Belle Glade

Her Soil is Her Fortune

Belle Glade, Florida, is the Gateway to the Everglades and the starting point to explore Lake Okeechobee.

Belle Glade is a major hub of the Florida Heartland, the state’s big-time agriculture territory  as the town has long since been one the country’s top suppliers of sugar cane, vegetables, and fruits. There’s black gold here. Not the oil kind, but the soil. Everything and anything can grow in the famous, nutrient-rich dark soil. The locals call it "muck," and this muck has been golden over the years. 
 
Stop by the Lawrence E. Will Museum to learn more about the area's remarkable history. The impressive Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center presents concerts, stage shows, and more.
 
Where the soil ends, another kind of treasure begins – Lake Okeechobee. Seminole Indians called this region “Land of Big Water,” thus the name Okeechobee. They weren’t kidding. Lake O is the second-largest freshwater lake in the lower 48 states. The lake offers world-class bass fishing along with panoramic views. Torry Island Campground and Marina and Paul Rardin Park are both exceptional for starting you trip on the lake or around it via the Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail (LOST).

Visit the City of Belle Glade Website