Adventures Abound Along the Florida Seashore

Florida's shoreline has it all – natural dining, horseback riding, shelling, turtle walks, snorkeling and more to whet all appetites.

The rhythm of the tides, the sound of the surf and these classic Florida beach experiences combine into the perfect recipe for a whole lot of smiles. {pullquote}

Slurp Some Scallops

Scoop up succulent scallops from the shallow waters of St. Joseph Bay in Cape San Blas, a sugar-sand paradise hidden on northwest Florida’s Forgotten Coast. Simply wade out from shore or snorkel over the grass beds in shallow water to catch the mollusks. After shucking your bounty, celebrate the end of the day by noshing on it – sautéed, blackened or fried. Your whole gang can relish this tasty treasure hunt from July to early September every year. For even more fun, catch the St. Joseph Bay Scallop Festival, held each August.

Ride the Waves

Saddle up on the golden-hued sands of Amelia Island, a charming, historic escape in Florida’s northeast corner, for an extraordinary escapade. Kelly Seahorse Ranch will partner you with one of their trusty steeds for a guided horseback ride along the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, so close to the water it sometimes tickles your horse’s hooves. It’s Ma Nature at her finest: Spot dolphins playing in the waves, ospreys gliding on the laminar breeze and just maybe – if you’re lucky – catch a glimpse of the endangered right whale.

Shells Are the Seashore

The whole gang will love searching for shells on Sanibel Island, tucked against the Gulf in southwest Florida. The quirky, laid-back getaway is ranked tops in the world for shelling, and conchs, whelks, scallops and clam shells are so common they often spill out of the ground. In fact, the island is shells, crafted over the years by geography and the forces of nature. While you’re in town, make sure to visit the renowned Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum for how-to tips, free shelling lectures and even beach walks.

An Egg-citing Ritual

It’s an ancient and wondrous beach ritual, usually conducted under the cover of darkness, and you can watch it unfold. Thanks to the Sea Turtle Preservation Society, during June and July of each year you can see a mother Loggerhead sea turtle lay her eggs on Melbourne Beach, the largest sea turtle nesting area in the Western Hemisphere. Volunteer teams will lead you on a Turtle Walk from three different locations in South Brevard County. Guides will scout the location of nesting Loggerheads; you’ll enjoy an educational presentation about sea turtles and observe the nesting process. Call 321-676-1701 during May to make reservations.

The Reef Unmasked

Discover the glory of North America’s longest living barrier reef on a snorkeling trip to Looe Key National Marine Sanctuary. Bahia Honda State Park, famed for its beautiful beaches and magnificent sunsets, offers twice-daily snorkeling tours to the natural wonder. You’ll have an hour and a half to explore one of the most spectacular reefs in the Florida Keys, brimming with elkhorn and massive star coral as well as abundant marine life.

Your footprints may quickly disappear from the sand, but the memories you make there will last forever.

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