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 FloridaRambler.com.

Yankeetown Seafood Festival, Nov. 18-19, 2017

Yankeetown Seafood Festival, Nov. 18-19, 2017

The weather is perfect for getting outdoors, and there’s no better way to enjoy Florida in the Fall than a good, old-fashioned seafood festival. Free parking; Free admission. Camping, fishing, kayaking nearby.

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.

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.

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.