Relaxing Weekend in Okeechobee, Florida - Driving to the West 2019 Preview (2023)


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- Well, hello, everybody!, On.

The road again!, Today, we're going to Okeechobee, Florida., (light keyboard, music), ♪, I'm, riding ♪, ♪, Riding, riding ♪ ♪ Riding in my RV ♪, ♪, My, RV, ♪, ♪, Wherever, I want to be ♪, ♪, Because, I'm free in my RV.

Yeah, ♪ One of the main purposes of this road trip.


You know, it's like a shakedown cruise before our long road trip to the West.


Wanna test out my new GPS system, here.

I, wanna test our new hitch.

We got the ProPride hitch, and so far so good., And.

Solar panels, I, put two new solar panels, make sure they don't fly off the roof or anything like that.

And, see what's going in Lake, Okeechobee., I, haven't actually been there., (light, jazz music) We're, taking I-75 North here.

And then we are going to merge onto US-27.

We're averaging almost 13 miles per gallon., Not, bad., Not, bad at all.

Here, around Lake, Okeechobee, very agricultural area, mainly sugarcane, fields., That's, Lake, Okeechobee, right, there.

One of the few places where you can actually see the lake.

The thing with Lake Okeechobee is that it has levies all around it.

So you have to be on top of the levy or some other elevated position to actually see the lake.

And here we are.

We have arrived.





We are at the Okeechobee KOA.

First time, here.

A little bit of a tight quarters, but that's fine.

We're gonna explore the campground and see what it has.

It has a pool.

It has a bunch of stuff.

And by the way, December, what it is, December 29th.

And it is like 85 degrees out here.

Welcome to Florida.

All, right, let's go to the lounge.

I think it's that way.

This place is huge.


We are at the Shanty lounge., Adult, pool., The bar between the pool and the golf course, not very busy at this time.


There is supposed to be live entertainment at night, but for now, we'll just enjoy looking at the wildlife.

I was thinking of getting into the pool.

But it is a little bit too crowded for my taste.


This is the kiddie pool, which is actually a lot emptier than the adult pool.

So we might come to this one.


This one doesn't have a bar, so.

General store is here.

Something smells, good., Well, yeah.

We later found out that the reason the kiddie pool was empty was because the heater had broken down, and they were letting the youngsters use the adult pool.


Why it was so crowded.

We're going to eat here at Lightsey's Fish Company.

It has good reviews.

Good craft.

Beer selection and a very tasty clam.


And I'm having the catfish, Ili is having the stone crab, and they have all kinds of animals on the walls.

All right, really good, catfish., Well, good, morning., Very, foggy morning here in Okeechobee., We didn't really do much last night after our late lunch or early dinner., But today.

We are going to explore a little bit., (energetic, electronic music) We're going over the levy onto Lake Okeechobee Park, and I think it is a perfect opportunity to fly the drone.

But first, let's walk up to the pier.

The fog gives it a sort of eerie, spooky, air., And, all these spiderwebs.


The fog will lift soon and we'll get a better view.

Fly, pelican!, So, many pelicans, and other birds as well.

Hey, gator, alert!, One of these days, I'm going to learn how to fish.


The fog is slowly dissipating.

I think now would be a good time to fly the drone.

(light piano.

Music) Lake Okeechobee is really big.

Even on a clear day.

You wouldn't be able to see the other side, not even from 400 feet above ground.


It is the Florida Trail.

Let's do it.

See the rainbow in the grass? The morning sun reflected on all the dew-covered spiderwebs.


This is the Florida Trail.

It goes around the lake.

(light, jazz music), Well, yeah, the Florida Trail, very nice., We're, walking back now., Of, course, back.

There is Lake Okeechobee, looking south.

And here, looking north, is the town of Okeechobee, some fishing boats.


The way.

This is pretty much just basically a shakedown trip in preparation for our upcoming trip out west, which is gonna happen in three days;.

You know, test that new hitch that I got from ProPride and make sure that my solar panels, for example, don't fall off the roof when I'm going at highway speeds, (laughing) that kinda thing.

And so far so good, so far so good., And, looking forward to driving to the west, into the sunset, in a couple of days.



What else is there to do in this town of Okeechobee.

There doesn't seem to be a whole lot to do here, but it's the beautiful nature of Florida here and Lake Okeechobee behind me.


One of these days, not today because it is kind of warm.

One of these days we're gonna maybe do the whole around-the-lake trail.

That would be cool.

Maybe bike.

Because walking is gonna take days.


We are, downtown Okeechobee, Florida., Flagler, Park, here, with this tank.

And this helicopter.

Here, we are, downtown Okeechobee to check it out.

Let's face.


It is not the most vibrant downtown I've ever seen.


At least let's go see the tank and the helicopter.

This is where the tank used to be.

They removed it.

Well, I am not crazy.


Remember seeing a tank here in the park.

The last time we passed by Okeechobee, which was, what, like four years ago on our way to Orlando, I, think.

Can't see much inside., No., Let's, continue exploring., Well, there's.

The Okeechobee Historic Battlefield.


Research shall go into this.

Beware of the alligators.

Well, yeah, that's, it.

We decided to return to the Shanty lounge.

The pool area, much less crowded.


Beautiful day for the pool.

It is truly a beautiful day.

Not a cloud in the sky.

A, refreshing, gin and tonic and more wildlife-watching.


The other side of the lounge, the golf, course.

And here we have our friendly birds.


Here I am in the heated pool.

And the temperature is perfect.

I have no idea what it is, but it's, super perfect., Outside, it's like 81, degrees, and it's pretty much the same temperature in the water, probably 85, degrees., And, there's Ile, taking a picture of me taking a picture of myself.

And back there, that's, the Shanty lounge, which is the bar, here., Good drinks and very cheap.

I, mean, it's, $3 for a gin and tonic, and yesterday was $1 and change for a Yuengling, so, yeah., Very, nice., Very, relaxing weekend here in Okeechobee, for sure.

- [GPS] Continue on Florida.

78 West for 21 miles.

- I have an idea.

Let's go to the nearby Brighton, Seminole, Casino, nearby being a relative term here since it is almost 30 miles away.

But we are kind of running out of things to do here.

After, putting a couple of bucks in the slot machines, Ili won enough money to invite me to dinner at the restaurant.

My steak.

And, the meatloaf.

Well, that was a great meal.

Lucky for us, Ili won like $120 from the casino.

- [Ili] (laughing) $150.

- $150, oh, there.

You go, $150.

So our $40 meal was pretty much free.

Actually, $40 for what we ate is a great deal.

Everything seems kinda cheap when you leave Miami.

Hmm, another Colorado.

And this one is actually Colorado; cool.

All, right, let's, go back., In.

The morning, we return to Miami, ending a relaxing weekend and a successful shakedown cruise for Minitini, the Colorado, and all the upgrades I performed with the upcoming cross-country road trip in mind.

In fact.

This is the last video filmed in 2018.

And before we go, I want to give you a quick preview of what's coming up ahead in the Driving to the West 2019 series.

Okay, before that, I want to share with you guys a product I received in the mail, a couple of days ago, and actually very timely.

I had it shipped at my friend's house in Las Vegas.


It is called OdorKlenz.

And it is an odor remover.


You know, when you live in close quarters, like a small RV like mine, or even a larger RV, you can have displeasing odors that linger for days on end, because it is such a small enclosed space.


The other day, I had this brilliant idea of cooking.

Some fish.

It was not cod, but it was something similar.

That thing.

Stunk!, (laughing), It, smelled like fish in here for days on end.


It was in Death Valley that I, cooked it, and that's.

Also where I got this nice t-shirt, by the way.

And coincidentally.

A couple of days, later, I had scheduled this product to arrive in Las Vegas and I used it there at the laundry.

It was cold in Las Vegas, actually, snowed two days, later., I, can't, wait to share all those videos with you guys.


What you do, this is a laundry additive.

This thing.

You put your detergent.

You have to fill up the washer a little bit with water.

And then you put your detergent.

You put I think it's a half a cup, or it depends on the size of the load, like half a cup for a large load.

And it removes all the smells.

It doesn't mask.

The smells with like an artificial flowery.


It does have zinc oxide and some stuff, all Earth-friendly and natural.

And it removes the smells.

They have this Laundry line.

They have a line for pets, for pet products, like if you wanna clean your sofa, because sometimes pets also have displeasing odors.


They have a sports line.


If this is something you are interested in, check.

It out.

I have a discount code.

It is Travel15.

And you get a 15% off whenever you order this, and I'm going to put the link in the video description and somewhere here on the screen.

So you can check it out.

It's called OdorKlenz.

And the one that I got is the Laundry additive.

And so far it's been great because Minnietini doesn't smell like fish, anymore., I, love fish, but I love to eat it, not the lingering smell of fish.

So that is a good thing.


Now, what I'm going to do next, I'm gonna give you a quick preview of all the marvelous places I've been to on this road trip, the beginning of the 2019 season, which will begin next Sunday.

First, we're gonna do a video traveling north from Florida.

There's, always something nice to see in Florida.

And we visited some places.

I actually did a scenic drive with this traveler, fellow YouTuber and friend and patron here on the channel.

And then, I was going through Louisiana and I stayed at this state park and I said, "You know, what, I'm an hour away from New Orleans; "let's, go to New Orleans for breakfast.".

So, I went to New Orleans for breakfast.

I'm gonna show you that.

It was a couple of hours, but New Orleans is such a unique, iconic city that I had to do it.

And then.

We drove to the west.

And then, in California.

We did so much; well, in Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah.

I went to Zion National Park in Utah.

That was amazing.

And then, on the way back, I visited some of the flyover country, which is actually very nice.

I visited Oklahoma, City., I, really liked it.

Very clean, very pleasant city, and also Little Rock, Arkansas, and I really liked Little Rock, Arkansas., It's, actually a place where I could live at some point.

It's, a nice clean and relatively quiet city, very nice., And, well, that's, that., I.

Hope you have enjoyed all my 2018 videos.

And in 2019, I, promise, you it's gonna be great.

Until next time.

Thank you so much for watching, and see you on the road.

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What is Okeechobee Florida known for? ›

Lake Okeechobee is known for its superior fishing for Large Mouth Bass and Speckled Perch. Each year the lake is visited by thousands of anglers and water fowl hunters to enjoy one of our natural resources. Visitors also visit Lake Okeechobee to photograph the flora and fauna and breathtaking views of the area.

Is Okeechobee a good place to live? ›

Okeechobee has all of the perks of living near a metropolitan area without all the hassle. You'll get to enjoy great year-round weather and the city is conveniently located near large shopping venues, recreation areas, transportation hubs, and cultural centers. Our community has a little bit for everyone.

How big are the alligators in Lake Okeechobee? ›

They've discovered that some of the largest alligators in the country live right there in Lake Okeechobee – these are all over 9-feet in length. With at least 1,700 of these largest alligators in Lake Okeechobee, there's a resounding answer to the question: no, it is not safe to swim in Lake Okeechobee.

How many alligators are in Okeechobee? ›

How Many Alligators Are in Lake Okeechobee? American alligators are common throughout the state of Florida. There are nearly 30,000 alligators living in Lake Okeechobee.

Is it safe to go to Okeechobee? ›

One's chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime here is one in 25. Within Florida, more than 93% of the communities have a lower crime rate than Okeechobee.

Is it safe to swim in Okeechobee? ›

It's not safe to swim in Lake Okeechobee due to alligators and water pollution.

Does Okeechobee get hit by hurricanes? ›

Hurricane of September, 1928. However, the greatest loss of life was around Lake Okeechobee. As the category 4 hurricane moved inland, the strong winds piled the water up at the south end of the lake, ultimately topping the levee and rushing out onto the fertile land.

What is the most alligator-infested area in Florida? ›

1. Lake Jesup, Florida. Although alligator attacks are rare, Lake Jesup is the most alligator-infested lake in the United States.

Is it safe to swim in alligator-infested waters? ›

Do not allow your dogs or children to swim in waters inhabited by alligators, or to drink or play at the water's edge. To an alligator, a splash potentially means a food source is in the water. It is best to avoid swimming in areas that are known habitats for large alligators but at the least, never swim alone.

What is the most alligator-infested water in Florida? ›

Lake Okeechobee, which has a surface area measuring 730 square miles, is the largest lake in Florida, as well as the most alligator-infested lake in the state.

How many fatal alligator attacks in Florida? ›

From 1948 to 2021, 442 unprovoked bite incidents have occurred in Florida. Twenty-six of the bites resulted inpeople being killed by wild alligators. A total of 303 people have received major injuries and 139 have received minor injuries over the same time period.

What state has the most alligator bites? ›

South Carolina (100,000)

Of the Carolinas, South Carolina is the most alligator-infested state. South Carolina has around 100,000 gators within its borders, primarily in the south and along the coast. Although South Carolina is warmer, on average, than North Carolina, it can still get quite cold.

How common are alligator bites in Florida? ›

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, between 1948 and 2021 there have been 442 unprovoked alligator bites on humans, including 26 fatalities. The chances of a person in Florida being injured in an unprovoked alligator attack is about one in 3.1 million, according to the commission.

Can you eat the fish that you catch from Lake Okeechobee? ›

With toxic blue-green algae bloom, don't eat Lake Okeechobee fish, Audubon biologist says.

Can you shower at Okeechobee? ›

Showers hours: Thursday: 12pm–7pm. Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 7am–7pm. Monday: 7am–1pm.

Is Okeechobee a sinkhole? ›

The lake is widely known for being a fishing spot! A lake, namely Deep lake, also found in Okeechobee, is 90-feet deep and a sinkhole that is naturally occurring. The upper half of the lake is freshwater, while the lower half is said to be seawater.

Does Lake Okeechobee have snakes? ›

Lake Okeechobee is home to pythons, Brahminy blind snakes, and Florida sugar king snakes.

Does Lake Okeechobee have crocodiles? ›

Like most bodies of water in Florida, Lake Okeechobee has alligators. Estimates typically are that around 30,000 alligators are in the lake.

What is the biggest problem that Lake Okeechobee causes in Florida? ›

About 2,500 acres of estuaries are polluted, accounting for 99% of the total assessed. A big driver of that is Lake Okeechobee, which covers about 450,000 square acres and has been polluted by decades of agricultural and stormwater runoff.

What part of Florida gets hit the worst with hurricanes? ›

1. Southeast Florida (Miami–Fort Lauderdale–West Palm Beach) Southeast Florida is very susceptible to hurricanes, given its location at the tip of the state. Most large hurricanes affect Southeast Florida with storm surges and plentiful rain – and those that make direct landfall can cause severe damage.

What part of Florida is being hit the hardest by the hurricane? ›

As a result, the areas in Florida hit most by hurricanes are the southeast coast and panhandle.

What city in Florida got hit the hardest by the hurricane? ›

Fort Myers Beach, a coastal city on a barrier island, was among the areas hardest hit, with storm surges nearly reaching the roofs of some houses. Fla.

What's special about Lake Okeechobee? ›

Lake Okeechobee provides natural habitat for fish, wading birds and other wildlife, and it supplies essential water for people, farms and the environment. The lake provides flood protection and attracts boating and recreation enthusiasts from around the world. It is also home to sport and commercial fisheries.

What are the ghost towns of Okeechobee? ›

A general list of the communities destroyed by the Lake Okeechobee Hurricane include; Port Mayaca, Sand Cut, Canal Point, Pahokee, Belle Glade, South Bay, Okeelanta, Bean City, Ritta Island, Lake Harbor, Chosen, and Kreamer Island.

What is the nickname for the Okeechobee? ›

Though it has a number of nicknames — the Inland Sea, the Big O —Okeechobee's official name comes from the Hitchiti, an indigenous community that lived on the Chattahoochee River until the early 19th century. In their language, Okeechobee means “big” (chubi) and “water” (oki).

How long is the drive around Lake Okeechobee? ›

At each pullout you'll cross the 109-mile paved recreational path encircling Lake Okeechobee that is enjoyed by hikers, joggers, and bicyclists alike.

Do people vacation at Lake Okeechobee? ›

Lake Okeechobee is 35 miles long and sits at the northern edge of the Florida Everglades. The lake draws visitors from all over the world to stay in its convenient Okeechobee vacation homes and to take advantage of all the attractions the area has to offer.

How far is Lake Okeechobee from the beach? ›

The lake lies about 40 miles (65 km) northwest of West Palm Beach at the northern edge of the Everglades. A remnant of the prehistoric Pamlico Sea, which once occupied the entire basin including the Everglades, it bears the Hitchiti Indian name for “big water.”

What monster is in Lake Okeechobee? ›

Said to be a relative of Bigfoot, the Skunk Ape has been sighted both on land and in the water at various places in the Everglades, including around Okeechobee.

What is the most toxic ghost town in America? ›

'The Most Toxic Town in America'

The town of Picher, Okla became an incorporated community in 1920, with a population of 9,726. The town was built around lead and zinc mining. In fact, Picher mine shafts produced over half of the lead used to make bullets fired during World War I.

What city is under Lake Okeechobee? ›

Kreamer Island is now considered a ghost town. In the beginning of the 2007 winter the Palm Beach County Board of Commissioners started an archaeological dig on Kreamer Island after drought conditions revealed artifacts on the bottom of Lake Okeechobee.

Are the fish safe to eat in Lake Okeechobee? ›

With toxic blue-green algae bloom, don't eat Lake Okeechobee fish, Audubon biologist says.

What is the most polluted lake in Florida? ›

The most polluted lake in Florida is Lake Okeechobee. It features high levels of toxic algae and agricultural runoff. Lake Okeechobee is the most polluted lake in Florida.

What does the word Okeechobee mean? ›

They called the lake Mayaimi, meaning "big water", as reported in the 16th century, by Hernando de Escalante Fontaneda. The name Okeechobee comes from the Hitchiti words oki (water) and chubi (big).

What is the racial makeup of Okeechobee Florida? ›

White alone, percent 87.2%
Black or African American alone, percent(a) 8.4%
American Indian and Alaska Native alone, percent(a) 1.6%
Asian alone, percent(a) 0.9%
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