Swimming in turquoise waters can be one of the most freeing natural experiences. And let’s be honest — who hasn’t wanted to flip around in a deep, blue pool like The Little Mermaid? Normally, you can only see those pretty crystal-clear waters on an expensive cruise or Caribbean vacation. Floridians, however, can officially release their inner Ariel, because there is an Airbnb in Florida with waters that look like they were plucked straight from a Disney movie.

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Located in Fort White near Gainesville, Rum Island Cabin is a cute and cozy rustic tiny house that will let you relax surrounded by natural beauty.

The property is located smack in the middle of some of the most stunning springs in Florida. Less than 100 feet from the property is a small private spring that feeds into the Santa Fe River.

Only about a fourth of a mile away you'll find a hidden enclave where you can dive head-first into larger, colorful, natural pools. 

Yes, you read that right. You can roll out of bed in the morning and saunter out to your own private spot on the Santa Fe River — just follow the paths that lead you to the sparkling watering holes.

If that’s not luxury, I don’t know what is.

If you are looking to hit a more crowded spot, the cabin is also a short trek away from Blue Gilchrist Springs, which tend to be popping on weekends.

This means that there’s nothing stopping you from meeting new people while taking a dip in some of the state's most beautiful crystal clear waters.

This stay is also totally affordable.

A night at Rum Island costs $85 in total for two guests, which is less than $43 per person if you go with your boo or BFF. That’s not a bad price at all for access to a private mini spring.

Not far away you'll also find a handful of state parks that offer swimming, snorkeling, hiking, bird watching, and even cave diving.

For anyone who just needs a break from all of the activities, Rum Island Cabin is the perfect place to kick back and relax, in a minimal-tech zone.

While you won't have Wi-Fi, there is a TV that'll help you get cozy after a day of splashing around in the sun. There's a grill available for an outdoor dinner and the cute screened porch is the perfect spot for a shaded picnic.

For the ultimate relaxation, the cabin has a hammock, where you can hang blissfully between two pine trees. 

The spot is a pretty sweet escape from the usual city grind. Plus, it’s a doable weekend getaway that won't break the bank.

Glamping Cabin With Secret Mini Spring

Price: $85 per night or $42.50 if you go with your BFF

Address: Fort White, near the Santa Fe River; exact location provided after booking

Why You Need To Go: Your weekend getaway will be bucket list-worthy thanks to this cozy cabin and its secret natural pool. 


We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.


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