I wore pants today and a sweater yesterday...take me back to Florida, please.
A majority of our first full day in Florida was spent at Fort de Soto, a park on the Gulf of Mexico by the entrance of Tampa Bay. It's beaches were voted the number 1 beach in the United States beach by a travel or beach magazine somewhere not too long ago. I've been here before and can tell you that it is absolutely beautiful. They have white sand beaches, 85 degree water, and it's generally not crowded giving you space to run around and set up camp for the day. This day however, the beaches were not their best. There had recently been a tropical storm which dragged in kelp and residue from the ocean. Regardless, it was still an amazing place to spend some time.
Fort de Soto is an fort that was constructed during the Spanish American War. It has played a part in the evolution of modern weaponry, and it was interesting to get the chance to see something that has survived since then. I would definitely check it out if you get a chance to visit the park.
The park also has many other things to offer like kayaking, hiking trails, camping, and fishing. My parents love to fish so we spent a few hours on the fishing pier. The benefit of going here is that you don't have to pay for a fishing license as long as you stay within the confines of the pier. It was my first time fishing in the ocean so it was a lot of fun for me. There were so many fish that you can catch one almost instantly. Although, more often than not they just bit the heads off my bait. Fish are smarter than I thought I guess, or more likely I'm just not that skilled a fisherman.