History of Our Inn

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In 1895, Jensen was named the “Pineapple Capital of the World” for shipping out over  1,000,000 boxes of pineapples. The town was the largest in the area, serving as a social center with the largest hotel south of St Augustine named the Al fresco Hotel.

In addition to the Hotel, Jensen had a local school, post office, bowling alley, churches, cemeteries, bakery, grocery and dry goods store, meat market, town hall, bank, barbershop, livery stable, boat shop, masonic lodge and the train depot.

Jensen’s thriving success included more than Pineapples though.  A local business man by the name of R.R. Ricou operated his entire fishing operation out of Jensen. In addition to the 100 fishing boats he maintained in downtown Jensen, he had fleets from Canaveral to the keys, all along the entire Florida east coast.

In 1908 a devastating fire destroyed almost everything in the downtown district. Fortunately no one was injured but the town was in ruins and stood a real chance of never recovering.

R.R. Ricou was good friends with Henry Flagler. Together they made an agreement to help save and revitalize Jensen. If Flagler agreed to build a new fire proof train depot,  Ricou  would build a large building referred to as a “Brick Block” to support local commerce. They both stayed true to their word and played the key role in Jensen’s survival to this day.

Today  the train depot, once considered the finest on the east coast, is no longer around but the  Brick Block still stands proudly defining the landscape of old downtown Jensen Beach.

The Jensen Beach Inn occupies the second floor of the Old Brick Block, known as the R.R. Ricou building.

3 Comments

  • John Alexander October 14, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Scott,

    Jayne and I had a wonderful time this past weekend, and completely enjoyed our stay at your inn. The Stingray room was top notch with everything that we could have ever needed.

    Regretfully we were not able to make it to the rooftop deck in time to see the sunrise. This is due to the tremendous comfort of the memory foam mattress, so we will have to make a return trip soon to see that sunrise.

    Best Regards,

    John Alexander

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  • Theresa Arnold January 13, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    I left your hotel with a wonderful memory, January of 2013. I hope to be able to bring my daughter and grandchildren to experience your comfort.
    I spent 9 years of supervising hotel staff and welcoming guests to a wonderful historical venue,The Broadmoor Hotel, here in Colorado Springs. With that, I say that you have certainly obtained a 5 star, 5 diamond rating in my opinion.
    Thank you and hope to see you soon!
    Theresa

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  • Kim Branly March 2, 2014 at 4:24 am

    I was fortunate to find this beautiful place to stay. Very relaxing, wish I could have stayed longer! Great hosts that own this B&B, thank you.

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