Recently we took a great one-day Florida road trip from our home in Largo, FL about an hour north to Hernando County. It was my birthday and I wanted to do a road trip and have a mini-adventure. Plus, Shirley wanted to visit a blueberry farm in Spring Hill, FL called U-Pick Blueberries. When looking at Google Maps to plan out the drive I noticed a beach town just to the west, Hernando Beach. So, we put Hernando Beach, Florida on the itinerary. On our way home, we found a great little gem that we’re excited to tell you about.
Florida Blueberry Picking
Neither of us had picked blueberries since we were a kid. We love blueberries and the idea of picking your own blueberries, so off we went. The blueberry picking season in Florida is mid-April through May so there were still plenty of blueberries to be had. There are many blueberry farms in Florida that do "u pick blueberries".
It was hot in the sun, so I recommend you bring water and a hat. Also, DO NOT wear flip flops. Wear boots if you have them. We wore comfortable shoes, but we still got bitten by red ants. They warned us about them but it’s hard to concentrate on picking blueberries and avoiding red ant hills at the same time. We each got a nice amount in our buckets and had enough of the heat and ants, so we decided it was time to leave. We got a nice haul though. So, all in all, it was well worth it.
Hernando Beach, Florida
Now it was time to explore a new beach town. It was just 20 minutes west. The entrance to the town is Shoal Line Blvd which is lined with Hernando Beach restaurants like the Cove Hernando Beach. Some weren’t yet open due to COVID-19. The state of Florida had just given permission for restaurants to open that weekend. In fact, we stopped at the Hernando Beach Tropical Grill and it was their first day open in many weeks. We had a great time sitting out on their deck that overlooked a marina packed with fishing boats, and the homes across the way. The food was good, and we had a couple of beers and just relaxed. It was exactly what I wanted to do on my birthday.
Prior to stopping to eat, we drove around the Hernando Beach marina. Check out the map and you’ll notice that this whole town was built right on the coastline north and south of Rocky Creek. Every home we saw was built on the water and had a boat dock. If you love boating and people that love boats, this is the town for you. We love just driving around and checking out new places, so this was perfect. But now it was time to head home.
Flahamas Adventures at Sun West Park in Hudson, Florida
As I was driving along Shoal Line Blvd we decided to find a different way home. We weren’t in a hurry. So, instead of taking a left to go out to Route 19, we took a right on Osowaw Blvd. What a great little drive south on this road. Cool homes and Florida grasslands line the road. It makes you think of what Florida might have been like 100 or more years ago.
Then Shirley noticed a road south of Palm Island called the Old Dixie Highway. If you’re on a road trip you have to drive on a road named the Old Dixie Highway! But it was a dirt road!! We let our adventure flag fly and just followed it. We went past this large body of water and saw a huge American flag, a trailer, and some kayaks. Of course, we had to stop. What we found was a concession from Flahamas Adventures.
Flahams Adventures rents kayaks and does kayaking tours from 1 to 8 hours. You can kayak in an old rock quarry that is filled with beautiful turquoise water. Or, you can kayak all the way out to Hammock Point and the Gulf of Mexico. You can also bring your own kayaks and just pay a fee to launch from there. We were told there are 7 “private” islands that you can kayak to and relax with a picnic lunch. If kayaking isn’t your thing, just south of Flahamas Adventures is Sun West Park that was packed with people enjoying the beach.
Two Good Stops on the Way Home
We didn’t kayak that day, but we will be back and add that adventure to this article. The young lady from Flahamas Adventures recommended that on our way home we stop at a couple of spots to have a beer and enjoy some music. Our first stop was the Get Hooked Grill. We just sat outside on their patio and listened to a very talented trio play some good music. After that, and our last stop for the day was Sam’s Beach Bar. This place was very busy. We sat outside at the bar here too, which is right on the Gulf. We watched boats navigate the shallow waters in and out of this part of the coastline.