You think you’ve seen everything?
Chances are you haven’t seen a post office like the one in Ochopee, a fun little day trip about an hour and a half away from Ocean’s Reach.
This 61-square foot facility measures 8′ 4″ X 7′ 3″ and is officially the smallest post office in the country. The tiny building used to serve as a storage shed for irrigation pipes for a nearby tomato farm, but was pressed into service as a post office after the Ochopee general store and post office were destroyed in a fire in 1953.
And it’s been hunkering down ever since. Even Hurricane Irma was no match for this unlikely tourist attraction, as the building managed to escape any significant damage when the powerful storm swept by last fall.
Thousands of visitors now stop by every year just to get a postmark! The post office is located at 3800 Tamiami Trail East, close to the Big Cypress National Preserve.