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Kayaking Bahia Honda State Park: Clear water and a tiny island to discover Little Bahia Honda Island, two-thirds of a mile out in the Atlantic, has a view of the historic saddleback bridge at Bahia Honda State Park.  (Photo: Bonnie Gross)
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Buying a new RV (A consumer guide)

We just bought our second travel trailer, and after more than 14 years RVing, we’re a lot smarter this time around.

Beaches Barefoot on Hutchinson Island: Beaches and a lot more

Barefoot on Hutchinson Island: Beaches and a lot more

With an abundance of pristine beaches with easy public access, Hutchinson Island is my favorite destination on Florida’s Atlantic coast.  Much of the island remains frozen in time, when you could cruise down A1A and pull off on the side of the road.

Florida Roundups Photo by Mauro Luna on Flickr

2017 sea-turtle walks: It’s time to register for a natural thrill

Sea-turtle walks are like seeing a National Geographic film in person. But you need reservations to join these night-time beach walks to watch giant sea turtles nesting.

Kayak & Canoe USAF Thunderbirds (Photo by photobunny via Flickr)

Fort Lauderdale Air Show: See it from a kayak May 6-7, 2017

A kayak paddle in the nearby waterways is a way to reduce traffic hassles and still experience some of the Fort Lauderdale Air Show May 6-7. Here’s how to do it.

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USAF Thunderbirds (Photo by photobunny via Flickr)

Fort Lauderdale Air Show: See it from a kayak May 6-7, 2017

A kayak paddle in the nearby waterways is a way to reduce traffic hassles and still experience some of the Fort Lauderdale Air Show May 6-7. Here’s how to do it.

Florida Folk Festival: May 27 – 29, 2017

Florida Folk Festival: May 27 – 29, 2017

The Florida Folk Festival marks its 64th year at Stephen Foster State Park over Memorial Day Weekend. The annual event celebrates Florida’s land, people and diverse cultural heritage.

Stop at little known Lake Griffin State Park for a famous tree and more

Stop at little known Lake Griffin State Park for a famous tree and more

A very old, very big live oak tree inspired me to stop at this park near the Villages in Central Florida, and I found it to be a nice place to picnic, paddle and take a short hike.

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Buying a new RV (A consumer guide)

We just bought our second travel trailer, and after more than 14 years RVing, we’re a lot smarter this time around.

Rhesus monkey at Silver Springs State Park in Ocala. (Photo: Bonnie Gross)

Kayaking Silver Springs: Exquisite trail for kayaks is highlight of Silver River

The new Silver Springs State Park near Ocala gives kayakers their first chance to launch at the famous springhead and paddle an exquisite waterway that has never been open to kayakers before.

Outfitting your new RV (A consumer guide to the gear you need)

Outfitting your new RV (A consumer guide to the gear you need)

Your new RV is remarkably ill-equipped when you leave the dealership. You still have to buy accessories and fittings that cost hundreds of dollars.

The Don CeSar Hotel entrance in St. Pete Beach.

Florida’s grand hotels: Celebrate a special occasion with a historic stay

Huge and opulent, Florida’s grand hotels were built from the Gilded Age through the Jazz Age, but they continue to delight visitors with their elegance and history. Here’s a guide to 10 of the most special ones.

The Everglades Rod and Gun Club on the Barron River. (Photo: Bonnie Gross)

Everglades City Rod and Gun Club: Visit the past

Remarkably unchanged, this century-old hotel is on the market for $12 million. It’s a jewel in a remote town surrounded by untamed Everglades. We recently stayed in the atmospheric lodge. He loved it; she didn’t. But we agree on this: It’s an exceptional place to visit.

Oak arches over the kayak trail on the St. Lucie River South Branch

St. Lucie River: Beautiful kayak trail deserves discovery

The St. Lucie River is not a well-known kayaking destination — and it should be. It’s wild and gorgeous — a jungly forest of old live oaks thick with airplants and Spanish moss. After paddling about two hours, you reach a remote area where you can picnic and take a hike.

Kayaking the Alafia River near Tampa

Alafia River: Kayaking through tame rapids a half hour from Tampa

This cypress-lined Alafia river has an unusual feature for Florida: Rocky shoals that create fun rapids to kayak. It’s near hiking trails, springs and a very nice paddling trail at Little Manatee River State Park.

The Florida Keys  Brewing Company in Islamorada

New things to do on Islamorada, a great stop in Florida Keys

There are excellent reasons to stop in Islamorada on your Florida Keys trip, including a cluster of cultural attractions. A new top-notch museum in Islamorada has a Clyde Butcher photo exhibit this summer.

An antique train trestle on the Little Manatee River is a good place for a lunch break. (Photo: Bonnie Gross)

Little Manatee River near Tampa: Great for kayakers, hikers & campers

Just 45 minute from Tampa/St. Pete, the beautiful river, state park and region is a natural haven that can keep you busy exploring for days. There’s an outfitter to make trip-planning easy, plus it offers cabins and camping.

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