LaBelle is a scenic small town on the banks of the Intracostal waterway in which the Caloosahatchee River links the Gulf of Mexico with the Atlantic Ocean through Lake Okeechobee. Labelle was originally settled by the Caloosa Indians, who used it to hold religious rites. The name was derived from the French word for "the beautiful" by Capt. Francis Asbury Hendry who named the area in 1896 for his daughters, Laura and Belle. LaBelleís beginning was as a river town with only a general store, mail drop and a few homes. Among the famous visitors to those homes were Thomas Edison and Henry Ford.
LaBelle is located on the shores of the Caloosahatchee River, east of Ft. Myers. The townís population swells considerably during the peak winter growing season. The greater LaBelle area includes North LaBelle on the north side of the Caloosahatchee River and Port LaBelle, 3 miles east of downtown LaBelle. The Caloosahatchee river has proven to be a blessing in Labelle over the years, providing gorgeous views, and plently of entertainment to visitors and residents alike.
Labelle is famed for the scenic beauty provided by the river, live oak trees, and sabal palms.With itís short drive to Fort Myers and lower home prices are attracting residents who desire the small town lifestyle moments from the city. With plans for a new college, shopping centers, parks and plenty of open space Labelle truly provides the best of both worlds.