Florida

  By Larry Olmsted The travel industry is slowly starting to show signs of life and is reopening, piece by piece all around the world, including America’s beloved National Parks, which will be this summer’s hottest road trip destinations. But when I saw that the Florida Keys were reopening, it

By Everett Potter West Palm Beach has long played second fiddle to its far more glamorous sister, Palm Beach, on the other side of the Intracoastal Waterway in Florida. The divide was clear: the wealthy came to stay and play in Palm Beach, while those who weren’t quite so well

  By Larry Olmsted An unusually destructive hurricane – even for the worst possible Category 5 – 2017’s Irma was considered the most powerful storm ever for the open Atlantic region and the worst to hit the U.S. since Katrina twelve years earlier. In addition to catastrophic destruction across the

By Ann Abel Of course there’s a lot more to south Florida than spring break and stag parties. The long beaches, warm winters, multicultural vibe and glorious Art Deco architecture of Miami Beach have an appeal that needs no justification. But still, a lot of us think of it as

By Joan Rattner Heilman Birdwatching is right up there as one of America’s favorite leisure activities and birdwatchers now number in the millions, but I doubt that many of them know that the city of Jacksonville, a metropolis of high-rises and sprawling suburbs in the northeast corner of Florida 40

The Florida Keys are basically small spits of land connected by bridges on the Overseas Highway. Surrounding you is the water of ocean and bay, but it’s hard to get too far off the beaten track on land. No Name Key off of Big Pine Key is arguably the most

  Story & photos by Dave Houser “One fish. Two fish. Redfish. Blue fish…This one has a little star…Say!  What a lot of fish there are.”  Dr. Seuss   It could be that while penning this imaginative phrase in his best-selling 1960 children’s book – a rhyming book for young

Escaping the snow of the northeast, I’m hiding out in the Florida Keys this week. My first stop is always Captain Slate’s Atlantis Dive Center just over the bridge in Key Largo. In operation since 1978, Slate is the premier snorkel and dive operator in the region. In 2004, he

By Eleanor Berman Whatever your politics, when the Republicans picked Tampa for their 2012 convention, it was an alert to a city that’s worth discovering.

By David McKay Wilson At the Gulfport Casino Ballroom, where big bands drew huge crowds to Florida’s west coast in the 1930s and 40s, swing is still king. I discovered the thriving dance scene in the Tampa Bay area in late October during a weeklong trip to St. Petersburg, where