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

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

Chassahowitzka River and Springs

Chassahowitzka River Campground

The Chassahowitzka River is located in the city of Homosassa on Florida’s central gulf coast. It’s located in Citrus County. Chassahowitzka River Video Tour History of Chassahowitzka River and Springs Like many springs in Florida, Chassahowitzka Springs has a fascinating history. It has attracted humans for tens of thousands of years. There are several notable … Read more

Sugarloaf Key

An aerial photo of Sugarloaf Key and Cudjoe Key in the Florida Keys

Sugarloaf Key is an island in the Florida Keys, below the southern tip of Florida. Location and Geography  The Gulf of Mexico borders the north shores of Sugarloaf Key, and the Atlantic Ocean is to the south. Sugarloaf Key is located in the “Lower Keys” below Cudjoe Key and above the Saddlebunch Keys. The … Read more

Major Cities in Florida

A Map of the 5 largest cities in Florida

On a map, Florida can sometimes look like a small state because of its long, narrow shape. But, Florida is deceptively large in both land area and population. Florida covers 65,758 square miles, which makes it the 22nd largest state by land area. According to the most recent 2019 census estimate, 21,477,737 people live in … 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

Windermere

An aerial drone photo of luxury waterfront homes in Windermere, Florida, one of the best suburbs of Orlando

Windermere, Florida is a small, vibrant city in Orange County, Florida. It’s one of the best and popular suburbs of Orlando, especially for wealthy people. Windermere is known for its luxurious lakefront homes, famous residents and a quiet, charming atmosphere. Approximately 2,500-3,000 residents live in the Town of Windermere. Location Windermere’s location is one of … Read more

Ichetucknee Springs Campground

Ichetucknee Springs Campground provides the best camping near Ichetucknee Springs State Park

We just got back from camping at Ichetucknee Springs Campground, and had such a great time! We were very happily surprised by our experience. We usually try to avoid private campgrounds because we prefer state parks, national forests, free camping and boondocking whenever possible. But, this campground was different. It’s one of the best we’ve … Read more

Bok Tower and Gardens

The Singing Tower in Bok Tower Gardens

Bok Tower and Gardens is one of the best things to do in central Florida. Most visitors absolutely love it, you should definitely consider visiting. Bok Tower and Gardens is a botanical garden, nature preserve and the site of a beautiful, world-famous bell tower, called a carillon. A carillon is a series of musical bells … Read more

Winter Garden

The Centennial Plaza in Winter Garden, Florida

Winter Garden, Florida is a small, charming city located on the outskirts of Orlando. It sits on the southeast shore of Lake Apopka, and is often considered to be the easternmost suburb of Orlando. It’s home to just over 46,000 residents. Winter Garden is located inside Orange County, Florida, and is part of the greater … Read more

Free Camping in the Florida Keys

Camping on the beach in the Florida Keys

If you’re reading this, you’re probably looking for free camping in the Florida Keys. Or, because someone shared this article with you. Well, I’ve got good news and bad news for you, my new friend. The bad news is that free camping in the Florida Keys essentially does not exist. It would be awesome, and … Read more

St. Cloud

Downtown St. Cloud, Florida

St. Cloud is a small town in central Florida, 28 miles south of Orlando. Saint Cloud is often considered to be part of the Greater Orlando metro area, and is part of the large Orlando–Kissimmee–Sanford metropolitan statistical area. St. Cloud is one of two incorporated cities in Osceola County. The only other city is the … Read more

Heathrow

Heathrow Florida

Heathrow is a small town in Seminole County. It’s a popular suburb of Orlando, and often ranks well on lists of the best places to live in Florida. The population of Heathrow is 6,987 according to the most recent 2019 U.S. census. The zip code for Heathrow, Florida is 32746. Quality of Life People enjoy … Read more