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Horseshoe Beach, Florida is an isolated, laid back, friendly fishing
village located on the Gulf of Mexico some 70 miles west of Gainesville. Our
city limits sign at the cattle-gap reads -Welcome to "Florida's Last
Frontier". We are 20 miles to the closest major highway, and 20 miles
west of Cross City, and 115 miles south of Tallahassee.
Horseshoe Beach has approximately 125 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. Douglas and Burton Butler purchased the land. 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. The town was incorporated in 1963. Horseshoe Beach has two restaurants, two marinas, a number of comfortable rental cabins, a waterfront park, and a general store.
The experts will tell you that the waters around Horseshoe Beach have an abundance of sea trout, red fish, sheephead, cobia, mackerel, grouper and flounder. Shell-fish include stone crab, blue crab, oysters, scallops, and clams. Scallops when in season, bring many families to our coast for the annual scallop round up.
For the canoers, rowers and other watercraft users Horseshoe Breach offers off-shore islands to explore. You might just find your "private beach". With so little traffic the roads are great for bicycle touring, while the back-woods' roads are great for dirt bikes. Hiking along the rural roads is a great way to share the last of Florida's wilderness coast...you might see an American Eagle and maybe even a panther.
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