The shores along the Gulf Coast are home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
From the panhandle and south along the Gulf of Mexico the variety for beach goers range from camping to five star lodging and luxury rental homes. Having spent many days along the beaches of the “Redneck Rivera” growing up I have witnessed a metamorphosis of isolated sand dunes to the congestion of condos.
From the emerald green waters of Perdido Key to the southernmost point
in Key West, you are never far from the Atlantic Ocean or Gulf of Mexico. To
grasp the geographical diversity, spanning from the most pristine beaches and
hilly canopy roads of Tallahassee, heading south across open prairies, passing
from temperate to tropical to the southernmost point and shell-paved streets
of the Keys, one must visit each region to truly capture a taste of Florida. From
the Casa Monica hotel in Saint Augustine to the Casa Marina in Key West,
the lodging throughout the state not only reflects unique architectural styles
but is also a regional reflection of the local menu. ( A Culinary History of Florida)
With a new crop of hotels on Clearwater Beach it’s easy to see why it was recently named “Best Beach Town”.
It’s home to Winter the famous dolphin, of which movies are made.
Jack remembers a time when Sand Key next door was full of pine trees and skinny dippers – long gone are the days of isolation – but if a vibrant, active beach is your thing, then Clearwater Beach might just be your new favorite place.
If you can’t make it to the beach you can always enjoy the beauty on their Live Web Cam.
The nightly Sunsets at Pier 60 are greeted with applause.
The view of the bay and downtown Clearwater is almost as mesmerizing as the beaches.
As the sun comes up and the waves roll ashore the beginning of beautiful day at another one of Florida’s beautiful beaches.
Cafe con Leche
“You can also make a great-tasting cup of café con leche at home with steamed milk and a bold Cuban coffee such as Café Bustelo, Pilon or Naviera Coffee. Prepare a shot of espresso and stir in at least an equal amount of steamed milk. If you don’t have a milk steamer just heat the amount of whole milk you will need in the microwave until almost boiling. Add sugar to taste. Serve with buttered Cuban toast for a light breakfast.” (A Culinary History of Florida)
GrandMary learned to make biscuits from her mother.