If you’re a traveler who enjoys striking up conversations with locals at a diner, who looks forward to weekend drives just to enjoy the thrill of discovery, who drives the long, lonesome roads that appear as just faint lines on a map…
Hendry County awaits.
Shaped like the upper-right edge of a picture frame, the 1,190-square mile county scoops up much of Lake Okeechobee’s southern shore while also stretching west to capture the county seat of LaBelle and then south to the edge of the Everglades to encompass the Seminole Tribe’s Big Cypress Reservation.
From the waterfront and into the wilderness, here are some things to look for in Hendry County.
Sitting on the south shore of Lake Okeechobee, Clewiston is Hendry County’s largest city and the place with the southernmost feel. That may stem from the slow pace of downtown, its genteel city park and, especially the classic 57-room Clewiston Inn, whose antebellum look conveys a strong sense of the Old South.