Florida Island Hopping: The West Coast

By Chelle Koster Walton

Islands are addictive, and this insider's tour of the Gulf Coast barrier islands shows you why. From the glare-white beaches of the Panhandle to the down-under primitiveness of the Ten Thousand Islands, here is a lively and uninhibited guide to enjoying the island way of life on the Gulf Coast of Florida, whether you're a full-time resident or a first time visitor.

Focusing on the natural, noncommercial, and social aspects of island hopping, this book includes specific information for boaters, outdoor types and below-the-surface travelers.

Each island's unique personality comes alive with snippets of history and legend, occasional interviews with old-time residents, and restaurant and lodgings recommendations that reflect the island's character.

From Perdido Key in the Panhandle to the Ten Thousand Islands in the Everglades, with stops at Cedar Key, Egmont, Anna Maria, Sanibel, and Marco, among many other welcoming hops along the way, you'll find a congenial mix of nature, history, and recreation.

"An enjoyable read, packed with information and insight, written by someone who knows - a west coast island resident and well-known author."

Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman, a.k.a "Dr. Beach"

"This guidebook not only puts you on some of the region's most pristine beaches and secret isles, but it provides you with the nuts and bolts of getting there."

Sharon Jaffee Dan, Editor, Florida Travel