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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.

 

Awesome Miami Activities You Never Considered

January 15, 2014
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When people think about Miami they normally default to the sun, sea and sand vision of this popular southern destination – and if you’re staying in one of our apartments in South Beach, then you know how exciting this part of the city can be. But there is so much more to this little corner of Florida, with something to satisfy everyone from art lover to surfer chick. Here are some activities you never knew Miami was great for:

Hiking: With it’s tropical flora and plentiful wildlife, Miami is perfect for nature-lovers and hiking enthusiasts alike. Check out Ash Creek Park, the site of a Tequesta Indian village between 500 B.C. and 1300 A.D., or the Anhinga Trail in the Everglades National Park, where you’ll have no trouble spotting alligators sunning themselves by the waterfront.

Food: You may be aware of the myriad of incredible restaurants in Miami – but there’s only so many times a day one can eat out. Fill in the gaps with food tours and cooking classes. The highly rated excursions at Miami Culinary Tours include tastings and trivia for lots of different neighborhoods, while Ayesha’s Kitchen offers up something a little different – Indian cooking classes guaranteed to get your tastebuds tingling.

Adventure Sports: Ever heard of a flyboard? Well, it’s a jetpack that goes on your feet – think snowboarding on air – and you can do it right here in Miami! With training from a skilled instructor and a little practice, you can surf the sky or go underwater – all with the exhilarating propulsion of your own personal jetpack.

Boating: Could there be a more romantic way to see Miami than from a sailboat at sunset? Join one of the Biscayne Bay tours which stop at exotic islands and beautiful bird sanctuaries, or splash out and charter a boat for a luxury getaway to the Florida Keys.

History: Miami was a hot destination long before the Kardashians went shopping there. Join one of History Miami’s walking tours and learn all about the art deco architecture of South Beach, the cuban influence in Little Havana, and the botanical gardens by the Collins Canal.