justinbraun's picture

Justin Braun

Current city: 
Orlando
Hometown: 
Red Bank, NJ

BIO

“An adventurer at heart, I love sharing the new and exciting things happening in my neck of the woods—from restaurants, beaches and theme parks to one-of-a-kind experiences.” Follow him on Twitter as @justinJBbraun and on Instagram as @jbthewriter.

Justin's Take on Orlando: Living in Orlando for nearly a decade, I've seen my city grow into a vibrant and exciting destination with something for every visitor. I love growing my pallette at all the new restaurants popping up in the burgeoning foodie scene. I love exploring natural Florida wonders by foot, bike or paddleboard. I love experiencing all the music, art and culture the City Beautiful has to offer. There's something to do every day or night, no matter the time of year.

Justin's Take on the First Coast: Amelia Island is an escape from bustling tourism of Florida with pristine beaches and shaded oak canopies draped in Spanish moss. Jacksonville’s metropis and beach scene offer outstanding seafood options as well as unique nightlife and outdoor recreation. St. Augustine transports visitors to Colonial Spain with its cobblestone streets, flourishing towers, alfresca cafes and lush gardens.

Most memorable travel experience: Costa Rica. I'm a surfer so I was naturally drawn to the destination thanks to its consistent year-round swell but I was absolutely blown away by the natural beauty of the destination. From the freshest food I've ever tasted to the gorgeous sunsets, exhilierating ziplining to enchanting rain forests, I decided there is no other place I would rather retire to...some day.

Last notable trip: Israel. The country has such rich history that no matter where you go you're bound to find yourself surrounded by ancient architecture and tradition. The food was beyond belief and everyone is so accommodating and friendly that I could totally see myself living there.

The place you always return to visit: Cape Hatteras, NC. It’s a very special place where you can stand on the balcony of your beach cabin and see the ocean in one direction and the bay in the other. It's so far off the beaten path that very few know its majesty, and those who do, keep coming back year after year.