Pinecraft, Florida Is a Summer Resort Town for the Amish

(Photo: Jo Naylor)

This isn't your stereotypical Amish paradise. Pinecraft is a small beach town outside of Sarasota on Florida's Gulf coast. It has about 500 bungalows on 120 acres. During the peak season of January through March, buses take people there from Ohio. About 75% of those travelers are Amish. They're mostly New Order rather than Old Order. According to one survey among New Order Amish, 54% of respondents had been to Pinecraft at least twice.

There are Amish and Mennonite churches in Pinecraft and even a school with about 50 students. Most vacationers use trikes to get around. There's a park with a playground and a shuffleboard court. Some of the vacationing men go out onto the Gulf on charter boats for deep sea fishing.

-via Roadtrippers


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Maybe this is where Amish paradise really is!

(note: this is a reference to the Weird Al song, not a mockery of the religious beliefs of any Amish folks who might be reading these comments online.)
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There is an Amish restaurant called "Yoder's" in Sarasota that has been featured on a couple of shows on the Travel Channel. Incredible food with homemade pies and the best fried chicken I've ever had.
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