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Clewiston is a city in the Florida Heartland.

St. Margaret's Catholic Church


The town had a population of roughly 8,000 in 2019, having increased by over 1,500 in the past twenty years. Permanent settlement did not take place until 1920 and the town was incorporated in 1925. John O'Brien and Alonzo Clewis founded the city. The newly incorporated town maintained the local Native American tradition in the area, fishing, due to the largemouth bass in Lake Okeechobee. Agriculture was important during the mid-20th century, and crops included sugar, citrus, and vegetables. The US Sugar Corporation's location in Clewiston has made it important for manufacturing.

Clewiston is an ethnically diverse minority-majority community, with 49% of its residents being of Hispanic or Latino origin and 13% identifying as Black or African American.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

US-27 is the main local route, as it is across much of the Florida Heartland which goes through town as Sugarland Hwy (as the 'main street'). In Clewiston it is merged with FL-80. FL-80 comes from Belle Glade in the east and from Fort Myers to the west. West of town Fl-80 and US-27 splits where US-27 goes up north towards Lake Placid.

By bus[edit]

  • 1 Greyhound Lines, (bus stop) Walmart Parking Lot @ 1005 W Sugarland Hwy, toll-free: +1 800 231-2222. SR-80/US98/I-95 (Ft Myers, Clewiston, Belle Glade, W Palm Beach, Ft Lauderdale, Miami). They also have another route going towards Tampa through Lake Placid, Sebering, Avon Park, Lake Wales, Winter Haven, Auburndale, Lakeland and Plant City along US Hwy 27/98 from Clewiston. Passengers transfer in Ft Myers, Tampa or Miami to reach additional destinations.

Get around[edit]


Map of Clewiston


  • 1 Dixie Crystal Theatre (Clewiston Theater), 100 E Sugarland Hwy. It was built in 1941 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1998. Clewiston Theater (Q5284832) on Wikidata Dixie Crystal Theatre on Wikipedia


  • 1 Walmart Supercenter, 1005 W Sugarland Hwy, +1 863 983-4844. Daily 6AM-11PM.
  • 2 Clewiston Plaza, 905-975 W Sugarland Hwy. Advanced Auto Parts, Bealls Outlet, Dollar General, Goodwill, McDonalds, Tractor Supply Co, etc.
  • 3 Goodwill, 957 W Sugarland Hwy, +1 863 983-8059. One man's trash is another man's treasure. Goodwill is one of the largest second-hand store chains in the nation.


  • 1 Jalapeños, 444 E Sugarland Hwy, +1 863 983-4444.
  • 2 Main St Subs, 344 E Sugarland Hwy, +1 863 983-0277. M–F 10AM–6PM, Sa 10AM–2PM, closed Su.



Clewiston Inn


Go next[edit]

Routes through Clewiston
OcalaMoore Haven  N  S  → Belle Glade → Miami
Fort MyersLaBelle  W  E  → Belle Glade → West Palm Beach

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