Category Archive: beaches

The Florida Keys, Part 5: Anne’s Beach Park, Islamorada

On my way back to the mainland I stopped for lunch and a walk at Anne’s Beach Park on the island of Islamorada. While not a particularly interesting story, the park itself is… Continue reading

The Florida Keys, Part 4: Big Pine Key, Bahia Honda State Park, and Key Deer Sanctuary

The island of Big Pine Key is home to both Bahia Honda State Park and the Key Deer National Wildlife Sanctuary. Bahia Honda State Park features more beautiful beaches and also a short… Continue reading

The Florida Keys, Part 3: Fort Zachary Taylor State Park

Fort Zachary Taylor State Park on Key West was my favorite place that I visited in the Keys. Away from the crowds and traffic, the beach at Fort Zachary Taylor is an oasis… Continue reading

The Florida Keys, Part 1: The Beaches

I decided to keep going south next and, after overnighting south of Miami, I ultimately choose to go to the Keys. Let’s just say, wow. Eighty-five degrees, warm sun, picture-perfect beaches, clear waters,… Continue reading

Sanibel and Captiva Islands

On a recommendation from Judi, with whom I hiked The Wave, I headed out to Sanibel and Captiva Islands for the day. Known for their spectacular beaches and abundance of shells, I started… Continue reading

Lovers Key State Park

After spending such a delightful day at the beach I decided to cross over to the Gulf side the following day. Arriving midday I toured a few beaches and then settled in for… Continue reading

Juno Beach

The next day was sunny and warm and it seemed like a perfect day to spend lounging on the beach. Juno Beach was a delightful combination of soft white sand, warm aquamarine water,… Continue reading

Random Sights and Canaveral National Seashore

Continuing to make my south I stopped at Fort Matanzas National Monument but the ferry that transports visitors to the island where the fort is located was closed due to wind. The nature… Continue reading

Little Talbot Island State Park and Jacksonville Beach

I passed through Talbot Islands State Parks on my way south along A1A, having a late breakfast among the gnarled trees of a coastal hammock that abutted a white sandy beach that was… Continue reading

Fernandina Beach, Florida

Leaving Rhode Island I headed south along I-95 until I crossed into Florida where I randomly found my way to Fernandina Beach. My late afternoon arrival coincided with a heavy, pale cloud cover… Continue reading