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Old 02-06-2016, 05:34 PM
 
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Try the Gulf of Mexico - many days there is not even a ripple
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Old 02-06-2016, 08:27 PM
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The spring in Ponce DeLeon Springs State Park is enclosed by a retaining wall and has a sidewalk and lawn around it. No gators can sneak in without being seen.
And can even make your own pancakes at your own table at the old sugarmill turned into a restaurant at that park.
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Old 02-07-2016, 07:45 AM
 
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No gators can sneak in without being seen.
Yeah. During the day.
Them gators are sneaky and resourceful!
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Old 02-07-2016, 01:34 PM
 
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Try the Gulf of Mexico - many days there is not even a ripple
True, but during the summer I find the Gulf water to be unpleasantly warm and if there's been a storm, even off shore, there's all sorts of "stuff" in it. When we first moved to the area, we ran into some locals at a swimming hole and they said they avoided the Gulf during the summer and kept to the rivers and springs.

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Old 02-07-2016, 04:28 PM
 
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Venetian Pool in Coral Gables.

It's an old rock quarry I believe.
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Old 02-09-2016, 09:42 AM
 
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Down in the Keys you rarely have waves worth mentioning and the water is usually very clear. It also warms up to the mid 80's during the summer. You can also get some pretty strong tidal movement which allow you to get in a good swimming workout without actually moving very far. I would recommend Bahia Honda state park.
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Old 02-10-2016, 08:53 PM
 
Location: Ormond Beach, FL
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And can even make your own pancakes at your own table at the old sugarmill turned into a restaurant at that park.
I could be wrong, but I thought the 'mill' at Ponce DeLeon Springs was a fake mill built to house the restaurant.
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Old 02-11-2016, 12:53 PM
 
Location: OCNJ and or lower Florida keys
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sunset park on Ramrod key Florida aka ramrod swimming hole. the horseshoe on the southside of us1 about a 1/2 mile from Bahia Honda SP
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Old 02-14-2016, 11:38 PM
 
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The spring in Ponce DeLeon Springs State Park is enclosed by a retaining wall and has a sidewalk and lawn around it. No gators can sneak in without being seen.
Oh thanks for telling me that, because it was one of my concerns. And I'll be heading out to that neck of the woods in a couple of months, I hope, on my way to Ft. Lauderdale, stopping at a few places, especially de leon springs state park. It looks delightful, and has handicap access, just for me. (Bad knees.) The photos of the springs in Florida are so beautiful -- makes me feel good just to look at them! And de leon springs state park is close enough to I-95. I've been looking at motels in the area -- and am checking out some retirement places in the sun. :-)
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Old 02-14-2016, 11:48 PM
 
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Venetian Pool in Coral Gables.

It's an old rock quarry I believe.
I've been there, it's a hefty fee if you're not a resident of Coral Gables. And quite commercialized. Plus it takes me a while to get into Coral Gables.
What I found beautiful is the state park near A1A in North Miami, quiet, beautiful, and near Biscayne Bay. If I had to make do with that, I would. There are no waves to speak of. Can't remember the name right now - but going south on I95 from Ft. Lauderdale to Miami, it's about the 2nd exit from Dade, close to Sunny Isles. Just beautiful and easy swimming, no waves from the ocean. Nice ride back home on A1A.
And no fear of being bitten by sharks. Can see little fish in the water. :-)
They also have kayaking, bicycling, and fishing. We have a condo in Ft. Lauderdale, but in the long run I really would like to live near a spring with good swimming access.
We went to a spring on the west side of Florida a few years ago, near Port Charlotte. It was nice then, but still commercialized. And I hear it was taken over by the city and not nearly as nice as it used to be.
OK, I looked up the park in Dade/Miami. It's beautiful. Oleta River State Park. Wonderful. A little bit of paradise.
As far as living near a beautiful and accessible spring, I can always dream about it. :-)
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