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

Sandbars in Key West

sandbar in key west, florida

Sandbars in Key West are hidden gems. The sand is like white sugar. The water is crystal clear.  When you’re all alone on a sandbar there isn’t any noise, except for the sound of the water. They’re like private desert islands.  You can often see fun and exciting marine life on sandbars, including dolphins, sharks, … Read more

Devil’s Den Spring

Devil's Den Cavern in Williston Florida

Devil’s Den Spring is a natural spring located in central Florida. It’s a unique spot because it’s located inside an underground cavern. Devil’s Den is privately owned, and is operated as a SCUBA diving and snorkeling site. Warning! Unless you plan ahead and get lucky, the cavern will probably be crowded. It may not live … Read more

Cocoa Beach

beaches in cocoa beach, floria

Cocoa Beach is one of the nicest beach towns in Florida. It’s an attractive city with many positive features, including beautiful public beaches and a historic beach boardwalk and pier.  Beaches in Cocoa Beach are among the most beautiful beaches in Florida. The sand is clean and the coastline offers some of the best surf … 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

The Best Sandbars in Florida

crab island, destin, florida

Sandbars in Florida are amazing! They often have crystal-clear water, powdery white sand, and are beautiful beyond words. While tourists crowd onto Florida’s beaches, Florida locals head to the sandbars. Sandbars in Florida are community gathering places. Although some sandbars can get crazy, they can also be a great place to meet like-minded friends and … Read more

Disappearing Island

disappearing island florida, near new smyrna beach and the ponce inlet

Disappearing Island is a large, popular sandbar in Florida’s Ponce Inlet, near New Smyrna Beach. Why is it called Disappearing Island? Disappearing Island got its name because it “disappears” at high tide, and is only visible during low tides. During high tide, the Disappearing Island sandbar is submerged underwater.  The water level and depth varies … 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

Grayton Beach

Grayton Beach, Florida

Grayton Beach is a small beach town in the Florida Panhandle. Many people say that Grayton Beach is a reminder of how “Old Florida” used to be. Grayton Beach is known for its charming, eclectic community and beautiful nature. The beaches in Grayton Beach are among the best in Florida, and the area is surrounded … Read more

Nude Beaches in Key West

A woman on a topless nude beach in Key West, in the Florida Keys

Key West is a wild place. It’s a modern-day pirate town, known for crazy parties on Duval Street, quirkiness and adult-friendly entertainment. Key West celebrates individual freedom and human sexuality. Sometimes, it can feel like almost anything is allowed.  With such a wild reputation, there must be nude beaches in Key West, right? Well, surprisingly, … 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

Springs in Florida

Blue Hole Spring inside Ichetucknee Springs State Park, Florida

Beaches and theme parks get a lot of attention, but if you ask me, Florida’s springs are the best part of our state. Did you know that Florida may more freshwater springs than any other place on Earth? We have more than 1,000 springs in Florida; many have not even been discovered yet. This guide … Read more

Algae Blooms in Florida

Red tide in Naples, Florida, caused by a harmful algae bloom

One of the worst parts of living in Florida is the ongoing problem with harmful algal blooms. Harmful algae blooms are extremely serious problems which threaten the state’s economy, environment and long-term future. What are Harmful Algae Blooms in Florida? A harmful algal blooms, often abbreviated as “HABs”, is an out-of-control growth of algae. The … Read more