Websites, blogs and books that are good resources for exploring Florida

Explore Florida

Florida State Parks — The nation’s highest rated state park system

Florida’s Freshwater Frontier — South Central Florida official tourism site

Florida’s National Forests

Florida’s National Parks

Florida Keys — Official visitor’s guide

Visit Florida — Official state tourism site

The Florida Blogger — Stories about Florida and other parts of the south.

Florida Nature.  Sauntering through the state of Dreams.

Florida Beach Bars — A comprehensive listing of beach bars throughout the state.

Backroad Planet — Two Central Florida guys who travel the world exploring back roads.

Board and Kayak Life — Couple focus on kayaks and paddleboards.

Camp Florida

Florida State Parks — More than 50 family campgrounds across the state, plus cabins and primitive camping.

ReserveAmerica — Florida Campground Reservations

RV Dreams.  Couple in their 40s quits their jobs and chronicles their dream.

Florida’s Beaches

Blog The Beach. David McRee, aka Beachhunter, is a beach explorer who focuses primarily on the Gulf Coast.

Surf Guru Surf reports and surf cams for the state’s prime beaches along the Space Coast.

Fish Florida

Florida Fishing Academy.  A nonprofit organization with the goal of teaching kids to fish responsibly. They raise money with fishing charters on their own boat. (Tell Capt. Rich that we sent you.)

Florida Go Fishing. Come fishing with us in Florida. Learn where to go fishing, secret spots, tips, tricks, and techniques from the locals revealed.

Hike Florida

Florida Hikes!   Sandra Friend is an authority on hiking in Florida, and her web site is a treasure trove of trails.

Hiking the Florida Trail.  Follow Ty Handy as he tackles the panhandle segment of the Florida National Scenic Trail.

Paddle Florida

Paddles in Paradise. Paddling guidebooks by Edward F. Higgins and Deborah Higgins. Books focus on kayaking Southwest Florida waters.

Liquid Rhythm Kayaking’s Journal. Kayak instructors Jeff Fabiszewski and Sean Fitzgibbon are based in St. Petersburg.

Paddle Florida. A guide to best places to kayak.

Dave’s Yak Tales.   Based in Winter Park, Dave makes frequent trips with excellent photos and trip reports.

Native Paddler.   A paddler with a great interest in fishing.

Kayak, Fish and Explore the Everglades with Rich.   Naples-based paddler kayaks 200 days a year. Lots of fishing, too.

Kayak Tales and Birdography.  Peggy lives in North Florida. Blog is heavy with bird photos.

Paddle Pursuits —  Nicely designed and informative blog about kayak, canoe and stand-up paddleboard tips and destinations, most outside Florida.

Photographing Florida

Clyde Butcher.  When it comes to capturing Florida in its natural state, there are few better than Clyde. The Everglades are his home.

GladesPix.com. Landscape and nature photographer Angie Chestnut’s dazzles with outstanding images of the Everglades, the Gulf Coast, Florida Keys and the Bahamas.

Dina’s City Wildlife Adventures. Dina Johnston likes to photograph birds in flight, and her work is nothing short of amazing.

Florida Photography From a Canoe.   Miami-based nature photographer Connie Mier picks up where the rest of the world leaves off.

Sanibel Toot’s Lazy Days.  A retired grandmother who runs around Sanibel Island and takes some amazing pictures with her cell phone.

Serenity Spell.  Exploring and photographing Florida’s threatened ecosystems, wildlife and more

The Citrus Lens.Outstanding Florida photography by the talented Gregory Urbano.

Friends of Florida Rambler

BrowardBeat.com Longtime colleague Buddy Nevins nails Broward County politics.

FloridaBulldog.org Investigative Journalism is back, and Dan does it best.

FloridaTheaterOnStage.com  South Florida’s premier stage for theater news and reviews. Bill Hirschman knows it best.

RoyalEnfields.com  David Blasco’s unique hobby site about Royal Enfield motorcycles.