Welcome to The Hidden Coast!
This magazine is produced six times a year to help you find your way. Many thanks to the local chambers and Tourist Development Councils for their input and feedback on the magazine. A lot of time and effort has been put into this publication and we are proud to show it off. We offer information on local shopping, restaurants, businesses and activities in the area.
With our first edition back in November 2016, we wanted to let everyone know “We are open for business!” Hurricane Hermine did indeed leave a path of destruction in these communities, but they have worked hard to get right back on their feet. They have picked up and cleaned up all Mother Nature threw at them, and now they are ready for you. Spectacular sunsets, friendly people, neat shops, cozy hotels, amazing restaurants and loads of outdoor activities year around. Plan your next trip here and see what you’ve been missing!
In our portion of the world we saw businesses close and cancel advertising immediately in March, 2020. We were in Cedar Key the day the Arts Festival was cancelled and that was just the beginning. One after another festivals and events cancelled throughout the region. A ripple that turned into a wave. No visitors, no money – simple as that. A majority of the area we cover is consisted of small towns and communities. These events, scheduled once or twice a year, are relied on by many businesses and individuals. To lose one is hard, to lose all of them is devastating. But I have faith.
This is a tough part of Florida and these residents work hard. They shake off adversity and keep going. We know that because we started our magazine back in 2016 (see above comments). Although it was barely a tropical storm the area was hit hard by flooding. What transpired afterwards was that the region banded together to help each other out by cleaning, feeding and rebuilding. It was an amazing sight. That spirit is out there, not only on The Hidden Coast, but in our great country. Its been a long year, but I know we will all come together, like we have done countless times before, and help each other to the finish line.