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.
1903 Hontoon is ideally surrounded by the most historic and important waterway in all of Florida, the St. John's River.
over 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.
Just minutes 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.
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.
Make your reservation for a wonderful vacation today and enjoy all of the beauty Central Florida has to offer.
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.
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.
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.