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.

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.

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.

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.)

St. George's Island

Make a surf-fishing safari your next beach adventure

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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