The Sunshine State
Our world tour starts with a few days of relaxation in Florida. After a short stay in Miami, we head for the west coast of Florida. There are countless islands, each more beautiful than the last. We focus on a few of them: Anna Maria, Longboat Key, Sanibel and Captiva.
Anna Maria Island
First stop on the west coast of Florida: Anna Maria Island. A little corner of paradise. Far from the hustle and bustle of the cities, a slow life awaits us. We stay on the north side of the island. From our vacation appartment, only a few blocks separate us from the ocean. The island is so narrow that we can see Anna Maria beach on one side and the bay on the other.
The beach is almost untouched, lined with wild vegetation and a few beach houses in the local architectural style. The white sand and clear ocean water crown this perfect landscape.
The days are extremely hot and humid. We quickly understand the rhythm to take in Florida: take advantage of the pleasant temperatures early in the morning and at the end of the day. We enjoy the almost deserted beach in the early morning and walk around the island to watch the sunset at the end of the day.
Anna Maria Island Beach
Bean Point Beach
Anna Maria City Pier
Sanibel & Captiva Islands
Once we cross the bridge connecting the land to the islands of Sanibel and Captiva, a lush green landscape awaits us. The nature is so dense that it is impossible to distinguish the coast from the road. We discover little by little the beaches of Bowman, Lighthouse, Blind Pass and Turner. All these beaches, and many others, are covered with thousands of shells.
Due to a lack of time and high daytime temperatures, we did not visit the J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge. If you get the chance, however, it is highly recommended for migratory bird watching.
Blind Pass & Turner Beach
Over Easy Café
Back to Miami: Everglades & Wynwood
Our trip to Florida is slowly coming to an end. On our way back to Miami, we stop in the Everglades. This vast subtropical wetland, unique in the world, is the only ecosystem where crocodiles and alligators live together. We discover a small part of this large reserve during a tour in an airboat and see an alligator on this occasion, despite the high temperatures of this season. Crocodiles and alligators tend to hide in the mangroves when temperatures rise, especially from May onwards.
Back to Miami to catch our flight to Denver, we make a stop in the Wynwood district. This alternative neighbourhood is renowned for its sart. In this open-air museum, you can see large murals on the warehouses and buildings of the neighbourhood in every nook and corner. Behind the doors of these at first sight dilapidated buildings are countless art galleries and pleasant cafés, bars and restaurants.