TECO Manatee Viewing Center in Tampa

A crowd viewing manatees at the TECO power plant in Tampa

Last updated on September 20th, 2020. Where to see manatees near Tampa Bay? The best place to find manatees really depends on the weather. In the summer, they’re harder to see because they spread out. When the water is warm, they have no reason to stay near warm water sources, so manatees can be anywhere. … Read more TECO Manatee Viewing Center in Tampa

Surfing in Florida

A wave crashing on a Florida beach

Last updated on September 19th, 2020. Is there good surfing in Florida? Florida can have excellent surf, but only during specific conditions. Florida’s marine geography is not well suited for good, consistent waves. Florida’s surf conditions are exceptionally “local”, meaning that wave and swell conditions don’t affect the coastline consistently. Conditions vary dramatically between nearby … Read more Surfing in Florida

Sailing Documentaries

sailing near Key West, Florida

Last updated on August 30th, 2020. This page will feature the best sailing documentaries I’ve found over the years. If you think I should add something, please let me know! I’ll try to keep this page updated, as a helpful resource. This page is dedicated to sailing documentaries. I have another page dedicated to the … Read more Sailing Documentaries

Sailing Movies

Sailboat sailing view from aerial drone photograph

Last updated on August 8th, 2020. 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 … Read more Sailing Movies

Ichetucknee Springs State Park

Dampiers Landing Ichetucknee Springs State Park

Last updated on September 22nd, 2020. Ichetucknee Springs State Park Ichetucknee Springs State Park is an oasis. It has something for everyone: Tubing on a natural lazy river Paddling: Canoe and Kayaking One of the clearest rivers in Florida Fantastic snorkeling Scuba diving, and cave diving Beautiful nature Hiking trails Diverse wildlife Grills, BBQ and … Read more Ichetucknee Springs State Park

National Forests in Florida

National Forests in Florida Florida is home to three important National Forests, as well as several Florida State Forests. Apalachicola Ocala Osceola Apalachicola National Forest The Apalachicola National Forest is the largest national forest in Florida. It occupies more than 500,000 acres, and houses vast tracts of native Longleaf Pine forest ecosystem. Gorgeous rivers, springs and lakes … Read more National Forests in Florida

Sanibel Island, Florida

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

Last updated on February 16th, 2020. 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 … Read more Sanibel Island, Florida

Peanut Island, Florida

A beach on Peanut Island, Florida

Last updated on September 20th, 2020. Peanut Island, Florida Peanut Island is easily one of the best beaches in Florida. Some locals visit every weekend, and say they never get bored with it. The island is small, but has something for everyone. It’s quiet and peaceful during the week, and a lively boat/beach party spot on … Read more Peanut Island, Florida

Devil’s Den Spring

Devil's Den Cavern in Williston Florida

Last updated on September 22nd, 2020. Devil’s Den Spring Devil’s Den Spring is of the coolest, most unique springs in Florida. It’s always been a popular spot, but in recent years it’s become insta-famous on Youtube and Instagram. People are drawn to its deep blue water, fascinating history and beautiful photo ops. Devil’s Den is … Read more Devil’s Den Spring

Florida Anchoring Laws (Updated 2020)

Anchor in Florida

Last updated on August 8th, 2020. 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 … Read more Florida Anchoring Laws (Updated 2020)

Blue Hole: Florida’s Hidden Treasure

Blue Springs Florida Underwater Photo

Last updated on September 15th, 2020. Blue Hole: Ichetucknee Spring’s Hidden Treasure Update 9/15/2020: Blue Hole Spring was closed due to Covid-19, but is now open again, as of this update. Please check the State Park page for the most up-to-date information, especially before making plans or visiting the park. The Blue Hole in Florida … Read more Blue Hole: Florida’s Hidden Treasure

Hot Springs in Florida

Florida Hot Springs: Warm Mineral Springs

Last updated on February 5th, 2020. Hot Springs of Florida Florida is home to thousands of beautiful, natural springs, but only a few are natural hot springs. Because of its incredible underground geology, most springs in Florida remain a pleasant (chilly!) temperature all year ‘round. They’re warm enough to swim on warm winter days, and … Read more Hot Springs in Florida

Make Block Ice

A block of ice rests on a counter next to a plastic tupperware mold

Last updated on September 17th, 2020. Update for September, 2020:  Thanks to all of you who have reached out with your solutions and suggestons!  I’ll highlight a few here:  Something like these flexible bladders might be a great solution to avoid problems with melted ice water in coolers, and food contamination. I haven’t tried this yet, … Read more Make Block Ice

Rock Springs Kelly Park 

Last updated on February 13th, 2020. Rock Springs Kelly Park The main attraction at Rock Springs Kelly Park is a gorgeous natural Florida spring and a relaxing natural lazy river. It has a super convenient location. It’s less than 30 miles away from Orlando, but surrounded by serene nature and lots of Florida Wildlife. Rock … Read more Rock Springs Kelly Park