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BEACHES AND WATER SPORTS

Beautiful sandy beaches abound on the east coast of South Florida, with many options for fun that include swimming, snorkeling, diving, boating, parasailing, riding wave runners, kayaking, paddle boarding, surfing and fishing. Any time of year is great for water sports, as the water temperature stays balmy throughout the year. Atlantic Ocean water temperatures are much warmer in South Florida than in the rest of Florida, with the average water temperature from December to March between 70 and 74º Fahrenheit and April to November in the range of 78 to 86º. Divers and snorkelers are able to explore reefs and an abundance of deep-water wrecks that are considered among the best in the country for exploration.

Jupiter’s beaches have long been a retreat for surfers and beachgoers. The town is also home to one of the few remaining dog friendly beaches in the state. Take a cruise along the Intracoastal to view Dubois Park, Jupiter Inlet, the celebrity homes of Jupiter Island and the Jupiter Lighthouse. Palm Beach, also known as the playground of the rich and famous, has some of the area’s best beaches. Delray Municipal Beach is a 7,000-foot beach with designated areas for swimming, surfing, volleyball, sailing, wind surfing, snorkeling and flying kites.

Boca Raton’s beaches are a natural treasure, as most are connected to parks. Red Reef Park offers great snorkeling, swimming, sunbathing, surfcasting, and strolling over the dunes along a boardwalk and is also one of the few beaches open after dark. The park includes the 15-acre Gumbo Limbo Nature Center on the Intracoastal side. South Inlet Park Beach on the Boca Raton inlet stretches from the ocean to the Intracoastal Waterway, featuring a jetty for fishing and sightseeing. It is also a good place to windsurf, jet ski, canoe or kayak. Follow the inlet to Lake Boca and you will find a favorite hangout for boaters to raft-up, drop anchor and enjoy the day.   read more

 

BOATING

Being on a boat that’s moving through the water, it’s so clear. Everything falls into place in terms of what’s important and what’s not.” –James Taylor

It is no idle boast: Florida is the boating capital of the world. There are more registered boats in Florida than any other U.S. state and at least 100,000 out-of-state boats are on Florida waters on any given day. Whether you cruise the Intracoastal Waterway, head out through an inlet to the Atlantic Ocean, breeze across the Florida Everglades on a propeller-powered airboat or find a quiet lake to cut bait, South Florida is a boater’s paradise. There are numerous marinas and boat launching sites, as well as rental, charter, and cruising opportunities.

The 28th Annual Palm Beach International Boat Show, March 20 – 23, 2014, is one of the top ten boat shows in the country - featuring more than $1.2 billion worth of boats, yachts, and accessories from the world’s leading marine manufacturers. Fort Lauderdale, the Yachting Capital of the World” is also a major yachting center and hosts the annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, October.  read more 

 

FISHING

Every man’s life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another. Ernest Hemingway

The east coast of South Florida boasts some of the best inshore and offshore fishing in the world. The climate allows for year round deep-sea fishing and fun in the sun, with the nutrient-rich waters of the Gulf Stream passing within a few miles of shore. In between these famous fishing waters lie countless miles of productive fishing canals, rivers, estuaries, and the Intracoastal Waterway.

Fishing enthusiasts can pursue 800 species of fish in South Florida. While winter is peak season for grouper and sailfish, the transition into spring brings blue marlin and mahi-mahi. Under the summer sun, fishermen can find concentrations of yellowtail, blue marlin and the occasional tuna. In the fall, black and silver mullet travel south along coastal beaches, as do bluefish, snook, tarpon, barracuda, kingfish and jack crevalle, among many other fish species.

Lake Okeechobee is known for its freshwater fishing and famous for its large resident bass. Anglers from all over the world come to drop their lines in the second largest freshwater lake in the U.S., eager to reel in their trophy fish. read more

 

PROFESSIONAL SPORTS

South Florida excels in professional sports and claims the Miami Dolphins NFL football team, the Florida Marlins MLB baseball team, the Miami Heat NBA basketball team (2012and 2013 NBA Champions), and the Florida Panthers NHL hockey team. In the northern region of Palm Beach, the Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter is the spring training home for two World Series Championship baseball teams – the Florida Marlins and the St. Louis Cardinals, whereas the New York Mets train in nearby Port St. Lucie. All teams bring with them the fun, excitement and competitive spirit that makes baseball fans such a devoted group.  read more

 

ATTRACTIONS

South Florida is full of great tourist destinations for visitors and residents alike! There are a variety of active, educational and cultural experiences to enjoy on any budget, including a climb up the historic Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse, a visit to the Loggerhead Marinelife Center’s special sea turtle rehabilitation facility, giraffefeeding at Lion Country Safari, discoveries at the South Florida Science Museum or a meander through Butterfly World – the largest butterfly park in the world. Also add to the list the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, Palm Beach Zoo, Flagler Museum and Palm Beach Segway Tours.

Fort Lauderdale, known as the Venice of America, has an all-day water taxi pass that allows you to cruise its waterways at your own pace to visit its many popular spots, shops, bars and restaurants. South Beach is the quintessential Miami hot spot and Zoo Miami is fast becoming one of the best zoos in the nation, while Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Miami Seaqarium and Parrot Jungle Island also make for great day trips
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PARKS & ECO TRAVEL

Every man’s life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another. Ernest Hemingway

The east coast of South Florida boasts some of the best inshore and offshore fishing in the world. The climate allows for year round deep-sea fishing and fun in the sun, with the nutrient-rich waters of the Gulf Stream passing within a few miles of shore. In between these famous fishing waters lie countless miles of productive fishing canals, rivers, estuaries, and the Intracoastal Waterway.

Fishing enthusiasts can pursue 800 species of fish in South Florida. While winter is peak season for grouper and sailfish, the transition into spring brings blue marlin and mahi-mahi. Under the summer sun, fishermen can find concentrations of yellowtail, blue marlin and the occasional tuna. In the fall, black and silver mullet travel south along coastal beaches, as do bluefish, snook, tarpon, barracuda, kingfish and jack crevalle, among many other fish species.

Lake Okeechobee is known for its freshwater fishing and famous for its large resident bass. Anglers from all over the world come to drop their lines in the second largest freshwater lake in the U.S., eager to reel in their trophy fish.  read more


CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT

One look through the 2014 exhibition and events calendars of theaters, museums, arts centers, indoor and outdoor performance stages and other cultural venues reveals why South Florida is considered among the world’s most celebrated cultural destinations. From the Boca Raton Museum of Art, Norton Museum of Art, Maltz Jupiter Theater, Burt Reynolds & Friends Museum, DuBois Pioneer Home and Stuart Heritage Museum to the Elliot Museum, Fort Lauderdale History Center & Museum and the beautiful Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, there is a thriving variety of art districts, nationally recognized performers and dozens of internationally renowned annual events. Some of the most notable events include Art Palm Beach, the American International Fine Art Fair, SunFest and Delray Affair - all of which are great ways to experience art and culture in the area.

Art Basel Miami Beach, considered the most prestigious art show in the Americas, draws more than 260 leading galleries from North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa showcasing works by more than 2,000 artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. The exhibiting galleries are among the world’s most respected art dealers, offering exceptional pieces by both renowned artists and cutting-edge newcomers.

The Center for the Performing Arts in nearby Fort Lauderdale is also host to many world-class productions, while the Arsht Center in Miami is home to the Florida Grand Opera, renowned for its talented professional performers and guest performances throughout season. Miami is home to a host of other performing arts facilities, to include: Lincoln Theatre, Jackie Gleason Theater, Miami City Ballet, Ziff Ballet Opera House, Knight Concert Hall, Carnival Studio Theatre and the Performing Arts Center, attracting a number of national and international concerts, operas, ballets and musicals.

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SHOPPING

Internationally known as a hot spot for avant-garde designers, trendy and chic style and world-class shopping, Palm Beach County is like a runway for today’s top fashions. Dubbed the “Rodeo Drive of the East Coast,” Worth Avenue in Palm Beach is the preeminent designer shopping destination in Florida. Ideally located in downtown West Palm Beach, CityPlace is an open-air shopping and entertainment district inspired by the pedestrian-friendly piazzas of Italy. Just a few blocks away is the newly revitalized Downtown Waterfront District, with ample space for ongoing events and programs.

There are many traditional malls in the area to include the Gardens Mall of Palm Beach Gardens, The Mall at Wellington Green and the Boca Town Center - all ready to impress shoppers with a large collection of global fashion retailers. Strolling along the popular Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach is a great way to peruse quaint shops and boutiques, while downtown Boca Raton’s Mizner Park and Royal Palm Place offer upscale shopping venues with Mediterranean-style courtyards. Stuart and Greater Martin County offer charming antique stores and brand name stores, as well.

The greater Fort Lauderdale area boasts Sawgrass Mills Mall, the world’s largest discount and entertainment mall with more than 300 retail outlets and name brand discounters. There is also the Swap Shop - South Florida’s largest flea market - and Festival Flea Market, a quarter-mile long, bargain hunter’s paradise. Las Olas Boulevard is known for its shops, galleries, fine restaurants and cafes. Dania Beach’s historic Art and Antique District offers charming shops and galleries in a quaint downtown setting.

Miami shopping malls run the gamut – from luxury at the swanky designer shops of Bal Harbour Shops and trendy at the boutiques of Lincoln Road Mall to the suburban feel of the Dadeland Mall. The Aventura Mall is the largest conventional shopping mall in Florida and the fifth largest in the nation. There are also many districts designed for shopping including Coconut Grove, a village where the streets are lined with unique boutiques and upscale art galleries, Collins Avenue, Main Street in Miami Lakes and Miracle Mile in Coral Gables.
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Golf Club Communities

Private Club COmmunities - South Florida Tennis Amenities & Activities

South Florida Gated Communities - Specialized Sports

GOLF

Golf Cub Communities - Amenties & Unique Golf Courses

With more golf courses than any other state in the country, Florida is known as the golf capital of the world. The sheer number of golf options and the undisputed quality of the courses, with many designed by award-winning architects and legends, have put south Florida at the top of the game when it comes to golfing. Enjoy the ultimate golf game as a novice or a pro. South Florida’s sun-filled lifestyle allows for play all year long. With soothing ocean breezes blowing in from the Atlantic and an average annual temperature of 75º F, the area has enchanted golfers and their families for decades. Throughout every month of the year, the golfing enthusiast will find the golf courses in South Florida open for play and ever challenging.

You will find numerous pro shops, teaching facilities and driving ranges as well as the Junior Golf Academy here, too. South Florida is also home to the PGA of America and two of its most highly anticipated annual tournaments - the Allianz Championship, February 3 – 9, 2014, and Honda Classic, February 27 – March 2, 2014.

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TENNIS

South Florida Country Club - Tennis for the Novice to Professional

Calling South Florida home, tennis greats Andy Roddick and Chris Evert, along with legendary sisters Venus and Serena Williams, are familiar with some of the best tennis facilities in the region. From tennis courts located at grand resorts and club communities to public courts dotting the area, this is the perfect place to grab your racket and aim for the ace on clay courts, hard courts or at top-rated tennis camps. The Evert Tennis Academy is located in Boca Raton, offering cutting-edge training programs for players of all ages and levels.

The area is also host to several big name professional tournaments, to include Miami’s annual Sony Open Tennis (formerly known as the Sony Ericsson Open), March 17 - 30, 2014, where some of the greatest tennis players in the world compete for one of the most prized trophies in tennis. The Delray Beach Tennis Center, an 8,200-seat stadium, accommodates the annual International Tennis Championships, February 14 - 23, 2014, which is a part of the ATP World Tour 250. 

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EQUESTRIAN

Gated Communities & Country Club Communities - Equestrian & Crochet Sporting

What may surprise many people is that South Florida is a very important equestrian area, with riding stables and whole equestrian communities. From Miami-Dade County up through Martin County, there are miles of riding trails for both novice and experienced riders.

The community of Wellington is one of the top three places in the world for polo and equestrian activity, and is host to the Winter Equestrian Festival - the largest equestrian sporting event in the world! From January through April, the International Polo Club Palm Beach features the world’s top polo players and is the epicenter of social activity among Palm Beach County’s elite. Designed for novice to experienced players, Polo School is available for kids and adults interested in learning the sport. Just down the road at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, Saturday nights “in season” attract thousands to witness internationally recognized equestrians compete in high-intensity competition, followed by nightlife with an energy to match.
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