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The Legend of Black Caesar still haunts the Florida Keys

The Legend of Black Caesar still haunts the Florida Keys

Black Caesar is an elusive character, a pirate of some renown who roamed the Florida Keys, or so goes the legend. We explore his lair, and so can you!

Cortez: Charming fishing village, perfect place for classic seafood shack

Cortez: Charming fishing village, perfect place for classic seafood shack

This authentic fishing village near Bradenton is the perfect place to find classic Florida seafood shacks — open air, casual with the freshest fish.

Bedman Creek, a tributary of the Caloosahatchee River near Alva. (Photo: David Blasco)

Along Caloosahatchee River: Kayak trails, rustic scenery & small towns

Between Lake Okeechobee and Fort Myers, a stretch of the Caloosahatchee River offers a taste of Old Florida — small towns, rivers ideal for kayaking and good public campgrounds.

Schnebly Redland's Winery & Brewery has an inviting outdoor area for trying the wines and beers.

A day exploring the Redland: Agriculture and rustic charm thrive near Miami

The historic agricultural area surrounding the Homestead entrance to Everglades National Park offers so many cool experiences — a park where you can see and sample exotic fruits, free tours of a spectacular orchid grower’s estate, a local tropical-fruit winery and famous fruit milkshakes and cinnamon rolls.

The historic Donnelly House in Mount Dora.

Mount Dora: Eight big weekend festivals plus year-round charm

Mount Dora is a historic town that has figured out how to keep people returning year after year — with events like this: Feb. 4-5 is the 41st Annual Arts Festival, attracting 285 artists and thousands of visitors.

920 Fleming Street, Key West

2016-17 Key West house tours: A chance to peek inside Key West homes

It’s a rare opportunity: You can peek inside the beautifully restored private homes in the Key West historic district on home and garden tours.

The view from the water (Photo by Constance Mier)

Smallwood Store in Chokoloskee: Everglades icon still owned by original family

Smallwood Store is an exceptional slice of Florida history at an end-of-the-road site overlooking Chokoloskee Bay near Everglades City.

Robert Is Here bursts with flowers, fruits, colors and fun.

Robert Is Here: Get a key lime milk shake on your way to Everglades

HOMESTEAD — Robert Is Here, just outside Everglades National Park, is a must-stop for my family on the basis of its Key Lime milkshakes alone. But we also love the menangerie out back, the exotic tropical fruits there for the tasting and the overall ambiance.

Jan. 20-22, 2017: Homestead Rodeo, where wild west meets the south in the tropics

Jan. 20-22, 2017: Homestead Rodeo, where wild west meets the south in the tropics

Homestead rodeo is the southernmost rodeo in the continental United States. You may be surprised to learn that Florida has a rich history of rodeos in its small towns.

Tours open for season of historic Nike missile base in Everglades National Park

Tours open for season of historic Nike missile base in Everglades National Park

In the middle of Everglades National Park is the best preserved Nike missile base in South Florida, a relic of the Cold War and the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. Today it reminds us of those days of John F. Kennedy, fallout shelters and Bob Dylan protest songs.

A post office on Pine Island (Courtesy of Chief Dennis, Tarpon Lodge)

Pine Island: Step back in time, without a tourist in sight

Pine Island never was a big tourist destination. And that’s why it is such a refreshing place to explore today. It’s full of groves and plant nurseries with a few stops that make it worth exploring.

Beach at the Dry Tortugas National Park: Campsites are steps away. Terrific snorkeling is right off this beach along the walls of the fort.

Camping at the Dry Tortugas National Park: So worth the trouble

In honor of the 100th birthday of US national parks, here’s a park that deserves to be on your must-see list. We loved camping at Dry Tortugas National Park off the Florida Keys. It takes some time, money and effort, but, wow, does it pay off.

Marineland: Surprising story of legendary ‘oceanarium’

Marineland: Surprising story of legendary ‘oceanarium’

Marineland was the original oceanarium and the first to discover you could train dolphins to perform. Read its fascinating history, an excerpt from the new book, “A New Guide to Old Florida Attractions: From Mermaids to Singing Towers,” by Doug Alderson.

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