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Five awesome watersports you can do in South Beach Miami

October 17, 2014
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The golden beaches and glistening waters of South Beach Miami beckon you to spend your days in the surf and sea and whether you like a gentle swim or something more adventurous in the water, then SoBe will not disappoint. Here are five watersports you should try your hand at while you’re here.

Fishing

Fish are plentiful around Miami and you can catch Spanish mackerel, grouper and sailfish without too much effort. The well-established finishing culture in this coastal town makes it easy to get yourself sorted and ready to fish. You can charter a boat or head to a pier (Bal Harbor or Government Cut are good options) depending on how much you want to spend. The benefit of a charter is that they take you to the spots almost guaranteed to get fish and they supply all your gear and usually at least one meal. If you want to fish from a jetty or pier but don’t have the equipment, you might have to buy something inexpensive at somewhere like Kmart as not many places rent it without an organized charter or excursion. There are plenty of Five awesome watersports you can do in South Beach Miami

places around the jetties and beaches that sell bait though.

Diving

Because of its position and climate, Miami is home to the only tropical coral reef in the USA. Combine this spectacular natural phenomenon with incredible dedication to an artificial reef program and you get some fabulous dive spots.

The natural Emerald Reef is considered the most beautiful dive spot in Miami. Half Moon and Wreck Trek are sunken vessels that attract schooling fish, with Half Moon being a particularly good spot for beginners. Use the services of one of the many dive companies to help you arrange your trip and all your equipment.

Snorkeling

If diving is just a little too much but you still want to get up close and personal with the marine life in SoBe, then snorkeling is a great alternative. The third largest barrier reef in the world is just waiting for you just under the waters of the Atlantic. Renting equipment is relatively cheap and you don’t need any special skills or training. If you want to take it up a notch, then consider booking a full day excursion to the coral reef inside the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. South Beach Divers can arrange the entire day for you. Alternatively, Jose Cuervo Reef is an artificial reef easily accessible via a swim from the Second Street lifeguard station of Miami Beach.

Kayaking and Canoeing

See Miami by water and paddle in a kayak or canoe. Whether you go it solo and rent your own equipment or use a guided tour, this is an incredible way to see a Miami sunset. Try Matheson Hammock Park where Adventure Sports Miami will rent you kayaks and paddleboards so you can venture out to get a view of the Miami skyline from the Gables waterways.

Boating and Sailing

Of course you will never be short of options here when it comes to boating and sailing and it’s a great way to take full advantage of the beautiful scenery of Biscayne Bay. If you’re new to boating, try Shake-A-Leg in Coconut Grove whose sailing program will get you certified and provide a chartered boat. If you want something bigger or just want to pretend to be a millionaire for a day, then rent a Catamaran. Boat charter is a great idea if you have larger groups or need an activity for a corporate event or party. Many companies cater for these occasions so it pays to ask to see what they offer.

If none of these options float your chartered boat, then there are still the marinas, the ports, dinner cruises, gaming cruises, chartered yachts…the list is endless and you are guaranteed to find your perfect way to enjoy South Beach on land and at sea.

 

Cheer with the locals! Sports to catch in Miami

March 27, 2014
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We know that most of you are heading to Miami for the sun, sea, and sand (oh, and your sweet MyStudioMiami apartment rental) – but if you’re in the city at the same time as a big game, you’d be crazy not to check it out, as pro sports are major league in Florida. Here are our top picks for an ultimate sports experience, no need to learn the rules – just grab a beer and a hot dog and cheer!

Football: No city in the U.S. has crowned more Super Bowl champions than Miami, so if you want to be able to talk football with, basically, any local, you should get to the Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, If you’re lucky you’ll catch a Miami Dolphins (that’s the NFL team) game, but we also recommend the University of Miami Hurricanes football team. The stadium is home to the annual Orange Bowl, an electric annual college football game.

Basketball: Even those who have never picked up a basketball in their lives have probably heard of the Miami Heat. They play their home games at the American Airlines Arena in Downtown Miami, and you can generally catch them from October to April.

Baseball: If you’re in the mood for a day at the ballpark then the Miami Marlins will be happy to keep you entertained. They play at the Marlins Park in Little Havana, about two miles west of downtown. The University of Miami hurricanes are also hugely popular, but if you’re looking for something a little more local, wander by any small ball park on a weekend and grab a shady spot in the bleachers.