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Named by a Russian immigrant who financed the Orange Belt Railway in 1888, Odessa saw the growth of a lumber mill in the subsequent decades until it burned down in 1922. Today, open spaces where ranchers used to let their horses graze are now slowly turned into suburbs as Tampa, 25 miles south, slowly expands northward to Odessa. The white sand beaches of the Gulf Coast more than makes up for this development, and if you love manatees, you can rent a motorhome in Odessa and travel north to Crystal River, where most of them congregate in winter.
Follow I-4 from Tampa and Orlando is only an hour and a half away. If you’ve ventured that far, why not make it all the way to the Atlantic and visit Cape Canaveral? Let the best RV rentals in Odessa take you to the sites and attractions of Florida, whether you’re inclined to keep to the Gulf Coast or bold enough to venture on a journey that can take you all the way down to the Florida Keys.
Experience Central Florida’s Crystal Clear Waters
With your travel trailer rental in Odessa, head south then turn west to the award-winning Clearwater Beach in its namesake city: two and a half miles of white sand beach looks out to the inviting waters of the Gulf of Mexico where dolphins are commonly sighted. From here down to Saint Petersburg all the way to Fort De Soto Park, you'll stumble into beaches that suit every mood. This would entail you taking your motorhome rental in Odessa down to Tampa then taking the coastal road, but the detour is worth it.
To see manatees in the wild, and even swim with them, time your trip to Crystal River between November through March when the spring-fed waters of the river maintain a steady temperature for manatees to escape the chilly waters of the Gulf of Mexico. While these huge sea-grazing mammals are the star of the show, don't forget to scope out the wetlands of Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge for a variety of birds and other residents like alligators, river otters, and green turtles.
From Crystal River, the Ocala National Forest is only 50 miles to the northeast by Odessa camper rental via FL-40. Spanning 607 square miles, the Ocala National Forest is a veritable water world and adventurer’s playground, containing more than 600 lakes, springs, rivers where fishing, canoeing, swimming, snorkeling, and diving are year-round activities. Other recreational opportunities include hiking, horseback riding, deer hunting, and ATV riding.
Where to Park Your RV
Odessa has options when it comes to RV parks within its boundaries, and another alternative is in Lutz. You'll find many more options to the north, too. Highly rated campgrounds tend to cluster along the Gulf Coast, and the reason is clear. If you’d like to wake up to sea breeze and the sound of the surf, there are many options from Caladesi, Dunedin, Clearwater, St. Pete, and all the way to Fort De Soto Park.
Ocala National Park has several campgrounds suitable for the Odessa motorhome rental, including Salt Springs Campground where you'll find nicely shaded and secluded sites that come with full hookups and designated tenting areas. If you're planning a day trip to Crystal River anyway, an overnight stay here saves you on back-and-forth driving.
Suburban Look, Rural Roots
Odessa may be slowly taking on a suburban look, but it's definitely not forgetting its rural roots. Visit a farm to milk the cows, ride a pony, catch a chicken, enjoy a hayride and meet other farm animals. An alpaca ranch is also open for tours where guests are allowed to feed alpacas and interact with them.
See how rescued animals are cared for at Odessa Wildlife Rescue and Sanctuary, and get a chance to pet and feed geese, goats, or donkeys, or whatever animal happens to be needing rehabilitation. For produce, hunt for citrus and vegetables at farmers markets, and sit down for a well-earned drink at a craft brewery. This being Florida, you are never too far away from putting greens, so go for it at one of the town’s golf courses.
It’s not often that you get to experience a place before they fully transform into something totally different, and now is a good time to go and see it all happen. Book an RV rental in Odessa, FL today, and experience that old Florida feel before it all goes away for good.
RV Rentals in Odessa, FL
Odessa, FL is the perfect spot to start your next road trip.
There are many popular rentals in Odessa. Outdoorsy's Odessa RV rental marketplace allows renters to choose from rental options from professional RV rental agencies as well as RVs for rent by owner.
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Nearby to Odessa are a number of National, State and Local parks. Travelers can easily rent RVs and motorhomes near Cumberland Island National Seashore, Fort Caroline National Memorial, Big Cypress National Preserve, Canaveral National Seashore, Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, and Castillo de San Marcos National Monument. Renters also want to search these zip codes for RV rentals: 32003, Florida, 32024, Florida, 32033, Florida, 32034, Florida, 32043, Florida, and 32065, Florida.
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