Miccosukee Indian Reservation

The Miccosukee Indian Tribe’s reservation is one of the top places to see in the Everglades.

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Florida, Outdoors, Photo

Cape Florida Lighthouse

Cape Florida Lighthouse

The Cape Florida Lighthouse watches over Key Biscayne from Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park. The beach is on the “Dr. Beach” list of Top Florida Beaches.

Cape Florida Light

Like many lighthouses the Cape Florida light is fully automated, thanks to the Coast Guard. Its white light flashes every six seconds marking the Biscayne Channel which is the deepest natural channel into Biscayne Bay.

Lighthouse Keepers Quarters

This is a newly resorted replica of the lighthouse keeper’s 1825 cottage, at the Cape Florida Lighthouse on the grounds of Cape Florida State Park. The original was burned down in 1836 by Seminole warriors during the Second Seminole War.

Architecture, Beach, Florida, South Florida

Green Heron on the Nest

Green Heron Guards Nest

I photographed this nesting Green Heron at Blue Hole last week on Big Pine Key.

Nesting Green Heron

I was lucky to get these pictures of the Green Heron on the nest.

Green Heron

Florida, Florida Keys, Outdoors, Photo, South Florida

John Pennekamp State Park

Pennekamp State Park Backwaters

Pennekamp State Park is all about the water, they have all these great waterways that are wonderful places to take a kayak or canoe. The park is over 50 years old.

Pennekamp State Park

The waters are crystal clear making Pennekamp State Park a great place to go boating or snorkel or do anything water related.

Pennekamp State Park Island

Dotted in the water all over the Keys are these uninhabited island that are great to explore, this one at Pennekamp State Park is an example of the larger ones.

Rocky Beach at Pennekamp State Park

This rocky beach is part of the beautiful scenery waiting to be explored, or you can just spread out a towel and enjoy the sun. Pennekamp State Park is all about the water – talk about what you can do famous for snorkeling and scuba diving, canoeing and boating.

Beach, Florida, Florida Keys, Outdoors, Photo, South Florida

Ocean Drive in South Beach Miami

Coconut Palm

Ocean Drive is one of the most popular places to see and be seen in SoBe Miami. Among the sites you’ll see along Ocean Drive is a large amount of coconut palms. BTW, there is no proof that falling coconuts kill 150 people a year, which has been widely and most likely incorrectly reported.

Cardozo Hotel

The Cardozo Hotel is owned by Gloria Estefan and her husband Emilio. The hotel is considered one of the finest along Ocean Drive and a hotspot for spotting celebrities.

Sidewalk Dining

Of course sidewalk dining along Ocean Drive is a South Beach is a dream come true for many vacationing tourist, pictured above is in front of CJ’s Crab Shack just north of 6th Street.

Tides Hotel

The Tides Hotel is another high end hotel at on Ocean Drive.

Miami, Photo, South Florida

Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show appeared to be larger and have a better turnout than last year.

Bahia Mar

The main venue was Bahia Mar and featured more yachts in the water than anywhere else. Water taxis shuttled attendees between the Ft. Lauderdale locations.

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Boating, Florida, Fort Lauderdale, Photo

Jupiter Lighthouse

Jupiter, Florida Lighthouse
The Jupiter Lighthouse is on the northern bank of the Loxahatchee River. It was completed in 1860; it’s made of brick and was painted red in 1910 due to discoloration caused by humidity. The lighthouse is 108 feet tall and has a circular stairway with 105 steps from the base of the tower to the lantern room; when revolving, the four bulls-eyes in the lens produce the repeating cycle of two flashes followed by a period of darkness.

Palm Beach, Photo, South Florida

Miami Beach Waterfront

Monster Charter Fishing

When you think Miami, you think Miami Vice, Little Havana, the Dolphins, the Heat and Miami Beach. Miami Beach is one of those special places where boating is more than a luxury, it’s a way of life.

Miami Beach Marina

Miami Beach Marina is popular with local and transient yachtsmen alike. If you don’t own a boat, they have rentals, casual and fine dining hotels nearby.

Miami Beach Waterfront

Architecture, Boating, Florida, Miami, Photo

Sailfish in Three Stages of Ascending

If you visit the Fort Lauderdale Convention Center you’ll see a 36′ sculpture titled “Sailfish in Three Stages of Ascending” by artist Kent Ullberg. The Fort Lauderdale work of art also features a marlin, turtles, wahoo and dolphin. To see more photos of this work visit the Broward County Cultural page.

Architecture, Florida, Fort Lauderdale, Photo

Feeding Tarpon at Robbie’s of Islamorada

Tarpon Feeding

If you’ve been in the Florida Keys and haven’t visited Robbie’s of Islamorada you’re missing out on a view of tarpon that all fishermen dream of. It’s the scene of a 100 lb. tarpon jumping straight up with gills flaring and head a shakin.

Feeding tarpon by hand

And you get to see it very close up, while you feed the tarpon by hand. That’s me while I’m starting to look at the camera, the tarpon is about to inhale the small frozen Spanish sardine that Robbie’s sells to unsuspecting tourists.

Tarpon at Robbie's of Islmorada

Robbie’s also has a nice little bar and a restaurant that serves local seafood. There’s an open air market with art, jewelry, clothing and other tropical necessities. Fishing charters can take you to catch your own tarpon and snorkel charters will take you to the reef for a complete day on the water.

Robbie's Bar

Florida, Florida Keys, Outdoors