Florida Travel Essentials
WeatherFlorida has two main seasons, the rainy season and the dry season. The dry season falls in winter and the days are sunny and warm. Campers during the dry season should be prepared for warm weather during the day and colder temperatures during the evening. It is important to bring layers and warm sleeping amenities to be prepared for the colder evening.
The wet season brings much warmer temperatures, which last into the night. In addition, the humidity is extremely high during the wet season. Campers and other travelers in Florida need to be prepared for the hot weather, as well as, prepared for the rain, with proper rain gear and camping supplies.
Visitors to Florida should also be aware that hurricane season starts in June and continues through November. The most active months during hurricane season last from August through October. Travelers visiting Florida during hurricane season should be prepared to change or cancel plans according to weather conditions. In addition, visitors should also be on the lookout for lightning and practice proper lightning safety.
Florida | Top Snorkeling BeachesBiscayne National Park, Homestead
This National Park has some amazing features that snorkelers will enjoy. Visitors to the park can take a boat trip, enjoy swimming and of course take advantage of the beautiful snorkeling options. Biscayne National Park has shallow living reefs, which are home of many tropical fish, different types of reef vegetation and more.
Crystal River is best known for the West Indian Manatees that call the estuary home. This habitat is fairly rare, with an estuary fed by warm freshwater springs. The warm waters make this a great year-round destination. Visitors can enjoy learning about manatees from the guides, as well as taking the unique opportunity to swim with the friendly manatees.
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, Key Largo
Located in the Florida Keys, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park is an underwater park. Visitors can take boat trips to different destinations throughout the park. There are areas in the park that are great for snorkeling, while others are great for scuba diving. Snorkelers can take guided snorkeling tours of the park, in which they can learn all about the reef and sea life living in the park. John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park is one of the great snorkeling destinations in the Florida Keys.
Pompano Beach, Florida
The good condition of the reef at Pompano Beach makes it a have for sea life. The reef is located about 100 yards off shore and for the more adventurous there are artificial reefs located farther offshore. Snorkelers will love the clear waters, and all of the different types of fish and marine life, including nurse sharks and sea turtles.
Best Surf Beaches
New Smyrna, FL
New Smyrna is a fantastic Florida surf spot. It has consistent break, and has great conditions for surfers interests in aerials. It can get crowded, since this is one of the popular destinations for surfers in the state.
Reef Road, Palm Beach, FL
Located in lovely Palm Beach, Reef Road is a great spot for surfers to enjoy. This beach has a fantastic sandy break which surfers will love. This is another destination that can get crowded though.
Sebastian Inlet, Vero Beach, FL
Sebastian Inlet is known for its powerful waves. These waves make it a great destination for surfers in Florida. It is especially good for experienced surfers.
Water and Wild PlantsNever drink unfiltered water from streams and rivers while camping. These water sources, no matter how clean they look can carry diseases. Also never try wild berries and plants unless you are an expert in identifying edible foods. Trying wild plants and berries is always a risk, and people often confuse poisonous species with similar looking edible plants.
InsectsFlorida is home to a variety of biting insects. These types of insects can either cause a reaction due to poison from the bites, or they can transmit disease. Mosquitoes are especially common during the warm humid months in the summer. Other insects travelers might encounter include sand fleas and wasps. The first step to avoiding insect bites is to use a good insect repellant, spray the repellant on your clothes as well as skin.
SnakesVisitors to Florida may run into a poisonous snake. The state is home to a variety of snakes, including rattlesnakes, coral snakes, the southern copperhead and more. The first step to snake safety is to be sure that you don't step or put your hand anywhere that you can't see, always be aware of your surroundings. Don't step where you can't see what your are stepping on, and don't put your hands into holes. It is also important not to walk in the dark without a flashlight.
If you do encounter a snake, first, do not panic, instead calmly walk away. Snakes are normally afraid of people and often bite out of fear, so its best to try not to disturb the snake. If a snake bite does occur, remain calm, and seek immediate medical assistance. Try to see what type of snake it was the gave the bite and if you are able and have the ability, apply a tourniquet.