Shoes for sailing

shelves of boat and sailing shoes inside a West Marine store

Choosing shoes for sailing is important, and can be difficult. I can’t tell you how many hours I’ve spent looking for the perfect boat shoes for sailing. I’ve been through all sorts of options, from expensive dinghy racing boots, to cheap Converse Chuck Taylors, and of course, Sperry topsiders. Really, everyone just has to find … Read more

TECO Manatee Viewing Center in Tampa

A crowd viewing manatees at the TECO power plant in Tampa

Last updated on October 5th, 2020. Where to see manatees near Tampa Bay? The best place to find manatees really depends on the weather. The best time to see manatees is in the winter. When the water is cold, they’re easier to find because they gather in predictable locations. Manatees’ migratory behaviors display a trait … Read more

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

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

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

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

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

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

Devil’s Den Spring

Devil's Den Cavern in Williston Florida

Last updated on October 2nd, 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

Springs in Florida

Blue Hole Spring inside Ichetucknee Springs State Park, Florida

Last updated on October 7th, 2020. Springs in Florida and Karst Geology Before talking about Florida springs, and the karst limestone that makes them possible, it’s helpful to know a bit about basic geology. Three Types of Rock There are three main types of rocks: Igneous Sedimentary Metamorphic While talking about Karst, we’ll focus on … Read more

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

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

Hot Springs in Florida

Florida Hot Springs: Warm Mineral Springs

Last updated on October 15th, 2020. Hot Springs of Florida Florida is home to thousands of beautiful, natural springs. Few know this, but some of those are natural hot springs. Due to the depth of their spring water sources, the spring water is heated by the earth’s core. However, these hot springs are not like … Read more

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

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