Beach of the Week: Once ‘colored beach,’ state park honors civil rights leaders

Beach of the Week: Once ‘colored beach,’ state park honors civil rights leaders

The outstanding beach known as John U. Lloyd State Park is being renamed to honor Fort Lauderdale civil rights leaders Von D. Mizell and Eula Johnson.

Sea oats line 5 miles of wild beach at Hobe Sound NWR.

Discover Hobe Sound’s ‘secret’ wild beach and wildlife refuge

Secret beaches are the stuff of vacation dreams. But I found one — more than 5 miles of wild, broad unspoiled sandy shore, lined with thick native vegetation and without a condo or T-shirt shop in sight.

An artificial reef along the snorkel trail at Phil Foster Park in Palm Beach County. Photo by Michael Scott Photography.

Snorkeling trail at Phil Foster Park in Palm Beach is full of easy-to-see sea life

The snorkeling trail at the park on the Blue Heron Bridge in Palm Beach County offers a volume and variety of sea life rarely seen close to shore. There are sculptures of hammerhead sharks and a string of manmade structures that form an artificial reef.

A sand version of "The Don" and, in the distance, the iconic pink Don CeSar Hotel on Pass A Grille beach.

Pass A Grille, one of Florida’s best beaches in a charming historic town

The beach is spectacular here — wide white sand, clear blue-green water. But the Old Florida charm of Pass A Grille, a community within St. Pete Beach, is what makes it stand out.

Deerfield Beach

Scenic Deerfield Beach is charming, low-key

With palm trees lining its herring-bone brick beachwalk and shady grass berm, our Beach of the Week is one of South Florida’s most scenic destinations.

Photo by Mauro Luna on Flickr

2016 sea-turtle walks: It’s time to register for a natural thrill

Sea-turtle walks are like seeing a National Geographic film in person. But you need reservations to join these night-time beach walks to watch giant sea turtles nesting.

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Florida’s Top Beaches for Spring Break

New laws restricting alcohol use in Panama City will have an impact on Spring Break there, but it remains one of the top destinations for college kids.

The passt at Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park is where the Cocohatchee River flows into the Gulf.

Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park in Naples: Something for everyone

Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park makes a great destination because you can enjoy so many recreational activities in one place – a good kayaking spot, outstanding surf-fishing and a one-mile-long powdery-white sand beach with clear water, shells and shaded picnic tables nearby.

Beach horseback riding in Florida: Where to check this off your bucket list

Beach horseback riding in Florida: Where to check this off your bucket list

If riding a horse through sand and surf is your dream, here are a half dozen places in Florida that can make that dream come true. Riding opportunities are located on both coasts as well as in northern and southern Florida.

Key West beach. (Photo by Jenn Deering Davis)

Free beaches in the Florida Keys: Our map helps you find the best

As you drive through the Keys, here’s where to stop and dip your feet in the surf. We include all the best Keys beaches (both free and admission-fee) on our map.

Cape Florida State Park on Key Biscayne

Cape Florida on Key Biscayne: Best beach, lighthouse, sangria and lunch

This state park is wilder and more natural than it has been for decades. In addition to the terrific beach and tropical hammock, visitors can tour the historic lighthouse, dine at restaurants with great views and walk or bike the trails. It’s a great destination for an urban region.

Kayak trail winds under boardwalk's bridge at St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State

Kayak trail to a hidden beach: St. Lucie Inlet Preserve

This state park fits my defination of a hidden paradise: A scenic kayak trail on a wild island that ends at a spectacular hidden beach you’ll have all to yourself. This little-known state park is accessible only by boat.

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