Theme Week Florida Coasts – Big Bend Coast

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Dekle Beach © DiscoverTaylor/cc-by-sa-4.0

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The Big Bend region of Florida is an informal region of the state. Different definitions of the region include counties stretching across northern Florida from the Apalachicola River to the St. Johns River. The Big Bend Coast, however, is the marshy coast without barrier islands that extends along the Gulf of Mexico coast of Florida from the Ocklockonee River (Wakulla County) to Anclote Key (Pasco County). Visit Florida, the state’s official tourism marketing corporation, uses varying definitions of the region, including just four counties, Jefferson, Taylor, Dixie and Levy counties, in one definition, and 12 counties, including Levy, Dixie, Gilchrist, Lafayette, Suwannee, Columbia, Hamilton, Baker, Union, Bradford, Clay, and Putnam counties, in another. The Big Bend Scenic Byway is a marked route through Franklin, Leon, and Wakulla counties.

Much like the Emerald Coast, the Big Bend Coast would not necessarily be associated with Florida. In terms of landscape and architecture, one would rather guess neighboring Alabama. This is still the “Deep South“, before investors and adventurers overrun South Florida in particular and turned it into one big glizzy and shiny tourist trap, a lot of people like to fall for. The Big Bend Coast is far less visited by tourists than it is further south on the Gulf of Mexico or the Atlantic. There are many so-called “Main Street Villages and Towns” here, settlements that line up along the main streets. High-rise buildings like in Miami can be rarely found and that is of course the charming factor. Of course, this relative seclusion is not suitable for everyone. For those looking for peace and quiet and retirees, it is a paradise, for party people it is hell on earth that has come true – including the corresponding temperatures.

Laughing gulls on cross at Hodges Park in Keaton Beach © The Bushranger/cc-by-sa-4.0 May-Stringer House in Brooksville © Ebyabe/cc-by-2.5 Palmer-Perkins House in Monticello © Ebyabe/cc-by-2.5 Suwannee County Courthouse in Live Oak © Ebyabe/cc-by-2.5 Tipton House in Church Street Historic District in Dade City © Ebyabe/cc-by-2.5 Tsala Apopka Lake from Floral City Historic District © Ebyabe/cc-by-2.5 Putnam Lodge in Shamrock © Ebyabe/cc-by-sa-3.0 Dekle Beach © DiscoverTaylor/cc-by-sa-4.0 Big_Bend-Dock_Street_in_Cedar_Key-Zdv-cc-by-sa-3.0 Hernando County Courthouse in Brooksville © Daniel Wilton/cc-by-2.5
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Laughing gulls on cross at Hodges Park in Keaton Beach © The Bushranger/cc-by-sa-4.0
Private agencies that self-identify as serving the Big Bend region often include Franklin, Gadsden, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Taylor and Wakulla counties in their service areas. The principal city in the region is Tallahassee. Big Bend is known for its vast woodlands and marshlands, including portions of the Apalachicola National Forest, and its low population density relative to much of the state, with some of the most sparsely populated counties in Florida being part of the region.

The Big Bend Coast is the marshy coast extending about 350 kilometres (220 mi) from the mouth of the Ocklockonee River around Apalachee Bay and down the west coast of peninsular Florida to Anclote Key. This stretch of coast includes the coasts of Wakulla, Jefferson, Taylor, Dixie, Levy, Citrus, Hernando and Pasco counties. The Big Bend Coast is a drowned karst region, covered with salt marsh. It includes freshwater springs, oyster reefs, and the delta of the Suwannee River. There are barrier islands west of the Oklockonee River and south starting with Anclote Key, but there are no barrier islands between those places. The Big Bend Coast has little or no sand or mud. The karst topography has produced an irregular, frequently exposed, bedrock surface. Due to the width of the adjacent continental shelf (over 150 kilometres (93 mi)), low gradient slope of the coast (1:5000), and shelter from the usual wind direction of storms, the Big Bend Coast is generally subject to low wave energy. The coast is subject to storm surges.

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Read more on VisitFlorida.com – What to Do in Florida’s Big Bend, Big Bend Scenic Byway, FloridaRambler.com – Big Bend Scenic Byway: Less-visited, much loved and Wikipedia Big Bend. Learn more about the use of photos. To inform you about latest news most of the city, town or tourism websites offer a newsletter service and/or operate Facebook pages/Twitter accounts. In addition more and more destinations, tourist organizations and cultural institutions offer Apps for your Smart Phone or Tablet, to provide you with a mobile tourist guide (Smart Traveler App by U.S. Department of State - Weather report by weather.com - Global Passport Power Rank - Travel Risk Map - Democracy Index - GDP according to IMF, UN, and World Bank - Global Competitiveness Report - Corruption Perceptions Index - Press Freedom Index - World Justice Project - Rule of Law Index - UN Human Development Index - Global Peace Index - Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index). If you have a suggestion, critique, review or comment to this blog entry, we are looking forward to receive your e-mail at comment@wingsch.net. Please name the headline of the blog post to which your e-mail refers to in the subject line.




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