Crystal River

swimming with manatees in florida

Crystal River is a small waterfront city on Florida’s central Gulf coast.  Crystal River is known for its nature, beautiful natural springs, manatee tours, cute historic downtown area and water activities like kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding. Location The city of Crystal River is located on Florida’s gulf coast in western central Florida.  The small city … Read more

Daytona Beach

Daytona beach, Florida, aerial view

Daytona Beach is a busy beach town on the Atlantic Coast of Florida. Daytona is known for its crowded beaches, party vibes, festivals and motorsports.  Note: The terms “Daytona Beach” and “Daytona” refer to the same city. Daytona Beach is also known for being one of the few beaches in Florida where you can drive … Read more

The Best and Worst Times to Visit Florida

Convertible in front of beach in Florida during beautiful sunset

For most people there two best time periods to visit Florida: In the spring from late February until May In the fall from October until December During these times the weather is ideal. Temperatures are usually warm enough for most activities, but the weather is not too hot or humid.  But, everybody’s situation is different. … Read more

Weeki Wachee Springs

Weeki wachee springs state park mermaid show

Weeki Wachee Springs is a popular spring in central Florida. Weeki Wachee Springs was once privately owned, but the spring became a Florida state park in 2008. Weeki Wachee Springs is located near Orlando and Tampa, making it a popular destination for many visitors. Weeki Wachee Springs is most famous for mermaid shows, its spring-fed … Read more

Mexico Beach

A welcome sign on the beach in Mexico Beach, Florida

Mexico Beach is a quiet beachside town in the Florida Panhandle. It is a hidden gem and a last remnant of “Old Florida” in a region known as the Emerald Coast. Mexico Beach is known for its laid-back lifestyle, white sand beaches, clear waters and abundant wildlife.  Mexico Beach has a small-town feel and a … Read more

Warm Mineral Springs

Warm Mineral Springs in Florida with shade trees and lawn furniture

Important note: Warm Mineral Springs is currently closed due to damage caused by Hurricane Ian. Be sure to check this page for updates from the City of Northport. Warm Mineral Springs is a natural hot spring, set inside an ancient sinkhole. The sinkhole is filled with warm, mineral-rich, geothermally heated water. The water is the … Read more

Christmas in Florida

Christmas tree in Florida

Florida locals and visitors celebrate Christmas in Florida with warm weather, the beach, and our own unique spin of warm weather Christmas. Here are some things to know about Christmas in Florida The weather What to pack Expect crowds and traffic How Florida celebrates Christmas Weather in Florida for Christmas The weather in Florida at … Read more

Places With the Clearest Water in Florida

Gulf of Mexico Beach, clearest water in Florida

Where can you find the clearest water in Florida? It’s a common question! Florida’s water is extremely clear in many coastal locations around the state, including beaches in: Dry Tortugas National Park The Florida Panhandle The Florida Keys The Gulf Coast Specific areas on Florida’s east coast Besides beaches there are also crystal-clear rivers, lagoons, … Read more

The Best Christmas Lights in Florida

Christmas lights in Florida at St. Petersburg's Enchanted Christmas Event

Christmas in Florida is magical.  It doesn’t usually snow in Florida, but we’ve got our own unique style of holiday spirit.  One of the best parts about Christmas in Florida is the amazing and unique array of Christmas lights.  Here are our picks for the best Christmas lights in Florida. Note: We tried to ensure … Read more

Things To Do in Tarpon Springs

A statue of a sponge fisherman in the historic sponge docks, Tarpon Springs, Florida

Tarpon Springs is a hidden gem in Florida’s nature coast. It’s conveniently located near several of the largest cities in Florida, and is a great alternative to the stereotypical list of “Things to do in Florida”. Tarpon Springs is a fantastic weekend getaway for Florida locals who want to explore an interesting place, or a … Read more

Saint Augustine

Aerial view of St. Augustine, Florida

St. Augustine is a small beach town on Florida’s northeastern coast.  St. Augustine is known for its elegant European architecture, its cute city streets and its massive, historic stone fort, Castillo de San Marcos. Location  St. Augustine is located on the northeastern coast of Florida, approximately 40 miles south of Jacksonville and approximately 122 miles … Read more

Oleta River State Park

Kayaking Oleta River State Park near Miami, Florida

Oleta River State Park is a beautiful state park, and one of the best things to do near Miami.  Oleta River State Park offers a wide variety of activities, ranging from relaxing beach days to heart-pumping mountain biking adventures. Oleta River State Park is an extremely popular spot in Miami for both visitors and locals, … Read more

Peanut Island, Florida

A beach on Peanut Island, Florida

Peanut Island is a small island in Florida’s Lake Worth Lagoon. It’s located in a beautiful area, between Riviera Beach, Singer Island and Palm Beach. Peanut Island is a county park, and is open to the public. Admission is free, although there is a cost to ride a public ferry if you don’t have your … Read more

Ginnie Springs

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Ginnie Springs is one of the most beautiful springs in Florida, but it comes with some serious downsides. Unlike many other springs in Florida, Ginnie Springs is privately owned, and allows excessive crowds and alcohol consumption. Partly due to the alcohol, Ginnie Springs has a reputation for rowdy partying and trashy crowds, especially on holiday … Read more

Kelly Park/Rock Springs

Rock Springs Run near the headspring in Kelly Park, Apopka, Florida

Kelly Park/Rock Springs is one of the most beautiful springs in Florida. The main attraction at Rocks Springs is a gorgeous natural Florida spring and spring run, which is great for tubing. Many people describe Rock Springs as Orlando’s natural lazy river, which is a great description! Rock Springs/Kelly Park is less than 30 miles … Read more

Shell Mound Campground (Cedar Key)

Shell mound campground is surrounded by salt marsh and wetland

The Shell Mound Campground is a very nice campground near Cedar Key. The campground is set in a beautiful location, and is a great spot for exploring the surrounding area. Location The Shell Mound Campground is located in Levy County, and is managed as a Levy County Park. The campground itself is located on County … Read more

Sandbars in Key West

sandbar in key west, florida

Sandbars in Key West are hidden gems. The sand is like white sugar. The water is crystal clear.  When you’re all alone on a sandbar there isn’t any noise, except for the sound of the water. They’re like private desert islands.  You can often see fun and exciting marine life on sandbars, including dolphins, sharks, … Read more

Devil’s Den Spring

Devil's Den Cavern in Williston Florida

Devil’s Den Spring is a natural spring located in central Florida. It’s a unique spot because it’s located inside an underground cavern. Devil’s Den is privately owned, and is operated as a SCUBA diving and snorkeling site. Warning! Unless you plan ahead and get lucky, the cavern will probably be crowded. It may not live … Read more

Cocoa Beach

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Cocoa Beach is one of the nicest beach towns in Florida. It’s an attractive city with many positive features, including beautiful public beaches and a historic beach boardwalk and pier.  Beaches in Cocoa Beach are among the most beautiful beaches in Florida. The sand is clean and the coastline offers some of the best surf … Read more

Destin

surfing in destin florida

Destin, Florida is a small beach town located in the Florida panhandle. It is an incredibly popular beach destination for tourists, and has been a popular destination for many decades.  Destin was once a quaint fishing village, but has grown into a busy tourist destination. More than 4.5 million people visit Destin annually, according to … Read more