Florida Beach Guide to Red Tide

Florida Beaches with Red Tide

What is Red Tide? Red tide is an out-of-control growth of algae. It is called by a microscopic single-celled organism called Karenia brevis. Red tide is almost always present in the Gulf of Mexico, but usually in small numbers. It often erupts into huge algae blooms when conditions are favorable, especially when fueled by water … Read more

Mangroves in Florida

Mangroves in the Florida Keys are great places to kayak, especially through mangrove tunnels.

Mangroves are an essential part of Florida’s natural environment. According to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Florida has an estimated 469,000 acres of mangrove forests throughout the state. This is a very good thing because mangroves are essential to Florida’s environmental health, and to the survival of the state. Where are mangroves located in … Read more

Egmont Key

A view from the Egmont Key Lighthouse

Egmont Key is a beautiful, uninhabited island in Florida. The island is located at the mouth of Tampa Bay and covers approximately 250 acres. Egmont Key is physically located in Hillsborough County, and so is often considered to be one of the best beaches in Tampa. Things to Know Before Visiting Egmont Key Emont Key … Read more

Miami Beach

A lifeguard tower on the beach in Miami Beach, Florida

Miami Beach is the most famous beach in Florida. It is an extremely popular destination for tourists and is a popular cultural icon of south Florida. Miami Beach is famous for being a hip, fashionable destination and its posh culture. It has a unique Art Deco District with its signature pastel colors and signature architecture. … Read more

Siesta Key

The beaches of Siesta Key, Florida

Siesta Key is a beautiful barrier island on Florida’s west coast. It’s one of the best beaches in Florida and the entire United States. Siesta Key has won numerous awards, including the “Dr. Beach” award for the best beach in America in 2017. Location Siesta Key is located just southwest of Sarasota. It is also … Read more

Lovers Key State Park

Lovers Key State Park, Florida

Lovers Key State Park is one of the best state parks in Florida. It is very popular because it is located near several medium-sized cities in Florida; Naples, Fort Myers and Cape Coral. Lovers Key State park is one of the most highly visited state parks in Florida, and attracts millions of visitors per year. … Read more

Anclote River Park

Anclote River Park is located in Pasco County at the mouth of the Anclote River. The Anclote River Park is relatively small and covers approximately 31 acres. It is a popular destination for locals who love it. It is a popular destination for its beach, fishing pier, excellent boat ramp and picnic pavilions for outdoor … Read more

Redington Beach

Redington Beach is a small, residential beach town in Pinellas County. Redington Beach is an upscale, exclusive community and has approximately 2,000 residents. Redington Beach is located just north of Madeira Beach. The next community to the north of Redington Beach is North Redington Beach. Redington Beach is a quiet area and is filled with … Read more

North Redington Beach

North Redington Beach is located just north of the town of Redington Beach. It is slightly easier to visit than the exclusive Redington Beach and has a small amount of public parking. Like its neighbor Redington Beach, North Redington Beach is a quiet residential area without any tourist attractions or many amenities for visitors. The … Read more

Redington Shores

The old fishing pier in Redington Shores Beach

Redington Shores is a small beach town on a barrier island along Florida’s Gulf Coast. The beach is fairly large and is usually relatively uncrowded. It can get crowded during peak times though, partially due to the high-rise hotels, condos and resorts in the area. Redington Shores is sandwiched among several other beach communities. It … Read more

Clearwater Beach

Clearwater Beach is consistently ranked as one of the best beaches in Florida, and the entire United States. It is an extremely popular destination for locals, and visitors alike. Clearwater Beach is located on a long, narrow barrier island. The north section of the island has upscale beach houses, and Caladesi Island State Park. Important: … 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

Islamorada

Fishing in Islamorada

Islamorada is a small village and group of islands in the Florida Keys. Islamorada is located in the upper Keys, and is roughly halfway between Miami and Key West. The village includes approximately 7 square miles of land area. The official boundaries extend from Channel Two Bridge near mile marker 72.5 to the Tavernier Creek … Read more

Marathon

Sombrero Beach in Marathon, Florida

Marathon is one of the most populated cities in the Florida Keys. It’s considered to be part of the “Middle Keys”, and forms their southern boundary. Islands below Marathon are considered to be the “Lower Keys”. History Like almost all of the Florida Keys, Marathon was inhabited and used for thousands of years by indigenous … Read more

Campgrounds in the Florida Keys

Campgrounds in the florida keys

There’s a huge variety of campgrounds in the Florida Keys. You can find everything from old, run-down trailer parks to the fanciest, most high-end and expensive private campgrounds you could imagine. Some campground lots in this guide sell for over a million dollars! Can you imagine paying a million dollars for a parking place? This … Read more

Why do the Florida Keys Smell Like Sulfur?

Sargassum on a beach in the Florida Keys

Some visitors on Florida beaches notice a bad smell, especially in the Florida Keys. It smells like sulfur, sewage, rotten eggs or natural gas. The smell can be overwhelming. The worst time tends to be in hot weather during hot summer months. Visitors often worry that there is sewer leak, or some other contaminate in … Read more

Bahia Honda State Park

Beach at Bahia Honda State Park, viewing the Milky Way

Bahia Honda is an island in the Florida Keys archipelago. It’s located in the lower keys, southwest of Marathon. The island has some of the most beautiful views in the Florida Keys, and several of the most beautiful beaches in the Florida.  Location Bahia Honda is located on the Overseas Highway from Miami to … Read more

Key West

A rental bicycle near a beach in Key West, Florida

Key West is the southernmost key in the Florida Keys archipelago, and the southernmost point of the continental United States. It’s a small island filled with big character, energy and adventure. We hope this guide will help you learn more about Key West, and all that it has to offer.  Location First of all, … Read more

Blue Heron Bridge and Phil Foster Park

Snorkeling at Phil Foster Park in Riviera Beach, Florida

Note: There are several videos included below in this guide. Blue Heron Bridge is consistently ranked one of the best snorkeling and shore diving spots in Florida. Locals say it was unknown — a true hidden gem — until it was featured on the cover of Southern Diver Magazine in 1998. Its popularity exploded overnight. … Read more