Authentic Travel
Central Florida
photo: Bok Tower Gardens Sparkle for the Holidays
Bok Tower Gardens Sparkle for the Holidays

Located in the heart of Central Florida, between Tampa and Orlando, the Bok Tower Gardens is a favorite Authentic Florida destination but during the holidays, the gardens sparkle with colorful displays 

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Central Florida
photo: The Christmas Express: A Train, Dream & Hayfield
The Christmas Express: A Train, Dream & Hayfield

Looking for something to do with family for the holidays? Central Florida farmers Daryl and Tracy Kirby have created a magical train ride for children. The Kirby’s run the Christmas Express in their hayfield 

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Central Florida
photo: Cane Grinding: A Taste of Authentic Florida
Cane Grinding: A Taste of Authentic Florida

Since the late 1800’s, cane grinding has been a festive tradition for families as they gather to watch sugarcane distilled into juice, then boiled into sweet syrup while music flows, food is served and children 

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Southwest Florida
photo: Finding Shark Teeth on Florida's Gulf Coast
Finding Shark Teeth on Florida's Gulf Coast

Florida’s Gulf Coast is home to Venice, the “Shark Tooth Capital of the World”, where millions of years ago the area was teeming with sharks. Today, beachcombers enjoy the thrill of discovering shark teeth 

 

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Southwest Florida
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The "Real" Deal, Authentic Pine Island

On Florida’s southwest coast, near Fort Myers, Pine Island embodies the laid-back, “Old” authentic Florida life surrounded by world-class fishing, a vibrant art scene and of course, fresh seafood, delivering the "real" deal 

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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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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