January 20, 2022

Business Florida 2022 - The Regions

Southeast

Broward • Indian River • Martin • Miami-Dade • Monroe • Palm Beach • St. Lucie

| 11/8/2021

Life & Leisure

Open to Exploration
Walk along the beach any time of day — there are no land-locked counties here. Catch a sunrise over the Atlantic and a sunset along the Gulf of Mexico; you can do both in a single day. Spend some quality time browsing the designer boutiques along Worth Avenue in Palm Beach, or the Riverwalk in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Join a sea turtle walk during 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 and lose track of time altogether. Or try something new: Take a spin on the new 200-foot high Skyviews Miami Observation Wheel at Bayside Marketplace in Miami. It’s not free, but the view is worth the price.

Natural Appeal
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 outside the city); and Dry Tortugas, 70 miles off the coast of Key West accessible only by boat or seaplane. Two dozen state parks offer hiking, fishing, kayaking, camping and cycling, plus 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!

Good Sports Galore
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 about every sport. Miami-Dade boasts three pro 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, and the Miami Open tennis tournament at The Tennis Center at Crandon Park. Broward County also hosts some pro teams — the NHL Florida Panthers, the MLS Inter Miami CF and the NASL Fort Lauderdale Strikers. And scheduled to open in 2025: the International Swimming Hall of Fame and the Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Center.

 

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