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

Ormond Beach

Driving on the beach in Florida, Ormond Beach, Volusia County

Ormond Beach is a relaxed, coastal town on Florida’s east coast. It sits in the northern section of Florida’s peninsula, in a region called the Palm Coast. It’s located in Volusia County. It’s located 6 miles north of Daytona Beach, and 50 miles south of St. Augustine. It is 71 miles east of Ocala, and … 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

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 city in central Florida, 28 miles south of Orlando. It’s often considered part of Greater Orlando, 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 larger city of Kissimmee, which is 9 miles … 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

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

Ichetucknee Springs State Park

Dampiers Landing Ichetucknee Springs State Park

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 picnic facilities Two on-site restaurants with … 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

Peanut Island, Florida

A beach on Peanut Island, Florida

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 weekends and holidays. It’s a great … 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

Cleaning Fees for AirBnB

Cleaning Fees for AirBnB Disgusting secret: Some vacation hosts don’t clean their places. When some people learn how to become AirBnB hosts they dream of easy money and glamor. That dream doesn’t include hand-scrubbing a filthy toilet, or a greasy kitchen. Most of my friends are fellow business owners. Many are involved in Florida’s crazy … Read more

Make Block Ice

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

2021 Update: Thanks to everyone who shared solutions and suggestions! 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, so I’m not sure how they’ll hold up to freezing. But, they look promising. … Read more