" I invite you to come experience 'unadorned' old Florida & discover the simple beauty of nature off the beaten track along our unspoiled coast"
The list of what you might discover on a beach is endless, and all it takes is the desire to explore and ‘get a little sand between your toes’.
Away from the water, at the higher reaches of the upper beach, you will find the specialists, species of flowers, trees and plants that can withstand the extremes of sun, wind, salt & storms.
St. George Island
Cape San Blas
This is where the “wrack line” lays, a collection of bits & pieces of everything that came in with the tide. If there are small holes in the sand, look closely to see a ghost crab hiding at the entrance to its burrow waiting for nightfall to venture down to the waters edge.
Some of the best times to explore a beach are at the times of low and mid tides. Depending on the location and time of year, the bits and pieces brought in by the tide will give a clue as to what lives just off the shore in sea grass beds, sand flats, limestone outcrops.
There may be elegant angelwing clam shells, colorful giant heart cockle shells, red & yellow sea whips, egg cases from whelks or skates, sponges, sea urchins, algae, conch shells, the empty molts of horse shoe crabs and shrimp discarded as they grow, or an interesting piece of driftwood, and that “ blob on the beach” that doesn’t seem to be anything recognizable!
Debbi has been exploring the beaches of Wakulla and Franklin counties for over 20 years as a marine life collector for the Gulf specimen Marine Lab in Panacea Florida. She is a certified Green Guide and a member of the Florida Green Guide Association. Debbi's experience and wealth of knowledge makes her the ideal guide to lead nature walks and introduce you to the wildlife, plants, and scenery of the Forgotten Coast of Florida.
In an easy 2-3 hour or so walk along our natural coastline, learn about the natural history of local shore life: shells, critters, plants, and that strange “blob on the beach”. The weather & tides will determine the best beach choice for your exploration, but we will always try to meet your specific interests. Bottled water and light snack provided. Group size limited to 15 people. Tours available during weekends and on weekday evenings (depending on tides and time of year).
Adults : $20 /Children (5-12 years) : $10
*Special rate for groups of 8-15 people (inquire for details)
NOTE: Participants should dress for the weather, wear water/beach shoes, hat, and depending on conditions, insect repellent &/or sunscreen might be needed.
You never know what you may find from one step to the next, from one tide to the next, one day to the next, or from one season to the next! Beaches make up the margin of the “great ocean wilderness”. Simply taking a walk on a beach gives you a chance to discover some of the great diversity of life that is hidden under your feet and in the water around you.
La Lutra Tours
The night before, a sea turtle may have nested at the highest point from the water and the “ turtle krawl” tracks may still be visible, as well as the tracks of mammals such as raccoons, deer, wild pigs, and maybe the elusive florida black bear.
The twice monthly extreme low tides that expose the sand and mud flats will be full of signs and trails of the critters that live just a few inches below the surface. Follow a winding trail to discover a tiny horse shoe crab burrowing into the sand looking for a meal of microalgae. Another trail will lead to the moon snail or a sand dollar. The sea stars are often stranded by the absence of water as well as several species of hermit crabs and snails. And of course, the shore birds are always present, poking their bills into the sand looking for worms and small crustaceans. They are the “original beachcomber”!