Clewiston, Florida

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Clewiston, Florida

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Clewiston,  known as America’s ” sweetest” town is located adjacent to Lake Okeechobee. The first settlers of the area were native Americans as the area was once used as a fishing village by the Seminole Indians.

Centrally located, Clewiston is located mid state 60 miles east of Ft. Myers on the Gulf coast and 60 west of Palm Beach on the Atlantic Coast. Reaching Clewiston is easy, just take US 27, it being found on the southwest shore of Lake Okeechobee, the second largest freshwater lake in the United States.

The cross-state Okeechobee Waterway offers direct access from either coast for boats up to 120 feet. After arriving in Clewiston, the motels, marinas, and condominiums all have dock space.


Located at the gateway to Lake Okeechobee, and despite a half century of growth, Clewiston has maintained it’s small town charm and beauty. The first permanent settlement began in 1920 when John O’Brien and Alonzo Lewis of Tampa purchased a large tract of land to establish a town. Soon thereafter they built the Moore Haven and Clewiston Railroad to connect the community to the Atlantic Coast Line at Moore Haven.

Incorporated as a city in 1925, Clewiston would become noted for its sport fishing, particularly large mouth bass.

Soon thereafter sugar plantations were established and by the 1950s the cultivation of vegetables, citrus, and cattle were important to the local economy.

Because of the fact U.S, Sugar established  it’s headquarters in the small hamlet, it gained the nickname,”sweetest town in America”.

With the small town atmosphere, many health and recreational facilities,  small business opportunities, and a temperate climate all make Clewiston an ideal place to retire or raise a family.

Gary is a travel writer and photographer living in Sarasota, Florida. He maintains a website featuring some of his travel photos and markets a line of products featuring many of his photos.

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