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Snow in Florida? Well the sand dunes at Deer Lake State Park certainly look that way.

#Dunes #FakeSnow #SandDunes #WhiteSand #DeerLake #StatePark #EmeraldCoast
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12/8/17
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On Caladesi Island you’ll find a variety of natural environments: beach dunes, coastal strand, maritime hammock, pine flatwoods, and mangrove forests. After a hike down the nature trail, you’ll end up at the beach where foamy waves invite you to splash in the Gulf’s gentle waters.

Note: If you take the Ferry, you are limited to four hours of fun at the park. Hold on to your ticket. The prices are posted on their website.

#CaladesiIsland #GulfOfMexico #CentralFlorida #Suncoast
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10/26/17
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Honeymoon Island was appropriately named for the newlyweds who spent their honeymoons on the island. As winners of a contest held by Clinton Washborn and LIFE magazine in 1939, the honeymooners stayed in one of the thatched bungalows for two weeks. Today, there are plenty of condos and hotels lining State Rd. 586, but no sign of the bungalows. Honeymoon Island State Park begins where SR 586 ends. The sights and sounds of nature await those who enjoy bird-watching, hiking, fishing or sunbathing. From the lapping of the warm gulf waters to the breeze combing through the pines to the symphony of bird song, Honeymoon Island State Park is a great place to visit…and don’t forget to stop by the nature center for information.

#HoneymoonIsland #GulfOfMexico #CentralFlorida #Suncoast
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10/26/17
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Located on a point of land extending out into the Gulf of Mexico, Horseshoe Beach is a quaint coastal town popular with boaters & weekenders alike. One can cast their line over at the point, take a boat or kayak and explore the nearby islands, or go deep sea fishing in the gulf. Once a lumber town, Horseshoe Beach is now home to commercial fishing and shrimping operations. Trawlers are a familiar sight coming and going from the marina and into the Gulf of Mexico. For the amateur anglers, blue crab, scallops, and many varieties of fish can be caught here like grouper, redfish, sand trout, sheepshead, Spanish mackerel, & speckled trout.

#HorseshoeBeach #GulfOfMexico #NorthFlorida
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10/11/17
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Hagen’s Cove is part of the Tide Swamp region of the Big Bend Wildlife Management Area where visitors may participate in a variety of outdoor activities: hiking, fishing, birding, swimming and boating. Along this 105 mile shoreline on the Gulf of Mexico, there are also opportunities for hunting, searching for crabs and scallops, and paddling the saltwater trails from the Aucilla River to the Suwannee River. Hagen’s Cove Park provides covered picnic tables, a boat ramp, and an observation tower that affords beautiful views of the Gulf of Mexico as well as the nearby islands, marshlands, and coastal hammocks.

#HagensCove #BigBend #GulfOfMexico #TideSwamp #GulfCoast #NorthFlorida
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9/25/17
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UPDATE.... Key West is coming back to life, after Hurricane Irma. While commercial flights are resuming, they are available ONLY for emergency response personnel and residents. Visitors are not yet permitted on the island. Once we have more information, we'll certainly pass it along.
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Adam’s Beach is basically a boat ramp into the Gulf of Mexico, but wildlife enthusiasts can find shore birds wading in the nearby grassy marshes. When we visited this quaint little beach, we found a beautiful, quiet view of the Gulf and surrounding marshlands. Adam’s Beach is located at the point where Florida’s big bend starts, curving west to form the panhandle. Because the Big Bend is comprised of mostly rivers and swampland, Adam’s Beach is the last public beach on the Gulf of Mexico until Wakulla Beach in the panhandle.

#AdamsBeach #BigBend #BoatRamp #GulfOfMexico #NatureCoast #NorthFlorida
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9/19/17
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The town of Keaton Beach is about halfway between Steinhatchee and Perry and is located on a bay where Blue Creek meets the Gulf of Mexico. The town is the main center of a group of coastal settlements consisting of Bird Island, Cedar Island, Dark Island, Deckle Beach, Ezell Beach, and Fish Creek. Keaton Beach has always been a popular area for boating and deep sea fishing in Taylor County, and it is also the last major community on Florida's Gulf Coast until the Ochlockonee Bay area in the panhandle.

#BlueCreek #GulfOfMexico #HodgesPark #KeatonBeach #GulfCoast #NorthFlorida
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9/15/17
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The Haulover Canal which has the nearby Manatee Observation Deck. Manatees enjoy the warmer waters of Mosquito Lagoon. Unfortunately, we were unable to see any. Whether they were already gone for the season or the morning sun glaring on the water prevented us from seeing them, we don’t know, but it’s worth the effort of stopping there to check.

#HauloverCanal #MerrittIsland #NationalWildlifeRefuge #CentralFlorida #SpaceCoast
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We drove several miles on FL 402 to Playalinda Beach for a view of the Atlantic Ocean and a beautiful undeveloped beach. In the distance we could see the nearby John F. Kennedy Space Center with it’s large VAB and Launch Pads.

#PlayalindaBeach #MerrittIsland #NationalWildlifeRefuge #CentralFlorida #SpaceCoast
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9/5/17
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