Many of the best beaches in America are in Florida — four out of the top 10 in the annual Memorial Day weekend list. Those same four were runners up last year. See this year’s top beaches plus the seven Florida’s beaches previously crowned #1.
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.
The Mandalay shipwreck rests in 12 feet of aquarium-clear water and is home to a coral reef and thousands of colorful fish. Now Biscayne National Park is offering ranger-led snorkel tours of the wreck and other shipwrecks in the park every other Saturday.
Snorkeling in South Florida doesn’t require a boat. Here are some great places where you can snorkel and see fish and other sea creatures right from the beach.
I thought I knew a lot about the exotic lion fish species that is invading Florida’s waters. But I learned plenty from this PBS documentary. Lion fish are scarier than I had thought. In the end, though, the video left me with a few reasons for optimism.
Lionfish are gobbling up native species on Florida Keys reefs. Now you can gobble them up instead. Several Florida restaurants are serving lionfish, said to be delicious.
The park is beautiful, and the paddling opportunities are numerous, but the campground is just fair. The spring is a great place to swim when you seek to escape the summer heat, but you can’t swim here in winter because its overrun by manatees seeking safe haven.