Welcome to our new blog, FirstCoastExplorers.com! We are a multi-generational household of 5 in Jacksonville, FL. We love to discover and explore new areas whenever possible. We explore on a budget and stick to the First Coast and surrounding areas. We’ve started this blog to document and share our travels with other families and folks who might be on a budget but like to get out and explore.
Our adventures have taken us south to the quiet beaches of Palm Coast and North to the culturally and historically rich city of Savannah, Ga. We’ve walked Little Talbot Island’s driftwood beaches, descended the 132 steps into Devil’s Millhopper sinkhole in Gainesville and hiked the hilly trails around Big Shoals State Park to see Florida’s largest whitewater rapids!
As our adventures are usually on a strict budget, we try to stay under $50, we mainly stick to the great outdoors as Florida and South Georgia have an abundance of State and National Parks. We do sometimes manage to get a great deal on other cultural attractions and sporting events.
We’ve visited the Florida Museum of Natural History at the University of Florida and Kingsley Plantation in Jacksonville. Watched the Jacksonville Icemen slap around the puck (and their opponents ;), Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp load the bases and the Jaguars, well….play football.
My wife, Tara and I have been married for 12 years. She is an AMAZING cook, has been on the keto diet for just under a year with amazing results. She will be a regular contributor, sharing our travels as well as recipes and other lifestyle-related content. She is talented at many things and, as I type this, is growing her online business of small animal accessories through Etsy.com
My name is Michael. I was born and raised right here in Jacksonville and I am a Realtor® with Florida Homes Realty and Mortgage. Despite living here my whole life, I honestly did not know just how much our region had to offer until Tara and I decided that passing our, and more importantly, our kids free time in front of a screen wasn’t any way to live. I look forward to sharing our family’s travels and experiences with you all!