It’s just another gorgeous day at the beach for this little critter!
Posted by Jody on February 1, 2014
It’s just another gorgeous day at the beach for this little critter!
Posted by E.G.D. on November 15, 2013
Today’s Featured Guest Writer is Doug Raymond:
While talking about Florida’s beautiful beaches, we can’t overlook one of nature’s coastal treasures, the Indian River Lagoon. It is home to many species of plants and animals, including sea turtles and manatees. Visitors and residents alike should take a few hours to drive the Indian River Lagoon National Scenic Byway and stop to enjoy its majestic beauty.
A lagoon is a shallow body of water that is separated from the ocean by islands that parallel the shoreline. Small inlets allow water to come in and out of the lagoon. There are three different types of lagoons called leaky, chokes, and restricted. The Indian River Lagoon is a restricted lagoon which means that it has multiple channels to the ocean and a good circulation of water coming in and out.
According to the Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce website, “the lagoon’s habitats support more than 3,500 documented species of animals, plants, fungi and protists.” The Sea Rosemary and the Caribbean Apple Cactus are just two of the many endangered plant species that are able to thrive in this habitat. Other plants in the estuary include mosses, a variety of ferns, and many types of grasses. There is ample opportunity to take pictures while you enjoy the simple beauty of the plants, and you can enjoy their unique aromas when visiting the lagoon.
Favorite residents of the lagoon are the playful dolphins and majestic manatees that inhabit the area. Hundreds of bottle-nose dolphins from various dolphin communities call this place home. Sea turtles, many different lizards, and the endangered American Alligator are just a few of the reptilian residents at Indian River Lagoon. Sharks, sting rays, and otters reside here too. You may even spot a black bear. It is home to many animals, including both those that are endangered and those with thriving populations. The lagoon provides a specific and unique environment.
If you love the outdoors and ocean life, then you will love the Indian River Lagoon. All east Florida residents should take the opportunity to visit this estuary. Although it is beautiful and provides a home to many animals, it is fragile and sees the occasional threat like plant overgrowth. It can also sometimes suffer from pollution. It is important to enjoy nature’s treasure, but also to keep in mind that it must be respected. If you’re just a visitor, or one of the lucky people who get to call Florida home, don’t miss out on this gem.
About the author: Doug Raymond grew up in Idaho, and has worked in and around home construction and real estate for most of his life. He is interested in home building, construction, architecture, interior design, landscaping, green living, writing, blogging, internet marketing, sports, and the outdoors.
A note from our treasure hunters:
We simply love to share when it comes to beaches, treasure hunting, beachcombing crafts, and beachy tips. How about you? Do you have a favorite beach you’d like to share with us? Maybe you have some great tips for beach picnics, seaside safety, or seashore activities. Please check out our Submission Guidelines for info on jumping into the fun at Beach Treasures and Treasure Beaches. You may be our next Featured Guest Writer!
Posted by Jody on June 17, 2013
What a wonderful way to start the week! Let’s grab our sunhats and go…
Originally posted on ROLLING HARBOUR ABACO:
The Abaco bay known as Rolling Harbour is a 3/4 mile curve of white sand beach, protected by an off-shore reef. The beach is pristine. Or it would be but for two factors. One is the seaweed that arrives when the wind is from the east – natural and biodegradable detritus. It provides food and camouflage for many species of shorebird – plover and sandpipers of all varieties from large to least. The second – far less easily dealt with – is the inevitable plastic junk washed up on every tide. This has to be collected up and ‘binned’, a never-ending cycle of plastic trash disposal. Except for the ATLAS V SPACE-ROCKET FAIRING found on the beach, that came from the Mars ‘Curiosity’ launch.
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Posted by Jody on May 7, 2013
- It is against the law to touch or disturb nesting sea turtles, hatchlings, or their nests.
- If you see an injured or dead sea turtle, call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission 1-888-404-FWCC (3922) or *FWC from your cell phone.
- Avoid going to the beach at night. If you must be on the beach at night, limit your walking and do not use flashlights or flash photography.
- Turn off outside patio lights and shield indoor lights from shining directly onto the beach by closing the drapes at night. Lights disturb nesting sea turtles and hatchlings.
- While enjoying the beautiful beaches during the day, avoid disturbing marked sea turtle nests, and please take your trash with when you leave the beach.
- When crossing a dune, please use designated cross overs and walk ways. Do not climb over the dunes or disturb the dune vegetation.
- Interested in taking a guided sea turtle hike? Here’s a list of organizations permitted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to conduct public turtle watches.
The sea turtle nesting season runs from May 1-October 1.
Florida’s Space Coast is located 35 miles east of Orlando on Florida’s Atlantic Coast. With over than 72 miles of sandy beaches, the Space Coast is the “gateway to the stars, home of East Coast surfing and the world’s second busiest port.”
Originally posted on Visit Space Coast Blog:
The first of May officially marked the beginning of the sea turtle nesting season in the state of Florida. Although we want people to come to Florida’s Space Coast to enjoy our beaches, we also want residents and visitors to be aware that they’re not the only ones out there.
To ensure the survival of sea turtles, but still enjoy yourself on our coast here’s a short list of things to remember during sea turtle season:
Posted by Jody on April 19, 2013
Florida is known for its beautiful and diverse beaches, which offer a little bit of something for everyone, from families with small children to retirees to college students looking to have a fun vacation. Daytona Beach, Palm Beach and South Beach get some of the most attention with vacationers, but Cocoa Beach offers a much more relaxed experience for those interested in getting off the beaten path.
Cocoa Beach is located about an hour-and-a-half south of its more popular cousin, Daytona Beach. But when you drive up to the soft, white sandy shore of Cocoa Beach, you won’t be inundated by droves of college students and other partygoers. The vibe at Cocoa Beach is much more relaxed and peaceful — which makes sense considering that it’s a mecca for retirees. According to the 2010 census, the median age in Cocoa Beach is 54, with 62 percent of the population being older than 45.
That doesn’t mean that there isn’t a lot for families to enjoy at Cocoa Beach! There are a number of attractions in the area, including the Cocoa Beach Pier and the Alan Shepard Beachfront Park. Of course, the two most notable landmarks are Ron Jon’s Surf Shop, which receives 2 million visitors a year, and the Kennedy Space Center. Though you can no longer watch the space shuttle launches from the shores of Cocoa Beach – - something I enjoyed doing as a child growing up in Florida — you can still take your children to the space center and learn a lot about our explorations into the final frontier.
If all that’s not enough for you, you can also check out the Thousand Islands Conservation Area and the Cocoa Beach Aquatic Center and Pool Complex. Of course, a drive down the scenic A1A – and enjoy sharing your love of “Ice, Ice Baby” with your kids (who just won’t get it).
With the summer months approaching, the beaches are bound to start getting crowded. If you want to get off the beaten path and enjoy a little slower pace that will allow you to truly enjoy your vacation and spend some quality time with your family, consider Cocoa Beach.
About the Author: Bridget Sandorford is a freelance food and culinary writer, where recently she’s been researching culinary school in Hawaii. In her spare time, she enjoys biking, painting and working on her first cookbook.
Even more helpful links: Visit Cocoa Beach.com
*Bridget, you are so right! Cocoa Beach is a lovely place to visit. The girls and I once took a day trip to this area just because Major Nelson and Jeannie made their home in Cocoa Beach. It was a beautiful day on a very clean, uncrowded beach! Thanks so much for the wonderful post and for reminding me of a great day at the beach! ~Jody*
Posted by Jody on January 18, 2013
I just received a note from Tonya who was lucky enough to be on the beaches of the Outer Banks of North Carolina last weekend. She found this very interesting looking beach treasure at Hatteras and tells me: “It was on the beach along with some other odd looking shells I never have seen.”
Let’s have some fun!
Can anyone identify this peculiar looking beach find for Tonya? Thank you for playing along!
Be sure to check out some of the other responses in the comment section below!
Posted by Jody on September 17, 2012
Today’s Featured Writers are Mary Hilgart and Linda Kolman
I had a wonderful opportunity last week when an old friend of mine asked me to join her in Daytona Beach. We stayed in a condo in Daytona Beach Shores, which is very residential. There are many high-rise rentals and a few hotels. This area is a bit south of the touristy area of Daytona Beach proper.
From one side we could see the Atlantic Ocean, and the other side was the Halifax River.
There is also a turtle refuge nearby and a jetty on the beach which attracts many surfers just waiting for the right wave.
Oh, looks like they found one!
Another popular attraction to this area is Crabby Joe’s Deck & Grill. This is a very large pier that stretches over the ocean. On the opposite side of this structure is a bar, restaurant, and a gift shop.
There are many places to eat along the shore or on the river. North Turn had a great outdoor deck with a beautiful view. We got caught in a little rain, but there is also a large covered open air space that is just as nice.
The thing that makes Daytona Beach different from any other is that you are allowed to drive your car on the beach!
This area is a very beautiful and peaceful one. The sand on this beach is fine and packs easily, without too many shells. So, it makes it easy to walk, run, or even ride a bike!
The best thing of all is that you can catch the most beautiful sunrises on the beach. I’m sure the birds agree, as they have all come out to be spectators!
Childhood friends: Authors Mary and Linda (& Jody)
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Posted by Jody on September 14, 2012
Here’s to great beachcoming days! As our friend at Blue Dot Jewelry said: “I guess it takes a trash dump to find the real goods! :-)”
Many thanks to Blue Dot Jewelry for sharing an interesting day and some very surprising seashore finds with us.
Originally posted on Blue Dot Jewelry:
For years I’ve only known of this area by its bleak name, and its history as the location of several horse rendering plants, and then as a late 19th-century trash dump. I had no interest in visiting.
However, the dump has begun to resurface, bringing glass, ceramics and other treasures to the tide’s edge. We learned this through an article that Arthur stumbled upon earlier this week. It inspired us to take a de-stressing day trip down to see what we might find.
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Posted by E.G.D. on September 10, 2012
Today’s featured writer is F. Travis Riley, whom you might recognize as the photographer from the Hanauma Bay article earlier this year. Enjoy!
Howdy folks! For Texans, it may seem strange to ever think about leaving Texas, as great as our state is, but sometimes you get the desire to see something different from your own neck of the woods. And let me tell you, my day at the beach in Newport was much different from back home, or even from how I would have imagined it!
Normally when I think of the New England coast, the first thoughts I come up with are of foggy rock cliffs, murder mysteries in old-style mansions, and the occasional eldritch horror from below the depths of the sea! I expected no less when visiting and was struck with some amazing photos and views that seemed to come out of a detective film.
However, Newport, much like any living place, has its own moods and seasons, and I was lucky enough to be escorted by some local residents on a beautiful sunny day to the seashore for a little tour of the local beach. We drove down Ocean Avenue, following the coastline and ending up in Brenton Point State Park, and from there we began our day-trip to this wonderful area.
As you can see, during the clear days, you can get an amazing view of not only the sea, but also of the locals at play. The wind coming off the waves not only has a delicious scent of sea-salt, but gives an amazing view of people flying their kites!
Sadly I could not get any up-close, but the dots in the picture at the top of this article show just how high and far you can fly a kite on those days, and it wasn’t even what I would call “blustery” that day! Imagine how high and far a good strong gust would take you. You might even make it over the pond and find yourself in London by accident.
Traveling down to the actual shore, I was surprised to find not sand, but instead rocks and tidal pools. No walking barefoot down here! Instead, keep your shoes on and take up a little climbing, as parts of the shore will be worn away to different heights, leaving not only an exercise in endurance and balance, but pockets of sea life left behind by the tides.
You can find all sorts of snails, small fish, and insect life in these little tidal pools. Unfortunately, while my companions could name and identify them all, I could only recognize them as “too small to fry”. However, I was amazed at their natural camouflage, as well as the variety of species that could live in comfort. It definitely gave new perspective to the idea of being a big fish in a small pond, and I could only imagine the cycle of life that constantly raised a new generation of new fish (as well as took the mature ones out to sea) going on every day and night, all across the seashore.
After a foray out to the sea and small hike around the area, coming back I stopped by the monuments and read some of the history of the area. Though often romanticized, life on the sea is both thrilling and fearful.
The old cliché of the sea being a harsh mistress seems all too true, looking over the monuments to those who went out and never returned. I could imagine standing there when the fog rolled in and seeing the ghosts of the past still out there on the waves, searching for a way back home.
Yet, it is also beautiful, and to see a different view of it than I’ve seen from my native home makes me appreciate it all the more. I can only hope I visit again when the storms come rolling in, and see yet another side of this majestic view. Until then though, the thoughts of a warm sun, clear blue skies, and a chill wind will remind me of the enjoyment I’ve had visiting this different and unique landscape, and they give me reason enough to return again in the future.
Posted by Jody on August 24, 2012
So many folks who love heading to the beach also enjoy visiting lighthouses. We like to search out nearby lighthouses when we travel to the coast. It’s especially fun when you get to actually take a tour of the lighthouse, too! Whether your tour is self-guided, headed by a park employee, or led by a friendly volunteer, a trip to one of these coastal treasures is a surefire way to learn about the history of the area. It’s a bit of a climb to get to the lantern room on top of the tower, but the rewards are well worth the effort because you’re then treated to amazing views of the the vast ocean/river/lake, the often rugged coastline and the beautiful beaches stretched out below.
For lighthouse enthusiasts, September 15th is the date to circle on the calendar! The State of Maine, the United States Coast Guard, and the non-profit American Lighthouse Foundation are all teaming up to “increase awareness of Maine’s maritime heritage and the rich history of its lighthouses and lighthouse keepers” in the fourth annual Maine Open Lighthouse Day.
Twenty four historic lighthouses and the Maine Lighthouse Museum are listed by VisitMaine.com as participants for the Maine Open Lighthouse Day. Which beacons will you climb?
Lace up your sturdy shoes! This is going to be fun!
Feel free to share your special lighthouse story with us! We’d love to hear from you.