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This is Old Florida: Oak trees in Micanopy.

Nine ways ways to find the real Florida — 15 minutes off I-75

You don’t have to drive hours off the interstate to find Florida’s natural beauty and funky history. You can find treasures within 10 minutes of these I-75 exits.

The many sun-bleached dead trees give the Stump Pass Beach State Park its name.

Discover the other Florida barrier islands along the Gulf

Discover a less well-known string of islands — Gasparilla Island, Don Pedro Island and Manasota Key. Each holds a spectacular state park with top beaches.

2009 Freedom Swim. Photo courtesy the Sun Herald.

2017 Charlotte Harbor Freedom Swim: Cool 4th of July ‘happening’

The 2017 Charlotte Harbor Freedom Swim begins at 11 a.m. July 4, but while folks cross the 1.5-mile wide Peace River, this isn’t a race. It’s a “happening” and one of the few ways to celebrate the Fourth of July in Florida and stay cool.

Port Charlotte sea kayaking: White pelicans & mangrove mazes

Port Charlotte sea kayaking: White pelicans & mangrove mazes

The Gulf coast along Charlotte Harbor has miles of wild shoreline, making it a wonderland of wildlife and natural beauty and ideal for sea kayaking.

Off-the-beaten-path getaways: Seven small towns make great bases for exploring Florida

Off-the-beaten-path getaways: Seven small towns make great bases for exploring Florida

As you plan your Florida travels for the lovely fall, winter and spring season, here are seven towns that I’ve found make great bases for exploring. Each puts you in the center of outstanding places to hike, bike, kayak and explore history. Each is surrounded by natural beauty.

Decade after it was hit by hurricane, rebuilt Punta Gorda is worth re-discovering

Decade after it was hit by hurricane, rebuilt Punta Gorda is worth re-discovering

A decade ago, Punta Gorda was devastated by Hurricane Charley. Today it has been reborn and is great place for kayaking, biking, hiking, birding and discovering funky crab shacks and other authentic Florida experiences.

Every twist in Shell Creek brought a new gorgeous view.

Shell Creek: The prettiest kayak trail you’ve never heard of

This little creek should be famous. Its magnificent tree canopy and unspoiled Old Florida feel offer kayakers great natural beauty and wildlife, all in an easy, accessible day paddle.

Peace River Seafood in Punta Gorda is located in a Cracker cabin under spreading oak trees.

Peace River Seafood: Cracker cabin is a real crab shack

Peace River Seafood in Punta Gorda is a true Florida crab shack; they don’t come more authentic than this. From its 1927 Cracker cabin to the buckets of fresh blue crabs, it’s a little piece of old Florida.

Kayak Gasparilla Sound  for dolphins, white pelicans

Kayak Gasparilla Sound for dolphins, white pelicans

Gasparilla Sound is an out of the way aquatic preserve where you’re likely to see dolphins, osprey and white pelicans while mulllets jump like popcorn. It’s a place made to explore by kayak.