There are Florida towns and cities for you to enjoy whether you are looking for fun, culture, shopping, dining, a place to settle down or just a Florida getaway.
According to the Florida League of Cities, Inc., there are 411 incorporated Florida cities and towns. In addition to these, another source has profiles for 8,643 populated places including cities, towns, neighborhoods and settlements.
No single website can explore this many towns in depth, so I will focus initially on those towns I know something about. Here is an alphabetical list of the towns and cities currently on the Florida Backroads Travel website:
Green Cove Sprs
Port St Joe
The capital of Florida is Tallahassee. Pensacola and St. Augustine are the oldest towns. Both were chartered in 1822, but St. Augustine was settled in 1565 and is the oldest continuously occupied city in the United States.
Other than St. Augustine and Pensacola, the history of most towns in Florida goes back to just before or after the Civil War, which took place between 1861 and 1865.
Florida also has its share of Ghost Towns , once thriving places whose bones now bake quietly in the hot Florida sun.
Many of my favorite small Florida towns are in the Florida Main Street Program. These are typically small towns that have worked with the State of Florida to rejuvenate their downtown districts.
Many of them have become favorite Florida retirement communities for baby boomers because of their charm and walkability.
The results have been impressive, so I like to write about these towns when I can. They are great places to visit or retire.
Each Florida town page discusses the history of a town and how it fits into Florida history.
Do you have a great story about one of the Florida towns featured on this website? Write about it in 200 words or more and tell me about it.
I will create a web page that features your story along with a URL you can give your friends or use as a link on your own or other websites. Your page will be a permanent part of Florida Backroads Travel.
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Espanola, Florida and the Old Brick Road
Espanola is a little old crossroads community in Flagler County about 5 miles northwest of Bunnell on County Road 13. When you get to Espanola, take …
Blue Water Bay Restaurant
319 State Road 26
While visiting Gainesville recently, I saw a road sign for Melrose and recalled seeing the town listed on this site. When I mentioned I was headed that …
Nalcrest Florida and The Former Fedhaven Florida
A stretch of Florida State Road 60 runs 45 lonely miles between Lake Wales and Yeehaw Junction. Lots of cattle land on both sides of the road, and few …
Mount Zion Primitive Baptist Church
Mount Dora, Florida
This old church was built in 1896 and is on Old US-441 south of Mount Dora right behind a Circle K convenience store. Thousands of motorists go by every …
Vernon, Florida. The Movie.
Vernon is a small town in the Florida panhandle not too far south of the Alabama border. Larger towns in that part of Florida are DeFuniak Springs and …
Eglin Air Force Base: Florida Family History
Genealogy and family history have always interested me. It wasn't until a few years ago that I realized my family has a link with Eglin Air Force Base …
Mount Plymouth, Florida. Al Capone Loved It.
I recently drove from Mount Dora, Florida to nearby Mount Plymouth to see what changes have taken place since I last visited more than thirty years ago. …
Early Floridians Were Green Pioneers
In the early days just before and after the beginning of the twentieth century, most Florida towns did not have electricity. ELECTRICITY COMES TO FLORIDA …
Chokoloskee Florida Here We Come!
Chokoloskee Florida Trip Notes The Tamiami Trail(Rt. 41 between Miami and Naples, FL) is sometimes called slow, flat and boring. It is definitely slower …
The Town That Lived On Speeders
Somewhere just south of the St. Marys River and the Florida Georgia border there was a sleepy little wide spot in the road called Bolougne. Rhymes with …
Deleon Springs, Florida
Deleon Springs is a small town north of Deland on U.S.-17. It is the home of an old spa that was famous many years ago, and is now the site of Deleon …
Old Venus, A Florida Ghost Town
Take US-27 north out of Moore Haven and it won't be many miles before you come to Palmdale, a sign on the road, and a little bit further is the road that …
Several places in Cocoa Village give a feeling of "being watched". Yet, when you turn around, there isn't anyone staring at you. The Village Playhouse …
Mount Dora Florida: A Walkable Town
Mount Dora is a great place for walking. Downtown is a favorite destination, especially Gilbert Park with its quaint lighthouse on Lake Dora. Downtown …
Winter Park Florida Is A Great Place To Live
It is hard to imagine a nicer place to live than Winter Park, Florida. I love Florida, but sometimes miss the shaded midwestern streets of my hometown. …