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Top 10 Reasons to Vacation on the St. Johns River

The crowded beaches and theme parks of Florida are fun but is nothing compared to the pristine legacy of one of America's greatest rivers. Re-think your Florida vacation destinations, and include time spent at Tropical Resort and Marina on the St. Johns. You'll leave with a new sense of what Florida is truly all about.   Here are just ten reasons to book a St. Johns River vacation:

1.  It's one of America's most historic places.

The St. John's River is one of 14 American Heritage Rivers, and former home to a variety of Native American tribes.  To this day, hallmarks of the historic settlements along the river still stand, like the "Indian Shell Mounds" found at numerous state and national parks lining the river's long stretch across the state of Florida.

2. The sunrise.

You've never seen a sunrise until you've seen one on the great St. Johns River. The calm, peaceful mornings watching the birds glide across placid waters before the boats get moving - it's divine. Nothing like pairing a Florida sunrise with a fresh cup of coffee and a homemade biscuit covered in local orange-blossom honey. Talk about starting the day right!

3. The sunset.

For that matter, the brilliant sunsetsof Florida are a great way to end your day, and they're not to be missed either. St. Johns sunsets ignitethe river with hues of bright orange, yellow, and red – fading to pinks, violets and dusky purples as the day wanes on. See a sunset free of towering buildings and listen to the sounds of nature as the day comes to a close.

4. It's the "Bass Fishing Capitol of the World."

Fishermen from around the world flock to the St. Johns River to partake in some of the best bass fishing locales Mother Nature has to offer. And with a variety of other freshwater fish making their home in Florida's great riverbeds, chances are you won't go home empty handed fishing on the St. Johns.

5. You're stepping back in time.

Archeologists suggest that activity first occurred on the St. Johns 3,000 to 5,000 years ago. Populations of numerous indigenous people cropped up around the life-giving St. Johns River banks, evidence of which can be found at the river's many archeological dig sites, like one near Titusville in Brevard County.

6. You don't have to "rough it."

The St. Johns is one of the natural wonders of the United States, but you don't have to camp outdoors to take in the wonders of this locale. Plenty of outfits offer fully furnished cabins and even luxury hotel and home rental accommodations near the river, so you can bask in nature on your time and still enjoy the comforts and amenities of the indoors.

7. Wildlife like you can't see anywhere else.

Alligators, manatees, bald eagles, exotic birds and butterflies–these are just a few examples of wildlife you won't see outside of the waters and lands that feed off of the great St. Johns. A quiet canoe or kayak ride will afford you with the most intimate glimpses of the great creatures, sights, and sounds of this waterway – but if you're in a hurry to see it all a little faster, think about renting a pontoon boat.

8. The food.

Fresh from Florida isn't just a saying; it's a way of life. With the St. Johns teeming with fresh water delights year-round – you'll be drawn into the culinary wonders that reveal themselves in the fried fish specials of the eateries surrounding this historic waterway. Pair local catfish with fried green tomatoes and freshly made hushpuppies to complete a day of nature watching, basking in the sunshine and taking it all in.

9. The State Parks and Springs

The legacy of the St Johns River is also seen in numerous state and national parks that seem to follow every bend of this great river. Some spring-fed areas like Blue Springs, Silver Glen Springs and Deleon Springs State Park are suitable for swimming and oh-so inviting in the summer months. During winter–although you won't want to swim–the springs fill with manatees that flock there to keep warm in 72-degree spring-fed waters. Seeing manatees huddled up is a must see attraction for winter visitors of the Sunshine State.

10. You'll never get bored.

With so much to do and see on the St. Johns, you won't run out of things to keep you busy. With pontoon boat, canoe, kayak, and fishing boat rentals, numerous yearly festivals, and so much to see, explore and do on this great river––you'll barely have enough time to fit all the fun into your St. Johns River vacation.

Give us a call to inquire about a fishing excursion on the St. Johns River that you won’t soon forget, 386-734-3080.



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Tropical Resort & Marina
1485 Lakeview Drive
DeLand, FL 32720
ph: 386.734.3080