From the Gulf Coast to the Atlantic Coast & back again

Florida is an amazing state to travel in. We’ve been coming here for years, in fact Dominic spent some of his formative years in this state living in Palm Coast.

In 2013 we decided to take the plunge and move to FL, from our home in Charleston, SC and we haven’t looked back since. Sure, there may not be the quantity of cultural events some would like to find and you’re certainly not moving here for the foodie scene, but if you enjoy the outdoors – especially the water, both fresh & salt – then this is a great place to spend some time.

Our big adventure – 12 months on the road – started in April, so it was a good time to enjoy Florida’s shoulder season, before the temperature & humidity really kick up a notch.

After the week at Long Point Park Campground, we headed North, stopping at some of our favorite spots, Flagler Beach and St. Augustine. These are two of the nicest towns in FL.

Flagler Beach might not be known to many non-Floridians but, it’s a cool little surf spot north of Daytona Beach and without a lot of development. A few small motels, campgrounds, shops, restaurants and miles of great beach walking and waves.

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Our Navion RV parked next to the Flagler Beach water tower, just south of town

 

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Not a bad breakfast view from the RV, parked next to the water tower on A1A
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Taking a dip in the Atlantic …. it’s kinda’ chilly, when you’re used to the Gulf of Mexico water temps’
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We like to camp at Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area , where they have board walks directly onto the beach. This awesome state park campground is located just south of town and it’s definitely one where you will want to plan ahead in order to get a spot (especially if you want to be on this ocean side of the park).
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Great sunsets from the campground at Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area
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From the campground, you can cycle behind town and explore the quiet roads around High Bridge Rd. & Walter Boardman Lane.

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St. Augustine has become a famous tourist spot in FL but, along with the fudge and the tee shirts this place has some serious history with a great fort (which is a national monument), the Castillo de San Marcos built in 1672 and tons of great accommodation, shopping and restaurants all within a small walkable historic downtown.

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Great pizza & gelato at Pizza Time in St. Augustine – they have a top rating on TripAdvisor

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Be sure to check out Cousteau’s Waffle and Milkshake Bar in St. Augustine, definitely one for fans of Wes Anderson’s movies

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A lot of people don’t spend any time hanging around inland FL, other than perhaps Orlando / Disney, but there are tons of cool spots to check out, namely the dozens of crystal clear fresh water springs. We love to hit these spots in the winter, when the swimming holes aren’t so crowded with school kids. You can kayak, paddle, snorkel, dive or just swim and enjoy the wildlife at these locations. And they make a great stop over when traveling from the east coast to the west coast of Florida.

We’ll do other blog posts about the Florida springs and share with you some of our favorite spots to go paddle boarding and snorkeling. In the meantime, if you are planning a trip in central FL, send us your questions and/or let us know your favorite spots.

On this big road trip, we were hustling from Flagler beach to Cedar Key, so we didn’t dawdle for long in central FL, just one night at Salt Springs Recreation Area. The reason for our swift crossing of the peninsula was the Annual Cedar Key Small Boat Meet, which is run by the West Coast Trailer Sailing Squadron and has been going for over 30 years. This is a great, loosely organized social event for anyone who likes messing about in small boats, kayaks etc. (held in early May) and we’ll share some great photos from that event in our next blog post.

“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.”

― Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows

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