Naples, Florida: Rich in nature, beach and boating activities

Naples, Florida: Rich in nature, beach and boating activities

Naples is a wealthy enclave with lush, tropical neighborhoods and lots of natural beauty close and accessible. Here’s a guide to things to do outdoors in Naples and surrounding areas.

Canaveral: Florida’s longest unspoiled beach

Canaveral: Florida’s longest unspoiled beach

Canaveral National Seashore is quiet and peaceful with bountiful wildlife, and you can always find your place in the sand.

Sunset over the Amelia River at Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island.

Amelia Island & Fernandina Beach: Abundant nature; neat history

With eight state parks, a national park, scads of history and top beaches, Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach make a great base to explore northeast Florida.

Bahia Honda: One of Florida's top 10 beaches.

Florida’s best beaches? Here’s the all-time top 10

Every year, Dr. Beach lists the 10 best beaches. But to keep his list fresh, he “retires” a beach after it wins. Yet aren’t those retired beaches the best of the best? Here, using previous No. 1 beaches, then, is a list of the ALL-TIME top 10 beaches in Florida.

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2014 sea-turtle walks: One of Florida’s natural thrills

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. May is the best time to book a turtle walk because many programs fill up immediately.

Kayaks on the beach at Cayo Costa

Cayo Costa island: A remote, romantic getaway that is wild Florida at its best

This wild island on the Gulf coast is never crowded — it’s too hard to get there. For those who drive to Pineland on Pine Island and then take the hour-long ferry to the state park, the rewards are many: Nine miles of perfect beaches, shaded jungle-like trails and wildlife that includes osprey nests, dolphins, stringrays and all sorts of bird and sea life.

Who says there are no beaches in the Florida Keys?

Who says there are no beaches in the Florida Keys?

Beaches in the Keys aren’t as common or as wonderful as many expect, but there ARE some great beaches where you can swim — and snorkel — if you know where to go. Let us take you there.

Peanut Island: Snorkeling plus historic Kennedy Bunker

Peanut Island: Snorkeling plus historic Kennedy Bunker

This county park offers some of the best snorkeling from a beach in South Florida. It’s also home to President John F. Kennedy’s bomb shelter, built during the Cold War. And, to complete your day, it’s a fun kayak outing that can include fresh fish at a nearby tiki bar.

Daytona Beach

Florida’s top Spring Break beaches

Fort Lauderdale started Spring Break fever some 50 years ago. While the craziness there is much tamer today, a lot of other Florida beaches are picking up the slack.

Fort DeSoto Dog Beach

Swim, Spot, Swim! In search of the pawfect ‘Dog Beach’

Not every beach in Florida is pet-friendly, but there is one near you. You might be surprised by our statewide list.

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