Looking for a family vacation or romantic getaway reminiscent of Old Florida? We recently spent a few days at Tarpon Lodge, Pine Island, and discovered a part of southwest Florida we'd never seen before. The idyllic islands of Pine Island Sound are filled with interesting history, local culture, and a whole lot of fresh seafood!
If you're looking to explore the shallow waters of southwest Florida in the Everglades, Rookery Bay, and the 10,000 islands, paddling is a great way to go. Head out on the water with the folks at Rising Tide Explorers, one of the best Everglades kayak tours around.
The Florida Everglades is an eco lovers paradise. America's only subtropical wilderness known as the River of Grass is home to rare and endangered animal species and a UNESCO World Heritage site. With roughly 2,000 square miles to explore, there are incredible things to do in the Everglades, one of the most exciting natural destinations in the world.
If you think Gainesville, Florida is all about the Florida Gators, think again. There are so many things to do in Gainesville, FL, a creative and diverse university town now known for it's arts, museums, events, and most especially the hand-crafted food, beer, and spirits scenes. Gainesville is a fun and happening place!
Wondering what to do in Naples, the jewel of Florida's Paradise Coast? With its palm tree-lined avenues, world class beaches, and small-town feel, it's a perfect destination for a luxury getaway, romantic escape, or family vacation. Here's your ultimate guide for what to do in Naples, Florida with kids or just the two of you.
There's so much brewing in Gainesville, Florida from craft beer and spirits to a burgeoning food scene, so where do you begin to discover it all? Take the Gainesville Food Tour, a fun 3-hour walking food tour that explores the best foods, history, and local culture in this hip university town!
Sanibel Island beaches in southwest Florida are teeming with gorgeous seashells, but where can you find the best beaches on Sanibel for shelling? Here's your ultimate guide to Sanibel shelling: the how, when, and where to find the best shells.
Key lime pie is the official pie of the state of Florida, and no place does it better than the Conch Republic of Key West. The next time you're there, take a self-guided tasting tour of some of the best pies in town, and see if you agree with me who has the best Key lime pie in Key West!
They say you never forget your first anything that makes a real impression on you. But I'll happily forget Hurricane Irma, my first hurricane encounter, and one of the biggest in history. Here's my personal experience as a newbie, and the valuable lessons I learned.
Some of the best hiking in Florida can be found in the southwest part of the state. So if you’re looking to explore the area’s natural world, check out these 4 fun and easy boardwalks and day hikes in SWFL (Ft. Myers, Naples, and the Everglades) with the most unique hiking trails in south Florida.
We searched southwest Florida for just the right kind of beach bars - fun places with good food and cold drinks that are actually ON the beach - so you don't have to waste any time finding just the right vibe to match your tropical vacation! So here they are - the very best beach bars in Sanibel & Captiva down the coast all the way to Marco Island.
Looking for the best beaches in Naples, Florida? Trust a local who lives there to share the 7 best beaches in town, whether you're looking for a quick trip for a sunset view or an all-day hike through natural dunes. Naples has a beach for everyone in the family!
Florida's gulf coast is home to scores of barrier islands that offer some of the best family vacations around, but none more than Sanibel and Captiva islands. Close to the Ft. Myers mainland, one narrow causeway makes all the difference in keeping the feel of this island refreshingly small town. So gather the kids and grandkids. Here's a list of things to do in Sanibel and Captiva and all the reasons you'll fall in love.
It's always the unexpected treats of exploring out-of-the-way places in small town America that yield the biggest surprises. Like the one I had recently at The Smallest Post Office in the US in the Florida Everglades.
If you've never been to central Florida, or perhaps spent your vacation at the Orlando home of one of its most famous residents, you may never know you missed one of the most magical places in the state - the natural world of Citrus County.
Those cute and cuddly aquatic manatees that are so homely they're adorable are also an endangered species. But there are ways to get up close and personal with them, through passive observation of them in the natural habitat. And the experience is one you'll never forget.
Is it possible to interact with an endangered species like a manatee in their natural habitat, and call it responsible tourism? Here's why we decided to go against conventional eco-wisdom and swim with manatees in Crystal River, the best place to see manatees in Florida.
The State Wildlife Park in Homosassa Springs is truly a treasure of Old Florida, highlighting the wildlife above water and below, including one very special non-native creature. Much more than any zoo I've been to, the Park offers a rare glimpse into the 'real Florida' and the rugged natural landscape and wildlife that makes it unique.
The Koreshan Unity Settlement was founded in 1894 by Dr. Cyrus Teed, a physician from Utica, New York, though he graduated from the Eclectic Medical College of New York, which was later considered fraudulent and declared defunct in 1881.
Wherever we go, we always have a beaten up guidebook, local phrasebook, and weatherproof map in our backpacks. Plus, a souvenir book by Florida landscape photographer Clyde Butcher is always a good idea!