Business Florida 2020 - The Regions
Broward • Indian River • Martin • Miami-Dade • Monroe • Palm Beach • St. Lucie
Life & Leisure
Naturally Appealing, Too
Southeast Florida has a reputation for glitz and glam, but natural wonders abound here too. This region is home to three national parks: Biscayne (a watery wonderland within sight of the Miami skyline); Everglades (a lush “river of grass” just a short drive west of the city); and Dry Tortugas (70 miles off the coast of Key West, accessible only by boat or seaplane and well worth the trip). Also to be found in this region: some two dozen state parks for hiking, fishing, kayaking, camping and cycling, plus some pretty spectacular beaches — a few that you may have heard of, like South Beach and Fort Lauderdale, and many you haven’t, like Golden Sands along the Indian River County coastline adjacent to some of this hemisphere’s most significant turtle nesting sites.
Never a Dull Moment
If you can’t find something fun to do in Southeast Florida, you’re not looking very hard. All seven counties are jam packed with amusement and adventure. Spend an afternoon browsing the eclectic galleries and boutiques in Miami’s artsy Wynwood neighborhood. Take an airboat ride in the Everglades. Dip your toes in the surf off Jupiter Island. Shop for designer goods along Worth Avenue in Palm Beach and for outlet bargains at Sawgrass Mills. Come face to face with a giraffe at Zoo Miami, a rhino at Lion Country Safari or 20,000 butterflies at Butterfly World in Coconut Creek. Rent a convertible and drive down U.S. 1 to catch the sunset in Key West. And while you’re there, explore the world’s third largest coral barrier reef system via glass bottom boat or snorkel cruise. Play a round of golf or tennis, then watch the pros compete in your favorite team sport — depending on the season, there’s football, hockey, baseball, basketball, soccer, even polo here to enjoy. Or simply do what the natives do, which is practically nothing except just sit beside the sea with a good book in one hand and a mojito in the other.
Shop ‘Til You Drop ... for Real
America’s largest mall is another step closer to reality in northwest Miami-Dade. The $4-billion American Dream Miami will feature 6 million square feet of retail and entertainment space, including an indoor ski slope, amusement park, hockey rink and 2,000 hotel rooms.