Off the Beaten Path -
Gulf Coast Adventures
Juan Ponce de Leon, the Spanish explorer who landed in Florida in 1513, named it La Florida, land of flowers. Five hundred years later, Florida thrives as a playground for people of every strata.
It’s not surprising that Florida has been dubbed the Sunshine State. Temperatures average from the mid-50s to the mid-80s Fahrenheit, and South Florida’s subtropical areas rarely experience frosts or freezes. The climate is generally temperate in late fall, winter, and spring, ideal for outdoor fun in the sun. Summers are warmer and more humid.
The state is diverse from the Panhandle to the Florida Keys. This article will focus on Palm Beach, the barrier island, and nearby West Palm Beach, and, a second barrier island, Miami Beach, featuring South Beach and its Art Deco District.
The Riviera Nayarit, one of Mexico’s newest destinations, stretches along 192 miles of the pristine Pacific coast. Framed by the majestic Sierra Madre Mountain range, it is located just ten minutes north of the very accessible Puerto Vallarta International Airport. The region extends along the entire coast of the Pacific state of Nayarit, including the resorts of Nuevo Vallarta, the historic colonial town of San Blas, exclusive Punta Mita, picturesque fishing villages, miles of serene beaches and the spectacular Banderas Bay. The origins of Nayarit are found in the indigenous ethnic groups of the Cora and Huichol Indians who settled in the Sierra Madre; to this day preserving their rich culture and ancient beliefs through their unique beaded artwork. Nayarit has everything to offer...history, culture, traditions, stunning beaches, dense jungles and ecotourism.