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“Best Fishing Resort near Jacksonville, Beautiful Cottages, Friendly Staff!!!”

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Welaka Lodge & Resort
Certificate of Excellence
Jacksonville, Florida
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Best Fishing Resort near Jacksonville, Beautiful Cottages, Friendly Staff!!!”
Reviewed February 15, 2014

My husband and I have stayed at the Welaka lodge and Resort 4 times, three of which we stayed in the one bedroom cottage just up the hill, first cabin to the left if your driving in. The fourth of which we stayed in the cottage with the loft, absolute beautiful!! The hot tub on the back deck, is so soothing after a long day of fishing and large enough for 4 people easily, very clean! Luxury you won't find at just any resort around here! A small slice of heaven! Also, relax by the fireplace and start the amazingly even cooking gas BBQ to get ready to have a fresh fish dinner caught in the river, you have to go to appreciate this hidden gem. Would recommend this place to anyone! As a matter of fact, my parents are coming out from Canada, and we plan to take them to the Welaka Lodge and resort for a few days, they will absolutely love it here, I know it! They have beautiful lakes in Canada, but this place is unbelievable, everything is right there for you. You really never have to leave the grounds until you are through with your stay! Can't wait to stay with you again in the next week or so, hoping that there is a cottage available for 4 adults. See you soon! Thanks again for the wonderful stay! Sheri and Pete Marshe, Jacksonville, Florida.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Lima, Ohio
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Reviewed February 5, 2014

Three of us went on a fishing trip. We rented a bass boat from Welaka Charters and stayed at their cabin. Cabin was fully furnished with a full kitchen, and cable tv and internet. They had a dock to keep the boat and a riverside bar to watch the Superbowl game. Very clean and easy to access the St. John river from the dock. Quick access to Lake George with some fishing action. They have a Jenn Air gas grill and a hot tub along with a fireplace outside. Swimming pool on the property and also a small grocery store. Everything is right there.

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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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Palm Coast, Florida
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Reviewed November 3, 2013

Awesome little hideaway! Place was great! The cottage we stayed in was fantastic. Clean accommodations. Felt like never left home. The riverside bar was great. Well worth the price. The staff was very accommodating. You could not ask for a better resort/camping stay

  • Stayed November 2013
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Rockledge, Florida, United States
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Reviewed August 31, 2013

My husband and I stayed in the Deluxe Riverfront cottage for two nights during a quick getaway right before Christmas in 2012 and had the most relaxing, peaceful and romantic trip. The cottage was beyond our expectations in cleanliness and amenities, not to mention we loved the gorgeous river sunsets, hot tub and the fireplaces. We've stayed a lot of great places over the years but we both agree there is just something about Welaka...it's the perfect place to just "get away from it all." We can't thank the owners enough for one of the most cherished trips we've taken together, and we can't wait to return!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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St. Augustine Florida
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Reviewed July 7, 2013

We are actually still here. We got the deluxe riverview cottage. super clean, big, and has all you need in a house. dockside bar and basic bbq is a great feature. Super nice staff in the cottage area and bar area. I am a florida beach local but found my weekend getaway spot in a small town. Awesome!!

  • Stayed July 2013
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Jacksonville, Florida
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4 reviews
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Reviewed July 7, 2013

We stayed in the deluxe Sunset cottage facing the water on the walkway to the boat slip July 1, 2 and 3 2013. My husband booked this trip, so I was a little apprehensive about the comfort level of the cottage. Well, I was not only surprised, but shocked at how luxurious it was! It was everything we needed and then some! The towels were wonderful and the kitchen was perfect for cooking
the dinners that we ate in. The staff was wonderful and I even enjoyed doing a couple loads in the laundry they had on the premises. We would definitely come again, maybe with just our kids and not two extra.
The only negatives I could point out would be the mattresses on the pull-outs were so thin the kids couldn't sleep on them. We anticipated this and brought a air mattress. Another thing is the sprinklers were hitting the roof of the cottage very early and waking everyone up. Then when I tried to go down to the dock with my coffee I was trapped by the sprinklers and did end up getting soaked one morning. The last things has nothing to do with the management of the Lodge it's just Florida... make sure you bring LOTS of bug spray! We came home with several deer fly bites as well as mosquito bites. Also, if you are bringing your boat, be prepared that the boat ramp (which is down the street) is quite steep.
We definitely recommend the BarBQue restaurant behind the Kangaroo! It was delicious and so clean you could probably do surgery in the kitchen!

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 164 helpful votes
Reviewed May 3, 2013

For those as us , coming from Italy and having the privilege to discover a place unique as Welaka ,is just an eperience that we will never forget . We got the cottage nr 19 facing the river, a two bedroom accomodation that is perfectly furnished to offer the guests a pleasant stay. The veranda is fully furnished with jacuzzi and anything for barbeque , squirrels will be your only company.From here you can enjoy the sunsets that in this place are simply outstanding. Of course another good option will be at the bar sipping a good cold drink , carefully serviced you by the lady . Welaka is a place out if time , and where time has little value, I think most people do come here to plug off, or of course fishing in St.John's river.
Kevin the owner is a lovely person and his speaks are always relevant and accurated Try to ask him to take you to a boat trip , you will love his introductions to the wildlife of this area .
Welaka is simply unforgettable ,a place for the soul, peace on earth

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Welaka Lodge & Resort
Address: 1001 Front St, Welaka, FL 32193-2072
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Location: United States > Florida > Welaka
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Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Welaka
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled under live oaks, magnolias and palms, on a high bluff overlooking the beautiful St. Johns River, is a slice of paradise Old Florida style. Catering to the casual and avid fisherman and their families, outdoor enthusiasts, or just those looking for a quiet respite in a beautiful setting, Welaka Lodge and Resort provides luxury cottage accommodations in a rustic setting. ... more   less 
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