Authentic Travel
North Florida
photo: Pensacola: Sweet Tea, Mardi Gras and Mullet
Pensacola: Sweet Tea, Mardi Gras and Mullet

Pensacola is Florida’s westernmost city between Tallahassee and New Orleans, immersed in history, delicious food, outstanding beaches and proud home to the Blue Angels and the Naval Aviation Museum

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Central Florida
photo: Three Small Authentic Florida Towns to Visit
Three Small Authentic Florida Towns to Visit

Take the authentic road less traveled while enjoying three small quaint, southern Florida towns: Dade City, Brooksville and Inverness, all within an easy drive. Each anchored by an historical courthouse while offering 

 

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North Florida
photo: Apalachicola: Florida's Oyster Republic
Apalachicola: Florida's Oyster Republic

Known as the Oyster Republic where 90% of Florida's oysters are harvested, Apalachicola (called “Apalach” by locals) is a quaint, friendly maritime town on Florida’s Panhandle and a treasure trove of 

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South Florida
photo: Miami's Charming Coconut Grove
Miami's Charming Coconut Grove

Guest blogger Laura Albritton escapes the urban bustle of Miami for the charming village of Coconut Grove with shaded oaks, quaint cottages and bungalows. Wild peacocks strut through the streets 

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Central Florida
photo: Florida's Sanctuary: The Bok Tower Gardens
Florida's Sanctuary: The Bok Tower Gardens

You don’t have to be a gardener to love this Florida adventure. Located in Lake Wales the heart of Central Florida, between Tampa and Orlando, the Bok Tower Gardens includes 50 acres of luscious gardens 

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Authentic Travel
photo: Old Florida Charm on the Chassahowitzka River
Old Florida Charm on the Chassahowitzka River

It’s a good thing you don’t have to be able to pronounce the name of this river to love it. Located in Citrus County south of Homosassa Springs, the spectacular Chassahowitzka or affectionately called the "Chaz" by  

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Authentic Travel
photo: Tasting Florida's Honey
Tasting Florida's Honey

Honey, that sweet and mysterious elixir of the gods, the end result of a bees’ laborious work, invites us to find Florida in a special way – through nature and agriculture. Local honey is sold at farms, roadside stands and even farmer’s markets 

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Central Florida
photo: Cedar Key, A Florida Original
Cedar Key, A Florida Original

Cedar Key, located fifty miles southwest of Gainesville, would be considered remote by even modern day standards. Most visitors don’t “happen” upon Cedar Key, its location at the end of the road means 

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Florida Art & Culture
photo: The Florida Highwaymen
The Florida Highwaymen

Meet 26 legendary African-American Florida landscape artists and find out how they overcame the obstacles of Florida’s “Jim Crow” South, solidifying a chapter of Florida’s artistic and cultural history. Selling their work while driving the roads

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My Promise

Whether looking for a half-day, full-day, or weekend excursion, the Authentic Florida Traveler experiences Florida in its simplest form – enjoying the Florida that has always been here, yet often forgotten. With moderate planning and even the most limited budget, the Authentic Traveler can enjoy the best that Florida has to offer. 

Authentic Florida travelers seek, discover and rediscover Florida– and are passionate about living a true and centered life in a state that has so much to enjoy.  Join me as we discover the Florida of our past, present and future.

Authentic Florida awaits you.

- Robin