Arcadia

Horse and Saddle

DeSoto County is nestled inland of the Gulf Coast of Florida, situated north of Charlotte and east of Sarasota and Manatee Counties. Within DeSoto County, the county seat, Arcadia, stands as its only incorporated city.

DeSoto County is characterized by its tranquil farming and ranching community along the Peace River. The local economy thrives on cattle ranching, mining, and farming, with thousands of acres dedicated to Florida oranges. The area is home to numerous parks, campgrounds, and boat ramps, offering abundant opportunities for hunting, camping, boating, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, horseback riding, and fishing.

Despite its rural charm, DeSoto County is conveniently close to Arcadia, Port Charlotte, and Ft. Myers, providing easy access to shopping and entertainment. In DeSoto County, you can enjoy the best of both worlds – a serene, rural setting for your home and a short drive to all the goods and services you need.

Administered by the School District of DeSoto County, DeSoto Public schools include 3 elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school. The district also features an Early Childhood Center and a Family Center. For higher education, DeSoto County is just a short drive to the Florida SouthWestern State College Port Charlotte Campus and the Florida Gulf Coast University Campus in Lee County.