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Insider tips to buying your first kayak

Insider tips to buying your first kayak

Maybe you've found yourself itching to commit to a kayak this summer. Florida's surrounding bodies of water are begging you to come feel the sun and spray of the ocean on your skin.With a kayak of your own, you can load up and float out anytime, near...
Updated one month ago
Florida says 538 manatees died in 2017, the third highest total on record

Florida says 538 manatees died in 2017, the third highest total on record

The state has released figures about manatee deaths in 2017, and it hasn't been good.From the Tampa Bay Times' Craig Pittman:ST. PETERSBURG — Red Tide algae blooms and speeding boaters helped push manatee deaths in Florida to 538 in 2017, the t...
Updated one month ago
A floating bar finds a new home on the aptly named Beer Can Island near Apollo Beach

A floating bar finds a new home on the aptly named Beer Can Island near Apollo Beach

One thing to keep in mind while exploring the coast: A boat can take you to the strangest of beaches.The owners of a floating bar faced complaints from neighbors about the noise, so they found a deal on an entire island between Apollo Beach and ...
Updated: 2 months ago
Good places to see manatees in the wild when itís cold out

Good places to see manatees in the wild when itís cold out

Beachgoers aren't the only ones along the Florida shoreline that suffer when the weather turns cold.This is the time of year manatees flock together to deal with dropping temps, amassing in springs and water discharge basins to take advantage of...
Updated: 2 months ago
Here are 7 tips to enjoying a Florida beach in cold weather

Here are 7 tips to enjoying a Florida beach in cold weather

NEWS FLASH! It's cold in Florida! Like, for real, you guys.This time of year, plenty of folks come from northern climes to enjoy what they thought would be warmer temps. And while that's technically true if you're coming from anywhere above the ...
Updated: 2 months ago
Bob Heilmanís Beachcomber restaurant in Clearwater Beach is popular for a reason

Bob Heilmanís Beachcomber restaurant in Clearwater Beach is popular for a reason

Bob Heilman's Beachcomber, a famed institution in Clearwater Beach, is one of those fabled restaurants that define a town.It's a legendary landmark, a spot that has been open seemingly forever. It's always filled to capacity with local...
Updated: 2 months ago
Parenting tips: How to pack for a beach day with the kids

Parenting tips: How to pack for a beach day with the kids

Beaching, along with camping and basically any outdoor activity that requires setup, can feel totally exhausting and cumbersome. Why is it so much work to connect with nature?Bread always ends up at the bottom of the cooler, wet and smashed. You brin...
Updated: 2 months ago
Cayo Costa State Park is a beach loverís destination accessible only by boat

Cayo Costa State Park is a beach loverís destination accessible only by boat

If you are looking for a good weekend getaway, Cayo Costa State Park, just across the pass from Boca Grande, has nine miles of beautiful beach just waiting to be explored.This barrier island hasn't changed much since the Spanish explorers first saile...
Updated: 2 months ago
Sun, sand, sustainability: Anna Maria Island excels at ecotourism

Sun, sand, sustainability: Anna Maria Island excels at ecotourism

Reach out and grab a leaf. Go on. Now pop it in your mouth. It's the moringa plant, ounce for ounce one of the most nutritious plants on earth, which tastes like a cross between a bean and a pea.Now look over there. It's a Seminole pumpkin. You can p...
Updated: 2 months ago
Learn to identify seashells at the National Shell Museum in Sanibel

Learn to identify seashells at the National Shell Museum in Sanibel

As you hit the beach, it won't hurt to have a little knowledge of what those pretty shells scattered on the shore actually are.If you don't know your beaded periwinkle from a fighting conch, you should. And it's pretty easy to identify Florida seashe...
Updated: 2 months ago