If you’ve been following me on social media (@historyandwine), it’s no secret that I’ve been spending some time on the west coast of Florida while all the hoop-la is going on in Miami. It has been such a nice change of pace to experience a different part of Florida for an extended period of time. I honestly had forgotten how beautiful this state is! Wow, we are lucky to live in true paradise. What a treasure to discover!
Throughout the past couple of months, I’ve been doing quite a bit of exploring and island hopping. On Florida’s southwest Gulf coast, there are plenty of barrier islands that are all different and have their own unique offerings. Some are “keysier” than others, but all can very confidently boast some of the most beautiful sunset settings in all of the world. I can verify that!
Florida Gulf Coast Travel Guide: Road Trip Itinerary on Winetraveler.com
If you are a Florida resident, or even if you’re not and simply looking for a place to feel safe and warm, I highly recommend visiting Florida’s southwest coastline. From the Tampa Bay area south, there are many, many stops along the way, but I’ve highlighted a few in my latest article for Winetraveler.com.
Honestly, the best way to view this part of the world is by boat, and you can absolutely take a boat the whole way down. If you get the chance to rent one, or better yet, hire a captain, definitely take that opportunity and experience all that natural Florida has to offer on the waterways.
Sit back, relax, grab a glass of wine, and enjoy visiting these spots along the way on your southwest Florida road trip (or boat trip!).