Category Archives: South Florida

Visiting Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida

Picture yourself on a secluded island, seventy miles off Key West at one of America’s most remote National Parks. You can be snorkeling, sunning, and swimming in the most inviting turquoise ocean. On land you can tour a 19th century fort, … Continue reading

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A Weekend in the Florida Keys

The Florida Keys is an archipelago of over 1,700 islands connected by a series of bridges, including the southernmost part of the continental US. A trip to the keys is synonymous with day drinking and beach lazing – but if … Continue reading

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Shark Valley, Big Cypress, and Everglades City, Florida

The North entrance to Everglades National Park is Shark Valley, just under an hour from Miami on the historic Tamiami Trail. Here is a 15 mile paved scenic loop trail and there multiple means of exploring it. You can take … Continue reading

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Everglades NP South Entrance, Florida

An hour south of Miami, but an entire world away, is the main entrance to Everglades National Park. A great place to start your exploration is at the Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center [40001 State Hwy 9336, Homestead, FL 33034], … Continue reading

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How-to on visiting Everglades National Park, Florida

The Everglades is an expansive 1.5 million acres of wetland, the third largest National Park in the lower 48, and it’s only 20% of the original tract. At one point there was a plan to drain the entire swamp, which … Continue reading

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Grab a bite at Shiver’s BBQ, Florida

Florida isn’t the first state I think of when it comes to BBQ, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find some seriously kickin plates in the state. When in the Miami area Shiver’s BBQ [28001 S Dixie Hwy, Homestead, FL … Continue reading

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Hike Castellow Hammock Park, Florida

It’s funny how a huge international city can feel like a small town sometimes. I met a fellow birder at Fairchild Gardens who gave me a local tip when I lamented that I had not seen any hummingbirds in the … Continue reading

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