Posts Tagged ‘snorkeling’

Experience Port St. Joe

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Travelers looking for a summer destination would do well to consider a stay in Port St Joe, Florida, Bed and Breakfasts.

St. Joseph Peninsula State Park

Picture yourself here, in St. Joseph Peninsula State Park.

Opportunities for outdoor recreation are abundant in and around Port St. Joe:

  • St. Joseph Peninsula State Park: one of the best beaches in the country, featuring more than 10 miles of white sandy beaches.
  • St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge: home to a small population of red wolves, sea turtles (loggerhead, green, and leatherback), American alligators, wood storks, and many more amazing birds, reptiles, and mammals. Visitors may explore the refuge on foot, by bike, or from a boat.
  • Boating: kayak around St. Joseph Bay or rent a motor boat and head to deeper water in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Fishing: popular no matter what’s biting. Ask the innkeepers of your Port St. Joe Bed and Breakfasts Florida for guide recommendations.
  • Snorkeling and diving: the warm waters of the gulf encourage deeper exploration. Satisfy the urge.
  • Scallop season is on the horizon, and with it comes the 15th Annual Florida Scallop and Music Festival. August 5 – 7, 2011.

Summer is a great time to visit the Gulf Coast of NW Florida. There are few crowds and plenty of fun ways to stay cool. Of course, summer in Florida can also bring impressive rain storms. At such times, retreat to the porch of your Port St. Joe Florida Bed and Breakfast. Watch the storm roll in and sigh with pleasure as the air cools. Storms invite romance, or game-time with the kids, or the ideal occasion to curl up on the porch with a drink and a good book. Now that’s a vacation.

Divers Enjoy Halloween in Key Largo

Friday, October 15th, 2010
Parrotfish Face

Get face to face with a parrotfish while diving off Key Largo.

Scuba diving and snorkeling are popular sports in the Florida Keys, and with good reason. Some of the best diving areas in the world are here. John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, created in 1963, was the first undersea park in the United States. Adjacent to the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, the park encompasses almost 180 nautical square miles of coral reefs, seagrass beds, and mangrove swamps. The coral reefs are located between three and eight miles off-shore; tour them in a glass-bottom boat, or take a snorkeling or scuba tour.

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Heavenly High Springs

Thursday, June 17th, 2010
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Cool off tubing near High Springs in Northeast Florida.

High Springs is in Northeast Florida, midway between Gainesville and Lake City. Time spent in High Springs bed and breakfasts would do anyone good; the town is peaceful, the land around it stunningly beautiful, and the people friendly.

Visit River Rise Preserve State Park, just out of town. The Santa Fe River re-emerges here in a quiet, circular pool after a brief hiatus underground. This is an ideal place to escape summer heat – the trees are huge and the shade is deep. Anglers, spend a day fishing the Santa Fe River here. Hikers, choose from over 20 miles of trails. Birdwatchers, bring your binoculars.

A bit farther from town is Ichetucknee Springs State Park, where the Ichetucknee River passes through wetlands and shaded hammocks before joining the Santa Fe River. At this time of year, you’ll want to stop outside the park and rent tubes and snorkeling equipment, for tubing is extremely popular and fun. Come on – live a little! (more…)

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