Despite being known for it’s beaches, theme parks, and retirement communities, Florida has a lot more to offer than meets the eye. Inland you will find an intricate ecosystem of freshwater springs, 21 of which are located in Florida State Parks. Their clear, turquoise water and constant refreshing temperature of around 70 degrees make a perfect place to escape Florida’s oppressing summertime heat. Juniper Springs in the Ocala National Forest is a gorgeous place to spend a weekend and enjoy some authentic Florida nature!
If your looking for a tucked away spot to spend your Florida vacation, maybe you should consider Pass-a-grille. Located on the Gulf side of the state, an island just off St. Pete, you will find a one block wide and a few miles long stretch of pure Florida heaven. Nestled between long, white sandy Gulf beaches on one side and the Boca Ciega Bay on the other, it is probably one of the prettiest spots in the area.
My husband and I took a trip last weekend to St. Augustine Florida, and although the weather wasn’t very cooperative, the stay at the Old Powder House Inn made our trip worth while. When visiting Florida’s oldest city, I highly recommend staying in a Bed & Breakfast to really get a feel for the area. I stumbled across this amazing little B&B online and we were both happy I did. The hospitality from owners Katie and Kal was amazing and made us feel right at home.
The end of the road, Key West. One of my favorite places by far. The laid back vibe and island atmosphere make you feel like you’ve traveled to a land far far away, yet you can still walk down to the local supermarket on a Sunday evening, just in case you may have run out of Captain Morgan. ;) When staying in Key West, you have many many choices of hotels, but I would like to suggest my favorite spot for an authentic island getaway, Center Court vacation rentals.