Alachua, Florida

Alachua, Florida

Alachua like much of other parts of Florida is blessed with incredible natural beauty. The area has always been an active player in the evolution of life on the North American continent and is replete with landmarks of history. Growth and development are integral to towns such as Alachua as people arrive here in large numbers in search of quality vacations and permanent residence.

Alachua Sink off the La Chua Trail in Payne’s Prairie State Park, Florida. Photo credit ShutterStock.com, licensed.

About The Community

It is tempting to replace vintage and timeless parts of the town and countryside to accommodate new structures and zones as demands on infrastructure grow. However Alachua is a caring town and guards its treasures with zeal. The Scenic Roads program protects monuments and drives through the best paths in the area surrounding the town. Some six roads are now under the shelter of this innovative scheme and more nominations are expected from citizens. It is a striking example of Alachua’s dedication to its environment and its concerted appreciation for the invaluable assets with which it is gifted.


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Photo of the Alachua Women's Club in downtown Alachua, FL; March 10, 2020. Editorial credit: H.J. Herrera / Shutterstock.com, licensed.
Photo of the Alachua Women’s Club in downtown Alachua, FL; March 10, 2020. Editorial credit: H.J. Herrera / Shutterstock.com, licensed.

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Hurricanes are an inevitable part of Alachua life and the town administration exhibits professionalism in managing this summer phenomenon. Sandbag staging locations are strategically placed. There are detailed contingency plans for pet shelters, garbage collection and to keep people informed of road closures. Alachua deals with threats to the town with the same optimism that it displays in protecting its assets.

Photograph of Main Street Sweets restaurant in downtown Alachua with a scooter by the door. Alachua, FL; March 10, 2020.
Photograph of Main Street Sweets restaurant in downtown Alachua with a scooter by the door. Alachua, FL; March 10, 2020. Editorial credit: H.J. Herrera / Shutterstock.com, licensed.

Alachua’s indomitable spirit extends to business in town. The Alachua Business League Incorporated helps newcomers establish their enterprises and provides a forum for members to get useful input from experts and to get to know each other well. The league also serves as a bridge to the community and to local authorities. Alachua’s Chamber of Commerce operates in the same vein as the Business League. It extends its activities to sports and social events for members.

Victorian House, Alachua, Florida. Photo credit ShutterStock.com, licensed.
Victorian House, Alachua, Florida. Photo credit ShutterStock.com, licensed.

A key place in Alachua that speaks volumes for the personality of the town and values of its people is the Retirement Home for Horses. This site is at the Mill Creek Farm and provides shelter for old horses retired from Police service, circuses and rescued by humane bodies.

The Plantation Oaks Golf Club is one of Alachua’s top attractions. The 18-hole course set amongst trees, some of which are 100 years old, is a visual delight, apart from the sporting challenge and the exercise. The neighboring woods are rich with wildlife and the Club has a 9-hole par 3 course as well. The Alachua Sports Pub and Grill on NW 150th Ave, is a local favorite to keep company and there are splendid views of both courses.

Alachua is rather sparsely populated area with just about nine thousand residents in a place spread over about 36 square miles. The median household income is marginally below the national average. Alachua has two Elementary Schools, one Middle School and one High School. The latter has a Magnet Program for Veterinary Science. It is clearly a town with a wonderful future.

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