Located in the eastern part of Florida, Okeechobee County is the perfect contrast to the busy and overcrowded tourist destinations the Sunshine State is often associated with.  Next vacation, skip the lines and experience the small town, down-home vibes in the rural and welcoming community of Okeechobee.

The town of Okeechobee is a few miles from the coast of Lake Okeechobee, the largest freshwater lake in the state of Florida.  Covering 730 square miles, the lake is a paradise for water sports enthusiasts and those who love to fish.  Be sure to check out Cliff Betts Jr. Lakeside Recreation Area, located on the north shore of the Lake, where you can cast a line from the 400-foot fishing pier and experience some of the best freshwater fishing in the state.  If you prefer an on-water experience, there are lots of charter options as well.

Off of the water, there are plenty of opportunities for hiking and biking, stargazing, shooting sports and more.  You will experience the outdoors with beautiful scenery in no short supply.  For something more relaxed, try walking or cycling along the lakefront.

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The warm hospitality in the region will make you feel like Okeechobee County is your second home.  After a day exploring, take advantage of some of the unique, locally owned dining establishments like Lightsey’s, a delicious seafood restaurant originally opened in the late 1970s. Other favorites include Crossroads Family Restaurant serving homestyle cooking and the Parrot Island Grill, an American bar and seafood restaurant.

If you think it’s time to escape from the norm and change up your routine, try a trip to Okeechobee and explore its relaxing beauty while making memories with your loved ones.