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

TECO Manatee Viewing Center in Tampa

A crowd viewing manatees at the TECO power plant in Tampa

The Tampa Manatee Viewing Center is one of the best places to see manatees in Florida. The manatee center is located at the Big Bend Power Plant, also known as the TECO Power Plant, in Apollo Beach, Florida. During cold weather, the TECO power plant attracts countless manatees, and other forms of wildlife. Wildlife is … Read more

Buford Springs

Clear water inside Buford Springs in the Chassahowitzka WMA, Florida

Buford Springs is one of the best springs in Florida. It’s an incredible SCUBA diving and freediving site; many divers rank it as one of the most beautiful SCUBA sites in Florida. It’s located in Hernando County, inside the Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area. Because it’s so beautiful, Buford has been a popular cave diving site … Read more

Boyd Hill Nature Preserve

Where is Boyd Hill Preserve? The Boyd Hill Nature Preserve is located south of Saint Petersburg. It borders the shores of Lake Maggiore. There are two entrances to the park. The North entrance includes a historical Pioneer Settlement Area and will be the site of the Tomalin Campground, which will provide urban camping inside the … Read more

Florida RVing with Dogs

Florida RV travel with dogs is a magical experience. Like exploring with a camera in your hand, road trips with your dog will open your eyes to the world in a completely different way. While growing up, every single family vacation was spent traveling in our class C motorhome. Of course, we always had our … Read more

Surfing in Florida

A wave crashing on a Florida beach

Is there good surfing in Florida? Florida can have excellent surf, but only during specific conditions. Sadly, Florida’s marine geography is not well suited for good, consistent waves. Florida’s surf conditions are exceptionally location-specific. Because of many different factors, wind, wave and swell conditions don’t affect the coastline consistently. Certain spots on Florida’s east coast … Read more

Beach Weddings in Florida: Planning Guide

A barefoot bride and groom hold their shoes as they get married on a beach.

Congratulations on getting engaged! Now that you’ve said, “Yes!” to your one-and-only, it’s time to start thinking about where you want to get married. Maybe you’ve already started dreaming about all of the fantastic places you can say, “I do,” and if you’re reading this post, then a Florida wedding on the beach has probably … Read more

Sailing Movies

Sailboat sailing view from aerial drone photograph

Sailors always want be on the water. Unfortunately, that’s not always possible; especially today. Sailing books, movies and stories help us waterlovers survive until our next adventure. I made this list of resources I’ve found over the years. I hope you enjoy them! Please tell me if you think I should add something. I appreciate … Read more

National Forests in Florida

Florida is home to three important National Forests, as well as several State Forests. Each of these sites are important for a variety of reasons. Florida’s forests, wildlife and natural environments are under constant assault. Over-development, pollution and encorachment all pose grave, constant threats. Wild, natural forest areas help preserve sensitive ecosystems and provide valuable … Read more

Sanibel Island, Florida

Sanibel Island Beaches are visible through green trees and a beach walkway

Sanibel Island is one of my favorite places in all of Florida. I love it because it strikes a perfect balance between so many great things. Nature, conservation and respectful human enjoyment. Laid back, but sophisticated Luxurious, but accessible I especially love the bike paths which connect every part of the island. I could see … Read more

Florida Anchoring Laws (Updated 2021)

A sign says "No Anchoring Per City Ordinance" in Florida

Florida Anchoring Laws Florida anchoring rules have been a toxic, contentious issue for years. In this article we’ll look at the guidelines, rules and relevant issues facing Florida cruisers. Plus, for anyone who’s interested, we’ll take a look at some notable Florida anchoring issues and legal cases from the past. Florida Anchoring Rules: What Do … Read more