Kayaking the Barron River is the best way to appreciate this unspoiled historic Everglades City and to explore the nearest of the 10,000 Islands on Florida’s Gulf Coast.
Here’s an interesting stop far off the beaten path: The Jacaranda Hotel opened in 1926 and has been providing comfy rooms and good food ever since. It’s located in the historic district of Avon Park, a little town in the middle of the state’s cattle and orange-grove country.
When I visited St. Augustine recently, I discovered Princess Place Preserve, a delightful out-of-the-way historic estate that is a good place to hike, kayak, camp and see wildlife. The 1888 hunting lodge is magnificent — and has a great story of a real princess behind it.
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.