We’ve just left Florida, sunburned and happy after spending two weeks out on the beach and exploring the nature surrounding the state. From the sultry beachfront city of Miami, we traversed through the swamps to get to the Everglades National Park, where we cruised through the 10,000 islands and went kayaking in Turner River. We then went down south to the Florida Keys, where we kayaked through mangroves, spotted wild Key deers, and snorkeled in the beautiful Dry Tortugas National Park.
The rest of the trip was spent in Miami, where we relaxed, met up with old friends, and revisited the places we used to hang out back in university days. It’s been a great summer so far, as we’ve managed to take a break from work (we rarely do!) and completely kick back. While work has taken a back seat, we’ve reconnected and found our mojo again – this trip meant a lot more to both of us than we expected.
Before we start the next leg of our trip, here’s a look back at some highlights of the trip that have particularly left a deep imprint in my memories.
Kayaking in the Everglades
We had the chance to do a kayaking trip on the Turner River, that winds its way through the Everglades into the delta dotted with 10,000 islands. Paddling through the mangroves was an amazing experience. We even saw some wild alligators swimming by us just a couple of meters away with their vigilant eyes above the water.
Finding the Secret Isle of Dry Tortugas National Park
Our day trip to Dry Tortugas National Park was a pleasant surprise. We didn’t expect to find such pristine waters and colorful marine life just a couple of hours away from Key West. We spent the day snorkeling around and exploring Fort Jefferson, a 19th century fort with a long history that occupies almost the whole island it was constructed in.
Paddling in the Florida Keys
During our stay at the Florida Keys, we also got to take a kayaking trip around No Name Key with an experienced guide. This protected area is home to the endangered Florida Key Deer as well as many other wildlife species such as mangrove crabs, upside-down jellyfish or dozens of bird species.
Another memorable experience was our three hour electric bicycle ride around Downtown Miami. We got our bikes delivered at our hotel in Biscayne Boulevard and we cycled through Bayside and other spots where we had some of our first few dates.
Flying over South Beach
To end our stay in Miami, we took a one hour scenic flight above Miami and South Beach where we could enjoy the spectacular views of the city from the air. It is always interesting to get a feel of a place from a different perspective, specially if it’s somewhere you have spent so much time in the past.
Disclaimer: This trip was made possible by Visit Florida, but all opinions expressed above are our own.