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Useful apps for camping and kayaking

Useful apps for camping and kayaking

Exploring Florida’s outdoors gets easier with these useful mobile apps for camping and kayaking, digital guidebooks on iPhone, iPad and Android for the 21st Century.

A leisurely paddle through the Royal Palm Yacht and Country Club

Boca Raton urban Paddle: Backyards of the 1%

Paddling South Florida’s canals is not always a wonder of nature, so explore the tropical back yards of the rich and famous! A network of public canals allows the “rest of us” to get an eyeful of elegantly manicured properties of Boca Raton’s exclusive Royal Palm Yacht and Country Club.

Reader asks ‘Where can I go primitive camping in Central Florida?’

Reader asks ‘Where can I go primitive camping in Central Florida?’

We’re starting a new feature: We want to be your concierge to the Florida outdoors. Send us your questions. We’ll try to answer them and we’ll ask our readers to offer suggestions too. First question: Where can I go primitive camping in Central Florida?

The Riverview Hotel & Spa: One enchanting weekend

The Riverview Hotel & Spa: One enchanting weekend

The charming Riverview Hotel accommodates guests at the gateway to New Smyrna Beach’s arts and entertainment district, a half-mile strip of historic homes, quaint galleries and friendly pubs leading to one of Florida’s most popular beaches.

Vivid colors abound at Key West butterfly conservatory.

Key West Butterfly Conservatory: Zen-like Key West attraction

The Key West Butterfly Conservatory is the most peaceful place in crazy, clamorous Key West. When you’re ready for a Zen moment, go here. But read these tips first.

Bubblebutt, first and longest permanent resident of the Turtle Hospital.

Sea Turtle Hospital: Up close with an endangered species

The sea turtle, one of the rarer residents of the Florida Keys, isn’t easy to see in the wild. But you can get within arm’s reach of several varieties that frequent the Florida Keys and even toss them some food at the non-profit Turtle Hospital in Marathon.

Rustic Inn: Boisterous Old Florida crab shack

Rustic Inn: Boisterous Old Florida crab shack

Fort Lauderdale’s Rustic Inn is a classic. Their “world famous garlic crabs” draw hundreds of people every night to this old Florida restaurant, tucked away on Ravenswood Road, just west of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. You’ll find it from the sound of wooden mallets pounding on the table every few minutes.

A sandy point on the northeast end of Munyon Island, reachable only by boat. (Photo: David Blasco)

MacArthur State Park: Kayak trail to Munyon Island for beaches, mangrove tunnels

MacArthur Beach State Park offers one of my favorite kinds of kayak trails – a trip to an island reachable only by boat. To make it better, historic Munyon Island has an interesting story and great scenery.

Sandhill cranes in flight. Photo by Stephen L. Tabone.

Migrating sandhill cranes in Florida: Quite a sight, sound

I wait all year to enjoy Florida’s winters, and not just for the cooler weather. It’s also the peak time to spot amazing wildlife. One spectacular Florida scene worth seeing and hearing is a flock of migrating sandhill cranes.

Video How-To: Loading a kayak on your car

Video How-To: Loading a kayak on your car

This video from LL Bean is a good guide for both novice and intermediate kayakers exploring their options for mounting a roof rack on your car and the proper ways of loading a kayak on your car.