Living Nicely: Florida's Finest

9 years ago
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Been running crazy past couple days, making me long for some of the
places I love in Florida! Thought I’d share a few of my favorites…

1. Chassahowitzka River Campground- Camping and canoeing on this
river is spectacular! The water is crystal clear, so you can see the
fish, blue crab and the manatee! Otters and gators sun themselves in
the tributaries, hidden from the world, except for the adventurous
souls who traverse the tiny waterways that extend from the main river.
I found one such hidden treasure after thinking I had reached the end
of the trail, when a kayak emerged from a cove…by crouching and
carefully easing the canoe deeper into the water I managed to get under
the tree that had fallen across the waterway. I followed the creek
about a mile where I found a headspring that looked as though you could
see to the center of the Earth! The water was bubbling up with amazing
force! Fantastic find, but not sure I could make my way there again,
but that’s the beauty of this river, there is no end to the coves,
creeks, and treasures to discover…Here are links to it:

Chassahowitzka River Campground

Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge

2. Bahia Honda State Park- Located in the Florida Keys, the entire
key is a state park! Spectacular white sand beaches, exotic trees,
turquoise water and endless ocean and gulf views! You can camp on the
beach or on the gulf…I recommend the beach! But you’ll need
reservations way in advance. There are cabins as well…but they are
pretty pricey, yet all things considered, worth it! Lots of history on
this key, the little museum tells the story, as well as markers
throughout the park. The main attraction is the old Bahia Honda Bridge
that used to be a railway prior to the tragic Hurricane of 1935, when
over 400 lives were lost.

 

Here is a link to the park: Bahia Honda State Park

3. St. Augustine- The nation’s oldest city, rich in history,
architecture, culture and fantastic beaches! There’s something for
everyone in this famous getaway! I love the lighthouse, Lightner Museum
and Anastasia State Park. I love walking around the city, I don’t like
the tram, and stopping in the many shops, galleries, great eateries and
bars! Morning sunrise walks on Anastasia Beach are my favorite though.

 

 Links to some of the sights:

Anastasia State Park

Lightner Museum

Castillo de San Marcos National Monument

Just a tiny sample of Florida’s Finest…Hope to share more soon!

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