Who would not want a fabulous getaway to Florida? Florida is not just any other state; its hidden adventures can entice the inner fantasies in you. Every year Florida has a fresh start of its surprises that need to be unleashed. Traveling to Florida is always an occasion for new meetings, adventures, and discoveries. That said, here are 11 hidden adventures for your travel Florida Bucket List. Let the adventures begin!
- Shell Key
At Naples’ Goodland Marina, you can board a boat wherein you can embark on Florida’s best shelling experiences. Inhale salt air underneath clear blue skies where you can dance with the magnificent dolphins. A popular spot you can head for is called “Shell Key.”
It is located in Ten Thousand Islands whereby there are shell layers which unleash prized rarities like the Junonia.
- Miami city
Every great adventure in Florida starts in Miami. This city is all about fun, art, celebrities, fabulous houses and the beautiful waters. There is one perfect way to explore Miami – yacht rentals and going out with your squad.
The opportunity to have water experience comes no better than this because Miami is just the place to be, to enjoy, to explore, to melt in. You can just relax or even do celebrations with the Yacht Charters in the Miami. Biscayne Bay is also a perfect place to be because the waters are good for snorkeling.
- Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park
The system of Florida State Park purchased “Shangri-la” whereby Gilchrist Blue Springs gives off 55 million water gallons daily which flows to Santa Fe River. You get to swim after jumping from a wooden platform into crystal water.
If you are coming with your family, you can have a picnic underneath sprawling oaks. You can also go for kayaking and board paddling. If you want a plain simple trip, you can even stroll around to the Santa Fe River on a wooden boardwalk.
If you are an avid or casual birder, then Caracara is the place for you. The birding experience is just worth it.
Get all the birding experience you can want to have at Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival in Titusville. With the annual festival, it will offer a birding crash course which features experts that would be so glad to help you out with hikes et al.
- Mary’s Fish Camp
Meandering via an oak hammock is a dirt road to one of Florida’s campsites wherein screened porches cabins plus bait shacks face the river.
Mary’s Fish Camp is nestled along Bayport’s Mudd River. This is on the Gulf Coast of Hernando County which is a fishing spot landmark. You can camp there and enjoy nature at its best.
- Datil Do ‘Ya
This is a signature dish of St. Augustine which is famous for tomato base that is rich with a bit of heat from Datil pepper that is locally grown. You can eat all the best cuisines from the place due to the two outstanding restaurants wherein locals will serve you delicious chowder.
These two restaurants are Barnacle Bill’s Seafood Restaurant and Aunt Kate’s. Both these restaurants offer the best food experiences in Florida if you are a food enthusiast.
- Martin County
On the east coast of Florida, you will find Martin County which will offer you a quick escape from stubborn traffic and congested beaches. The county’s distinctive vibe will help you embrace the beautiful environment that is pollutant free.
Amongst famous attractions is the Blowing Rocks whereby geyser effect is created which often erupts. To reach this spectacular place you’ll need to reach to the Hobe Sound Beach after which you will need to trek to Blowing Rocks Preserve and have yourself a moment of life.
- Winter Park Scenic Boat Tours
A five-minute ride to Orlando’s north, you will head straight to Winter Park. The place was made in 1938, and it navigates via pristine and popular Chain of Lakes.
There are numerous breathtaking nature views plus there are historical overviews of luxurious private estates and homes along shores. This will give you visitors a nostalgic feeling.
Make sure you watch out for sunbathing alligators, paddleboard yoga and frequent water skiers. The whole experience can be enhanced and if you want you can rent a yacht for your family and friends from Miami Yacht Rental.
- The Kumquat Festival
Dade city of Florida celebrates kumquat. Kumquat Festival which is celebrated annually on January 27th is a festival that honors this sweet fruit of Dade City. Dade City is the largest supplier of kumquat.
Admission is absolutely free because this family event offers you a chance to taste different combinations of fruits. However, the hidden adventure is Kumquat Growers Open House which is held on January 26th and 25th which features grove tours and packinghouse.
- Day Away Kayak Tours
On the Space Coast of Florida, there is Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge which is a special and interesting kayak tour. While there is a twinkling of evening stars on a phenomenon called bioluminescence, the water glows below.
Minute organisms which live in water glow shine iridescent green after the water’s stirred up. With fish that dart there’s a glowing trail that is created with paddling strokes producing eerie mesmerizing nightlight wisps.
Titusville’s Day Away Kayak Tours from May via September feature paddling trips in the nighttime.
It is Florida’s equestrian epicenter industry which is situated in Marion County which is at the center of Florida. It is habitat to over 70,000 horse farm acres of horse farms which are set amidst oak trees that are sprawling and green pastureland that is rolling.
The place is famous for horse riding and other related sports. The owner of the place is part of the fun which will not get a mention because she is part of the hidden treasure too.
Now that you have had a bucket list it’s interesting to know which you are opting to go for. Florida is a real wonder. Doesn’t matter if you are there on vacation or business, you never know where an adventure can take you.
But what if you need something more, or maybe less? How about, all you need is just to relax on the beach, to think nothing but a perfect tan and cool enough cocktail? The world is an open book – choose any all-inclusive hotel in Jamaica, Saint Lucia or Bahamas and make your adventure perfect for you. Pick your place, and let the journey begins!
A Beginner’s Guide to Yacht Charters: How to Choose the Right Yacht and Plan the Perfect Trip
Yacht charters offer a unique and luxurious way to explore the world’s most beautiful destinations. Whether you’re looking to spend a week exploring the crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean, or you want to take a romantic trip to the Mediterranean, a yacht charter is an excellent option. Phuket is an excellent location to charter a yacht and is one of the most popular destinations for yacht charters in the world.
However, choosing the right yacht and planning the perfect trip can be a daunting task for those who are new to yacht charters. In this beginner’s guide, we’ll walk you through everything you need to know to make your yacht charter experience a success.
Consider the Size of the Yacht Needed
Yachts come in a variety of sizes, from small sailing boats to large motor yachts. Consider how many people will be traveling with you, and how much space you’ll need for your trip. You’ll also want to think about the type of activities you want to do on your trip. If you’re looking for a more adventurous trip, a smaller sailing yacht may be the way to go. But if you’re looking for a more luxurious and spacious experience, a larger motor yacht may be a better choice.
- Small Sailing Yachts: These are typically 30-50 feet in length and are ideal for more intimate and adventurous trips.
- Mid-Size Motor Yachts: These yachts are typically 50-80 feet in length and offer more space and amenities than small sailing yachts.
- Large Motor Yachts: These yachts are typically 80 feet or longer and offer the ultimate in luxury and comfort.
- Superyachts: These are the largest yachts, typically over 100 feet in length, and are often custom built to the highest standards.
Consider a Place to Discover
Yacht charters are available all over the world, from the Mediterranean to the Caribbean, so choose a location that appeals to you and your travel companions. Research the destinations you’re interested in, and find out what the weather will be like during your trip. You’ll also want to consider the time of year that you’re traveling, as some destinations may be more expensive during peak season.
Here are some popular yacht destinations:
Mediterranean: The Mediterranean region is a top destination for yacht charters, with its turquoise waters, stunning coastline, and rich cultural heritage. Some popular destinations include the French Riviera, the Amalfi Coast in Italy, and the Greek islands.
Caribbean: The Caribbean is a popular yacht charter destination for its warm weather, beautiful beaches, and clear waters. Some popular islands include the British Virgin Islands, St. Martin, and Antigua.
Bahamas: The Bahamas are another popular yacht charter destination, known for its stunning crystal-clear waters, white-sand beaches, and tropical landscapes.
Maldives: The Maldives is a group of 26 atolls in the Indian Ocean, known for its stunning coral reefs, crystal-clear waters, and abundant sea life.
Thailand: Thailand is known for its stunning beaches, lush tropical forests, vibrant local culture, and rich history. Some popular destinations for yacht charters in Thailand include the Andaman Sea, Phuket, and Koh Samui
When it comes to planning the perfect trip, timing is everything. Booking your yacht charter early is key to ensuring that you get the yacht and destination that you want. Don’t wait until the last minute to book, as yachts can fill up quickly, especially during peak season. It’s also a good idea to book well in advance if you’re traveling during the holidays, as yachts tend to be in high demand during these times.
Yacht Charter Cost
Another important factor to consider when planning your yacht charter is the cost. Yacht charters can be expensive, so you’ll want to budget for your trip carefully. Consider the cost of the yacht, fuel, food, and other expenses. Some yacht charters may include some or all of these expenses, so be sure to ask about what’s included when you’re booking. You may also want to look for yacht charter deals or discounts to help save money on your trip.
Think About the Crew
Finally, you’ll want to consider the crew. Yacht charters typically come with a crew that includes a captain, chef, and other members. Consider the size of the crew, and make sure that they have the experience and skills you need for your trip. You’ll also want to make sure that the crew is friendly and professional, and that they can accommodate any special requests or needs you may have.
A yacht charter is an excellent way to explore the world’s most beautiful destinations in style and comfort. With a little bit of planning and research, you can choose the right yacht and plan the perfect trip for you and your travel companions. So start exploring your options today, and get ready for the trip of a lifetime!
Medieval Towns with German Castles Near Munich & Frankfurt
Our favorite castles in Germany near Frankfurt and Munich:
We were crazy enough to visit Neuschwanstein Castle on a public holiday. This meant that along with all the Asian tourists, there were an awful lot of Germans. Plus, even though we arrived by 11 am, the soonest tickets we could buy were for the German tour at 2.30 pm, as the terms in English were sold out until 4 pm. So, if you don’t have German friends at hand to translate the tour for you, we recommend booking in advance online. The castle was impressive, and the time was undoubtedly fascinating! Don’t worry, I won’t spill the beans, but the manmade Grotto room made my jaw drop!
Mespelbrunn Castle is located on a pond between Frankfurt and Wurzburg. Unfortunately, we arrived 30 minutes after its closing time of 5 pm, but it looked cool from behind the fence!
Lichtenstein Castle is located on a clifftop near Stuttgart and costs 6 euros per person for a tour in German; however, they did give us a very informative written guide in English. This castle is small compared to Hohenzollern castle, but its story is fascinating. Tanks shelled it in World War II, and today you can still see the cracked mirror from where a small fragment of a tank grenade ricocheted!
Hohenzollern Castle is not too far from Lichtenstein Castle. It is located on a hilltop near Hechingen, and we enjoyed the guided tour. Along with getting to wear GIANT slippers, make sure you explore the casemates and secret passages. One sign made me want to learn more. It read, “Exactly where these steps lead to is unknown. More casemates and secret passageways are likely waiting to be discovered in the heart of the mountain”!
Heidelberg Castle was a lot larger than we expected! Unfortunately, we had spent far too much time at the Auto & Technik Museum in Sinsheim, so we did not have time to explore this castle. But if we get the chance, we will explore the town and its castle next time in Germany.
On our drive from Munich to Frankfurt, we also loved:
The beer garden at Andechs Monastery was just like Oktoberfest but amongst trees and more family-friendly. The beer was cheaper, and the food was great, including the giant pork knuckle, which Moss could not finish. It was also fun walking up multiple flights of stairs to the tower’s very top.
Three hours in Rothenburg was not enough to explore this wonderful medieval town! We recommend getting your hands on a city map from the tourist information office. We enjoyed Roder Gate, walking along the wall and exploring the 17th-century spital bastion, plus Moss lost me in the Kathe Wohlfahrt Christmas shop for over half an hour, and I didn’t even buy anything!
The average person would Google Munich to Frankfurt and see that it only takes about 3 ½ hours depending on how fast you wish to drive on the autobahn! However, we are NOT typical. We took one look at train prices and decided that hiring a car wouldn’t cost too much more.
We aren’t going to tell you our exact route. Still, after surviving Oktoberfest in Munich, we did a giant zigzag to see as many castles and medieval towns as possible. So to save you doing so much driving, we have picked our favorite cities and castles. First of all, ‘Ausfahrt’ is not a destination accessible from every off-ramp! It means ‘Exit’! Another word of wisdom to keep in mind is that the autobahns with speed limits do have speed cameras… and the flash is blinding!
Running with the Bulls Video
Our shaky Running with the Bulls Video footage from the Festival de San Fermin in 2012. Experience it first hand in Pamplona. Enjoy.
We recently wrote about our life or death experience of Running with the Bulls this year at the Festival of San Fermin in Pamplona. On that run, I carried along with our GoPro video camera and tried to shoot some footage for our running with the video of the bull.
All our travel video shooting techniques went out the window when the bulls’ hooves started to shake the ground beneath our feet.
Once we had lined up for the running with the bulls, there was no escape from it as we were walled in by apartment blocks, shopfront windows, and 3-meter high wooden barriers packed with photographers along the entire length. At one end lay the relative safety of the bull ring pulsating with the cheers of the crowd who were still partying from the night before. Behind me, a dozen wild bulls pawed the stony ground looking for freedom.
Unfortunately, I was standing in their path.
What we ended up with is below. However, I think what we filmed for our running with the bull video captures the chaos, craziness, and complete madness a lot better than if I had stood my ground.
Enjoy it and watch for the guy that nearly gets trampled to death near the beginning!
Running with the Bulls Video
Would you ever consider running with the bulls?
While we are very aware that not all people agree that the San Fermin Festival should be allowed to go ahead mainly due to animal cruelty, we think there are two sides to every story. We wrote a post about the controversy surrounding Bullfighting in Spain and the Festival de San Fermin.
We would love to hear your thoughts on the Festival de San Fermin and whether you would ever consider running with the bulls.
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