Dear Florida: What is it About You?

by Nora on July 2, 2014

Why is it that the most consistent thing I’ve done in my (almost) eight years full-time travel is to visit Florida for the last three years’ running?

It wasn’t planned that way; it just kind of happened.

Three years ago, I visited Florida was because I wanted to put my feet on land after a few months of sailing the Caribbean, last year it was to visit my favourite doctor for some medical attention after my big crash, and this year it was to regain my footing while enduring a miserable breakup.

 

This year in particular, I covered a fair bit of Floridian territory through January and February:

I started in Hollywood (near Fort Lauderdale) where I stayed with a friend after a bit of a rough go in Panama;

 

Then a bit of serendipity took me to Gulfport (staying with friends/colleagues in Tampa enroute);

 

And afterwards I spent a month in Santa Rosa Beach – a quirky place that has become quite familiar to me.

 

Each of these areas of Florida are incredibly different – from climate to culture to history, people, architecture, and more. And Florida is a very big state (much bigger than the entire country of Grenada, where I lived on an off for two years without getting bored).

 

So, I’m going back to Florida for more.

This time, I’m visiting the Florida Keys as an invited guest of Florida Keys & Key West to experience an action-packed itinerary that will show me yet another side to the Sunshine State.

  • I’m going to find out why people from all over go to places like Key West and never leave,
  • See what all the hubub is about every night at sunset in Mallory Square,
  • Bike the 7-mile bridge,
  • Snorkel with parrot fish 70 miles offshore,
  • Grab a rod and catch lunch,
  • Kayak the mangroves at sunset,
  • Eat as much key lime pie as my digestive system will allow,

…and much more.

Stay tuned in the next week or so as I detail some of these adventures, while discovering the extraordinary in yet another unique part of Florida (and the world).

In the meantime, scroll through this list of suggestions of cool things to do in the Florida Keys:

 

 

 

 

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lowcost July 2, 2014 at 3:39 pm

It is great post! I am sure, that your life is so bright and interesting! It is full of adventures, feelings and emotions! It is cool!

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2 Clay July 7, 2014 at 11:24 am

I was in Florida a few years ago and I had a blast. I just wish the 3 tornadoes didn’t touch down!

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3 Nora Dunn July 7, 2014 at 1:13 pm

Clay – 3 tornadoes??? Eek! How close did they come?

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4 Larry July 12, 2014 at 10:06 pm

Enjoy the Keys … it’s essentially America’s Caribbean!

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5 Nora Dunn July 14, 2014 at 12:08 pm

Larry- You got it! That’s especially what I liked about Key West (a place I totally fell in love with)….it’s got a Caribbean flare that made me miss my time living in the Caribbean!
http://www.theprofessionalhobo.com/2014/07/people-visit-florida-keys-never-leave/

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