Articles written by: Bob Rountree

Bob Rountree roams the state with his wife Kathy in their 25-foot Starcraft AR-One travel trailer, exploring Florida's back roads, hidden beaches and scenic parks with kayaks, beach toys and bicycles in tow. A retired journalist based in Deerfield Beach and living the good life, Bob is co-founder of

Anastasia State Park

Coastal treasure: Camp near stunning beach, historic city at Anastasia State Park

Anastasia State Park is a stone’s throw from historic St. Augustine and offers 139 shady, secluded campsites near a 4-mile long white-sand beach that shimmers in the sun.

Handy guides for exploring Florida’s outdoors

Handy guides for exploring Florida’s outdoors

Exploring Florida sometimes requires more than just a sense of adventure and the time to travel. These guides are essential tools to help you find paddling and hiking trails, campgrounds and where to experience the authentic Florida.

Lazy Day on the beach at Panther Key

Beach camping in the wild Ten Thousand Islands

EVERGLADES CITY — One of my favorite Florida getaways is to boat out to the outer islands and camp for a weekend on a remote, pristine beach fronting the Gulf of Mexico.

RV Camping along I-75, I-95 in North Florida State Parks

RV Camping along I-75, I-95 in North Florida State Parks

After crossing the state line, you likely have many miles to your RV’s winter haven. Take a breather and lay over a night or two in one of these scenic state parks along the I-95 and I-75 corridors.

Spanish Point "Window to the Past"

Indian mound unwrapped at historic Spanish Point

Witness 5,000 years of history through a glass wall at this Indian midden at Spanish Point, and learn about the Palmer family’s profound impact on Sarasota County.

Canoeing on the Tomoka River

Tomoka State Park: Gateway to the Ormond Scenic Loop

Hidden among tidal marshes, Tomoka River State Park offers a shady campground, miles of paddle trails, biking and hiking, productive fisheries, launch ramps and a well-stocked park concession with music on weekends.

Lithia Springs Run at the Alafia River

Lithia Springs: Camp at this cool, secluded park near Tampa

Tucked into in a corner of Hillsborough County is a quiet, well-shaded campground that packs a lot of nature into a small 160-acre preserve along the Alafia River. And the camping is among the best in the Tampa Bay area.

Seaside getaway: Fort Myers Beach and Lovers Key

Seaside getaway: Fort Myers Beach and Lovers Key

Fort Myers Beach is a quaint little beach town on Estero Island, often overlooked by tourists who flock to nearby Sanibel and Captiva. With three state preserves nearby, including two accessible only by water, there is ample opportunity for kayaking, canoeing, hiking, biking and camping. Or hide out in a classic Florida mom-and-pop cabin right on the beach.