By Chelle Walton
From the Tampa Bay zone to Naples and the Everglades, this advisor covers all of Florida's coastal towns, cities, nature preserves, desolate tract parts, and shores at the state's western shore. info on watersports is given, plus information on eco-treks into gator territory, scorching air balloon rides, airboat tours, cycling trails, biking routes and historical jogging excursions.
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Afternoon summer storms are the norm, so schedule your activities accordingly. Pack your coolest duds for the summer months, May through September. Plan on living in a swimsuit during daylight hours, and in light cotton shorts, shirts, skirts, and dresses at night. If youll be hiking in wooded areas, or even on the beach at sunset, bring something light to cover your arms and legs against mosquitos and no-see-ums. A hat with a brim will protect your face and scalp from the sun. No matter what time of year you visit, bug repellent and sunscreen are necessities.
Trupp, Phil. Divers Almanac: Guide to Florida & the Keys. , 1991. 236 pp, color maps and photos. Walton, Chelle Koster. Florida Island Hopping: The West Coast. Sarasota: Pineapple Press, 1995. 324 pp, photos, index. Young, Claiborne S. Cruising Guide to Western Florida, Pelican Publishing, 1992. Where to Stay & Eat Frommers America on Wheels: Florida. New York: Macmillan, 1995. 260 pp, ratings, color maps, coupons, index. Page 23 History Beater, Jack. Pirates & Buried Treasure. St. Petersburg: Great Outdoors Publishing, 1959.
The first white men traveled to western Florida for adventure. And they found it aplenty: half-naked natives, tricky waterways, impenetrable swamps, and enough fowl and fish to thicken seas, sky, and stews. In search of gold and youth, they chose to grumble, kill the natives, and curse the rest. They brought their own hogs, cows, and citrus to eat, then eventually left, discouraged by the persistent onslaughts of the resident Amerindian tribesthe Calusas in the south, the Tocobagas around todays Tampa and Sarasota.