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.

Near the north end of the beach at Lovers Key State Park, Fort Myers Beach. (Photo: Bonnie Gross)

Lovers Key State Park: Great beach plus kayaking, manatees & birds

It’s not the best known destination in southwest Florida, but there are a lot reasons that make Lovers Key State Park so lovable: A 2.5 mile beach lined with natural vegetation that is perfect for beachcombing and bird watching, and mangrove-lined waterways that are draws for both manatees and kayakers.

Coconut palms on Crandon Park Beach

Key Biscayne’s Crandon Park Beach is postcard-perfect

Crandon Beach Park is the Miami that you see in magazine ads, tourism brochures and movies. Relax on the picture-perfect beach, picnic under the canopy of live oaks, visit the gardens and ride an antique carousel.

Kayaking Imperial River Bonita Springs

Kayaking Imperial River + strolling Barefoot Beach = Great outing

Here’s the recipe for a great day: a kayaking trip plus a walk on one of the best beaches in America, both in Bonita Springs, both out-of-the-way spots worth discovering.

Sanibel, Florida

What makes Sanibel special – and 9 ways to experience it

The folks in Sanibel got it right — they preserved a place of rare beauty. Here are nine ways to make the most of what makes Sanibel so special — from the most isolated beaches to famous whole wheat granola pancakes.

The starfish was one of many treasures found walking the beach.

South Florida hidden beaches: Salty, sandy adventures

It’s easy to find a beach in Florida. It’s harder to find a hidden beach, a beach where you experience a sense of discovery and delicious isolation. Here, however, I share my favorites, discovered over many years.

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.

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.