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Where to Beach Camp on the Gulf Coast

My humble tent on a stunning beach.

By far, Fort De Soto is the best beach camping in all of Florida that I have found. Nestled right up against the water, the campsites yawn open into the ocean itself. Many of the fellow campers I’ve come across while camping in Fort De Soto use the back door and paddle right up to their campsites in their kayaks. Read More…

A Weeki Wachee bumper sticker from the old days.

In case you haven’t heard–Florida has been a popular travel destination long before Disney World. The big draws were the exotic, pristine beaches, salt-tinged air, lines of green palm trees, and the romanticism of the whole affair. But it wasn’t just that. There were pockets of uniquely only-in-Florida side-road attractions that included interesting characters, glass bottom boats, alligator wrestlers, and–yes–the world-famous Weeki Wachee Springs.

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Photo by William V

HINT: It’s not Universal. It’s not Disney. It’s not LEGO Land. In fact, it’s none of Florida’s major theme parks. But it is easily accessible from I-4 and makes a nice half day excursion, and one of their humongous T-Rex’s overlooks the interstate. Read More…

Mardi Gras Dragon

Yup, even though I’m a BG nerd, I still think there are incredibly awesome festivals going on elsewhere that is worthy of your attention. Check out these 4 other sure-to-be great festivals. Read More…

Kumba 1

Hint: It has nothing to do with Food and Wine and entirely something to do with a 90s rock band AND a another rock legend currently best known for a car insurance commercial. PLUS: The complete Food and Wine Festival concert lineup (It’s pretty impressive). Read More…

The Beach Is Still Fun In January

I know, I know…the weather is cooler, maybe a bit overcast. But have you ever given the beach a try during the wintertime? The crowds are few. The beach is wide open. It’s really a cool thing to see because most of us have this vision of slammed beaches full of tourists. Not so during this time of year. I find wintertime is a good time to admire the natural beauty that can be found on Florida’s beaches. Read More…

Post Card Inn on St. Pete Beach

My wife and I decided we wanted to be beach bums for a couple of days. We went all out and actually got a room on the beach, which is a rare occurrence, usually we just make the hour long trip to and from our apartment. But it kind of really, really sucks in some ways to be forced to commute to the beach, especially when you have a kid that you have to somehow figure out how to work in a naptime. It gets difficult, but with a room! Ah, we can hit up the beach in the morning, head in for drinks and a nap, and go back out for the sunset. Life is so much better this way. Read More…

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

Through studying Florida’s past, I’ve constantly come across Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings as one of Florida’s premier authors, which means quite a bit to me since I love reading and writing. So, I decided to embark on a Rawlings reading quest to see what all the hubbub was about. I choose three of her books–South Moon Under, Cross Creek, and–the Pulitzer Prize winner–The Yearling. Read More…

Photo by Ricky Brigante

Big news everybody. Busch Garden’s spectacular Christmas Town celebration will be included with a normal day admission. That means holders of the annual pass, fun card, or a daily admission will get to enjoy the festivities without an additional purchase as in years pass. Read More…

Camping at Oscar Scherer State Park

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What the crap!? Why the heck didn’t I have the foresight to call ahead? That’s what I was thinking when the ranger at Myakka State Park told us they did not have any more room for tent camping. Read More…