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.

Dry Tortugas National Park reopens; Ocala camping to resume soon

Dry Tortugas National Park reopens; Ocala camping to resume soon

Links to live updates by the National Park Service for National Parks, Forests and Seashores in Florida. Some areas have re-opened.

19 state parks remain closed; campgrounds to reopen by weekend

19 state parks remain closed; campgrounds to reopen by weekend

Daily status updates for Florida State Parks, State Forests, Wildlife Management Areas and the Great Florida Birding Trail in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

Festival Poster by Sarah Turner

Pensacola kicks off 2017 seafood festival season Sept. 29-Oct. 1

Pensacola is one of the premier fishing ports on the Gulf of Mexico, and they celebrate with the fresh, local catch each year at the end of September.

Tarpon feeds on mullet off Palm Beach County's beaches. (Photo by Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star)

Fall mullet run is ideal for surf fishing on Florida’s Atlantic coast

Surf fishing is a great way to get away from it all — alone or with the entire family. Be prepared with our popular checklist and how-to guide.

Our campsite in the Magnolia Campground

Disappearing river and shady campground rise above the norm

O’Leno State Park is a Florida treasure with a scenic campground at the heart of two state parks that will take your breath away. It is here that the Santa Fe River vanishes, only to re-appear 3.5 miles later to meander many paddle-loving miles to its merger with the Suwannee River.

Cocoa Beach

5 things to discover in Cocoa Beach

This year-round surfing mecca in Central Florida has much to offer beyond the resort cluster near the pier.

Venice Municipal Beach

Venice’s beaches: Shark’s teeth to be found in the sands of time

There are six fabulous beaches in the Venice area, including one set aside for canines. But the big attraction are ancient shark’s teeth that wash ashore in the surf.

Fire pit on the "sun beach"

Camping near Key West: Try these ‘affordable’ hideaways

Considering the high cost of overnight stays in Key West, these nearby campgrounds are bargains. (Sort of.)

Waterfront tent sites in the primitive campground at Big Pine Key Fishing Lodge

Camp to fish (kayak or snorkel) on Big Pine Key

Big Pine Key Fishing Lodge and Campground offers a quiet lower Keys alternative to the hustle and bustle of Islamorada and Marathon.

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.

(c) Can Stock Photo / Elenarts

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.

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