Business Florida 2021 - The Regions
Broward • Indian River • Martin • Miami-Dade • Monroe • Palm Beach • St. Lucie
Life & Leisure
All seven Southeast counties are brimming with fun things to see and do … and many of them won’t cost you a dime. Walk along the beach any time of day — every county in this region has at least one. Catch a sunrise over the Atlantic on Jupiter Island; watch the sun set over the Gulf of Mexico in Key West. Browse the eclectic galleries in Miami’s artsy Wynwood neighborhood and the designer boutiques along Worth Avenue in Palm Beach; there’s no rule that says you have to buy. Take a stroll along the Riverwalk in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Join a turtle walk after dark during sea turtle nesting season. Snorkel along the underwater trail at Phil Foster Park in Riviera Beach. Or simply do what the natives do — sit by the sea or in a shady public park and lose track of time altogether.
Naturally appealing, Southeast Florida’s reputation for glitz and glam pales by comparison to its natural wonders. 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 — you won’t believe how big Florida lobsters can grow in these protected waters!). Also to be found in this region: some two dozen state parks for hiking, fishing, kayaking, camping and cycling, plus some pretty spectacular beaches — ones you’ve heard of like South Beach and Fort Lauderdale and many more you haven’t like tiny Tiger Shores in Martin County — zero amenities, but outstanding views!
For diehard fans of professional sports, Southeast Florida is more than paradise — it’s nirvana. This region, which hosted the Super Bowl for a record-breaking 11th time in February 2020, is home to major and/or minor teams in baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer and football as well some legendary sites where championships are determined. Miami-Dade boasts three teams — the MLB Miami Marlins, the NBA Miami Heat, the NFL Miami Dolphins — and two championship venues — the Homestead-Miami Speedway where the Ford Championship Weekend in November decides all three of NASCAR’s premier series crowns (Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Trucks) and the Miami Open tennis tournament at The Tennis Center at Crandon Park. Broward County also hosts three professional teams — the NHL Florida Panthers, the MLS Inter Miami CF, owned in part by soccer legend David Beckham, and the NASL Fort Lauderdale Strikers. And two counties in the region host a total of five MLB teams for Grapefruit League play each spring: the Houston Astros, Washington Nationals, Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals in Palm Beach; and the New York Mets in St. Lucie.