Authentic Travel
photo: Charming and Just About Perfect
Charming and Just About Perfect

South of Tampa, in Manatee County is one of the loveliest parks you'll find in Florida. Hike the nature trails with great coastal views, kayak the mangrove tunnels or check out the birds and wildlife

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Half-Day Trip
photo: Stump Pass Beach State Park
Stump Pass Beach State Park

Stump Pass State Beach Park, south of Sarasota on Florida's west coast, is a quaint and natural setting for relaxing, swimming or picnicking and a "sweet" find for the authentic Florida traveler

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photo: Wait, Wait, I Found Another One!
Wait, Wait, I Found Another One!

I enjoy finding islands that are uninhabited, undeveloped and natural. These days, it's not easy to find a real barrier island that is unpopulated. Prepare yourself for Shell Key.  It's truly the “real deal” with a world-class beach

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North Florida
photo: The Wakulla Springs & River
The Wakulla Springs & River

What could be more fun than swimming in a cool, refreshing, pristine Florida river? Or jumping into the world's deepest freshwater spring? How about a jungle cruise reminiscent of a Tarzan movie? Well, pack up the family 

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North Florida
photo: Wacissa River
Wacissa River

It's not well known, but the Wacissa River is one of Florida's most spectacular.  Southeast of Tallahassee, this is one for your Authentic Florida Bucket List. Southeast of Tallahassee in Jefferson County

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North Florida
photo: Florida's Trifecta: St. George Island State Park
Florida's Trifecta: St. George Island State Park

I’ve set down my beach chair, my feet are well ensconced in the sand, the sunscreen has been dutifully applied and I am focused on the sparkling blue water as the warm Florida sunshine pours over me. In a state

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Day Trip
photo: Fort De Soto Park
Fort De Soto Park

Authentic Florida guest contributor, Joyce Sparrow shares her story on Fort De Soto Park. South of Tampa, on Tierra Verde in Pinellas County, Ft. De Soto Park is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. There's plenty of fun for the 


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Country Rambling
photo: Picking Florida Blueberries
Picking Florida Blueberries

I’ve just spent a delightful day of blueberry picking at Bradenton’s King Family Farms. To reward myself for the fun work, I pulled out the blender, poured in my Florida blueberries, added some fresh sliced peaches (also picked at the farm), drizzled in some vanilla yogurt

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North Florida
photo: St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge
St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge

Most people will never get there. There are no bridges and you can only get there by boat. But be sure to add this to your authentic Florida bucket list. Few experiences will ever compare

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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