"Small Town Florida that "looks" like California" Howey in the Hills by annk

Howey in the Hills Travel Guide: 14 reviews and 16 photos

Howey-In-The-Hills is a small town in central Florida, just 35 minutes away from Orlando. I wouldn't consider it to be a tourist destination unless you are an avid golfer as it is known for it's beautiful Spanish Colonial golf resort the Mission Inn. There are two courses , Las Colinas & El Campeon, the later consistently rated one of the best in Florida.

You would think you were in California between the Spanish architecture of the Mission Inn and the nearby Marina named Marina Del Rey (also a well known coastal area of L.A.).

Ok, all of Howey doesn't have the Spanish charm. The center of town is very basic with one traffic light, a gas station, liquor & grocery store, library, police station and a restaurant.

Population: 950

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:The Mission Inn and its golf courses, the lake, no crowds or congestion
  • Cons:one blink and you're thru the town
  • Last visit to Howey in the Hills: Dec 2002
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Feb 20, 2004 at 7:23 PM

    Seem to be nice, quiet area - great page with amazing pics, what will happen when the gators grow ?

  • yooperprof's Profile Photo
    Jan 19, 2004 at 5:17 PM

    It looks well worth a visit - I'd love to see those bald eagles.

  • mrclay2000's Profile Photo
    Oct 10, 2003 at 9:12 PM

    Howey in the Hills? Almost embarrassed to say the name.

  • Michael_D's Profile Photo
    Jul 9, 2003 at 9:09 PM

    Ann...I used to moor my sailboat at the Marina at the Mission Inn....small world. A Howie-in-the-Hills page..whodathunkit? (whats next..Astatula...Okahumpka?..LOL)

  • herzog63's Profile Photo
    Apr 5, 2003 at 8:30 PM

    I guess you don't want to retreive a golf ball in the water with them babie gators around! The mama was probably close by! Cool Page!

  • truus_s's Profile Photo
    Feb 14, 2003 at 12:09 AM

    Great page and photos!!My dream is to go to Californie!!Thanks.

  • Sharrie's Profile Photo
    Feb 5, 2003 at 10:24 PM

    Start clicking, hehe... though, I'm quite apprehensive about taking food pix at some of the restaurants; esp. in HK!

  • Waalewiener's Profile Photo
    Jan 9, 2003 at 9:49 PM

    It is a lovely area with very winding road , of course the baby Aligators steel the show.

  • keeweechic's Profile Photo
    Nov 10, 2002 at 10:00 PM

    What a delightful little area and not overcrowded thats for sure. How lovely to see those baby alligators.

  • b1bob's Profile Photo
    Oct 26, 2002 at 8:08 PM

    ...or "b1bob in the water hazard!"


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