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Birdwatching on Florida’s Gulf Coast

It’s an exciting time for birders in Florida! There are many places that offer excellent birdwatching opportunities, such as the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge. Learn more about where to go to spot birds in the Sunshine State.

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Fishing around Marco Island

If you want to go fishing with an expert, Marco Island has many specialists willing to show you the way. Joshua Lawrence Kinser offers up suggestions for local charters and information about the fish you can find in the waters around Marco Island.

A bronze statue of a man holding a diver's helmet.

Tarpon Springs: Soak up the Greek

A booming town of Greek restaurants, Greek Orthodox churches, and Greek festivals, Tarpon Springs is all about sponges. (Really!) Learn about the history of the renowned sponge-diving port, as well as where to discover sponges, which restaurants are the best, and more.

The beautiful and endangered West Indian manatee at a sanctuary in Florida.

Manatee-Watching in Fort Myers

Spend a little time on the Orange and Caloosahatchee Rivers, and chances are you’ll see a West Indian manatee. Here’s where to go to learn more about manatees and hopefully spot one of these wonderful creatures.

Moon Florida Gulf Coast

Long-time Florida resident Joshua Lawrence Kinser covers the best of the Gulf Coast, from the mangroves of Everglades National Park to the glass skyscrapers and lazy canals of Tampa. Kinser has plenty of fun, interesting trip strategies to offer, including Best Beaches, Camping on the Coast, and RV the GC. Complete with details on snorkeling […]