Tigertail Beach – Marco Island, FL

I swam with sharks here. Marco Island is just south of Naples and where I had what I believe is the coolest beach experience I’ve had in North America so far. I’ve never been outside of North America but whatever. Tigertail boasts hard-packed sand, tons of fiddler crabs, a lagoon, a mangrove path, and a…

The Florida Keys 

The thing about the keys is that there are hundreds of them, it’s not just Key West like people think. I read that there are 1700 keys. 1700 separate islands. Hot dang. Rather than post separately about different areas of interest, I’m encompassing all of a day’s adventures into a single tale of intrigue and…

Turtlefest 2015 – Loggerhead Marinelife Center – Juno Beach, FL

Loggerhead Marinelife Center is located on US-1 next to Juno Dunes Natural Area. It’s a non-profit marine education and ocean conservation center focusing on sea turtle rescue and rehabilitation. This is a green-certified facility and one of the newer and nicer rehab centers that I’ve seen. When you enter the building, there’s a welcome desk…

Matheson Hammock Park, FL

Matheson Hammock is a Miami-Dade County park south of Coral Gables. This is another one of those parks that I found by looking on a map and driving to see what the green blob was. There is a $5/car fee, then once you drive in you can go toward the marina or follow the road…

Melbourne Beach, FL

The Tour de Turtles Marathon Kickoff took place July 2013 at the Archie Carr Wildlife Refuge in Melbourne Beach. Two loggerhead sea turtles were being released with transmitters for the “marathon”, which is actually a series of sea turtle releases with GPS around the Caribbean. The two turtles were Ripley (325 lbs) and Johnny (slightly…