Hi LK readers! Celine here! My husband and I are moving from Austin to Phoenix and we are taking the long way (counter-clockwise) around the country for the next few months! We have been traveling with our pups in our swanky aqua camper and as we’ve been traveling from state to state, we’ve been marveling at what an amazing country we live in.
We have been traveling for the last 3 weeks and most of that was spent in Florida! I know, it sounds odd, but it’s a surprisingly cool state…here, see for yourself:
FUN FACTS ABOUT FLORIDA:
1. It has the longest coastline of any of the contiguous states2. It borders the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean3. It full of super cool stuff that you have to see to believe!
While you have probably heard of South Beach, Cape Canaveral, and Disney World, I’m going to share with you four less known places from my our travels that you should definitely visit in the Sunshine State.
1. NAVARRE BEACH
The Panhandle of Florida is known as the Emerald Coast. The best beaches are found here. The sand is white and soft, and the water is clear and multiple shades of blue. Best of all, the water is warm. Destin is a popular beach town, but west of it lies Navarre Beach on Santa Rosa Island. It is a lovely and more down-to-earth town. If you want ritzier towns, check out Alys Beach and Rosemary Beach. Navarre Beach has the longest fishing pier in the Gulf of Mexico, and it is worth a stroll.
2. THREE SISTERS SPRING ON THE CRYSTAL RIVER
Where the panhandle and main peninsula of Florida meet, lie some of the most beautiful freshwater springs. One such is Three Sisters Spring. In the summer, it is only accessible by kayak or boat, and it is worth the short trek.Rent a kayak from Crystal River Kayak Co. and it is a short 10 minute paddle to the stunning spring. The water is a perfect refreshing 72 degrees, and crystal clear, as per its moniker.You can often see manatee swimming here.
3. ROBERT IS HERE FRUIT STAND
It sounds really strange to recommend a fruit stand, but this place is an experience. I had never heard of it, but knew something good was going down when I saw throngs of people outside in line.
It’s a fruit stand in Florida City, FL, originating in 1959 when Robert’s father placed a “Robert is Here” sign next to his son’s stand selling cucumbers. Well, the rest is history and this place is a produce mecca, resplendent with live music in the summer and the longest milkshake line you’ve ever seen. No joke- his milkshake brings all the boys (and girls) to the yard.The Key Lime milkshake is the single best key lime item I’ve ever had, and I went to Key West the next day.
4. WYNWOOD WALLS
We’ve all heard of South Beach but have you heard of the Wynwood Walls? This neighborhood in Miami is a great place to spend an afternoon. The neighborhood centers on the awesome walls- once bare warehouse walls now covered with amazing street art. There are works from over 50 both domestic and international artists, covering over 80,000 SF of walls. It is amazing to roam the streets and look at all the inspiring art. Moreover, it has revitalized the area, now bustling with restaurants (check out Zak the Baker) and art galleries.Florida is a fantastic state, and will always have a big piece of my heart. You could spend months here and not see it all. Please let me know if you check out one of these amazing places; I’d love to hear your experience!
We’ve moved on and are currently working our way to the Midwest. Follow our adventures on instagram for more cross-country tidbits.