For me, watching the sun go down somewhere along Florida's coastline is pure bliss. All too often I'll spend the day somewhere deep in the woods, only to jump in my vehicle and head for the water when it's getting a little dusky outside. Some of the best sunsets I've seen anywhere in the state have been right along the side of the road in Yankeetown.
Yankeetown is one of those places that gets overlooked sometimes. It's in Levy County, a little north of Crystal River. The town itself is one of those places that time has almost forgotten, and feels a little like Micanopy – well, Micanopy before everyone discovered Micanopy.
Spend some time exploring town, then head further west towards the boat ramp at the end of Highway 40. In the late spring and summer months, it's quite common to catch the most incredible sunsets that you've ever seen. You know those fantasy movies with the surreal alien landscapes, the ones with huge fiery suns glowing on the horizon? That's what this stretch of Florida is kind of like. Small palm islands dot the scene, with brilliant pink and orange skies casting reflections into the water. It is simply breathtaking.
Take a peek at the photo that I've included with the post. It was taken just along the edge of the road, and does not do the real scene justice. Go see it for yourself, and don't be surprised if you find yourself returning to look at real estate.