Seahorses and sea hares in the Florida panhandle

The Florida panhandle is an area that many Floridians have never explored and that’s a real shame. From it’s quaint small towns to it’s beautiful white sand beaches and it’s inherent wildness, it’s truly a great spot to visit.

On our big 12 month road trip, we stayed at several of the awesome state parks in the area: T.H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, St. Andrews State Park, Henderson Beach State Park and Big Lagoon State Park.

St. Joe’s is probably our personal favorite and it’s certainly a great one for sailing, kayaking & paddle boarding. You can always count on tons of sea life in Eagle Bay  – sharks, rays, seahorses, sea hares, turtles, urchins, fish and shellfish of all kinds.

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Beautiful Sea Horse, which we came upon when snorkeling in just a few feet of water over the grass beds in Eagle Bay at St. Joseph Peninsula State Park
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Sea Hare in Eagle Bay, St. Joe’s (we saw tons of these in the Sea of Cortez this past Winter)
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After a quick pic, this one went right back in the water

Sandra receives so many compliments on this hat, we thought we would post a link to it here, for anyone interested:Outdoor Research Women’s Solar Roller Sun Hat, Alpine Lake/Dark Grey, M.

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Conchs galore in Eagle Bay, St. Joe’s
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Our Precision 15 in the calm, clear and shallow waters of Eagle Bay at St. Joe’s
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Man & bird fishing together at St. Andrews State Park
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We even got lucky with this jack at St. Andrews State Park
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While the water in the panhandle isn’t Florida Keys clear, you can still snorkel and enjoy the fishes (like this wrasse) at St. Andrews State Park
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Snowy Egret enjoying St. Andrews State Park
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Laundry day at Henderson Beach State Park – very private sites in this campground
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Beautiful Nutmeg shell, Henderson Beach State Park. We love to go shelling wherever we go and we’ll dedicate a blog post to Florida shelling soon.
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Paddling at Big Lagoon State Park 
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Lots going on at Big Lagoon State Park
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Caught our first redfish at Big Lagoon State Park

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