People hire fishing guides simply because these seasoned fishermen know where the fish are biting. And so when Captain Ricky Stanczyk, who grew up on Islamorada, offered to take me into the backcountry—25 miles into the Florida Bay—to fish I put on my vented shirt with a tarpon embroidered over the pocket and polarized sunglasses and met him at the crack of dawn at Bud N’ Mary’s Marina.
Chocolate nirvana is hidden in a small pastel building on Highway U.S. 1 at the top of the Florida Keys. As a serious chocophile, I felt like I had won the golden ticket when I opened the door to Key Largo Chocolates and inhaled the intoxicating aromas emanating from their kitchen.
The Dade's Battle Reenactment returns to Bushnell on Jan. 5 and 6. The event marks the Second Seminole War battle, where Seminole Indians fought U.S. soldiers under the command of Maj. Francis L. Dade on Dec. 28, 1835. But the state park that hosts the event is a great place for nature fans to visit any time of the year. Find out why.