Saint Augustine

Aerial view of St. Augustine, Florida

St. Augustine is a small beach town on Florida’s northeastern coast.  St. Augustine is known for its elegant European architecture, its cute city streets and its massive, historic stone fort, Castillo de San Marcos. Location  St. Augustine is located on the northeastern coast of Florida, approximately 40 miles south of Jacksonville and approximately 122 miles … Read more

The Villages

aerial photo of the villages, florida

The Villages® is one of the largest retirement communities in Florida.  All combined The Villages cover more than 80 square miles, which is equivalent to more than 51,200 acres. Amazingly, The Villages is still growing, and is one of the fastest growing cities in Florida. Most people imagine The Villages as a single block of … Read more

Oleta River State Park

Kayaking Oleta River State Park near Miami, Florida

Oleta River State Park is a beautiful state park, and one of the best things to do near Miami.  Oleta River State Park offers a wide variety of activities, ranging from relaxing beach days to heart-pumping mountain biking adventures. Oleta River State Park is an extremely popular spot in Miami for both visitors and locals, … Read more

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

Blue Springs State Park

Blue Springs State Park

Blue Springs State Park is one of the best state parks in Florida. It is a favorite spot for nature lovers and water activities.  Blue Springs State Park offers a wide variety of things to do, including: Tubing Swimming Manatee viewing Birdwatching Wildlife viewing Hiking Scuba diving Kayaking and canoeing Picnicking There are full-service facilities … 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

Ginnie Springs

ginnie springs, florida

Ginnie Springs is one of the most beautiful springs in Florida, but it comes with some serious downsides. Unlike many other springs in Florida, Ginnie Springs is privately owned, and allows excessive crowds and alcohol consumption. Partly due to the alcohol, Ginnie Springs has a reputation for rowdy partying and trashy crowds, especially on holiday … Read more

Eagle’s Nest Cave

eagles nest sinkhole and cave, chassahowitzka wma, florida

Eagle’s Nest Sinkhole is an expert-level cave diving site in west central Florida. Eagles Nest is one of the most dangerous cave diving sites in the world. Numerous people have died in the cave system. Only properly properly trained professionals with first-hand knowledge of the cave system should even consider entering the Eagles Nest sinkhole … 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

Caladesi Island State Park

Caladesi Island and Honeymoon Islands near Clearwater, Florida

Caladesi Island is a beautiful island and state park in the Gulf of Mexico. The island is known for its pristine, undeveloped beaches and nature. Caladesi Island is notable for several reasons. Caladesi Island is: One of the prettiest beaches in Florida Conveniently located near major cities, including Clearwater, Tampa and St. Petersburg One of … Read more

Shell Mound Campground (Cedar Key)

Shell mound campground is surrounded by salt marsh and wetland

The Shell Mound Campground is a very nice campground near Cedar Key. The campground is set in a beautiful location, and is a great spot for exploring the surrounding area. Location The Shell Mound Campground is located in Levy County, and is managed as a Levy County Park. The campground itself is located on County … 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

Mosquito Bank (Key Largo)

Mosquito Bank Key Largo Sandbar

Mosquito Bank is located in the upper Keys near Key Largo. It is just offshore of John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park.  The Mosquito Bank covers a relatively large area, and includes several sandbars and shallow areas. One part of the Mosquito Bank has a lighted navigational beacon. Note: Please be careful not to damage … Read more

Marathon Sandbar

Grassy Key Sandbar in Marathon, Florida Keys

There are several popular sandbars in Marathon.  Each sandbar is unique and has its own vibe. The “feel” of the sandbars change dramatically based on other visitors who happen to be at the sandbar.  Like all sandbars in Florida, some of the more popular sandbars around Marathon become extremely crowded on weekends. Hundreds of boats … Read more

Islamorada Sandbars

islamorada sandbar, florida keys

The Islamorada sandbar is a shallow stretch of white sand, just offshore of Islamorada in the Florida Keys.  The Islamorada sandbar is an extremely popular place for boats to anchor and swim in the crystal clear water. Gatherings on the sandbar can be calm and relaxing, or wild parties, depending on the day and the … Read more

Boca Grande Key (Key West)

Boca grande key sandbar key west florida

Boca Grande is a small, uninhabited island in the Florida Keys.  Boca Grande Key is an extremely popular boating destination for people who live in Key West, and for visitors who visit the island with sandbar tours and captained boat charters. Note: Boca Grande Key should not be confused with the small residential community of … Read more

Content Keys

Aerial image of Content Keys in Florida Keys

The Content Keys are a group of small islands in the lower Florida Keys backcountry, near the Gulf of Mexico.  The entire region is famous for its beautiful clear water, abundant wildlife and fine, sugar-white sand. It is renowned for having some of the best sandbars in Florida. Note: The Content Keys are located in … Read more