TECO Manatee Viewing Center in Tampa

A crowd viewing manatees at the TECO power plant in Tampa

TECO Manatee Viewing Center Update Update as of 10/24/2021: The TECO Manatee Viewing Center is scheduled to reopen on November 1, 2021. The manatee viewing center was temporarily closed for the 2020 season due to Covid-19 safety precautions. Please check official website for the most up-to-date information, especially before visiting or planning a trip. Location … Read more

Camping in the Florida Keys

Sunshine Key RV Resort in the Florida Keys

Many people dream about camping in the Florida Keys. They imagine white sandy beaches, Caribbean blue water and easy living. They dream that camping is an easy, cheap alternative to hotels and expensive vacation rentals. Maybe even find some free camping on a beach? That all sounds great, right? It does sound great! But, sadly, … 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

Campgrounds in the Florida Keys

Campgrounds in the florida keys

There’s a huge variety of campgrounds in the Florida Keys. You can find everything from old, run-down trailer parks to the fanciest, most high-end and expensive private campgrounds you could imagine. Some campground lots in this guide sell for over a million dollars! Can you imagine paying a million dollars for a parking place? This … 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

Three Sisters Spring

Manatees in Three Sisters Spring, near the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge

Three Sisters Spring is one of the most beautiful natural springs in Florida. It’s also one of the best places to see wild manatees in Florida. The nearby Chassahowitzka River is another excellent location. If you will visit Three Sisters Spring, be sure to know the procedures, and how avoid harming the manatees or breaking … Read more

Overseas Highway

7 Mile Bridge on the Overseas Highway to Key West and the Florida Keys

The Overseas Highway is a world-famous scenic highway in Florida. It consists of 42 bridges which connect the Florida Keys to the Florida mainland. It’s currently the only way to reach Key West via land. The only other ways to reach Key West are by high-speed ferry, or by flying into the Key West Airport … 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

Blue Hole Spring

Blue Springs Florida Underwater Photo

Update as of 6/1/2021: Ichetucknee’s Blue Hole Spring was closed in 2020 due to Covid-19. It’s now open again, as of this update.  Please practice responsible social distancing. Check the official Ichetucknee Springs State Park website for updates before making plans or visiting the park. Ichetucknee Blue Hole Spring is my favorite spring in Florida. … 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

Devil’s Den Spring

Devil's Den Cavern in Williston Florida

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 famous on Youtube and Instagram. People are drawn to its deep blue water, fascinating history and beautiful photo ops. Devil’s Den is a great trip, and I definitely recommend it. But, … 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

Warm Mineral Springs

Warm Mineral Springs in Florida with shade trees and lawn furniture

Warning! Before going to Warm Mineral Springs, do some research and know what to expect. The spring is a beautiful and fascinating place. But, it’s not for everybody. If your expectations are misaligned, you may not enjoy your visit. Warm Mineral Springs is a natural hot spring, set inside an ancient sinkhole. The sinkhole is … 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