Articles written by: Bob Rountree

Bob Rountree is an outdoors travel writer, exploring back roads of the authentic Florida. Co-founder of FloridaRambler.com, Bob contributes to the monthly Florida Rambler column in the South Florida SunSentinel and Orlando Sentinel. His work has also appeared in the Miami Herald, Guardian UK and other publications.

Father’s Day Gifts for the Camp Chef

Father’s Day Gifts for the Camp Chef

Father’s Day: Sunday, June 18. The camp chef may be the most important camper of them all, and Dad is often the one most called upon to man the grill and produce the vittles. Make his day special with these hot gifts.

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.

Last Call! Spring’s hottest seafood festivals wrap up the season

Last Call! Spring’s hottest seafood festivals wrap up the season

Enjoy your last big seafood fling with festivals in Fernandina Beach or Palatka.

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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.

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.

2017 Florida Strawberry Festival: March 2-12

2017 Florida Strawberry Festival: March 2-12

Florida Rambler’s guide to the Florida Strawberry Festival in Plant City. Entertainment line-up, places to stay, places to eat, places to camp and things to do nearby.

Florida’s top Spring Break beaches

Florida’s top Spring Break beaches

Florida’s beaches are still the top destinations for spring breakers, although “the scene” seems to be shifting.

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MLB Spring Training 2017: Campgrounds, beaches and cool things to do nearby

Our annual Spring Training Guide is an invaluable resource for finding campgrounds, lodging and things to do near each of Florida’s Spring Training camps. We include report dates, home openers and links to schedules and tickets.

Midway Campground

RV, tent and backcountry camping in the Everglades

The winter season is the best time to camp in Florida’s Everglades, and there are dozens of campground choices, from the front country to the backcountry. Here’s our guide.

Wekiva River Basin’s stunning beauty invites paddlers, campers, hikers and bikers

Wekiva River Basin’s stunning beauty invites paddlers, campers, hikers and bikers

Not all of Central Florida’s magic is at Disney. North of Orlando is a vast ecological preserve that offers an abundance of recreational opportunities with unique exposure to Florida’s great outdoors.

Blue Springs State Park

10 things to do near Daytona Beach

The annual spring crush at Daytona is upon us with the Daytona 500, Bike Week and Spring Break. There are far more cool things to do than hang out on Main Street, the beach and the pier.

Cortez Fishing Festival celebrates its maritime roots: Feb. 18-19

Cortez Fishing Festival celebrates its maritime roots: Feb. 18-19

This tiny fishing village wedged between Bradenton and Anna Marie Island celebrates its rich heritage as a commercial fishing hub.

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