This Secret Coastal Town Is Ideal For Outdoor Lovers And Has One Of Florida's Best Beaches

Florida has many secret waterside locations that only the most dedicated travelers will uncover. One of these hidden gems is Steinhatchee, a beautiful town nestled at the mouth of the Steinhatchee River in Deadman Bay. It is located 70 miles from the budget-friendly Florida city of Gainesville in the state's Big Bend area.

There is a reason why the town has earned the title "The Best-Kept Secret in Florida"; you'll understand why after a few days of getting to know this laidback paradise. It is not hard to fill your days here, especially since there is a beach, a river, stunning natural places, and outdoor adventures to discover. Steinhatchee is a haven for seafood lovers — whether you like to fish for sport, eat your bounty, or both, you'll certainly be catered for here. One thing is for sure: You should add Steinhatchee to your travel itinerary for a restful time before everyone else discovers it. For something more adventurous after relaxing here, attempt the Florida road trip route considered one of the most dangerous in America

Things to do in Steinhatchee

Steinhatchee has a beach where you can relax and watch the world go by or view the beautiful sunsets in the evening. Its river is a great place for boating, swimming, canoeing, and kayaking. Paddlers can take the 6-mile Steinhatchee River Paddling Trail, which starts at Steinhatchee Falls and ends at the Jena Boat Ramp. A nature trail also goes to the falls for those who would rather travel on foot.

If you love fishing, there are groupers, snappers, redfish, trout, sea bass, and tarpon to be caught while on a trip. For more laidback fun, try scalloping during peak season, where you can snorkel to collect them. Birdwatchers should look out for wild turkeys, herons, ospreys, and bald eagles who are also out looking for fish. Wildlife lovers may also be lucky enough to spot Florida panthers and deer. If you venture into the Big Bend Seagrasses Aquatic Preserve, you might see manatees and dolphins.

Places to stay in Steinhatchee

Steinhatchee has some wonderful accommodations, mostly situated on or very close to the riverside. According to Tripadvisor reviews, the Steinhatchee River Inn and Marina is one of the top-rated places to stay. It has a pool with sun loungers, and it is perfect for families as kids stay for free. There is also an outdoor dining area where you can enjoy a meal with a view.

Another highly reviewed spot is the Steinhatchee River Club; it has cottages, a rental house, and spaces for RVs. You can even rent a vessel from them and go on your own river adventure off their boat ramp. The Steinhatchee Landing Resort is also popular with travelers as it is ideally situated on the riverside, surrounded by pretty foliage. Here, you can relax on the terrace outside your cottage or go on a fishing trip and cook your catch in your own private kitchen. When you next drive along the beautiful Florida coastline, make dreamy Steinhatchee one of your stops.