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Howley’s diner: It’s back to the ’50s in West Palm Beach

Howley’s Diner has been there for 60 years. It’s not just retro, this West Palm Beach diner is the real deal — from its terrazzo floors to its tin ceiling.

Broward’s ‘natural’ beach: John U. Lloyd (now Mizell-Johnson State Park)

Broward’s ‘natural’ beach: John U. Lloyd (now Mizell-Johnson State Park)

If you like your beaches lined with sea oats and sea grape trees instead of concrete and cars, then John U. Lloyd is your beach in Broward County. With a 2.5 mile ribbon of sand, the park gives visitors room to have a piece of the beach all to themselves.

Barley Barber Swamp boardwalk

Barley Barber: Rare cypress swamp offers guided tours

This old-growth forest with 1,000-year-old trees is closely guarded because it is next to an FPL plant. But, with a little planning in advance, you can walk its 1.1 mile boardwalk in Martin County on free tours.

Seminole Inn: Fried green tomatoes in Old Florida

Seminole Inn: Fried green tomatoes in Old Florida

The Seminole Inn in Indiantown is way off the beaten path, which may be why it’s fun to discover its excellent Southern style home cooking and charming atmosphere.

Riverbend Park is popular with families.

Riverbend Park in Jupiter: Trails ideal for family biking, kayaking

Natural beauty makes Riverbend Park in Jupiter a delightful place to explore. Its 10 miles of bike trails are particularly well suited to family bicycle outings. It’s also the site of a historic battleground from the Second Seminole War.

Cypress trees on the Loxahatchee River

Loxahatchee River: Kayak a wild, scenic river in South Florida

Within an hour’s drive of the urban tangle of South Florida, one of Florida’s two nationally designated “wild and scenic” rivers meanders through a spectacularly lovely cypress swamp. You can experience the river in a two- or three-hour loop or paddle the full 8-mile scenic trail.

Everglades National Park: Eco-friendly cabins, lodge, bike trails proposed for Flamingo

Everglades National Park: Eco-friendly cabins, lodge, bike trails proposed for Flamingo

Flamingo, once a place to stay ovenight or dine while exploring Everglades National Park, was destroyed in two 1995 hurricanes. Now, the National Park Service has a plan to make it a showcase of eco-tourism, with bike trails, eco-tents and cabins.

Howley’s: Authentic 1950s diner

WEST PALM BEACH — Where have all the diners gone? You know, those roadside eateries that serve breakfast all day and night? Well, Howley’s is still around. Been there for 60 years. It’s not just retro, it’s the real deal.

Egret in Biscayne Bay

Exploring Biscayne Bay by canoe or kayak

Biscayne Bay is a boater’s paradise, and that includes those with kayaks and canoes. These quiet paddlers can explore bird rookeries. A Barry University professor has captured close-up photos of many birds during her paddles.

Bike trail gives a peek into lives of the Palm Beach rich

PALM BEACH — The Lake Trail along Lake Worth on this exclusive island provides gorgeous harbor vistas and sneak peaks into the backyards of the rich and famous.