Coconut Shrimp, Beers and Dogs
While enjoying a typical Florida Sunday afternoon in the Biergarten of a favorite local pub, Coasters, we met a couple visiting from the Orlando area. One of the things I love most about our beach town is how easy it is to strike up a conversation, which leads to more conversation and two hours later you’ve made new friends.
How Florida “Used” to Be
The conversation was mostly about our dogs, the Biergarten is pet friendly, and how Florida “used to be”. I’m always curious what attracts visitors to our quiet beach town. Come to find out there are many people just like us who admire and enjoy the original hotels and motels and accommodations spotted up and down the Southern Atlantic Coast: courtyard style rooms, ocean access, turquoise and pink color schemes, treasured original signs and ornamentation. Travel was slower and more about time with family, friends , the scenery and exploring.
Introductions and Attractions
Meet “Old Florida” it’s not all amusement parks and rides. Florida’s State Park system is the perfect opportunity to travel back in time and enjoy nature. The cottage is conveniently located within driving distance of some truly amazing Florida State Parks. Sebastian (the park I frequently mention) is just 8 miles south on HWY A1A. Many of the parks surround iconic pre- interstate Florida attractions. We are fortunate to have Cape Canaveral National Seashore (US National Park Service) about 45 minutes north on HWY A1A. The picturesque park offers secluded ocean with swimming, fishing, and wild- life watching.
Delighting Visitors Since 1947
Wish You Were Here is a self- guided road trip showcasing these attractions: Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park and Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife Preserve State Park have been Florida attractions since the 1940’s. The mermaids of Weeki Wachee Springs State Park have delighted visitors since 1947. Today, visitors still can witness the magic of the mermaids, take a river boat cruise, canoe, or kayak on the Weeki Wachee River.
Follow the Wish You Were Here Pinterest board, curated by the Florida State Parks learn about events and the history behind some of Florida’s famous parks.
When you’ve satisfied your wanderlust and need a break from camping we’d love to host you at our 1950 vintage era Pink Cottage. Paradise Found Florida celebrates it’s heritage and embraces the modern amenities with comfort and relaxation a top priority.
Send us a message and let us know how we can help you plan your next Florida Beach Escape.