Naturally beautiful and serene, DeSoto County spreads across the Peace River Valley in lush abundance; life here is attuned to inviting river rhythms and focused on the bounty of fertile land. We are one of Florida’s leading producers of oranges, watermelons, blueberries, peaches, olives and tomatoes.

We are also one of Florida’s most beloved visitor destinations. Our wide-open spaces, our endless vistas of farms, citrus groves and cattle ranches, our gorgeous river scenery, all put visitors immediately at ease and relaxed. Our activities are equally refreshing, whether it’s the raft of outrageously fun recreational choices on the Peace River, or the pleasures of our historic county seat of Arcadia, where our charming downtown is home to dozens of antique emporiums.

DeSoto’s packed calendar of celebrations ranges from the Watermelon and Orange Blossom Festivals, to Beer Walks, Wine Walks, a Roaring 20s Gala for charity, car shows, a Fall Bike Fest and a 4-day rodeo every March.

But you don’t need a special reason to visit us. Every day is naturally beautiful, naturally special in DeSoto County.