The variety and size of kayaks is almost endless, and it’s difficult to decide which yak is best for you. This guide will help you make that decision, whether you are buying a surf kayak, sea kayak, fishing kayak, inflatable kayak, a basic recreational kayak — or a multi-purpose craft.
Author: Bob Rountree
Faced with economic challenges with the end of the shuttle program, Brevard County government and businesses are looking towards eco-tourism as one avenue to create jobs and boost tourism.
SEBRING — Old-growth live oaks dripping with air plants and Spanish moss dominate the landscape throughout much of the 9,000-acre Highlands Hammock State Park, one of Florida’s original state parks developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression. The park features lush nature trails, scenic bike riding and shady camping.
The goal is to generate new revenue for state parks that might otherwise face closing because of budget cuts, as was proposed earlier this year by the state Department of Environmental Protection.
With the invention of the rotomolded hull, kayaking has taken off in Florida and across the country over the past decade. Give an angler a new way to float, and he’ll go fishing. Here’s a guide to kayak fishing basics and a checklist of what you need to be successful.
FORT PIERCE — This iconic beach bar draws an amazing mix of bikers, tourists, locals and retirees to the north end of Hutchinson Island, and the staff here really hustles to deliver the food and drinks with chaotic precision.
About 70 kayaks, canoes, rowing shells and small sailboats set out from Fort Desoto on March 5 for a grueling marathon that ended a week later in Key Largo.
When it comes to the authentic Florida, it’s hard to ignore Jimbo’s on Virginia Key. It’s a classic, very funky shrimp shack that’s been a hangout for celebrities and the everyman since Jimbo Luznar settled on this island in the 1940s.
Popular beachside bar is housed in one of the few remaining “watch houses” used to protect our shores during two world wars. Today, it’s party time!
FLAGLER BEACH — This quaint little beachside community is a refreshing change from the high-rise condos and hotels that populate much of Florida’s coast.