Authentic Travel
Wildlife
photo: Best Places to See Manatees in Florida
Best Places to See Manatees in Florida

It's not too late to see Florida's manatees as they leave the 72 degree springs and scatter throughout the state waterways. Authentic Florida shares the best places to view these lovable gentle giants, affectionally called the Florida "sea cow", a sight

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North Florida
photo: A Slice of Natural Beauty at St. Mark's
A Slice of Natural Beauty at St. Mark's

South of Tallahassee, on Florida’s panhandle, St. Mark’s National Wildlife Refuge provides an oasis for migratory birds and teeming wildlife. For the avid nature traveler or just the curious, St. Mark's is a a slice of stunning and breathtaking beauty 

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Central Florida
photo: Old Florida Beckons At Wekiwa Springs
Old Florida Beckons At Wekiwa Springs

North of Orlando and an hour from the major attractions, Wekiwa Springs State Park is a delightful retreat with an authentic “Old Florida” feel. Wekiwa is an Indian word for “bubbling water” which describes the spring that attracts 

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Authentic Travel
photo: A Bargain in the Florida Keys
A Bargain in the Florida Keys

One of the best-kept secrets and true bargains for those traveling to the Florida Keys lies in its state and national parks. An escape to the Florida Keys may be just what you need to relax and let life become what it was meant to be

 

 

 

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Authentic Travel
photo: Picking Florida Oranges
Picking Florida Oranges

The Florida orange season will be coming to a close soon, so it’s time to pick your favorite citrus or visit your local grove to grab the remaining fruit. Growers report a challenging year, but there's still plenty left to finish off the year. Florida's orange is one of the the most recognizable

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Southwest Florida
photo: Authentic Miami
Authentic Miami

There is more to Miami than beaches, beautiful people and nightlife. Authentic Florida uncovers the classic oldies while making new discoveries in Florida’s city of tropical chic. Gardens, old hotels, pools, mansions, beaches, lighthouses and cool neighborhoods 

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Authentic Travel
photo: Best Places to See White Pelicans
Best Places to See White Pelicans

It's the best time to see Florida’s elusive white pelicans and we share the best places to see them. Snowy white with pinkish-tangerine bills and orange webbed feet, these exquisite creatures are stunning and beautiful to behold in nature

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Southwest Florida
photo: Authentic Siesta Key
Authentic Siesta Key

Siesta Key, a barrier island just off Sarasota on Florida’s southwest coast is not only a popular destination for weather-weary travelers in search of a warmer climate, beautiful beaches and a slower pace, it’s also a great place to live. The sugary white sand

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Southwest Florida
photo: Cortez, A
Cortez, A "Real" Florida Fishing Village

For those who enjoy discovering "real" Florida, one of the most beloved secrets is found an hour south of Tampa. Bradenton’s Cortez Village offers genuine and historic charm as one of the last remaining 

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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