Belle Glade is a lakeside paradise for nature lovers in Florida. Known for their close-knit suburban neighborhoods and charming southern cuisine, the area is one of Florida’s smallest cities to the north of South Bay. There are a few things to do and see here, but most entertainment comes from the scenic landscapes and elaborate histories of old sugar cane fields and an old-fashioned downtown district. The weather in Belle Glade is mild and pleasant, with highs rarely reaching above 90 degrees Fahrenheit, and lows almost never wavering from 57 degrees Fahrenheit in the evenings.
Glades Pioneer Park in Belle Glade is a quaint place for kids to play, couples to picnic, and friends to run and exercise together. You can find a basketball court [but bring your own basketball], a couple of playgrounds for children of all ages, and pleasant walking trails that take you in a loop around the park facilities. There are also shaded rest benches for summer afternoons, and pets are allowed as long as you clean up after them.
If you prefer lake views, Paul Rardin Park is a breezy, nice place to sit on a dock, walk across a boardwalk, and fish from lakeside shorelines. The landscapes are beautiful, dotted with palm trees, lots of grass, and a few sandy areas.
For dinner, have your choice of 16 restaurants in Belle Glade, with several of them being tried-and-true fast food classics, like Taco Bell, Wendy’s, and Subway.
However, if you crave something unique and local, swing by Prado’s Cuban Café on South Main Street. Inexpensive, delicious, and authentic, the café serves up Cuban sandwiches, fried plantains, and heaping helpings of black beans and rice.
Or, dine at other great area restaurants
- Martin's Tacos - Mexican
- Hungry Howie's - Pizza, Subs, Sandwiches, Wings
- Taqueria en Belle Glade - Mexican
- Mr. Shrimp - Seafood
- Wah Lan - Chinese
And. . . stay at the best hotels in Belle Glade
Belle Glade, albeit a little town to be, is a historic must-see—if only for a weekend. TripAdvisor has pinpointed the top-rated hotels in the area with several on the outskirts of the main city. These high-ranked Belle Glade hotels include Horizon Inn & Suites, Plaza Travel Inn, Clewiston Inn, and Motor Inn. Before you book your stay, check again with TravNow to ensure you get the most information and the best rates on a plethora of recommended Florida hotels.
Horizon Inn & Suites
Horizon Inn & Suites on South Main Street is one of the few hotels within the city limits of Belle Glade. With that in mind, make your reservations ahead of time to ensure a room for you and your fellow travelers. Ranked in the average range by several TripAdvisor reviewers, the small-time hotel offers simple amenities at affordable rates for budget-minded weekend travelers.
While the exterior of the Horizon Inn is a bit dated, the interior accommodations have been renovated to include modern amenities, such as flat-screen televisions with cable access, high-speed wireless internet, adjustable air conditioning systems, and a big swimming pool. There are 89 rooms, each non-smoking and spacious, with lots of toiletries, clean towels, and fresh linens.
If you feel like traveling a little for your entertainment, visit the Lion Country Safari. Located a quick 20 miles from the hotel, this attraction mimics a classic safari ride where you see lions, gazelle, rhinos, and other amazing creatures in environments that resemble their natural habitats.
The Plaza Travel Inn
The Plaza Travel Inn, settled on East Sugarland Highway, captures the attentions of most travelers to Belle Glade. Their services are comfortable, their staff is polite, and their location is ideal to Belle Glade and several surrounding cities, including Clewiston. Online reviewers are split on their reviews of this hotel, as they either love it or think its average. Either way, average is better than poor, so you can expect basic amenities with the comforts and conveniences of a home away from home. One of the smaller hotels in the area, the Plaza Travel Inn boasts 19 rooms, each clean, comfortable, and spacious. Room-wise, amenities include a television with cable access, air conditioning units, and free high-speed internet.
Reviewers have also commented on the courteous and knowledgeable natures of the polite, well-informed staff. The hotel doesn’t serve up breakfast, but there are several vending machines on the property in case you need a snack.
Or, head to Dixie Fried Chicken & Seafood, a local favorite famous for their fried chicken, homemade corn-bread, and peach cobbler. They serve seafood too!
The Clewiston Inn
Located on Royal Palm Avenue, The Clewiston Inn sits on the outskirts of Belle Glade, within Clewiston. It’s still close enough for travelers to admire all of the amenities of their destination city, without actually staying within the city limits. Considered a boutique of antiques and old-fashioned southern charms, the Inn, established in 1938, boasts rich histories and 57 beautiful rooms.
The inn's accommodations are updated every few years to keep their guests coming back. Some of the hotel amenities include an on-site breakfast restaurant with a bar and lounge, free high-speed internet, a business center, an on-site fitness center, and room service across 8 well-furnished, spacious villas.
Entertainment-wise, the hotel offers a swimming pool, tennis courts, massage spa, and on-site nature park with well-kept Spanish moss trees. If you have the time, book a walk with Sugarland Tours, and tour with a professional guide through historic sugar cane fields, farmlands, and destinations in both Belle Glade and Clewiston.
The Motor Inn
The Motor Inn occupies a section of West Sugarland Highway, which is over a dozen miles from Belle Glade. However, because there are so few hotels in the actual Belle Glade area, this hotel is an ideal option for travelers that want access to Belle Glade and other surrounding cities.
Affordable and pleasant, the hotel is a high-ranked option for budget-minded travelers to the Belle Glade area. The hotel offers a bunch of basic amenities, such as high-speed internet, free breakfast, and a clean, spacious room, as well as luxurious accommodations, like queen-size beds, a mini fridge, and a flat-screen television with cable access.
For lunch and dinner, order in from one of the dozens of places that deliver. Or, you could make a pit stop at Main Street Subs to grab a ginormous submarine sandwich, piled high with your choice of fresh toppings and homemade sauces.
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