Buford Springs

Clear water inside Buford Springs in the Chassahowitzka WMA, Florida

Buford Springs is one of the best springs in Florida. It’s an incredible SCUBA diving and freediving site; many divers rank it as one of the most beautiful SCUBA sites in Florida. It’s located in Hernando County, inside the Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area. Because it’s so beautiful, Buford has been a popular cave diving site … Read more

Boyd Hill Nature Preserve

Last updated on November 30th, 2020. Where is Boyd Hill Preserve? The Boyd Hill Nature Preserve is located south of Saint Petersburg. It borders the shores of Lake Maggiore. There are two entrances to the park. The North entrance includes a historical Pioneer Settlement Area and will be the site of the Tomalin Campground, which … Read more

Warm Mineral Springs

Warm Mineral Springs in Florida with shade trees and lawn furniture

Last updated on November 13th, 2020. Warning! Before going to Warm Mineral Springs, do some research and know what to expect. The spring is a beautiful and fascinating place. But, it’s not for everybody. If your expectations are misaligned, you may not enjoy your visit. Warm Mineral Springs is a natural hot spring, set inside … Read more

Sawgrass Lake Park

Last updated on November 1st, 2020. Sawgrass Lake Park in St. Petersburg is a hidden gem. Many agree it’s one of the best things to do in Tampa Bay. It’s a perfect spot to enjoy Florida’s nature without having to spend any money, or drive very far. The park spans 400 acres in the heart … Read more

Free Camping in the Florida Keys

Last updated on December 2nd, 2020. Free Camping in the Florida Keys I’ve spent a lot of time camping in South Florida over the years, including the Florida Keys and Key West. Some trips were spent in campgrounds; other times were spent boondocking and free camping. Most of my experience was years ago. It was … Read more

RVing in Florida

Last updated on November 13th, 2020. For RVing, Florida is one of the most popular destinations in the world. People travel from all over to escape cold winters, relax on beautiful beaches, camp in the Florida Keys and explore Florida’s beautiful nature. If you stay in a hotel, or rent a house or condo, you’ll … Read more

Florida RVing with Dogs

Last updated on November 3rd, 2020. Florida RV travel with dogs is a magical experience. Like exploring with a camera in your hand, road trips with your dog will open your eyes to the world in a completely different way. While growing up, every single family vacation was spent traveling in our class C motorhome. … Read more

Shoes for sailing

shelves of boat and sailing shoes inside a West Marine store

Choosing shoes for sailing is important, and can be difficult. I can’t tell you how many hours I’ve spent looking for the perfect boat shoes for sailing. I’ve been through all sorts of options, from expensive dinghy racing boots, to cheap Converse Chuck Taylors, and of course, Sperry topsiders. Really, everyone just has to find … Read more

TECO Manatee Viewing Center in Tampa

A crowd viewing manatees at the TECO power plant in Tampa

Last updated on October 5th, 2020. Where to see manatees near Tampa Bay? The best place to find manatees really depends on the weather. The best time to see manatees is in the winter. When the water is cold, they’re easier to find because they gather in predictable locations. Manatees’ migratory behaviors display a trait … Read more

Surfing in Florida

A wave crashing on a Florida beach

Last updated on November 8th, 2020. Is there good surfing in Florida? Florida can have excellent surf, but only during specific conditions. Sadly, Florida’s marine geography is not well suited for good, consistent waves. Florida’s surf conditions are exceptionally location-specific. Because of many different factors, wind, wave and swell conditions don’t affect the coastline consistently. … Read more

The Best Places to Live in Florida

Last updated on September 30th, 2020. Ah, Florida. The Sunshine State. Just the name sounds dreamy, doesn’t it? Moving to Florida– for retirement, or just a different way of life — is a dream for many. It’s one of America’s most popular moving destinations for work relocations, retirements, and lifestyle changes. Thanks mostly to it’s … Read more

Beach Weddings in Florida: Planning Guide

A barefoot bride and groom hold their shoes as they get married on a beach.

Last updated on November 1st, 2020. Congratulations on getting engaged! Now that you’ve said, “Yes!” to your one-and-only, it’s time to start thinking about where you want to get married. Maybe you’ve already started dreaming about all of the fantastic places you can say, “I do,” and if you’re reading this post, then a Florida … Read more

Sailing Movies

Sailboat sailing view from aerial drone photograph

Last updated on August 8th, 2020. Sailors always want be on the water. Unfortunately, that’s not always possible; especially today. Sailing books, movies and stories help us waterlovers survive until our next adventure. I made this list of resources I’ve found over the years. I hope you enjoy them! Please tell me if you think … Read more

Ichetucknee Springs State Park

Dampiers Landing Ichetucknee Springs State Park

Last updated on December 3rd, 2020. Ichetucknee Springs State Park Ichetucknee Springs State Park is an oasis. It has something for everyone: Tubing on a natural lazy river Paddling: Canoe and Kayaking One of the clearest rivers in Florida Fantastic snorkeling Scuba diving, and cave diving Beautiful nature Hiking trails Diverse wildlife Grills, BBQ and … Read more

Florida’s Retirement Problems

Florida has a famously old population. Many regions are jokingly referred to as “Heaven’s waiting room” because it is where people go to spend their last years before death. Demographic trends can make it appear as if Florida has a steady influx of new residents. Many reports have optimistically touted the expiration of State and … Read more

National Forests in Florida

Last updated on November 17th, 2020. Florida is home to three important National Forests, as well as several State Forests. Each of these sites are important for a variety of reasons. Florida’s forests, wildlife and natural environments are under constant assault. Over-development, pollution and encorachment all pose grave, constant threats. Wild, natural forest areas help … Read more

Sanibel Island, Florida

Sanibel Island Beaches are visible through green trees and a beach walkway

Last updated on February 16th, 2020. Sanibel Island is one of my favorite places in all of Florida. I love it because it strikes a perfect balance between so many great things. Nature, conservation and respectful human enjoyment. Laid back, but sophisticated Luxurious, but accessible I especially love the bike paths which connect every part … Read more

Peanut Island, Florida

A beach on Peanut Island, Florida

Last updated on September 20th, 2020. Peanut Island, Florida Peanut Island is easily one of the best beaches in Florida. Some locals visit every weekend, and say they never get bored with it. The island is small, but has something for everyone. It’s quiet and peaceful during the week, and a lively boat/beach party spot on … Read more