Expore A1A https://explorea1a.com Tue, 20 Jul 2021 00:41:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The 10 Best Surfing Spots in Florida https://explorea1a.com/the-10-best-surfing-spots-in-florida/ https://explorea1a.com/the-10-best-surfing-spots-in-florida/#respond Fri, 30 Jul 2021 13:51:39 +0000 https://explorea1a.com/?p=26930 Florida may not be known as a surf destination like Hawaii, Southern California, or Australia, but there are still some seriously impressive breaks to catch. But with so many famous surfers hailing from Florida (ever heard of Kelly Slater?), it should come as no surprise there are awesome surf locations there.

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Florida on a Tankful: He Sure Plays a Mean Pinball at his Museum https://explorea1a.com/florida-on-a-tankful-he-sure-plays-a-mean-pinball-at-his-museum/ https://explorea1a.com/florida-on-a-tankful-he-sure-plays-a-mean-pinball-at-his-museum/#respond Wed, 28 Jul 2021 13:37:37 +0000 https://explorea1a.com/?p=26927 A love of the lights and the sounds, it wouldn’t be an understatement to say Tim Trickett has a passion for everything pinball. “Oh yeah,” Trickett said, “it sure will build your hand-eye coordination.” A retired mechanical engineer, he took his lifelong work and found a new passion in pinball, starting with just one machine in November of 2014. Seven years later, the collection has expanded a bit. Right now he has upwards of around three dozen machines dating from the 1950s to now.

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Best Luxury Hotels in the Florida Keys https://explorea1a.com/best-luxury-hotels-in-the-florida-keys/ https://explorea1a.com/best-luxury-hotels-in-the-florida-keys/#respond Mon, 26 Jul 2021 13:13:08 +0000 https://explorea1a.com/?p=26924 800 ‘keys’ make up this geographical region, spread across 180 miles and all connected by a web of 42 bridges. It has the most sea turtle nests in the US (plus a world-leading sea turtle hospital) and a coastline proliferated by artificial reefs, many of which were created by sunken ships. Of the islands in the archipelago, Key West is the most famous and lauded for its nightlife. While Key Largo (the second best-known), features in the lyrics of the Beach Boys song ‘Kokomo’, as a quintessential tropical paradise. These are our favorite resorts on the glitzy Florida Keys.

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Sips at Summer Crush Vineyard & Winery https://explorea1a.com/sips-at-summer-crush-vineyard-winery/ https://explorea1a.com/sips-at-summer-crush-vineyard-winery/#respond Sat, 24 Jul 2021 14:13:34 +0000 https://explorea1a.com/?p=26921 Vineyards are few and far between in South Florida, but there’s one nestled in Fort Pierce that attracts a loyal following year-round: Summer Crush Vineyard & Winery. The winery came to fruition in 2012 after owner Gary Roberts discovered a love for muscadine wine—the oldest wine in the New World that was first recorded in Fort Caroline near Jacksonville in 1565—and decided to build a vineyard on his land. The 10-acre “sun and fun boutique winery” blends Roberts’ love of history and surfing (his prolific collection of classic surfboards and memorabilia is displayed in the tasting room and pavilion) with Noble, Carlos, and Doreen varieties of muscadine grapes to create flavorful wines. The grapes are harvested and crushed in the summer, hence the name behind the vineyard.

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Peace, Love & Organic Coffee Brighten Mornings at Key West’s Higgs Beach https://explorea1a.com/peace-love-organic-coffee-brighten-mornings-at-key-wests-higgs-beach/ https://explorea1a.com/peace-love-organic-coffee-brighten-mornings-at-key-wests-higgs-beach/#respond Thu, 22 Jul 2021 13:41:00 +0000 https://explorea1a.com/?p=26918 A proverb declares “to drink is human, to drink coffee is divine.” Local barista Kaia Hartsfield is distilling divinity on Higgs Beach. From her turquoise Kaia’s Coffee cart, Hartsfield hand-grinds beans she sources from Death Wish Coffee Co. “The blend is higher in caffeine and everything’s fair trade and organic. They do a really thorough quality check to make sure the beans are never burned,” she said. Coffee and espressos are available hot or iced, with the option to add organic Holy Kakow flavored syrups and oat or soy milk. Quality ingredients and sustainability are of the utmost importance to Hartsfield. “I really care for the human body and for the environment. What you put into your body shows how much you love yourself. For me, clean ingredients, high-quality coffee and environmentally friendly supplies bring me joy that I’m able to give to other people.”

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7 Unique Hotel Stays In Florida Perfect For Seasoned Travelers https://explorea1a.com/7-unique-hotel-stays-in-florida-perfect-for-seasoned-travelers/ https://explorea1a.com/7-unique-hotel-stays-in-florida-perfect-for-seasoned-travelers/#respond Tue, 20 Jul 2021 13:21:40 +0000 https://explorea1a.com/?p=26915 I love finding a good hotel, and I’ve discovered several since moving to Florida. Here are seven unique hotel stays in Florida, some perfect for a private retreat, some with an abundance of luxury, others suited for adventure, and even one with a live rodeo. I’m finding excellent new properties all the time, but these Florida hotels have really stood out to me as providing exceptional experiences.

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7 Tips For Visiting Dry Tortugas National Park https://explorea1a.com/7-tips-for-visiting-dry-tortugas-national-park/ https://explorea1a.com/7-tips-for-visiting-dry-tortugas-national-park/#respond Sat, 10 Jul 2021 14:23:26 +0000 https://explorea1a.com/?p=26906 As much as I like to take roads less traveled, often my vacation time seems sadly to be in geographical sync with every other explorer. Experience Great Smoky Mountains National Park — the U.S.’s most-visited park — on Labor Day Weekend? I did that, and spent hours stuck in traffic. Wait for Old Faithful at Yellowstone National Park in August? I did that too, with vast camera-carrying crowds waiting for the geyser to photobomb us. So imagine visiting Dry Tortugas National Park — just 70 miles west of Key West, Florida, over spring break. It seemed like the worst-ever timing. Instead, it was amazing. One hundred square miles for just a few hundred daily visitors finally put the travel odds in my favor.

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9 Fantastic Water Adventures In The Florida Keys https://explorea1a.com/9-fantastic-water-adventures-in-the-florida-keys/ https://explorea1a.com/9-fantastic-water-adventures-in-the-florida-keys/#respond Fri, 09 Jul 2021 13:53:59 +0000 https://explorea1a.com/?p=26903 Whether you’re looking for an on-the-water or in-the-water experience, you will find plenty of options in the Keys. Below we have focused on two areas: Key West and Islamorada. Key West is about a four-hour drive from Miami International Airport. Islamorada is the perfect halfway point about two hours from both Miami International Airport and Key West. Book-ending your Key West trip with a day or two on each end in Islamorada will break up your driving, making for a more relaxing getaway. Of course, if you can fly into Key West, then spending time in some of the lesser-known keys will give you an authentic feel for the keys as a whole.

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St. Augustine Shipwreck Museum & Gallery to open https://explorea1a.com/st-augustine-shipwreck-museum-gallery-to-open/ https://explorea1a.com/st-augustine-shipwreck-museum-gallery-to-open/#respond Thu, 08 Jul 2021 13:41:37 +0000 https://explorea1a.com/?p=26900 This family-friendly museum is packed with exhibits and artifacts that will unveil some of the world’s most famous and interesting maritime adventures and disasters of all time, and, of course, treasures from shipwrecks like the R.M.S. Titanic, The Nuestra Senora de Atocha, The S.S. Central America, the 1715 Spanish Fleet and more from the coasts of Florida, the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, China, and the world — dating as far back as the 16th century. During their museum journeys, visitors can enjoy up-close, fun shipwreck treasure experiences.

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The Haunted Blue Anchor Pub https://explorea1a.com/the-haunted-blue-anchor-pub/ https://explorea1a.com/the-haunted-blue-anchor-pub/#respond Wed, 07 Jul 2021 13:27:32 +0000 https://explorea1a.com/?p=26897 Mark and Peggy Snyder purchased The Blue Anchor Pub on Atlantic Avenue and the ghost that came along with the bar in 2017. What is really interesting is the pub was actually built in London in the 1840s during Jack The Ripper times. The bar was razed in London but its facade and rich wood interior features were disassembled and shipped to New York City. They were stored there until 1996 when they were brought to Delray Beach; along with the ghost of Bertha Starkey.

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