Peanut Island, Florida

A beach on Peanut Island, Florida

Peanut Island is a small island in Florida’s Lake Worth Lagoon. It’s located in a beautiful area, between Riviera Beach, Singer Island and Palm Beach. Peanut Island is a county park, and is open to the public. Admission is free, although there is a cost to ride a public ferry if you don’t have your … Read more

Sanlando Springs

Sanlando Springs near Orlando

Sanlando Springs is a natural spring near Orlando, in central Florida.  In the past Sanlando Springs was a major regional attraction. For much of the 1900s, Sanlando Springs was one of the most popular things to do near Orlando. Natural springs were especially in the summertime when they were the only refuges from the hot … Read more

Weeki Wachee Springs

Weeki wachee springs state park mermaid show

Weeki Wachee Springs is a popular spring in central Florida. Weeki Wachee Springs was once privately owned, but the spring became a Florida state park in 2008. Weeki Wachee Springs is located near Orlando and Tampa, making it a popular destination for many visitors. Weeki Wachee Springs is most famous for mermaid shows, its spring-fed … Read more

Seven Sisters Spring

seven sisters springs underwater caves, chassahowitzka river

Seven Sisters Spring is one of the best springs in Florida, and one of the most beautiful. Seven Sisters Spring is part of the Chassahowitzka Springs Group, and is located on the Chassahowitzka River. Seven Sisters Spring is popular for many activities, including swimming, snorkeling, manatee viewing, kayaking, and canoeing. Video of Seven Sisters Spring, … Read more

Passage Key (Anna Maria)

Woman at Passage Key, Florida

Passage Key is an uninhabited island at the mouth of Tampa Bay.  The island is protected as a national wildlife refuge, and is closed to public access. Note: All of Passage Key closed to protect nesting wildlife. Trespassing on Passage Key is illegal. Visitors should remain well away from the beaches to avoid illegal trespassing.  … Read more

Kelly Park/Rock Springs

Rock Springs Run near the headspring in Kelly Park, Apopka, Florida

Kelly Park/Rock Springs is one of the most beautiful springs in Florida. The main attraction at Rocks Springs is a gorgeous natural Florida spring and spring run, which is great for tubing. Many people describe Rock Springs as Orlando’s natural lazy river, which is a great description! Rock Springs/Kelly Park is less than 30 miles … Read more

Nixon Sandbar

Nixon Sandbar on Key Biscayne, Florida

The Nixon Sandbar is a popular sandbar near Miami, on Key Biscayne. The sandbar is an extremely popular hangout for boaters near Miami and surrounding areas.  On busy weekends and holidays many dozens, or even hundreds of boats gather, anchor, raft up and party. The Nixon Sandbar is also known as Nixon Beach, and the Nixon … Read more

Destin

surfing in destin florida

Destin, Florida is a small beach town located in the Florida panhandle. It is an incredibly popular beach destination for tourists, and has been a popular destination for many decades.  Destin was once a quaint fishing village, but has grown into a busy tourist destination. More than 4.5 million people visit Destin annually, according to … Read more

Fort Myers

downtown fort myers florida

Fort Myers is a medium-sized city in southwest Florida. It’s one of the largest tourist destinations in southwest Florida, and is a major driver of the regional economy. Location Fort Myers is located in southwest Florida, on Florida’s Gulf of Mexico coast.  The city sits on the southern shores of the Caloosahatchee River, just south … Read more

Cape Coral

Waterfront homes in Cape Coral, Florida

Cape Coral is a medium-sized town in Southwest Florida.  Cape Coral is not a party town; it is known as a laid-back, quiet community. There is not a lot of action in the small city, or the tiny downtown area. Because of this, Cape Coral mostly appeals to retirees, boaters, and people who love the … Read more

Beer Can Island (Tampa Bay)

Beer can island in tampa bay, also known as Pine Key

Tampa Bay has two islands with the name “Beer Can Island”. One “Beer Can Island” is located in the middle of Tampa Bay. It was recently renamed to “Pine Key”, and is the subject of this article. Click this link for the other “Beer Can Island”, located at the northern tip of Longboat Key, near … Read more

Beer Can Island (Longboat Key)

Aerial view of Beer Can Island and Longboat Key, Florida

The Tampa Bay area has two popular islands named “Beer Can Island”. One “Beer Can Island” is located near Sarasota, on the northern tip of Longboat Key. The history of this small island traces back for many decades. Historians say it was created in the 1930s as part of the Intracoastal Waterway dredging project, and … Read more

Brooksville

A historic home in Brooksville, Florida

Brooksville is often called the “Real Florida” and is representative of how the state used to be decades ago.  One refreshing thing about Brooksville is that it actually has hills and elevation changes!  Many of the hills in and around Brooksville are beautiful, rolling green pastures.  Some hills are more dramatic than others, and may … Read more

The Best Beaches in Tampa

The beach at Egmont Key near Tampa

Many people ask about the best beaches in Tampa.  This question can be confusing because there are technically several beaches in Tampa, but they aren’t what most people expect.  Here’s how the Tampa city government website describes one popular beach in Tampa:  “Who needs to go to Clearwater to find a good beach when you … Read more

Three Sisters Spring

Manatees in Three Sisters Spring, near the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge

Three Sisters Spring is one of the most beautiful natural springs in Florida. It’s also one of the best places to see wild manatees in Florida. Note: The Chassahowitzka River is another excellent location to swim with manatees, and it’s relatively nearby Three Sisters Spring. If you will visit Three Sisters Spring, be sure to … Read more

Sebastian

A surfboard on the beach near the Sebastian Inlet, Florida

Sebastian is a small beach town on Florida’s east coast, along the famous US Highway 1. Unlike many other busy cities on Florida’s east coast, Sebastian still has the charm of a small beach town. Sebastian is located in Indian River County, in a quiet, laid-back section of Florida’s east coast. Sebastian is located in … Read more

Lakeland

The sunrise from Circle B Bar Reserve in Lakeland, Florida

Lakeland is a medium-sized city in Central Florida. It sits just about half way between two of Florida’s biggest cities, Tampa and Orlando. Not surprisingly, Lakeland got its name from the large number of lakes that surround the city. There are 38 major lakes in the surrounding area. The largest and most popular are Lake … Read more

Melbourne

Melbourne Florida Sunset over the Indian River Lagoon

Melbourne, Florida is a small beach town on the east coast of Florida. Melbourne is located in Brevard County and has a population of approximately 80,000 residents. Location The city of Melbourne is located on Florida’s mainland, along the Atlantic coast. Melbourne is approximately 70 miles southeast of Orlando, and 20 miles south of Cocoa … Read more

Boating Impact on Florida Waterways

Florida Bay Seagrass Impact

Boaters can have serious, negative impacts on Florida’s waterways! As the population of south Florida and the Florida Keys grows, boater’s impact on the marine environment will become an increasingly serious problem to manage. Many boaters run aground every year and damage the fragile seagrass in Florida Bay and throughout Florida. Damage is especially intense … Read more

Fort De Soto

The Fort De Soto Pier and Beach in Pinellas County, Florida

Fort Desoto is one of the best beaches in Florida. To make it even more official, Fort De Soto was once named the “Best Beach in the entire United States” in 2005 by “Dr. Beach” Stephen Leatherman. The water is clear, the sand is amazing, and there is a huge amount of parking. Plus, it … Read more