Written by special contributor, Hayley Jennings.
Two things come to mind when you think of Miami: beautiful beaches and vibrant nightlife. People come from all over the world to relax on the beaches in the day and then party all night. But if that doesn’t appeal to you, there are plenty of other things that you can do in Miami. If you’re a thrillseeker and you love adventure sports, Miami’s beaches are great places to go. There is a massive range of great adventure sports that you can do out on the water when you’re not soaking up the sun on the beach. These are some of the best watersports that you can do in Miami right now.
Relaxing on the beach is great, but if you fancy a change, why not hit the water and do a spot of fishing? There are so many different fish species out there in the ocean and Miami boat rent rates are very reasonable. You can hire a boat for the day and try your hand at catching tuna, sailfish, or kingfish, among others. It’s a very peaceful way to enjoy the incredible Miami coastline.
There’s a lot of amazing sea life around the coast of Miami and there’s no better way to see them than snorkeling. There are some great day trips to Key West, the island city about 150 miles from Miami. You’ll take a trip around the islands, get the chance to explore Key West for a while and then take a snorkeling trip around the world’s third largest coral reef. There are all sorts of tropical marine life to be found under there.
Most people that head to Florida for theme parks and water parks go straight for Orlando and hit Disney World, but Miami has some great water parks as well. Zoo Miami has a neat aquarium area and lots of fun water-based rides, as well as all of the normal animals that you’ll expect to find in a zoo. A lot of people choose this place over other zoos in the area because they have a strong focus on conservation, and the animals aren’t kept in cages, so it is seen as more humane.
Everglades National Park
If you love wildlife as well as the water, Everglades National Park is ideal for you. It’s famous for the large alligator population, but there are plenty of other amazing animals to find there as well. The best part is, you can take a tour of the national park by airboat. There’s no better way to explore the Everglades than by water.
If it’s thrills that you’re after, you should definitely try parasailing while you’re in Miami. You’ll be attached to the back of a speedboat or a jet ski and fly through the air as it speeds along. It’s not for the faint-hearted but if you’re an adrenaline junkie, you’ll love it. It’s also a great way to get a birds-eye view of the amazing Miami coastline.
Miami is a great destination for water sports; it’s not all about the beaches and the parties.