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There Are Beautiful White Sand Beaches – With Interesting Shells

Dry Tortugas Day Trip – Tips for a Great Visit

I first heard about Dry Tortugas National Park on a trip to Key West in 2015. Since then I've been pining to visit, especially after drooling over beach photos on Instagram and Pinterest.  Dry Tortugas National Park is small, covering only 100 square miles and much of that is ocean. It sits at the westernmost end of the Florida Keys approximately 67 miles west of Key West and 37 miles west of the Marquesas, the closest…

Hanging Out On A Dock In The Florida Keys

Miami to Key West Drive – 14 Essential Stops

You can certainly knock off the Miami to Key West drive in a half day but you'd miss so many great stops. There are lovely places to stay, beautiful beaches, excellent places for snorkeling, deep sea fishing, a turtle hospital and a lot of key lime pie to try. Why not turn the it into a multi-day road trip and check out these 14 essential stops on a Miami to Key West drive? Allow three…

Another View Of The Bridge To Nowhere

Bahia Honda State Park – For Birding & Beaches

Located at mile marker 37, Bahia Honda State Park in the Florida Keys is one place worth visiting on the four - five hour drive between Key West and the mainland. The island that is home to Bahia Honda State Park has loads of sandy beaches - so it's a haven for families. Apart from lazing on a beach you can bike the roads and hike a few short trails. Don't miss the walk up…

You Feel Part Of This Mural When You Walk By

Things to Do in Key West if You Have 48 Hours

These are some of the best things to do in Key West, Florida if you only have 48 hours. Fortunately we felt like we'd made the most of our time without feeling like we were rushing from activity to activity. If you have a third day, be sure to book a trip to Dry Tortugas National Park, accessed via a high speed boat. It's fabulous. This post includes some affiliate links. If you make a…

First Time Seeing A Limpkin

Myakka State Park: A Haven for Nature Lovers

Florida's Myakka State Park, accessed via an easy drive from Sarasota, is truly a nature lover's paradise. With twelve of its 68 miles protected in the park, the wild and scenic Myakka River attracts a huge number of birds and animals. To experience Myakka State Park, you can do any number of activities ranging from leisurely drives along a scenic seven mile road to the full multi-day backcountry hiking experience. Myakka State Park - what…

We're All Enjoying The Paddle Through The Mangrove Tunnel

Florida Keys Kayaking Near Key West

It appears from comments in my social media networks that many of my readers are less than enthusiastic about kayaking with alligators in Big Cypress National Preserve. (No way, are you kidding, you are so brave, I want a contract that says No Attacking Me and Eating Me - and yet really it was such a great day.) However, I think everybody I know would love Florida Keys kayaking, especially when it's an easy half day…

Kayaking In Florida In A Sawgrass Marsh Landscape Once We're Out Of The Mangroves

Kayaking in Florida on the Turner River

With dreams of alligators lunging for the warm meat sitting in my kayak cockpit (me), I went ahead and booked a full day trip kayaking in Florida on the Turner River in Florida's Big Cypress National Reserve. The goal was to see the area in its most pristine state - well off the very busy and well-trodden tourist trail. I knew the area would be rich not only with alligators but with birds, and that…

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