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Two New Experiences to Rediscover Florida’s Gulf Islands

Two New Experiences to Rediscover Florida’s Gulf Islands
For many travelers, all it takes is some new experiences to rediscover a destination. And if you think you’ve seen all there is to see of Florida’s Gulf Islands, take in the view from either horse surfing or a Segway tour. Chances are you’ll walk away with a whole new look at the destination. “It’s a cool, fun thing to do,” says Tim Mattox, owner of Great World Nature Tours (map) in Bradenton. “You can go horseback riding on the beach nearly anywhere in the world, but horse surfing...
April 21st, 2010 | Apryl Chapman Thomas | Read More | Comments: 1
Filed under: eco-friendly, eco-tourism, featuredarticle, outdoor adventure, Things to do in Florida

New zip line launches in Saint Lucia

New zip line launches in Saint Lucia
Admittedly, I’m a bit of a wimp when it comes to heights, but Rain Forest Aerial Trams in Saint Lucia has launched a new zip line that sounds too good to pass up, even for those of us who don’t like flying through the air at incredible speeds strapped to a cable. The eco-adventure company, which also has zip lines in Costa Rica, Dominica and Jamaica, has a new zip line tour called the Adrena Line (one can only assume this refers to the adrenaline rush produced by participating in said activity). It...
March 4th, 2010 | Vawn | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: adventure travel, eco-tourism, featuredarticle, Saint Lucia

Paddle with the Authors of Florida Keys Paddling Atlas

Paddle with the Authors of Florida Keys Paddling Atlas
Love Florida? Love the outdoors? Love kayaking? If you answered “yes” to two out of three or all three questions, you might want to consider joining husband-and-wife writing team, Bill and Mary Burnham on one of their three customized kayaking trips. As American Canoe Association (ACA) trained instructors, you can gain one-on-one instruction along the way as well as come away with a new set of skills to add to those you already have, says Mary Burnham. Choose from the two-day/one-night Seven...
January 28th, 2010 | Apryl Chapman Thomas | Read More | Comments: 1
Filed under: eco-friendly, eco-tourism, outdoor adventure, outdoors, Things to do in Florida

100 Days of Summer: Scallop Hunting

Captain Jim Henley with Saltwater Fish’n in Steinhatchee, Fla., calls scallop hunting an “underwater Easter egg hunt.” “You can reach down to pick them up and put them in your bag.” Taking people out on the boat in two to three feet of water (“crystal clear,” Henley remarks), the adventure is typically four hours, but he says that “it’s your day, so I’ll do what you want to do. We just have a good time.” Not only are scallops easy to find, but also other sea life. “You can...
August 18th, 2009 | Apryl Chapman Thomas | Read More | Comments: 2
Filed under: eco-tourism, Get Out, Get Outdoors, Gotta Do This, seafood, Southern-Byways, Things to See in Florida

A Creek runs Through it

If you aren’t familiar with the central Florida area, at first glance you might think that Shingle Creek is just a regular waterway. Think again. Shingle Creek is more, a lot more, because its the northernmost headwaters of the Everglades. Yes, the Everglades in south Florida.  A part of the Everglade Trail, it may be hard to believe that this small, unpretentious waterway is actually a part of something a lot larger. The best part is that you can explore Shingle Creek on your own. The newly-opened...
August 3rd, 2009 | Apryl Chapman Thomas | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: eco-tourism, Get Outdoors, nature, Southern-Byways, Things to See in Florida

Tales from the Road: Discovering the Natural Beauty of Alabama’s Gulf Coast

No doubt about it, the beaches on Alabama’s Gulf Coast are beautiful, but if you only spend time in the sand, you’re experiencing half of what the area has to offer when it comes to the outdoors. While driving around and doing some exploring on my own, I was able to stop at few places to get a taste of nature in the area. Alabama Coastal Birding Trail: Whether you’re a bird-lover or not, don’t pass up the sites along the Alabama Coastal Birding Trail. You never know what you might see. Established...
May 10th, 2009 | Apryl Chapman Thomas | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Alabama Gulf Coast, eco-tourism, outdoors, Southern-Byways, Things to See in Alabama

Tales from the Road: Exploring Two Very Different State Parks

No doubt about it, last Saturday’s weather along the Florida Panhandle was perfect. And for me that only meant one thing, time to explore the outdoors. I had two places on my agenda that were must-sees: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and Eden Gardens State Park. Both state parks are as different as they can be, but they both represent the nature beauty of the area. Located on scenic Highway 30-A, Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is perhaps best known for having the most intact coastal ecosystem...
April 28th, 2009 | Apryl Chapman Thomas | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: eco friendly travel, eco-tourism, Florida Panhandle, outdoors, road trip, state parks, Things to See in Florida, Travelogues, vacation, Weekend Trip

Tales from the Road: Returning Back to Nature at the Beach

It’s only fitting that for Earth Day that I talk about the ways I communed with nature during my visit to Panama City Beach, Fla. If you haven’t figured it out by now, I really enjoy finding places of natural beauty in destinations and while at the beach this past weekend, I spent time in two such places. One of them was St. Andrews State Park, located on the east end of Panama City Beach. Here you can discover a great combination of beaches,  marshes and pinewoods. Spend the morning...
April 22nd, 2009 | Apryl Chapman Thomas | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: eco friendly travel, eco-tourism, Florida Panhandle, road trip, Southern-Byways, state parks, Things to See in Florida, Travelogues, vacation

Tales from the Road: Taking a (Air) Ride on Lake Tohopekaliga

One of the things I love most about the central Florida area is its natural beauty. Best described as true Old Florida, what you see here, you won’t see anywhere else in the state. And the best part is that in this area there are so many opportunities for you to experience the outdoors. Just in Kissimmee alone, there’s the new zipline safari at Forever Florida, horse backing riding with Horse World Stables, hot air balloon rides, numerous hiking trails and well, you get the idea. While...
April 15th, 2009 | Apryl Chapman Thomas | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: eco friendly travel, eco-tourism, Southern-Byways, Things to See in Florida, Tours, Travelogues, vacation, Weekend Trip

Get Outdoors…Georgia’s State Parks System’s Park Paddling Club

As the days get longer and the weather gets warmer, it’s a perfect time to explore Georgia’s water trails on canoe. And the Georgia State Parks System have added some fun incentive encouraging you just to do that. The Park System has recently created the Park Paddlers Club that includes six state parks for a combined 22 miles. You can practice on the less-than- a- mile run at Magnolia Springs State Park in Millen, relax among nature as you paddle at the George L. Smith State Park (near...
March 10th, 2009 | Apryl Chapman Thomas | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: eco-tourism, Get Outdoors, outdoors, Southern-Byways, state parks, Things to See in Georgia

World’s First Eco-Tourism Resort Community Being Built in Palawan

Palawan has the distinction of having some of the best beaches in the Philippines and, indeed, in Asia. Visions of Palawan have always included white sand, sparklingly warm waters and lush vegetation. It seems to embody the very essence of what a tropical paradise should be. In the midst of this pristine site, there are big plans to build Cacao Pearl, Palawan, the “first non-profit and luxury eco-resort community”. Occupying an entire private island in the Calamianes archipelago, the resort...
February 25th, 2009 | Maricar | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Cacao Pearl, eco-tourism, luxury resort, Palawan, Palawan beaches, Philippine beaches, Philippine resorts, Places to Visit, resort community, Travel and Tourism

Get Outdoors…Zip Through Central Florida

“Traveling 20 mph in a car isn’t very fast, but flying by the trees at 20 mph is a different feeling,” comments Matt Duda, director of sales and marketing, as he describes the Zipline Safari, the newest eco-attraction at Florida EcoSafaris at Forever Florida in St. Cloud.  When you step away from the theme parks and other manmade attractions in this area, you can discover another side of the Sunshine State you might not have known existed. And Florida EcoSafaris at Forever...
January 15th, 2009 | Apryl Chapman Thomas | Read More | Comments: 3
Filed under: Attractions, eco friendly travel, eco-tourism, Get Out, Get Outdoors, Going Green in the South, Southern-Byways, Things to See in Florida

Tales from the Road: Yolo Boarding and Kayaking I Will Go

I’m somewhat of an outdoorsy-type person. When I say “somewhat”, I mean that never pass up an opportunity to go walking, hiking or just exploring the outdoors – especially when I’m on vacation. When I was at Redfish Village on Blue Mountain Beach (Beaches of South Walton/30-A in the Florida Panhandle), I had it planned out to go for a walk early morning and late evening. I also wanted to go bike riding if possible. So, when I heard about Yolo boarding – I knew...
November 30th, 2008 | Apryl Chapman Thomas | Read More | Comments: 3
Filed under: eco-tourism, Florida Panhandle, Gulf Coast, nature, outdoors, Southern-Byways, Things to See in Florida, Travelogues

Going Green in the South: Beaches of South Walton, Florida

Here’s a bit of trivia for you. What state, in 2008, has 37 beaches that have received Blue Wave certification by the Clean Beaches Council (CBC)? Obviously, if you’re reading this blog, it must be a southern state, so that should narrow it down for you. Still unsure? Well, the answer is Florida. And did you know that nearly half of those 37 beaches happen to be in the Beaches of South Walton. That’s right, the 14 beach communities as well as the three state parks have been certified...
November 17th, 2008 | Apryl Chapman Thomas | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: beaches, eco friendly travel, eco-tourism, Florida Panhandle, Going Green in the South, green travel, Southern-Byways, Things to See in Florida