horseshoe’s "only" hotel
149 1st street
( corner of 1st street & 4th avenue, east )
in the greatest little fishing village on the gulf of mexico
horseshoe beach (pop 101) florida 32648 u.s.a.
gps 29 26’3080n, 83 17’0623w
we invite you to stay at the
where you are not bothered by:
noise in the next room
long check in / check out lines
front desk clerks
or unruly guests down the hall
and it is all a non smoking, no young children no pet environment.
and it just happens to be:
right in town
horseshoe beach florida 32648 u.s.a.
less than 3 hours from orlando, jacksonville or tampa and their international airports
horseshoe beach is located on the gulf of mexico in the big bend of florida. it’s 179 miles north of tampa airport, 100 miles north west of ocala, 179 miles northwest of orlando airport, 77 miles west of gainesville airport, 100 miles south east of tallahassee, 130 miles southwest of jacksonville.
your lodging is right in the middle of horseshoe beach and a minute or two walk to:
the restaurant and the library and the post office and the grocery store and the hardware shop and the bait shop and the churches and the realtor office and the boutique and the town hall and the marine supply shop and the ice cream shop and the marina and the fishing guides and the gulf of mexico.
and tied only with brewster kansas for the most beautiful sunsets on earth.
horseshoe "is" fishing, and its close to good hunting, boating, and exploring and wholesome family recreation.
and it's where your american shrimp, clams, oysters, crabs, gators, fish, and scallops, come from.
voted: horseshoe beach’s best hotel.
activities, attractions, history:
horseshoe beach is an isolated, laid back, friendly fishing village located on the gulf of mexico west ofgainesville. we are a small town in the country yet at the water’s edge. our town sign at the cattle-gap reads “welcome toflorida’s last frontier".
and yes we have both "seminoles and gators".
we have approximately 99 full time residents and on weekends and holidays our population can swell to 300-400. horseshoe beach has a great sense of community and friendliness.
the horseshoe beach area was settled in the early 1800s. the land was owned by lumber interests until 1935, when c.c.douglasand burton butler purchased the land (for $324), since the lumber company was pressuring the residents to "move on". the butler/douglas union made it possible for the settlers to own their occupied property. they offered each resident the lot he was living on for $10. even then some would not buy, but at least now there was a town where residents could stay and own the land. burton was the postmaster and later the first mayor.
the name was changed from horseshoe to horseshoe beach in 1948. the town eventually incorporated in 1963. in march 1993, during a high tide and a full moon, the “storm of the century” hit and devastated horseshoe beach. it ripped most of the towns homes from there foundations and left many of the buildings that remained, floating in the canals and in the gulf. then to top it off, it snowed.
now rebuilt, mostly up on poles, it is a changed face from the past. there is now a small, but successful, fishing fleet. the waters have an abundance of fish such as sea trout, red fish, sheep head, cobia, mackerel, grouper and flounder. our shell-fish are stone crab, blue crab, oysters, scallops, and clams. scallops when in season, bring many families to our coast for the annual scallop round up. basically we have “the best darn fishin hole” in this part of the world.
for those that like to canoe, rowers and other watercraft users we have off-shore islands to explore. you might just find your "private beach". with so little traffic our roads are great for bicycle touring, while the back-woods' roads are great for mountain bikes. hiking along our rural roads is a great way to share our last offlorida’s wilderness coast. you might just see an american eagle, an alligator or maybe even a panther.
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My Standard Rate
Feb 1 2014 - Feb 1 2015
1 night minimum stay
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (US Dollar) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.