Southeast Florida

Hutchinson Island’s House of Refuge: Beautiful beach site is window to past

Hutchinson Island’s House of Refuge: Beautiful beach site is window to past

The historic Gilbert’s Bar House of Refuge couldn’t be in a prettier spot. It also tells the story of a wild Florida of shipwrecks and pioneers. While you’re exploring the gorgeous beaches here, it’s worth a quick stop.

Fort Pierce to Jensen Beach: Scenic drive through Old Florida

Fort Pierce to Jensen Beach: Scenic drive through Old Florida

The west side of the Indian River Lagoon has an Old Florida flavor — especially the scenic 20-mile drive between Stuart and Fort Pierce. The region has enough places to explore to make a great getaway.

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 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.

Barefoot on Hutchinson Island: Beaches and a lot more

Barefoot on Hutchinson Island: Beaches and a lot more

With an abundance of pristine beaches with easy public access, Hutchinson Island is my favorite destination on Florida’s Atlantic coast.  Much of the island remains frozen in time, when you could cruise down A1A and pull off on the side of the road.

Oak arches over the kayak trail on the St. Lucie River South Branch

St. Lucie River: Beautiful kayak trail deserves discovery

The St. Lucie River is not a well-known kayaking destination — and it should be. It’s wild and gorgeous — a jungly forest of old live oaks thick with airplants and Spanish moss. After paddling about two hours, you reach a remote area where you can picnic and take a hike.

Cape Florida State Park on Key Biscayne

Cape Florida on Key Biscayne: Top beach, lighthouse & sangria

This state park is more natural than it has been for decades. Enjoy the terrific beach and tropical hammock, tour the historic lighthouse, dine at restaurants with great views and walk or bike trails.

Drinks at the Maikai. Photo courtesy Slammie Productions.

Celebrate tiki culture in Fort Lauderdale at Hukilau, June 7-11, 2017

Hukilau is a festival of tiki culture that attracts more than a thousand people to Fort Lauderdale every year to celebrate rum drinks, tiki trinkets and nostalgia for the 1950s. If you don’t attend, you still might want to visit the unique bars and restaurants that attract the tikiphiles.

USAF Thunderbirds (Photo by photobunny via Flickr)

Fort Lauderdale Air Show: See it from a kayak May 6-7, 2017

A kayak paddle in the nearby waterways is a way to reduce traffic hassles and still experience some of the Fort Lauderdale Air Show May 6-7. Here’s how to do it.

Strangler fig along Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk along the Tamiami Trail. (Photo: David Blasco)

Tamiami Trail: Scenic drive exploring Everglades

The Tamiami Trail, linking Miami and Florida’s west coast, gets you close to alligators, cypress swamps and Everglades scenery. It also offers outstanding stops along the way, particularly the Shark Valley area of Everglades National Park.

Bike path along A1A in Boca Raton.

Florida bike trails: Our favorites in South Florida and statewide

South Florida bike trails offer great scenery and local flavor. From the Keys to Lake Okeechobee, here are nine great bike trails that we’ve tried and recommend. How many have you ridden?

Wood storks, anhingas and herons all nesting together in Wakodahatchee Wetlands in Delray Beach. (Bonnie Gross)

Wakodahatchee Wetlands in Delray Beach: Watch the wood storks nesting

One of the best places to see wood storks and other wading birds nesting up close in winter is Wakodahatchee Preserve in Delray Beach. In February and March, dozens of storks build nests close to an easy-to-walk .75 mile boardwalk.

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.

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