.
  3. Details about the issue.
  4. Documents such as police reports, affidavits, photos, or formal citations if you have them.

How do I file a complaint against a landlord in Florida? ›

For an overview of the law and information on how to file a complaint go to: Landlord/Tenant Law in FL: https://www.fdacs.gov/Consumer-Resources/Landlord-Tenant-Law-in-Florida. Consumer Complaint form: https://csapp.800helpfla.com/CSPublicApp/Complaints/FileComplaint.aspx.

How do I get my money back from a vacation rental? ›

Contact the owner directly and politely request a refund.

If possible, deal directly with the owner. Owners can figure out the best way to generate a refund. I've seen owners and guests work together to secure a refund, particularly when dealing with the major vacation rental companies.

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