June 18, 2020

We know many of you are limiting travel during these uncertain times.  Although we continue to feature trips and places to visit, we are not encouraging you to visit them until it is safe.  We want to support Florida's attractions and businesses during this situation, and hope you will plan to visit them when things get better.  In the meantime, enjoy them virtually from the comfort of your home. 

Steinhatchee, Florida,  is an unincorporated community on the Gulf of Mexico at the southern end of State Road 51.  The first syllable of this place rhymes with mean as in Mean Joe Green

Steinhatchee FloridaSteinhatchee

This little fishing village of about 1,000 people is on the north side of the Steinhatchee River.  It is about 70 miles west of Gainesville, about 1.5 hours by car.

The even smaller village of Jena is across the river from Steinhatchee, and is usually included when folks talk about Steinhatchee;  they have a combined post office. 

Fishing is the big industry in town.  Both commercial and sport fishermen find a lot to catch in the waters of the river and gulf. 

Sign on the Steinhatchee RiverSign on the Steinhatchee River


The Gulf shallows are abundant with scallops, stone crabs and blue crabs.  People come from all over to snorkel for scallops during the Florida scalloping season.    

The Steinhatchee River is famous for its large population of trout and redfish.

Bay ScallopBay Scallop

The wild land surrounding Steinhatchee and Jena are teeming with alligators, panthers, hogs, turkeys and all kinds of shore birds.

Many artists spend time in Steinhatchee to capture images of the Old Florida town and the surrounding wildlife.  The town has many Victorian homes along the river, and it is a good walking and biking town.

Sea Hag Cottage in Steinhatchee, FloridaSea Hag Cottage

Up the river from the village is Steinhatchee Falls.  The falls can still be visited, and is the spot where General Andrew Jackson supposedly crossed with his army in pursuit of Seminole Indians. 

It's a good spot for picnics and swimming.

Steinhatchee Florida FallsSteinhatchee Falls

There are a lot of charming Old Florida style places to stay in Steinhatchee. 

It's a great place to spend a laid back weekend or longer.  You can fish, explore, cycle or just chill out.  It's a unique place.

This drone video will give you an idea of what the village looks like to a seagull flying above.


Steinhatchee River InnSteinhatchee River Inn

Steinhatchee River Inn, 1111 Riverside Dr, Steinhatchee, FL 32359. 352-498-4049.  17 suites, 6 of them with full kitchens.  Close to everything, across the street from the river.

Good Times Motel and Marina, 7022 Hwy 358, Steinhatchee, FL 32359 . 352-498-8088.  Standard rooms, kitchenette rooms, cabins and sometimes a boat slip comes with your room.  Right on the river.

Sea Hag Marina and Cottages, 322 Riverside Drive, Steinhatchee, FL 32359. 352-498-3008 .  Five rooms at the marina and a bunch of neat little cottages across the street, most of them named after local fish.


Kathi's Krabs
1408 Riverside Drive SE
Steinhatchee, Florida 32359
Tel: 904-813-3428

Kathi's Crabs in Steinhatchee, FloridaKathi's Crabs in Steinhatchee, Florida

Kathi's Krabs is one of Steinhatchee's newer places, but it has already caught on and become one of its most popular restaurants. The clientele is a great mix of locals and tourists

The food is described as "farm to table", and the food is certainly fresh.

The first thing you learn is that breakfast is a popular meal in this establishment. You can get a good old southern breakfast with pancakes or biscuits and gravy.

Enjoy eggs and bacon and sausage prepared just the way you like it.

Kathi's Crabs in Steinhatchee, FloridaKathi's Crabs in Steinhatchee, Florida

As the name implies, seafood is the specialty of the house for lunch and dinner.

Many of the entrees are fried but some selections can be prepared any way you want. You can have grouper, flounder, snapper, scallops, stone crab, and soft shelled blue crabs raised on the premises.

People love their oyster or shrimp po boys, and the Apple Pie and Jambalaya, Shrimp Alfredo, and other specials also get good reviews.

Their blackened grouper is great, and fish is caught in local waters.

Most meals are served with grits and fried okra and cole slaw.  They have great fish tacos along with all you can eat shrimp or mullet.

The landlubbers will love the hamburgers here. Another favorite meal is a grilled cheese sandwich and chili. They even have a lunch special of meatloaf, mixed veggies, with mashed potatoes and gravy.

Kathi's Krabs is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. No alcohol is served in this restaurant.


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