Wishing for some beach fun that won’t leave your wallet wailing? Check out my top five Florida bargain-beach adventures.
· Birding: The beaches are home to bunches of birds, and it’s great fun to watch them feed, flock and fly –and it’s fun to try to spot rare species, too. Don’t know a willet from a tern? Check out this helpful guide from former VISIT FLORIDA Beaches Insider David McRee ; it includes some of the best Sunshine State beaches for birding.
· Kayaking: Paddling a kayak provides a peaceful way to explore the ocean or the waterways, bays and inlets nestled close to them – and don’t forget the inland exploring, either. Here’s a boatload of information from VISIT FLORIDA on the subject, including this article dubbed ‘A Natural Underwater Light Show’ by Jenny Lee Allen about her kayaking, glow-in-the-dark, night tour of the Indian River (on Florida's Space Coast).
· Shelling: The whole family can join in a treasure hunt for the perfect Sunshine State souvenirs. Don’t know a shark’s tooth from a kitten’s paw? The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum offers an abundance of advice – and it’s located on Sanibel Island, known world-wide for its incredible offerings from the sea.
· Snorkeling: Snag an unforgettable glimpse of the underwater world in this family friendly adventure, where treats from shipwrecks to manatees to tropical fish and coral reefs await you. Here are some tips about snorkeling from the Monroe County Tourist Development Council.
· Turtle Walk: Thanks to the Sea Turtle Preservation Society, during June and July you can enjoy an evening beach stroll on Florida's Atlantic coast (in the Melbourne Beach area), learn about sea-turtles and - with any luck - get to witness a wild sea-turtle complete her nesting process. Want to do more? Become a turtle walk guide, help turtles in distress or conduct nesting surveys.
Don’t see any activities that tickle your flippers? I’ve got a beach-bag full of ideas.
Generally, any activity that is low-tech – that is, that doesn’t involve an engine – will tend to be inexpensive. An abundance of sports fit this category, and once you’ve invested in some equipment (and learned how to do them), you can enjoy them for little or no cost. Some ideas include surfing, kite-boarding, fishing, skim-boarding, stand-up paddleboarding and wind-surfing – and of course, biking and hiking.*
*Follow the links for more information from VISIT FLORIDA on these activities and destinations where you can enjoy them.