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Ocala, Florida, a Premier Destination in Central Florida

Ocala Florida offers an outstanding destination to visit or call home, incredible shopping, championship golf & and Horse Country as good as any in the world.

Ocala is the heart of Central Florida -- a city on the move, with major amenities like world-class performing arts, great sports and incredible dining. We invite you to visit Ocala/Marion County. You'll be glad you did! Every year thousands of new residents begin calling Marion County home, keeping it among the three fastest growing areas in the nation. Yet Ocala offers hospitality, warmth and smaller-city advantages like shorter commutes and a lower cost of living. The county's welcoming atmosphere makes transitions easy. The variety and affordability of housing ensures that there are homes to suit every taste, lifestyle and budget. We're proud that Ocala has been named America's "Most Livable" small city.

Ocala Lodging
If you're staying overnight in Ocala, you'll have your choice of accommodations ranging from quaint B&B's to familiar hotel names like Hyatt, Hilton, Marriott, Sheraton and Holiday Inn. Whether you prefer to stay near the airport, in the heart of downtown, or in the Hwy 200/I-75 power intersection, Ocala's more than 30 hotels are conveniently located for travelers and visitors alike. With more than 3,000 rooms to choose from in the metro area, you'll find competitive rates and a variety of amenities to satisfy a range of tastes and budgets.

City life
Surrounded by scenic countryside, Ocala has the vitality and diversity of a much larger city. Named the county seat in 1845, it has a wonderful history, yet the ability to move ahead into the next century. Ocala's historic district is a neighborhood of charming tree-lined streets and exquisite Victorian and Tudor homes. Throughout the city and in nearby suburbs are newer developments of single-family homes, condos, townhouses and apartments.

Country Life
For those who long for the country life, Marion County offers many possibilities from newly built country communities to weathered farm houses, horse farms, and grand estates. The region's highway system makes outlying areas convenient to Ocala's business and shopping districts. From Belleview in the south, to Dunnellon in the west, and McIntosh or Reddick in the north, homes of brick and frame abound, with new construction continuously expanding the selection for newcomers. A growing trend in housing is toward attractively designed gated communities. These areas feature luxurious, yet surprisingly affordable custom-built homes. Communities such as Oak Run, On Top of the World, Ocala Palms, Lake Diamond, Spruce Creek, and in nearby Lady Lake, The Villages of Marion, and others offer every imaginable type of recreation, often with clubhouses, golf courses, pools, tennis courts, fitness centers, scenic walking trails, restaurants and a host of indoor activities and opportunities for social interaction.