1903 Hontoon

History & Nature

If you are looking for a Florida vacation filled with history and nature, the vacation rental home at 1903 Hontoon offers the perfect area for enjoying historical sites, as well as lots of wildlife.

Florida History

1903 Hontoon is ideally surrounded by the most historic and important waterway in all of Florida, the St. John's River. Stretchingover 310 miles this important river is the longest in the state and is designated as an American Heritage River for its natural resources, historic, and cultural preservation and abundance of wildlife.  Justminutes away from our location lays the Hontoon Island State Park which is one of the most significantly historic sites on the entire river. Formerly occupied by the Timocuan Indians more than 5,000 years ago, this area remains protected as their artifacts including pottery and arrowheads are still being discovered today.  Founded in 1876, the city of DeLand has a rich collection of historic and cultural sites including the beautiful campus of Stetson University, founded in 1883, and the old Athens Theatre, built during the early 1920s and recently renovated to its former glory.  DeLand was voted Best Small Town in Florida five years in a row by Florida Trend Magazine and boasts many specialty shops, antique shops, and restaurants. 
Athens Theatre, Deland FL

Nature

From the moment you arrive to enjoy your vacation you will discover old Florida in its natural splendor as you bear witness to the rich abundance of nature and wildlife species that call this area home.  Numerous varieties of birds including bald eagles, ospreys, egrets, ibis, wood storks,sand hill cranes, anhingas, and herons can be seen around the river and our property lies on the designated Florida Birding Trail.  Lake Beresford and the St. John's River are world renowned destinations for fishing, particularly for largemouth bass and speckled perch.  Perhaps our area's most charming residents are the Florida Manatees who visit our area each winter (mid-November through March).  Only three miles by boat from 1903 Hontoon is Blue Spring State Park, the largest natural, ground-fed spring on the St. John's River and a designated refuge for the Florida Manatee.  During the winter months you can see over 100 manatees from the docks of Blue Spring State Park, as they visit the springs to enjoy the fresh, warm water and care for their young.  Other wildlife that often frequent our area are Florida Alligators, river otters, and deer. And each morning and evening you can revel in the glory of the sunrises and sunsets as they dance colors across the sky.
Florida Wildlife & Nature


Hontoon Florida & History

Make your reservation for a wonderful vacation today and enjoy all of the beauty Central Florida has to offer.

Please Note:

Manatees: These gentle creatures are slowly recovering from a dwindling population and are highly protected throughout the waterways of Florida.  Please respect our Manatee Speed Zones along the St. John's River. 

Alligators: Alligators are an important and natural element of Florida's ecosystem.  Alligator attacks are very rare and like most animals, alligators have a natural fear of people and tend to stay on their own.  It is against the law to feed or harm alligators.  We recommend that dogs and small children be kept away from the shoreline at dusk and dawn during the summer months as alligators are mainly nocturnal. 

Fishing: Residents and non-residents are required to have fishing licenses.  You can purchase a fishing license online through the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

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