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Japan.About the Author & Photographer Sharon Lloyd Spence Sharon Lloyd Spence is the author of guidebooks on Seoul. Grand Cayman Island. Roscoe. Korea. Florida. and Santa Fe. Chicago. and travel photographer Warren Lieb has shot motion pictures and still photos in Vietnam. and now explores the world seeking new adventures. His goal is to continue creating travel books and having adventures. photographer Warren Lieb. Brazil. . and their cat. Israel. Lieb Filmmaker. Jordan. She lives in Los Alamos. She became a traveler late in life. video producer. Nigeria. New Mexico with her husband. Morocco. Chile. Burma. Thailand and throughout Europe. Warren H.
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Eckerd Drugs.” my teachers encouraged. deep-sea fishermen. get dirty. Some of Southeast Florida’s adventurers who inspired me: Ed Bailey. I was ready to dive deeply. So I did. telephone wires. Scuba divers. polo players.” Does this dreamlike paradise still exist? Is there a “sun-kissed” Florida sky not silhouetted with condos. Burger Kings. Vesna Galesic. and Wal-Marts. get involved. latticed against the fading gold of the sun-kissed sky. friends and contacts put me in touch with a group of adventurous Floridians. who has discovered most of I Introduction Introduction . I came across a quaint tourism promotion published in a 1925 issue of The Miamian: “Go to Florida where enterprise is enthroned – where you sit and watch at twilight the fronds of the graceful palm. Outdoor lovers who appreciate Florida’s parks. beaches. balloonists. bikinis and ball caps. venture by foot into forests. and strip malls hawking T-shirts. helicopter pilots. trailer parks. and nature preserves. skydivers. Mirrored high-rises. Could I find adventure in Southeast Florida? While researching this book. who shares the joys of in-line skating in South Miami Beach. Barnett Banks. “Get wet. surfers. who teaches people to fly a helicopter in one amazing hour. luxury hotels. oceans. birds.looked for adventure in Southeast Florida and almost missed it. Radio Shacks. With bumper-to-bumper traffic on six-lane highways. Alice Butler. Thrill-seekers willing to share Florida’s adventurous side with visitors like me and you. who knows the area’s best surfing beach and where great horned owls nest. kayakers. hip nightclubs. country clubs. and designer boutiques? Fortunately. soar high above the clouds. who loves every bend in the Loxahatchee River he’s spent a lifetime canoeing. gated neighborhoods. Terry O’Toole. rivers. and neon signs? Are there adventures beyond trendy restaurants. Pizza Huts. Jeff Bingham. When the student is ready the teacher appears. bikers. and park rangers. McDonald’s. the scene was dizzying: Publix grocery stores. by boat into rivers. Kentucky Fried Chickens.
n n n n n n n n n n n n Learning it’s adventurous to daydream and just be. Don’t just laze away your vacation. an emerald ocean. but it’s there if you make the effort. . then setting it free. while snuggling into a yellow lounge chair under a poppy-red umbrella. sometimes grabbing you by surprise. Envying the gracefulness of a pink flamingo balanced on one leg. Along the way I discovered that adventure can be deeply personal. and a crimson sunset. Paddling a kayak near a 1. Discovering there are 2. Being awed by a great blue heron flying gracefully across my kayak. who reveals the Zen of wall climbing in just one lesson. Looking into the eyes of a living conch and putting it back into the ocean. Climbing 109 circular stairs to the balcony of the Bill Baggs Cape Florida Lighthouse and feeling exhilarated. instead of do. Finding adventure in Southeast Florida isn’t always easy.2 n Introduction Florida by kayak.700 varieties of palms. and having an entire family surface next to my canoe. 700 of which thrive at Fairchild Tropical Garden. Canoeing alongside mangroves hoping to see a manatee. Grab an adventure: it may change your life. Realizing a great white heron is an angel with a beak.500-passenger luxury cruise ship and feeling happily small. Some of my own unexpected adventures: n Immersing myself in Florida’s color palette: relishing a sapphire sky. Getting soaked while striding through crashing waves at twilight. and Todd Carter. Gazing into a river and seeing fish staring back. Reeling in a six-foot sailfish.
four-tusked mastodons. mammoths. rhinoceroses. caused by erosion of the mountains. lagoons and swamps goes back hundreds of millions of years. The limestone layers arched. Introduction . and sections of Florida rose 150 feet above sea level. During the Pleistocene and Holocene periods. composed mostly of the skeletons of microscopic sea animals. The climate became drier. Sea levels rose and fell. leaving much of the Continental Shelf exposed. South Florida began life as an arc of volcanic mountains buried 13. rivers and lakes. wolves. Three-toed horses. giant pigs. settling over Florida’s plateau. Wind and waves extended Florida’s peninsula along the emerging coral reefs. camels. finger-shaped peninsula of streams and springs. and lions. sloths. This was during the Late Tertiary period. the northern ice sheet melted and reformed.History n 3 History Geological Beginnings Florida’s emergence from the ocean as a 4. fine sand and clay washed down from the northern mountains. carving bluffs and terraces into the land. Because so much of the earth’s water supply was stored in these ice glaciers. an ice sheet covered much of Canada and the northern United States. At this period of development Florida became cool and rainy. the world’s sea level was lowered.000 feet beneath the sea. armadillos. Limestone sediment was deposited on the underwater plain. who devoured the leaf eaters. Over one hundred million years. whose weight made the land sink even deeper. and peccaries found a home in Florida. thousands of feet of limestone were formed. Florida became twice the size it is today. During the Pleistocene era. These docile vegetarians soon became meals for carnivorous beasts of prey: sabre-toothed tigers. Herbivorous animals seeking to escape the great ice sheet trudged southward seeking green pastures in warmer territories. and winds scattered sand dunes onto the newly formed terraces. Centuries later.298-square-mile. forming marshes and lagoons.
There are few clues to the history and lifestyle of these early Floridians except tools and other household artifacts unearthed by modern archaeologists. he sighted Florida’s coast at a point just north of where St. was enthralled with tales told by Puerto Rican Indians. Ponce and his crew had celebrated “Pascua Florida” (the Feast of Flowers. he prayed. whom Spain had made Governor of Puerto Rico. The Search for the Fountain of Youth Juan Ponce de León. Augustine is today. restoring youth to the aged and health to the sick. cattle. On March 5. O Lord. Who hast permitted me to see something new. or Easter) aboard ship before sighting land. and up the west coast to Pensacola during a six-month search. but was delighted with the tropical paradise he did discover.” The name stuck. and wind. After three weeks of journeying through the Bahamas. Ponce de León and his settlers never found peace in paradise. farm tools and seeds to settle the land he would now govern. So. 1512. continuing to change geographically as the east coast builds up and the west coast gradually sinks. horses. waves. Although he sailed southeast down to the Keys. Written records about life in Florida began with the arrival of Spanish explorer and adventurer Juan Ponce de León in 1513. and on April 2 he landed to claim the country in the name of King Ferdinand V of Spain.4 n Introduction Today Florida’s landscape is still sculpted by rain. He never found Bimini. They spoke of a land called Bimini to the northwest. the adventurous and capitalistic entrepreneur was eager to see these miracles for himself. Florida’s Indian natives resented their intrusion and defended . rivers. when he arrived in Florida. But he returned in 1521 with two shiploads of colonists.C. he set sail with the Santa Maria de la Consolacion and the Santiago. Although drawings of the time show Ponce de León as a robust 50-year-old. Ponce de León never found gold or the fountain of youth. where land was abundant with gold and a magical fountain flowed with water.” Then he christened the land in honor of the holiday season – “La Florida. Signs of Humanity: The First Adventurers Florida’s first human inhabitants arrived about 8000 B. “Thanks be to Thee.
trying to save their “heathen souls. in Europe. His quest had been in vain. Florida’s reputation as a land of riches attracted other nations who wanted their slice of the pie. which eventually led to his death as well. In 1562. then set about converting the Indians to Christianity.” amidst all the murder committed by their Spanish leaders in God’s name. their tales of adventure and discovery spread throughout Europe. and have provided historians most of what is known about early Florida natives. fellow Frenchman René de Goulaine de Laudonnière established Fort Caroline at the mouth of the St. In 1539. a Spanish soldier who had accompanied an earlier explorer named Panfilo de Narvaez into the Panhandle area. attacking the Spaniards with stones and arrows. Other Spanish adventurers had heard of “La Florida” and were eager to colonize it. de Soto met Juan Ortiz. the French made plans to avenge the loss of Fort Caroline. captain general of the armed fleet. He traveled north. where the Spanish explorer soon died. discovering the Mississippi and fighting with Indian tribes. Ortiz’ reports of his experience with the Indians were detailed. Jesuit and Franciscan friars. The Spanish were furious at this French intrusion. to destroy the French colony. and the following month established the first permanent European settlement in what is now the United States. During his travels. Hernando de Soto landed between Fort Myers and Tampa. and converted it into a Spanish outpost.History n 5 their homeland. Spanish missionaries. Although Spanish explorers discovered neither gold nor fountains of youth. Illness and wounds from Indian battles forced Ponce de León and his entire colony to flee for Cuba after just five months. and King Philip promptly commanded Pedro Menendez de Aviles. Meanwhile. In August 1565. despite stories of Indian battles. Menendez arrived at a harbor he called San Augustin. Johns River. Dominique de Gourgues launched an expedi- Introduction . Menendez and his troops massacred the French. Two years later. the French dispatched Jean Ribault to establish a colony for religious freedom. which is near present-day Jacksonville. renamed Fort Caroline to San Mateo.
killing and enslaving many Indians. Spain relinquished Florida. England captured Havana. 1756-1763. Captain Sir Francis Drake sacked and burned St. as more forts and missions were built throughout the state and into southern Virginia. The Spanish evacuated Florida. In 1740. The French returned to their settlements along the Gulf Coast. and gradually pushed the northern border of Spanish Florida southward to its present border. using other strategies. The French continued their harassment of the Spanish. In 1701. and the colony was given back to the Spanish. he unsuccessfully withdrew. But the English threat soon united Spain and France. with its capital at Pensacola. They wanted more and more New World resources for themselves. leaving it virtually empty. with their capture of Pensacola in 1719. although they were unsuccessful and had to withdraw. Triumphant. During the Seven Years’ War. The English persevered. Peaceful relationships were developed with the Creek Indians. Cuba from the Spanish. the Carolinians and their Indian allies laid siege to Spanish Florida. This did little to diminish Spanish control of Florida. and mapped out inhabited areas of the state. To get it back. They offered export subsidies and land grants to attract new settlers. Spanish & English Play Tug of War Spanish dominance in Florida began to weaken. with its capital at St. he returned to France. Augustine. The English also colonized South Carolina. After almost a month of bloodshed. west of Pensacola. Augustine.6 n Introduction tion. England split Florida into two parts: East Florida. England was eager to make her own conquests. rice . who had moved into Florida from Alabama and Georgia and changed their triba name to Seminole. In 1586. Augustine. Two years later they destroyed the missions of the interior area between Pensacola and St. British General James Oglethorpe seized outlying Spanish forts and bombarded Fort Castillo de San Marcos in St. captured San Mateo and hanged the Spaniards. and West Florida. This prompted the English to colonize farther up the east coast in Jamestown and Plymouth. Augustine. Plantations of indigo. Augustine. capturing the town of St.
Many were plantation slaves trying to escape. Andrew Jackson. British plantation owners left. Once again. By 1824. To regain the islands.History n 7 and citrus sprang up. Florida’s population had grown from 15. . the tables were turned as the Spanish flag flew over Florida yet a second time. the White Man Hostilities between whites and Indians increased as more settlers moved in. Spain took revenge for losing Florida by capturing the British-owned Bahamas. Florida’s capital was established in Tallahassee. England returned Florida to Spain. Indians vs. the Stars and Stripes became the fourth national flag to fly over Florida. His grandfather was Scotch. and North Carolina began their new lives as Americans. Introduction Florida’s Americanization 1800-1865 Spain’s second attempt to develop Florida was a failure from the start. causing the First Seminole War. In 1819. Two years later. a branch of the Creek.000 to 34. A government movement was started to send the Indians to reservations west of the Mississippi. In 1832. stepson of white trader William Powell. and son of an Indian woman from the Red Stick tribe. By 1830. In 1783. Florida became more American. Spain and the United States began negotiations to transfer the Spanish colony to the United States of America. a delegation of chiefs refused to sign a treaty committing them to move after inspecting the land specified in the treaty. worked by slaves brought to Florida from Africa and the West Indies. Florida’s provisional governor. and Spanish and American colonists poured in. with Andrew Jackson the first Governor of Florida Territory. where immigrants from Georgia. decided in 1818 to move the Seminole Indians to the central part of the peninsula. Instead of becoming more Spanish. Their resistance was led by a young warrior named Osceola. British ownership was not to last. Virginia. although most of the territory still belonged to the Indians.000.
until the last drop of Seminole blood has moistened the dust of hunting ground.” Losses were severe for both sides. and the Tallahassee to St. Indian war parties attacked Fort King near Ocala. which included about 39.000 free blacks. In 1845. the slavery issue began to dominate Florida’s affairs. Florida became the 27th member of the United States. Moseley was elected Governor. And 3. Preparing for Statehood and Another War With the war over. even seizing Osceola’s wife Che-cho-ter as a fugitive slave. Refusing to surrender. Five years later. Marks and St. The US Government spent $40. With the election of Re- . which enabled swamp and other land ceded to the state by the federal government to become part of an intrastate system of canals and railroads. some on desolate reservations. Most voters did not object to slavery and were angry over the challenge to what they felt was a normal aspect of life. Florida prepared for statehood.000 on the war.000.824 Seminole Indians and blacks were sent to Arkansas. the population had grown to 87. leaving the strength of the newly organized Republican party to the northern states. In 1855. Osceola. Osceola and his warriors sent a message to US troops: “Your men will fight and so will ours.445. his leadership skills soon gained him the respect of his chiefs. Joseph-Lake Wimico railroads were completed. the General Assembly passed the first Internal Improvement Act. Despite a period of peace and prosperity. who eventually entered the American camp under a truce flag. he died in a military jail. Only 300 remained in Florida.8 n Introduction Although Osceola was not a chief and had no voice in the councils of his tribe. white settlers tried to move the Indians by force. and ambushed two companies of US troops near Bushnell in The Dade Massacre. was captured and imprisoned.000 slaves and 1. When the Seminoles refused to abandon their homes. and William D. others escaping to the Everglades. Economic progress was everywhere: steamboats chugged the Apalachicola and St. cotton and tobacco plantations spread in every direction. Southerners moved into the Democratic camp. Johns Rivers. and lost 2500 soldiers. The Second Seminole War (1835-42) took a terrible toll on Indian and white lives.
During the next four years. As the war came to a close. Jacksonville owed its prosperity to lumber resources and naval ports. the Florida Legislature rushed into a constitutional convention. . 1865. annulling the Ordinance of Secession.B. 1865. who were both black and white. Key West. bacon and cotton. Tallahassee was the only Confederate capital east of the Mississippi River to escape occupation. The last years of the century brought intensive development throughout Florida.History n 9 publican Abraham Lincoln as President in 1860. St. home guards saved Tallahassee from capture by turning back invading Union forces at the Battle of Natural Bridge. freedom was still severely restricted. and Tampa took off when cigar manufacturers moved from Key West to Ybor City. but none others. During the final months of the war. the American flag flew over the Florida Capitol once again.000 troops for the Confederate Army. Slaves were now free. Ten days later. Florida furnished 15. and vast phosphate deposits had been discovered in the center of the State. beef. But many slaves were eager to leave the plantations that had owned them. Railroads and tourist hotels built in the 1880’s by Henry M. plus salt. 25. Flagler and H. as the right to vote was granted only to “free white male persons of 21 years or more. a Florida militia. and were paid to raise and pick cotton.” Introduction Post-War Changes Lives and fortunes of Floridians changed significantly after the war. appropriating $100. In 1861.000 for state troops. Slavery was finally abolished. A Florida constitutional convention convened Oct. corn. Federal troops entered Tallahassee on May 10. with 18. and was both a prosperous naval base and the center of the sponge and cigar industries. and tobacco. However. Florida withdrew from the Union as the War Between the States began. was the largest city. and so land began to be cultivated by tenant farmers and sharecroppers.000 people. Plantations in the north and west produced cotton. orange groves in the northeastern area were growing in commercial importance. Pensacola was an important Gulf port. Augustine was a peaceful fishing village that began to attract tourists. Plant drew thousands of tourists eager to visit Florida’s glorious east and west coasts.
Farmers who survived developed improved strains of citrus that were hardier and bloomed later in the season.5 million per year. and by the war’s end Florida had an up-to-date transportation network. Petersburg became manufacturing centers. ready for local citizens and the stream of tourists. the population increased four times as fast as any other state. Florida became a training center for troops. After the war. cooperative farms. destroying 60% of the citrus groves. beaches and adventure. Florida entrepreneurs turned to the development of tangible resources. citrus and phosphate. but cold freezes in 1894 and 1895 ruined most of the groves. That fall. biomedical . cattle. A Boost from World War II During World War II (1941-1945). and airmen of the US and her allies at Camp Blanding and Camp Gordon Johnston. and commercial real estate. a hurricane killed hundreds of Floridians and left thousands homeless. New industries have created opportunities in commercial space exploration. plunging the US into the Great Depression. Tourist hotels and restaurants in Miami Beach. More bad news came when the Mediterranean fruit fly invaded Florida. Daytona Beach. Present & Future Since the war. The stock market crashed in 1929. sailors. forcing many north Florida growers to find other less weather-dependent livelihoods. World War I put a hold on much of Florida’s commercial business. Highway and airport construction was accelerated. the bubble burst – banks failed and millionaires became paupers.10 n Introduction The citrus industry spread throughout the state. where vessels and tools were forged. Florida. and St. port improvements. turning some risk-takers into overnight millionaires. which by 1973 had grown to 25. such as paper mills. Between 1920 and 1925. enabling Florida to become the nation’s top citrus producer. but tourism prospered as “snowbirds” came south for sunshine. Two years later another hurricane hit. In spring of 1926. causing even worse devastation. Florida’s development has continued beyond tourism. real estate deals lured thousands of speculators to buy land and re-sell it for huge profits. To recover from these years of crisis.
and maintain their beloved parks. Throughout the state’s 58. many contributing to Florida’s social. Some 800 miles of Florida’s coastline are beaches. and historic accomplishments by the NASA space program. and the Gulf coast has 798 miles. plastics. helicopter piloting to deep-sea fishing. Introduction Geography & Climate Geographic Beginnings Florida’s geography has greatly contributed to her success as America’s favorite playground. crashing waves. work at rehab centers caring for injured birds. For adventurers. and wildlife refuges. more than any state except Alaska. In Southeast Florida you’re never more than a short drive away from alabaster sand. and cooling Atlantic Ocean breezes. and they’re still arriving. public utilities. Although Southeast Florida’s population boom has created its share of urban problems. construction. printing and publishing. from skydiving to surfing. beaches. real estate. Historically. The Atlantic coast has 399 miles. there are still places where people live in harmony with the outdoors. completion of the interstate highway system throughout the state. Florida has always attracted adventurers. no area is more than 60 miles from saltwater. and inland are more than 30.000 . electronics. expansion of the state’s universities and community colleges.560-square-mile peninsula. Other trends have contributed to Florida’s success: major American corporations relocating to the state in ever-increasing numbers. Nature lovers campaign to protect endangered manatees and sea turtles. the proliferation of high technology. Florida has 1. Southeast Florida offers excitement for all ages. construction of major international airports. Florida has witnessed a massive influx of immigrants from around the world.Geography & Climate n 11 and biotechnology industries. forest products. scuba diving to canoeing. TV and movie production. international banking and international trade.197 miles of coastline. The postwar era brought desegregation and population growth. economic and cultural growth. political.
freshwater marshes. here’s a brief explanation of their characteristics: n Hammock is an Indian word meaning jungle. adding to the delight of fishing and boating enthusiasts. Trees growing in hammocks include cypress. 4. forming different habitats for a variety of animal life. prairies. and birds. Cypress strands are found in the Fakahatchee Strand and Corkscrew Swamp in South Florida. In fact. Grasses are wet or dry. fish and shellfish.424 of Florida’s 58. n n n n .560 square miles are water. Frogs and water insects prefer a freshwater environment. Freshwater marsh makes up the state’s Everglades. salt marshes and mangrove swamps. which serve as breeding areas for birds. as well as dozens of different bird species. ferns. and magnolia.12 n Introduction lakes. There is a delicate ecological balance between the wetlands and the plant and animal life living within them. live oak. You’ll see canopies soaring over 100 feet high. and barnacles thrive in saltwater. Mangrove swamps have saltwater plants. As water flows toward the Atlantic Ocean or Gulf of Mexico. Estuaries are a combination of freshwater and saltwater. turtles. intertwined with vines. including the 730-square-mile Lake Okeechobee. flounder. flood plains. and brilliantly hued orchids. it gets saltier. river swamps. To acquaint you with some of the areas you’ll find in Southeast Florida. The water in between is “brackish” – half salt and half fresh – and home to crabs. You’ll recognize one by the thick tangle of vegetation in fertile soil. whereas jellyfish. hammocks. hickory. You’ll see them all along Florida’s southeast coast. Keep a lookout here for alligators. depending on rainfall. Wetlands A large part of Florida is covered by wetlands – cypress ponds. the fourth largest lake in the United States.
Geography & Climate n 13 Weather Besides geography. Come discover why Florida is called “The Sunshine State”! The Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean alternately provide cool breezes in summer. and warm ones in winter. surf. climate is one of Florida’s most valuable natural resources. South Florida can get rain every day in June and July. Check TV and newspaper weather services a few days before your arrival for current temperatures and conditions. Hurricane season spans June through November. and thunderstorms occur pretty much at the same time every day. June through September days are hot and humid. so enjoy the sunshine. with temperatures soaring to 91°F or more. Florida does have chilly months. The state’s year-round mild temperatures and nearly constant sunshine are a powerful lure for US families weary of winter-gray skies and indoor living in the northeast and midwest. flowing near the coast. also contributes its share of warm winds. night temperatures can plummet to as low as 41°F. and nights still warm at 75-80°. Summer months are also the rainiest. Introduction . The Gulf Stream. Most likely you’ll have good weather in Southeast Florida. In January. and afternoons often don’t get much warmer than 76°. and sapphire skies. with most hurricanes occurring in September or October.
Opossums. some found nowhere else in the United States. and public awareness has helped protect them against speedboats and hunters. Weighing in at 1.500 of these animals remain in the wild.. poaching. turtles. the slow-moving “sea cows” consume a hefty 100 lbs. frogs. feline hunters weighing 40-50 lbs. either in the wild or in captivity. hunting and roadkills threaten the bears’ existence. The Florida Manatee Sanctuary Act of 1978 established many refuges for the manatees. black bear hunting is still legal in northern Florida. Bobcats. Bobcats are found only in North America. Fewer than 1. Living on a diet of berries. Coyotes are canines that eat rodents. eggs and insects. Only 1. but occasionally raid farms for livestock and poultry. and squirrels in unpopulated areas.14 n Introduction Flora & Fauna Florida’s variety of natural habitats are home to diverse animal species. but the smallest of all American bear species.500 lbs. which are marsupials.200-3.. prowl mostly at night for rabbits. In the Everglades. mice. they are not a threat to humans. they are protected by law against hunters. snakes. eating berries.500 of these mammals now remain. of river grass daily. rabbits. live in the woodlands. roots. Join the “Save the Mana- . Females may bear up to 14 babies once or twice yearly. Endangered West Indian manatees have affectionately been called “mermaids” in folktales. honey and grass. Females bear 5-10 pups per year. Here are some you may be privileged to see. where some 50 are killed each season. Loss of natural habitat. Shy and nocturnal. and sometimes sheep and calves. birds and mice. Unfortunately. Mink live in freshwater marshes and eat fish. Black bears are the largest of all living mammals in Florida. black bears mostly live near Big Cypress Swamp and Okefenokee Swamp.000-1.
Flora & Fauna n 15 tee Club” by writing 500 N. green turtle. % 800-432-JOIN. Alligators are a “Species of Special Concern. Alligators usually bask in the sun or lie submerged just under the water’s surface. the pygmy rattle- Introduction . Maitland Avenue. and other sea life. loggerhead. Changing little in 200 million years. FL 32751. and hawksbill. keep an eye out for poisonous ones that can be dangerous. Gopher tortoises are also listed as a Species of Special Concern. the canebrake rattlesnake. Sea turtles are an Endangered Species.400 lbs. Only about 20% of their eggs hatch. Measures are now being taken to protect these tortoises. Local environmental groups and park rangers sponsor lectures and slide presentations. crustaceans. so check area newspapers. Most of Florida’s snakes are harmless. eating worms. Venomous snakes include the diamondback rattlesnake. Five species of sea turtles live in Florida’s coastal waters: leatherback. you may participate in beach walks to observe turtles laying their eggs in the moonlight. and August. Alligators are raised commercially on farms for their meat and skins..” almost becoming extinct during the 1960s. During June. They mainly survive on a diet of fish. they subsist on jellyfish. frogs. and seek medical treatment immediately if you’re bitten. sea grasses. Kemp’s Ridley. Every year they migrate thousands of miles through open ocean to beach nesting sites. Maitland. July. lizards and frogs. However. gray-brown or pink-beige in color with dark bands across the body and an orange stripe down the back. which has diamond-shaped body markings bordered in yellow and a tail rattle. birds and snakes. alligators are egg-laying reptiles that can grow to 14 feet in length. Weighing from 80 to 1. Many of their habitats have been destroyed by the construction of high-rises and boat docks. many along the Southeast Florida coast. hunting for wild alligators is highly regulated and requires a special permit.
and the cottonmouth water moccasin. shining lights. . avoid collisions with turtles. Be aware of local government ordinances to decrease the impact of beach lighting on sea turtles. gray with round reddish-orange spots and a buzzing rattle. Copperheads and coral snakes are also poisonous. may become disoriented by lights and lured onto the road. or trying to ride them. n Never buy products made from sea turtles or other endangered species. It is illegal to bring these products into the United States. Join one of the many state-permitted turtle walks conducted by experienced guides during nesting season. olive brown or black with a dark band from the eye to the jaw.16 n Introduction snake. rarely attacking unless frightened or provoked. begging for bait and fish scraps. their numbers declining in recent years due to insecticides that ruin the walls of their eggs before they can hatch. % 800/ DIAL FMP. Pelicans expertly catch and store fish in their swinging pouches as they dive into the sea along the coast. Florida birdwatching provides rare opportunities to get really close. Pick up litter on the beach. notify the Florida Marine Patrol. or see someone bothering a nesting turtle. Many waddle along fishing docks. Snakes are basically shy. n Watch out for hatchlings that n Use caution while boating to n Do not throw trash into the wa- ter. Near the town of Sebastian along the Indian River is turtles by making noise. Ways You Can Help Protect Sea Turtles n Never disturb or harass nesting Birds Florida’s bird population is unique in the world. n If you find an injured or dead tur- tle. Many are so comfortable around people that they will walk across your path or alight in a tree next to where you’re standing. Pelicans are a Species of Special Concern.
including the great blue heron. grasshoppers and rodents. Thanks to environmentalists and American bald eagle lovers. Florida has several species of herons. and many others. Birdwatching in Florida is a favorite activity. Nocturnal owls live in field holes or trees. roaches. barn. scrubjays. vultures. and a five. They have a wingspan of almost seven feet and thrive on fish and waterfowl. woodpeckers. They are a Species of Special Concern in Florida. Ospreys have a dark band across the face. kites.Flora & Fauna n 17 Pelican Island. or tops of telephone poles. and burrowing owl. They live mostly in shallow bays and mangrove islands on a diet of fish and frogs. which has beautiful yellow eyes. wild turkeys. so bring your field book and binoculars. This “sea eagle” flies over its prey and plunges feet first.000 acres since 1905. Cranes are graceful. They frequently build nests in trees. barred. and the delightful pink flamingo. the population of the United States’ regal national bird is increasing in number. channel markers. a wildlife sanctuary where pelicans have lived safely on 7. Females lay two buff-colored eggs in grassy marshland nests. wood storks. This is just a brief list. The 1972 ban of DDT helped the osprey make a recovery. great white heron. a white breast. Florida’s owls include the great horned. Introduction . Other Florida birds include egrets. songbirds. and eat snakes. four-foot-tall creatures with six-foot wingspans.to six-foot wingspan. Cranes are a Threatened Species.
Kendall. Lucie. On Water (which includes activities in water as well) and In the Air. Hillsboro Beach. and baseball spring training. historic districts. highly recommended entries are indicated with a star. On Wheels. Bal Harbour and Bay Harbor. Then there are cultural activities: museums. Where to Stay / Where to Eat In our Where to Stay and Where to Eat sections. North Palm Beach. such as horse shows. Miami Beach. Port St. Our second region covers Greater Fort Lauderdale: the towns of Hollywood. begins in South Dade. Vero Beach and Sebastian. Deerfield Beach. West Palm Beach. historic homes. These are hotels and restaurants we especially enjoyed. Where to Stay. sea turtle watching. HO TE L . Following these descriptions you’ll find information on Festivals & Events. and the North Miami Beach towns of Surfside. horse and motor car racing. Juno Beach. We then move north. Jupiter. Camping and Where to Eat. Coconut Grove. and performing arts. Our third region covers The Palm Beaches and the Treasure Coast: Palm Beach. and hope you will too. which includes zoos. We’ve included spectator sports like jai alai. Each section presents adventures On Foot. as well as golf courses and tennis courts. Indian Villages. Downtown Miami. covering Coral Gables. Our southernmost region. Stuart. and environmental research centers. Sunny Isles Beach and Aventura. Hobe Sound. which offer free brochures and maps. Adventures are followed by Sightseeing. Hutchinson Island. orange groves. Fort Lauderdale. amusement parks. Davie. Key Biscayne. art galleries. which includes Homestead. Dania. and Coconut Creek. and South Miami. ranches. Pompano Beach. memorials. and rodeos.18 n Introduction T How to Use This Book he book is divided into three regions. We also share adventures outside these categories. We close each chapter with addresses and phone numbers for convention and visitors bureaus or tourism offices. Miami and Surrounding Areas.
the price of a dinner entrée for one person is $30 or more. Some hikes are on boardwalks. Restaurant prices: $= $$ = $$$ = the price of a dinner entrée for one person is $15 or less. others meander through wildlife refuges. a double room $100-$150 per night. One unusual walk is a guided “photo safari” with a professional photographer who teaches wildlife photo techniques. always wear socks. To avoid blisters. state and county parks. Beachcombing. a double room $150 per night and over.How to Use This Book n 19 Key to Hotel & Restaurant Prices Hotels: $= $$ = $$$ = a double room under $100 per night. wildlife preserves. Introduction Rates change often. the price of a dinner entrée for one person is $15-$30. unusual walking tours. On Foot This category presents walking and hiking adventures in Southeast Florida. Safety Tips for Walking and Hiking n Wear comfortable sneakers or hiking boots with socks that wick moisture away from your skin. and unusual gardens are featured. so check when you call for reservations. As with hotels. so ask about costs when you make reservations or check the menu when arriving at the restaurant. Even beach walking is more comfortable in a waterproof shoe or sandal: sand can be rough on bare skin and you may encounter . hiking in forests. prices change frequently.
black sticky tar or broken glass. Pack band-aids, moleskin, and baby powder for injured feet.
Always wear a hat with a wide brim to keep the sun off your head and face. Carry water and snacks, preferably in a fanny pack or back pack so your hands are free. Use the trail maps found at most parks and refuges. If the park rangers ask you to sign a log sheet before hiking, please do so. It may be the only way to find you or a family member in the event of emergency. Be careful what you touch: never feed or pet wild animals, even the ones that look friendly, like raccoons. Many animals carry dangerous viruses and diseases. The best policy is one we all know: take only photographs, leave only footprints.
This category features biking or in-line skating adventures. Florida has a diversity of bike paths: within parks, along golf courses and beaches, through city neighborhoods. We enjoyed several terrific bike tours: Miami Beach’s Art Deco by Bike and Palm Beach by Bike are just two of them. They are delightful ways to sightsee, exercise, and learn history all at the same time. We also list bike and skate shops, local bike clubs, and bike trail maps you can order.
Bike Safety Tips
Begin cycling early in the day to avoid heat and traffic. Never bike at night without headlights and always wear reflecting safety vests. Obey all traffic laws. Bicycles are considered vehicles by law in Florida, and have all the rights and responsibilities of other vehicles. Wear a helmet, preferably ANSI or SNELL approved, while riding. Wear bright colors so other motorists will see you.
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Carry plenty of water and snacks, as well as repair tools. Wear sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat. Carry everything in saddlebags on the bike rather than on your back, which can shift your center of gravity and make cycling more difficult.
For more information about cycling in Southeast Florida, contact the following: Florida Cycling Federation Race Information, % 305/437-8688. BC Wheelers, 600 NW 183rd Street, Miami 33169. Bike Tech Cycling Club, 14230 SW 62nd Street, Miami, % 305/382-9291. Miami International Cycling, 9541 Bird Rd., Miami 33165. Miami Mountain Bikers, 9400 SW 170th St., Unit #1, Miami, 33157. % 305/232-9286. Niagara Bicycle Club, 3237 NW 7th St., Miami 33125. South Florida Bicycle Polo League, 15800 Palmetto Club Drive, Miami 33157.
This category includes swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, boating, fishing, cruising, canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing, waterskiing, and sailing. We also list names of fishing guides, boat charters, fishing clubs, and bait shops. Fishing licenses are required for both freshwater and saltwater anglers in Florida, with exceptions for youths under age 16 and adults 65 or older. Most tackle shops sell fishing licenses and have free brochures listing the basic rules for both freshwater and saltwater fishing. They may also offer information on guides or charter boats.
Southeast Florida’s rivers, Intracoastal Waterway, and Atlantic Ocean are the main reasons millions come to play here each season. The beauty of Florida’s watersports is in its diversity: you can paddle alone in a kayak quietly watching birds in the mangroves, or enter a sailing competition. Windsurf with friends at sunset, or dive 150 feet into the ocean to explore an ancient wreck. Swim laps in an Olympic-size pool or bodysurf Atlantic Ocean waves; take a dinner cruise to nowhere or waterski along the coast. Always wear sunscreen and a widebrimmed hat. Pack a long-sleeved shirt to protect against the sun, and a waterproof jacket in case the weather changes. Always have snacks and bottled water on hand. And wear your life jacket; it may not look fashionable, but it could save your life.
In the Air
This category introduces you to skydiving, hot air ballooning, and helicopter touring/flying lessons. Obviously these sports might not be suitable for those with acrophobia, but one hot air balloon pilot assured us no one has ever regretted soaring over Florida’s beautiful coastline! You’ll receive expert instruction and safety tips before skydiving, ballooning, or helicopter piloting, so just relax and enjoy the scenery.
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We’ve interviewed a unique group of adventurers. These snapshots are casual conversations with people you might want to contact. Many are instructors in kayaking, scuba diving, fishing etc., and will be happy to teach the fundamentals of their sport. Adventurers we met:
Reed Robbings, Instructor, SkyDive Miami, Homestead. Robert Rose, Director of Training, Miami Seaquarium, Key Biscayne.
owner/instructor. owner/instructor. Waterways Kayak. Calixto Garcia-Velez. Todd Carter. Ft. Palm Beach Polo Club & Resort. Cove Kayak Center. West Palm Beach. Indian Creek Hotel. Hollywood. North Miami Beach. Rusty Harr. . owner. airboat Everglades Holiday Park. Park Ranger. Captain Dan Coltrane. Bernie DeHart. Captain Barry Ross. Wall Climbing Instructor. Davie. owner/pilot. Jeffrey Bingham. Terry O’Toole. Southeast Yachting School & Charters. Balloons Over Florida. Canoe Outfitters. Blue Dolphin Dive Charters. Rotors in Motion. President/Helicopter Instructor. Alice Butler. captain at Introduction Captain Carolyn Williams and Captain Nadine Nack. n n n n n n n Sprinkled throughout the book are first-person adventure essays to give you vivid ideas of adventures awaiting you in Southeast Florida. Director of Polo Operations. Stuart. Eden Roc. We read all letters and will use your suggestions and recommendations in future editions. Stuart. Miami Beach. West Palm Beach. Hollywood. Please let us know about your experiences. Sebastian Inlet State Recreation Area. rollerblade “queen” and Front Desk Manager. Stuart. Lauderdale. Instructor. Mark Chapdelain. Eric Bailey.How to Use This Book n 23 n n n n n n Vesna Galesic. Lion Country Safari. Sebastian. Animal Curator.
Call or write for complimentary copies of the Florida Vacation Guide. Historical Sites: Call or write Department of State Bureau of Historic Preservation. Web site www. 3900 Commonwealth Blvd.. Division of Tourism. Department of Environmental Protection. Florida Trails: A Guide to Florida’s Natural Habitats. Suite 2700. % 904/488-9872.24 n Introduction T Information Sources hese organizations provide free information and maps to help you plan your Florida adventures. Van Buren Street. Office of Recreation & Parks. 3125 Conner Blvd. Mail Station 535. fax 305/539-3113.miamiandbeaches . or Florida Value Activities Guide. Tallahassee. R. Bronough Street. 227 N. FL 32399-0250. Convention & Visitors Bureaus Greater Miami & The Beaches Hotel Association. Gray Bldg. State Agencies Florida Department of Commerce. Florida Events Calendar. Planning Guide for Travelers with Disabilities.. FL 32399-1650. 126 W. Tallahassee.com. 701 Brickell Avenue. Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau. Tallahassee. FL 33131. % 904/488-6611. % 800/SEE-MIAMI. Miami.A. 407 Lincoln Rd. 305/539-3084. Division of Forestry.. FL 32399-2000. . Bronough Street. % 800/283-2707. 500 S. Tallahassee. Suite 4061. Tallahassee.. Visitor Inquiry. FL 32301. Call or write for state forest information. FL 33139. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. FL 32399-3000. Call or write for information on national forests in Florida. Call or write for information on state parks. Miami Beach. US Forest Service. % 904/487-1462. Suite 10G. % 904/681-7265. % 904/487-2333.
Bal Harbour Dept.. % 305/891-7811. Suite 208. % 305/672-1270. hotels. Surfside. calendars of events. % 800/22SUNNY. North Miami. 50 Aragon Avenue. % 305/444-7270. Fort Lauderdale. Palm Beach County Convention & Visitors Bureau. Coconut Grove Chamber of Commerce. Coconut Grove. maps. 6410 SW 80th St. restaurants: Miami Area Greater South Dade/South Miami Chamber of Commerce. FL 33160. Homestead. Bal Harbour. FL 33133. . FL 33149. FL 33139. North Miami Beach. FL 33161. 17100 Collins Avenue. 655 96th St. of Tourism. Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitor Bureau. Miami Beach. Miami. Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce. Suite 303. Miami. % 305/350-7700.. West Palm Beach. Dixie Hwy. % 305/653-1200. Miami. % 800/327-4557. 1850 Eller Drive. Key Biscayne. 43 N. 13100 W. FL 33162. FL 33132. 604 Crandon Blvd. % 305/247-2332. FL 33143. North Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce. % 305/238-7192.. Suite 203.. Chambers of Commerce These will send you free brochures. FL 33154. FL 33154. FL 33316. n Introduction Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce. Greater Homestead-Florida City Chamber of Commerce. Surfside Tourist Board. North Miami Chamber of Commerce. 1601 Biscayne Blvd. FL 33401. 9301 Collins Avenue. % 305/446-9900. FL 33134. % 800/544-7256.Information Sources n 25 Sunny Isles Beach Resort Association.. Krome Avenue. and information on sightseeing. FL 33030. 1555 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd.. 41 NE 167th St. % 305/956-9527.. 1920 Meridian Avenue.. Key Biscayne Chamber of Commerce. % 305/361-5207. % 800/847-9222. Suite 204. Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce. 2820 McFarlane Rd. Coral Gables.
Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce. % 561/746-7111. 64 SE Fifth Avenue. Martin. 4201 Ocean Drive.jupiterfl. Dixie Highway. n Greater Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.. Palm Beach. FL 33314. Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce. FL 33483. FL 33408. Ocean. % 954/462-6000. Dania Chamber of Commerce. Dania Beach Blvd. % 954/923-4000. Hollywood. Lauderdale-by-the-Sea Chamber of Commerce. Jensen Beach.. % 561/546-4724. 102 W. Davie. Jensen Beach Chamber of Commerce. Dania. #104. Boynton Beach. FL 33435. St. Palm Beach Gardens. % 561/732-9501. FL 33021. . % 561/278-0424. Lucie & Indian River Counties Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce. 639 E. US Highway One. Jupiter Tequesta Juno Beach (JTJB) Chamber of Commerce. n Boynton Beach Chamber of Commerce. Deerfield Beach Chamber of Commerce. 2410 Hollywood Blvd. 800/616-7402. FL 33475. 512 NE Third Avenue. Web site www. Fort Lauderdale. % 954/427-1050. Hobe Sound. % 954/776-1000. fax 561/746-7715. PO Box 1507. Davie-Cooper City Chamber of Commerce. Web site www.npbchamber. % 954/581-0790. Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce. org. % 561/694-2300. FL 33004. 4185 SW 64th Avenue. fax 561/694-0126. FL 34957. % 561/395-4433.com. 800 N.26 n Introduction Greater Fort Lauderdale Area Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce. % 561/334-3444. Boca Raton. 1983 PGA Blvd. Jupiter. 1800 N. FL 33308. FL 33432-1892. 1910 NE Jensen Beach Blvd. FL 33477.. Deerfield Beach. 1601 Hillsboro Blvd. % 954/927-3377. FL 33301. Delray Beach.. FL 33441.
FL 32961. % 561/655-3282. West Palm Beach. FL 34994. % 561/287-1088. 6728 Forest Hills Blvd. Palm Beach. Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce.. Introduction p p p . Kanner Hwy. Vero Beach/Indian River County Chamber of Commerce.. FL 33480. Stuart/Martin County Chamber of Commerce. % 561/642-4260. 45 Cocoanut Row. FL 33413. 1216 21st St. Stuart. % 561/567-3491.Information Sources n 27 Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce. 1650 S. Vero Beach.
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There’s nothing this prize-winning “centurion plus” doesn’t know about her beloved city. Tourist Information Counters are located outside the Customs exits.” wrote Florida’s renowned environmentalist and author. especially if you’ll be traveling outside the city for activities like boating. golfing and sports events. If you picture yourself clad in black leather. You just have to look.iami is the most maddening. Available from Harley Davidson . In 1996.” Away from the shops. try on a Harley Davidson. n Getting Around We recommend renting a car for your visit to Miami. today it’s over two million. nightclubs. life encouraging city in the world. Car rentals are available at Miami International Airport and other locations throughout the area. It’s hard to believe that in 1896 the population was 1. touring. the motorcycle fleet includes FLHR Road Kings. restaurants. Miami International Airport ranks seventh in the US for passenger traffic. and dazzling skyline. and at Concourses D and G on the lower level of the Terminal. FLSTF Fat Boys. at the main Information Counter on the upper level at Concourse E. stimulating. Available by the hour. it’s definitely possible to find outdoor adventure. day or week. and XLH Sportster 1200s. Most bikes are equipped with saddlebags and detachable windshields. The airport telephone is % 305/876-7000. and “Cruise Capital of the World. at the upper level of the Concourse E Satellite Terminal.500. Miami celebrated Douglas’ 100th birthday. “The Magic City”. Marjory Stoneman Douglas. Some 32 million travelers pass through its portals each year. Modern Miami has many nicknames: “Crossroads of the Americas”. “M Miami & Surrounding Areas Miami n Getting Here Centrally located seven miles from downtown Miami.
I-95. . Seven causeways link Miami and Miami Beach: two of the major ones are I-195 (Julia Tuttle) and I-395 (MacArthur Causeway). Miami Hertz Rent A Car . . . % 305/871-1040. and continuing south all the way to Key West. A1A (Collins Avenue) is the major thoroughfare in Miami Beach. Key Biscayne. . . . 2601 NW LeJeune Road. Miami Enterprise Rent A Car . . % 800/654-3131 Major Roadways North-South: I-95 is the major north-south expressway. . . . Miami Budget Car & Truck Rental . 3901 NW 28th Street. Miami . The orange sun also directs visitors returning rental cars to the “triangle area. . . 3975 NW South River Drive. % 800/327-9633 . running through downtown Miami and into US1 (also called Dixie Highway).” home to more than 20 car rental agencies. 3355 NW 22nd Street. and Miami Beach via I-395.30 n Miami & Surrounding Areas Rentals at the Budget Rent A Car lot near the airport. . . Open 9 am-5 pm daily. Miami Beach and the Seaport (Port of Miami). State Road 112 runs from Miami International Airport to I-95 and connects to Miami Beach via I-195. . % 800/527-0700 . % 800/325-8007 . . 3795 NW 21st Street. . downtown Miami. east of Miami International Airport. East-West: State Road 836 (Dolphin Expressway) is the major expressway connecting Florida’s Turnpike (Homestead Extension) to State Road 826. . . Coconut Grove. . Rental Car Agencies These agencies provide free shuttle buses from the airport to their rental locations: Alamo Rent A Car . . . . both reached from I-95. . Look for signs showing an orange sun on a blue background: they identify primary routes from Miami International Airport to Coral Gables.
If you practice common sense. Drive with car doors locked and windows up. hazard/emergency lights. Personal Safety Like any major metropolitan area. While on the road. Here are a few tips: n Miami All rental car agencies have excellent city maps. beginning with the southernmost areas of Dade County.25 for Metrobus. service station. n n n n n n Specially marked Metro-Dade Tourist-Oriented Police cars displaying the orange sun decal are there to assist tourists – don’t hesitate to ask for their help. In this chapter. Before leaving the car rental agency. $1. flashing headlights or any strange behavior. elevated rapid transit trains and a people mover system. and outline it on your map. and 25¢ for Metromover. Keep driving to your destination. including buses. seat belts.25 for Metrorail. or store. Drive to the nearest well-lighted public restaurant. Never pick up hitchhikers. which they provide free to customers. we’ll traverse the Miami area from south to north. Metrorail. get a clear understanding of how to get to your destination. Discuss your driving route with the car rental agent. especially at night. etc. if another car motions you to pull over for any reason. location of the spare tire.Getting Around n 31 Public Transportation Miami has safe and efficient public transportation. Miami has its share of crime. such as door locks. If you become lost. and ask for help. take time to familiarize yourself with car safety features. you will have a safe fun vacation. Do not respond to honking. Full fares are $1. . do not pull over. do not pull over to the roadside to study maps or ask directions from strangers. Get maps and time schedules for the Metromover. and Metrobus by calling % 305/638-6700.
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tomatoes. This 640-acre park is ideal for enjoying tropical foliage. 15 miles north and west of Homestead.nps. South Dade Greenway Network. and head south. the Redland is the United States’ largest winter-season producer of vegetables. be alert for snoozing alligators at Chekika State Recreation Area. snakes. The trail parallels the eastern boundary of Everglades National Park along the C-111 . Many farms have stands selling fresh fruit and vegetables. An unpaved off-road facility. take SR 836/Dolphin Expressway west to Florida’s Turnpike. Everglades Trail The 24-mile Everglades Trail passes through picturesque agricultural land. Be sure to carry plenty of water and snacks. sold at places like the “Robert is Here Fruit Stand. alligators and deer. mango. and cascading waterfalls. or you can pick your own from their fields. mini-islands. the trail is ideal for hiking.” Miami Getting Here We recommend renting a car for exploring South Dade County. lemon. intersect at US1. Today. Or take SR 826/Palmetto Expressway south.Adventures n 33 H South Dade istorically the South Dade area was known as the Redland. named for the rich red soil that grows avocado. n Adventures On Foot Chekika State Recreation Area. gov/ever. then south into Dade County. off 177th/Krome Avenue. Web site www. Take a dip in the swim hole or enjoy a languid afternoon picnic. lime. To get here from Miami International Airport. Keep an eye out for birds. Homestead Whether you amble along a nature trail or boardwalk. Don’t miss the creamy milkshakes made from farm fresh strawberries. % 305/251-0371. squash and pole beans.
restaurant. Six courts. call the South Dade Greenway Network at The Redland Conservancy. 7895 SW 152nd Street. There are no facilities or services here. Just a few are listed here. % 305/238-2922. 9375 SW 134th Street. lighted driving range. % 305/234-4907. lessons. Parking is available the corner of the canal and SW 136th Street (don’t leave valuables in your car). 2300 Palm Drive. Briar Bay Golf Course. The trail is an unpaved. Ron Ehmann Tennis Center. Eight courts. Putting green. Keys Gate Golf & Tennis Club. Par 70. 9300 SW 152nd Street. n n n n Bent Tree Park. . has six courts. % 305/271-7731. The map rates specific roadways according to speed limits. % 305/271-0732. biking. On Wheels Biking Metro-Dade Bicycle Program has created an excellent Bike Miami Suitability Map to help bikers select safe routes when biking within Dade County. % 305/230-0362. 10010 SW 82nd Avenue. % 305/740-9007. Continental Tennis Center. nine-hole executive course on 30 acres. restaurant. Coral Reef Tennis Center. n n Tennis There are numerous places for tennis buffs to work off some energy. Par 31. 18-hole championship course on 121 acres. road widths. % 305/385-4750. 10995 SW 97th Avenue.34 n South Dade canal. and equestrian use. Two courts. snack bar and pro shop. % 305/235-6667. offroad facility designed for hiking. SW 47th Street & 139th Avenue. 18 holes. Golf n Palmetto Golf Course. driving range. For trail maps and information.
In Kendall: At the corner of SW 136th Street/Howard Drive and Ludlam Road. To get you started. At the very least you’ll be eye to eye . bordered on the west by Biscayne Bay. Miami n For additional information on biking in the South Dade area. 95% is underwater. Harris Field and ride east. on the east by the Atlantic Ocean. Canoeing & Boating Rent a canoe by the hour at the park’s Visitor Center. Start at Thom J. here are some recommended safe bike routes in South Dade County. one of America’s few aquatic national parks. Of its 180. Ride east and then north as the road turns into Old Cutler Road. Manatees are under your canoe. alive with coral reefs. Peering into the clear water you see enormous ghostly bodies gliding like hot air dirigibles. Metro-Dade Bicycle Program. On Water Biscayne National Park You won’t see them at first. and parks with bike paths. FL 33030.Adventures n 35 amounts of traffic. The map shows off-street paths. contact the Bicycle Club of Homestead. A small dog-like snout appears on the surface. PO Box 1155.50) or get information on cycling in Dade County. You may luck out as we did and meet wild manatees. Coordinator. Suite 901. and endangered manatees. Miami. and take a self-guided tour of Biscayne Bay. contact: Jeffrey Hunter. bike lanes. paved shoulders. Florida 33128. % 305/375-4507. There’s also information on bike rental shops. and wide curb lanes. 111 NW First Street. sidewalks. tropical fish. marine plants. To order the map ($3. The other 5% of the park is made up of 44 keys forming a north-south chain 18 nautical miles long. Listen: just an exhale of breath. Paddle quietly to the water bubbles. bike clubs. Then a whoosh of air. n In Homestead: At the corner of US1 and SW 312th Street (Campbell Drive). and hazardous conditions. This unusual encounter occurred during my visit to Biscayne National Park. Homestead.000 acres.
commercial and sport fishermen may take a maximum of six lobsters per person per day or 24 per boat. and barracuda. usually the last week of July. Boaters are advised to use NOAA Nautical Chart #11451. a maximum of 12 lobsters per person per day is allowed. and to pay close attention to channel markers. Check the Visitor Center for daily departures and fees. but if you’ve come by private boat from a nearby marina (see our list in this section). During the regular season. Lobsters may only be taken using hands. season and method of take. A fishing license is required and you must follow Florida’s regulations on size. Spanish mackerel. then take a three-hour glass-bottom boat ride over the coral reefs and see the park’s underwater world. cormorants. first-served basis. Lobsters may only be taken east of the Biscayne National Park islands (ocean side) during the legal seasons. usually August-March. Biscayne Bay is famous for eight. handheld nets or bully nets.to 12-pound bonefish in the flats near the shore. For further information on lobstering and crabbing in Biscayne National Park. Stone crabs may be caught in season and blue crabs may be taken all year. number. Snapper. with hogfish and tuna found on the ocean side of the keys. grouper and sea trout are also plentiful in the Bay. . Or dock at Boca Chita Key Harbor on a first-come. Lobstering & Crabbing Fishing is excellent year-round at Biscayne National Park. North Biscayne Bay yields sea trout. as the Park is a habitat for over 179 bird species. Private boat launches are not permitted from the park. If you’re not into canoeing. During the two-day sport season. Fishing. jack.36 n South Dade with pelicans. you can spend the day or camp at the park’s Elliot Key. egrets. Use extreme caution when boating near divers or manatees. and herons. contact the park. whichever is greater.
these reefs gently slope to 60 feet on the seaward side. I’m snug in my wetsuit. and pointy-lipped angelfish. % 305/230-PARK (7275). Check with the Visitor Center for daily dive schedules and locations. Miami . glass-bottom boat tours. In depths averaging 15-20 feet. fins. dive Biscayne National Park. The Visitors Center has a full-service PADI/NAUI dive shop that rents masks. Scott Windham. awed by 100-foot visibility. Biscayne National Park. “You’re in for a treat. I understand why Miami’s New Times newspaper voted Ball Buoy Reef one of the “Best Snorkel Spots in Miami. Parrotfish.” I plunge overboard from the park’s Boca Chita dive boat onto Ball Buoy Reef. all less than five miles from Elliot Key. Other popular reefs at the park are Triumph. purple sea fans. and by sunset be back in South Miami for dinner. car-sized brain coral. PO Box 1369.” Although the water is 72° in January. snorkeling and diving. The park offers canoeing. buoyancy compensators. We are probably the best-kept dive secret in the US. You must show your dive certification card. fishing. Open-daily 8 am-5:30 pm. For boating and diving information. % 305/230-1100. Most divers and snorkelers visiting Southeast Florida head to John Pennekamp Park in Key Largo. a colorful world of elkhorn coral. squirrelfish and barracudas dart by. No park entrance fee. lobstering. snorkels. weight belts and air tanks. Long and Ajax reefs. but if you want to avoid the crowds. regulators. The beauty of diving at Biscayne National Park is you can be ogling an angelfish in the afternoon. crabbing.Adventures n 37 Diving & Snorkeling “Anybody ever snorkeled or been diving here at Biscayne National Park?” inquired our dive master. Homestead FL 33090.
Black Point Marina. adventurers do it every day. and 10 boat launch ramps. % 305/258-4092. If that sounds like a rush. 24775 SW 87th Avenue. dry dock storage. 10 boat launch ramps. at the Homestead General Aviation Airport. 33032. boat rentals. Once your parachute opens. 9698 SW North Canal Drive. 33090. so you can jump after just a few hours of instruction. Homestead. Your instructor will be attached behind as your guide while you sightsee downtown Miami and Biscayne Bay from the air. with 178 wet slips. bait and tackle shop. 28790 SW 217 Avenue. with 173 wet slips. fuel. dive shop.38 n South Dade Marinas South Dade offers a number of marinas for boaters. canoe ramps. you’ll soar through the sky for about four minutes. fuel. restaurant. % 305/230-3033. The company utilizes an advanced Tandem Parachute Training System. Homestead. In the Air When was the last time you were freefalling at 120 mph from a small aircraft? At SkyDive Miami in Homestead. a bait and tackle shop. Located next door to the Convoy Point Visitor Center headquarters for Biscayne National Park. call % 800/SKYDIVE for further information. These are some of the most popular: Homestead Bayfront Marina. fishing charters. . North of Homestead Bayfront Park. Homestead.
Indy Car. and American Motorcycle Association races. SW 336th Street. n Sightseeing Miami The Florida Pioneer Museum. At press time. % 305/248-6344. . 826 N. Open daily 10 am-5 pm. he spent 28 years building this strange coral structure that some compare to Stonehenge. Dixie Hwy (US1 at 286th Street). was created by Latvian immigrant Ed Leedskainin. Call for their race schedule and tickets. Coral Castle. is housed in the old Homestead Florida East Coast Railway Depot and Station Agent’s House. Homestead. Fruit and Spice Park. Seating 65.000 people. but decide for yourself from the half-hour self-guided audio tour. Formula One. is a tropical paradise in the heart of the Redland Historic district. Call for reopening date. 28655 S. the complex features a 1½-mile quad-oval 8° track and a 2. % 305/246-9531. Homestead. % 305/230-7223. there are interesting exhibits on pioneer life. 9 am-6 pm. % 305/247-5727. spices and nuts grow within the 20-acre park. The gift shop sells unusual jams. the museum was temporarily closed for repairs. Open daily. 24801 SW 187th Avenue. Surrounded by thousands of acres of tropical agriculture. Admission. Why he built it is a mystery. is a 344-acre complex hosting NASCAR. agriculture and railroad memorabilia. herbs. Homestead.21-mile road course. Admission.Sightseeing n 39 Other Adventures The Homestead Motorsports Complex. and cookbooks. international spices. Built in 1904 from Dade County pine. Krome Avenue. this is a showcase for the South Florida agricultural community. Over 500 varieties of exotic fruits. With homemade pulleys and levers salvaged from junk yards.
Admission. take the monorail. and the gift shop. Miami. 14710 SW 128th Street. Reagan and Bush. % 305/233-5197. Open daily 9:30 am-5 pm. Homestead. 12450 SW 152nd Street. Miami. % 305/247-2628. apes. % 305/251-0400. and an A-26. Open daily 10 am-5 pm. Tamiami Airport.40 n South Dade Tour the Everglades by airboat at Everglades Alligator Farm. a P-51 Mustang. Live shows run throughout the day. Miami. and kids will enjoy the petting zoo.” used by Roosevelt. Aircraft lovers will enjoy touring the Weeks Air Museum. elephants. is a 290-acre cageless zoo. % 305/235-1611. Open daily 9:30 am-5:30 pm. Admission. Open daily 9-6 pm. and visitors are caged. Miami Metrozoo. For a relaxing aerial view of the zoo’s animals. Food courts. Browse their collection of historic railroad cars. The historic display of aircraft and aviation artifacts includes a B-29 cockpit. home to white Bengal tigers. “Ferdinand Magellan. which includes the Presidential Pullman car. Monkeys roam freely at Monkey Jungle. Enjoy continuous shows. 14805 SW 216th Street. as well as a gift shop and snack bar. Hundred of South American monkeys live in a lush tropical jungle setting. Miami. 40351 SW 192nd Avenue. a Grumman J2F-6 Duck. Admission. . Admission. Truman. 12400 SW 152nd Street. This is South Florida’s oldest working alligator farm. Take a weekend train ride on a diesel or steam locomotive at the Gold Coast Railroad Museum. a snack bar. and they have alligator and snake shows. Admission. Eisenhower. giraffes and other endangered animals. which runs all day long. % 305/253-0063. Open daily 10 am-3 pm.
Miami . 19200 SW 344th Street. % 305/235-0513. Robert is Here Fruit Stand. Saturday and Sunday 8-noon. They open between Christmas and New Year’s. % 305/247-0668. carambola. Open daily 9 am-5:30 pm. Krome Avenue. They open a week before Thanksgiving and close the last Saturday in April. vegetables. % 305/246-1592. % 305/246-4727. Open Monday-Saturday 8 am-5:30 pm. Open Monday-Friday. papaya. Open daily 8 am-7 pm. and close mid-May. produce and fruit shakes.Sightseeing n 41 Fruit & Vegetable Stands Burr’s Berry Farm sells strawberries. offers fresh baked goods. 15980 SW 248th Street. and fruit shakes. Florida City. 8 am-5 pm. Florida City State Farmer’s Market sells fresh produce from September-May at 300 N. fresh produce and strawberry milkshakes at 12741 SW 216th Street. mangos. Knaus Berry Farms. specializes in tropical fruits like lychee.
Homestead Rodeo. Fruit and Spice Park. % 305/238-1811. % 305/248-5533. SW 127th Ave at SW 268th St. % 305/273-3050. February Jazz Under the Stars. 30 miles west of Miami on Tamiami Trail (SW 8th St). Homestead. % 305/247-5727. % 305/223-8380. Florida Keys Factory Shops. 250 East Palm Drive. .42 n South Dade n Festivals & Events January Homestead Annual Chili Cookoff. % 305/230-5214. Homestead Air Reserve Base. % 954/921-3315. % 305/223-8380. Marlboro Grand Prix of Miami. Miami Metrozoo. % 305/247-2332. Redland Natural Arts Festival. 24801 SW 187 Avenue. call for location. Miccosukee Indian Village. Florida City. 12400 SW 152nd St. 30 miles west of Miami on Tamiami Trail (SW 8th St). 24801 SW 187 Avenue. March Asian Arts Festival. December Annual Indian Arts Festival. % 305/248-5533. May Great Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Race. Fruit and Spice Park. Harris Field. July Tropical Agricultural Fiesta. Miccosukee Indian Village. Annual Everglades Music and Crafts Festival. US 1 and SW 312 Street. Homestead Motorsports Complex.
. laundry. $$ Ramada Limited Dadeland. % 305/248-7889. $ Miami Kendall Miami Dadeland Marriott. Florida City. Convenient location next to Town & Country Mall. 110 rooms and a pool. Palm Drive. diving and the Homestead Motor Sports Complex. 124 E. Kendall. but many are located nearby. is contemporary with pastel colors and 123 rooms. Amenities include picnic tables/shelters. 7600 N. Open year-round. is a 114-room hotel located within a few miles of Everglades and Biscayne National Parks. Near fishing. Kendall. 9090 S. since there is no restaurant in the hotel. as well as shopping and sports attractions. Dadeland Mall and area attractions. fitness center and valet parking. pay phones. with 106 rooms and a pool. % 800/228-9290 is an elegant hotel in the heart of Kendall across the street from Dadeland Mall. One Strano Blvd. Also near Everglades and Biscayne National Parks. No restaurant. No restaurant. $$ HO TE L Hampton Inn. full hookups. Dadeland Blvd. 11750 Mills Drive. features level grassy sites. % 800/528-1234. Kendall Drive. Tenters welcome. Kendall. % 305/595-6000 offers a convenient location with easy access to US1. No restaurant..Where to Stay n 43 n Where to Stay Florida City Best Western. Ask for a room with a kitchen. seasonal recreational events. $ Wellesley Inn Kendall. a restaurant and lounge. Shopping and the race track are only five minutes away. Florida City. pool. % 800/444-8888 (reservations) or 305/270-0359 (hotel). 30 and 50 amp electricity. 601 NW 3rd Avenue. Florida City. has a suburban location just east of Florida’s turnpike. % 800/HAMPTON. $ Camping City of Florida City Camp Site & RV Park. There are 302 rooms. a dump station and security fencing. rec hall. playground and shuffleboard.
full hookups. grocery store. a tiki bar. shuffleboard and a swimming pool. rec hall. SW 328th Street. % 305/247-6016. 20675 SW 162nd Avenue. laundry. hot tub. % 305/248-2487. is on 119 acres of South Florida woodland and . food. Other amenities: 30 and 50 amp electricity. 17001 SW 264th Street. % 305/248-6909. Amenities: full hookups. 345 E. accessible only by boat. Close to the Everglades. Biscayne National Park. but all trash must be packed out. and drinking water are available. where you can airboat or fish in the campground’s private lake. ice. Bring your own fresh water. restrooms. Open year round. horseshoes and tennis. 24-hour security. propane. On Elliott Key. minutes away from Homestead’s Motor Sports Complex. grocery store. bingo. Gator Park. Camp Owaissa Bauer. propane. food and snacks. picnic shelters. dances. does not have camping on the park’s mainland. hot showers. Boca Chita Key offers overnight tie-ups for boats. swimming pool. grills and a short nature trail. Homestead. picnic tables. restaurant. Palm Drive. and pack all trash out. picnic shelters. tent camping in designated areas. just seven miles to Homestead Motor Sports Complex. a pub. % 305/230-7275. 30 amp electricity. live music. The Boardwalk. rec hall. 12 miles west of Florida’s Turnpike. Tenters and pets welcome. Homestead. laundry. % 800/559-2205. cable TV. Other amenities include: full hookups. pay phone. air-conditioned cabins. Homestead. Other amenities include phone hookups. accessible by private boat or tour boat. laundry. is north and west of Coral Gables. has a new recreation center. and lighted shuffleboard. phone hookups. Miami/Homestead KOA. Showers. gift shop. restrooms. baseball stadium and shopping. 30 amp electricity. 100 NE 6th Avenue. Florida City. Open year-round. golf. 24050 SW 8th Street. crafts. Tenters welcome. food and snacks. boat ramp. with Monkey Jungle and MetroZoo nearby. features 350 full hookup grassy sites. Homestead. but island camping is available. is in a rural setting of avocado and mango groves. % 800/562-7732.44 n South Dade Southern Comfort RV Resort. there are 40 primitive campsites. supplies. horseshoes. a heated swimming pool.
% 305/245-8182 dishes up authentic chicken burritos with shredded white meat. % 305/386-1555. There are 270 acres of woodland. Kendall. $ Mexican El Toro Taco.. swimming pool. Miami n Where to Eat Haitian Café Creole. bridle trails. North of Homestead. chickee hut and restrooms.C.. 505/232-1049. tot lot. $ K. has an eclectic menu. % 305/254-0080. Cagney & Co. group picnics. 11230 SW 137th Avenue. and may be enjoyed with black bean or red curry sauce. Kendall. advance seasonal reservations recommended. They also serve more than 30 varieties of hamburgers. a camp store. fire circle. boat rentals. Amenities include a dining hall/social room for 200. restroom/laundry facilities with hot showers. volleyball court. with 240 campsites. Amenities include: space for recreational vehicles. 12983 SW 112th Street.Where to Eat n 45 accommodates 146 overnight campers in its six cabins. with sundaes and cream pies for dessert. and hiking paths. serves expertly prepared spring rolls stuffed with shredded vegetables. Whole snapper is wonderful. 1 Krome Avenue. 20553 Old Cutler Rd. nature trails. Open year round. full electrical and water hookups. jogging and bike trail. % 305/386-7070. Homestead. mild and sweet. including Thai chicken salad and rice bowls topped with fresh fish in a pungent black bean sauce. concession stand. prepares delicious crunchy malanga fritters dipped in a chili pepper sauce. or try the tender marinated conch served in a rich tomato Creole sauce. . reunions etc. picnic shelters. West Kendall. a freshwater lake with a beach. This is a popular spot for family gatherings. The marinated bean curd is chopped and deep fried. fitness course. 12451 SW 184th Street. $ Thai/Chinese Chopsticks House. baseball field. adjacent to the Metrozoo is the Larry and Penny Thompson Campground. A park manager is on the premises. Pad Thai is a delicious house specialty.
with a side of stewed lentils and chickpeas. pies and cobblers made daily by chef/owner Loryann Swank. Homestead. meat and herbs wrapped in chewy rice paper. $ Vietnamese Mekong. Stir-fried garlic jumbo shrimp are a good bargain. dripping with butter. Krome Avenue. Dixie Hwy. % 305/274-1300. Homestead 33030. Homemade soups and salad are tasty. 11780 N Kendall Drive. % 305/238-3500. 146 NW 7th St. $$ Italian Romano’s Macaroni Grill. as are cakes. Try lamb curry or tandoori chicken. serves fresh-baked nan from their clay tandoor oven. Kendall. and peppers are also flavorful. onions. 12100 N. has delectable salad rolls. with a Key West-style outdoor patio. and unforgettable lemon grass chicken. is a friendly family bistro with delightful focaccia bread and fresh caesar salad. $ Indian Punjab Palace. Cutler Ridge. $ American White Lion Café. Kendall. Pasta lovers will enjoy the penne with scallops and Italian peppers. is a café within an antique shop. basil and oregano. as are the noodle soups. noodles. 43 N. % 305/270-0621.46 n South Dade Fajitas filled with steak. % 305/247-2332. p p p . Try their thin crust pizza with sun-dried tomatoes. % 305/248-1076. mozzarella. Kendall Drive. $ Tourism Information Greater Homestead / Florida City Chamber of Commerce. 18073 S.
Goombay Festival. From the airport. New England. and King Mango Strut. tropical gardens. or hang out with locals.” she smiles proudly. On this rainy day she’s driving us around the 83 stunning acres in a golf cart. n Adventures On Foot When not directing traffic at Miami International Airport. intersect at US1. blonde. see movies and plays. Coral Gables is rightfully called the “City Beautiful. Dutch South Africa. and take the appropriate street exits to Coral Gables or Coconut Grove destinations that interest you. “We have about 700 varieties here at Fairchild. and fountains reminiscent of Venice. so we can hop out and examine lush emerald palms as big as houses.” North and east of Coral Gables is Coconut Grove. % 305/667-1651. Web site. dine.700 kinds of palms?” she asks. and China.Adventures n 47 A Coral Gables & Coconut Grove bout 25 miles north of the South Dade area is Coral Gables. located in the south part of Coral Gables at 10901 Old Cutler Road. “Did you know there are 2. Designed by George Merrick and incorporated in 1925. www. France.org. Quiet tree-lined streets feature homes with architectural styles from Spain. Italy. a town that hosts festivals and events like the Coconut Grove Bed Race. This magnificent botanical garden features one of the world’s largest . take 836/Dolphin Expressway east to I-95 south. a city of serene parks. Miami Getting Here A car is recommended for getting around in the Coral Gables and Coconut Grove area.ftg. blue-eyed Dickie David is an enthusiastic volunteer at Fairchild Tropical Garden. This is a good place to take a break in between your adventures: shop.
and a sunken garden. Parking fee. The manmade lagoon is ideal for shelling. % 305/223-8710. except Christmas day. Tennis n n Tropical Park Tennis Center. The garden was later named in honor of Fairchild’s important contributions to botanical education and research. “Windows to the Tropics. The diversity of plants is astonishing. Free tram tours of the garden run hourly. 7900 SW 40th St.” displays rare and exotic plants from around the world. tropical fruits. from fragrant ylang-ylang trees. botanist David Fairchild. north of Fairchild Tropical Garden off of Old Cutler Road. prints. . 11201 SW 24th Street. but walking gets you really close. 12 courts. Enjoy lunch or dinner at The Red Fish Grill. Explore the winding trail meandering through thick mangrove hammocks at Matheson Hammock County Park. Miami. 11 lakes. % 305/666-6979. as well as flowering vines. and tropical preserves are available at the gift shop. The park is open from 6 am to sunset. Open 9:30 am-4:30 pm daily. Located five miles south of Coconut Grove. The garden grew as Montgomery’s friend. Colonel Robert Montgomery established the garden in 1938 to share his extensive collection of tropical and subtropical plants.48 n Coral Gables & Coconut Grove collections of palms and cycads. or you can sunbathe on the tranquil beach. this 100-acre beach park offers several pleasant picnic spots. century-old trees. souvenirs. Admission. A coconut plantation in the early 1900s.. whose blossoms create Chanel No. lily ponds. which the garden’s world-renowned horticultural staff continue today. A 16. 5. There’s also a marina for boat launches into Biscayne Bay. traveled the world and brought back thousands of plant species to Coral Gables. The Rain Forest Café is open on weekends. % 305/223-7076. Gardening books. to the giant African baobab trees.000-foot conservatory. Tamiami Park. Miami.
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% 305/665-5475. Metro-Dade Bicycle Program. and wide curb lanes. bike clubs. Miami. sidewalks. To order the map ($3. FL 33233. 33156. contact: n Coral Way Bicycle Club. FL 33145. On Water Marinas The recently renovated Matheson Hammock Marina has 242 modern aluminum wet slips. Coral Gables. There’s also information on bike rental shops. Florida 33128. Pleasure Boating If you’d prefer boating with a captain at the helm. Coordinator. In Coconut Grove: At the corner of McFarlane Road and South Bayshore Drive. paved shoulders. and hazardous conditions. start at Coconut Grove Bayfront Park and cycle north along Bayshore Drive to the Museum of Science/Planetarium. Suite 901. amounts of traffic. bait and tackle shop. All require reservations. contact: Jeffrey Hunter. The map shows off-street paths. The map rates specific roadways according to speed limits. 9610 Old Cutler Road. road widths. % 305/375-4507. Coconut Grove.50 n Coral Gables & Coconut Grove On Wheels Metro-Dade Bicycle Program has created an excellent Bike Miami Suitability Map to help bikers select safe routes when biking within Dade County. Coral Gables. 111 NW First Street. boat launching ramps. Coconut Grove Bicycle Club.50) or get information on cycling in Dade County. Ride west along Coral Way to Tamiami Park. 2241 Coral Way. Box 696. bike lanes. Some suggested bike routes are: n In Coral Gables: At the corner of Coral Way/SW 24th Street and Galloway Road. . book one of these cruises for dinner or sightseeing. fuel dock. and parks with bike paths. For additional information on bicycling in this area.
Coconut Grove. Miami. % 305/858-3212. Coconut Grove. Denman Fink. % 305/857-9000. Biscayne America Co. Suite 9. Call for boat location.000-square-foot Biltmore Hotel pool in Coral Gables is where Esther performed and swimming instructor Johnny W. 33134. During its heyday. Miami Celebration Excursions of Miami. Once a quarry pit. Dining cruise. Don’t be surprised if you see a film crew milling about. and lush gardens of bougainvillea and hibiscus. Office: PO Box 95. Boat location: Dinner Key Marina. . Bathing beauties promenaded across walkways in beauty contests. Another favorite pool of Esther and Johnny (were they ever dry?) was the Venetian Pool. Trade Avenue. Swimming Do you dream of swimming like Esther Williams or Johnny “Tarzan” Weismuller? Then enjoy your laps in what’s billed as “the largest hotel pool in the Continental United States. Coral Gables. Suite 204. contact their office at 9401 SW 78th Street. 700 Biltmore Way. Boat location: Dinner Key Marina. gondolas floated across the turquoise water. Newly renovated. % 305/445-7821.Adventures n 51 Miami Queen. won his gold medal in the US Diving Championships. the pool deck sports full-grown Canary Island palms. Boat location: Dinner Key Marina. as orchestras serenaded dancers swaying beneath the stars. 3400 Pan American Drive. Castle Harbor Sailboat Rentals and Sailboat School. Office: 3239 W. % 305/445-1926. Easy Sailing Yacht Charters. Dining cruise. and architect Phineas Paist in 1924. Dining cruise. also in Coral Gables.” The famous 22. Located at 1200 Anastasia Avenue. % 305/445-8456. Coral Gables. Coconut Grove. Dining cruise. % 305/858-4001. as the pool is popular for fashion shoots and music videos. Call for boat location. No food or beverages served. For information. the pool was created by George Merrick’s uncle. and William Jennings Bryan delivered political speeches.
Hours: Open seven days. and are still surrounded by grand entrances. Take a spin along Riviera Drive. Other Adventures Horse Shows There are more than 30 horse shows a year at the Equestrian Center at Tropical Park. Enjoy the elegance of a bygone era. We recommend you spend a morning or afternoon actually swimming in this lovely pool.000 gallons of water are replenished daily via natural ground filtration. n Sightseeing Coral Gables Many of the Coral Gables mansions were designed by George Merrick in the 1920s. Country French-style chateaus have square towers and wrought iron balconies. The pool is at 2701 DeSoto Boulevard. and palm-fringed islands. Miami. the 800. Over on Hardee Road.52 n Coral Gables & Coconut Grove Today over 100. 11 am-7:30 pm mid-June through mid-August. lattice.000 tourists visit the pool annually to enjoy cascading waterfalls. % 305/460-5356. hunter/jumpers. Admission. take a few snapshots. Hidden behind pastel stucco walls and wrought iron gates. homes are designed in the style of Dutch colonist farmhouses. and move on. vine-covered loggias. where Chinese-style homes sport carved balconies. Fed by underground artesian wells. just west of Coral Gables at 7900 SW 40th Street. with spi- .000-seat Center also hosts rodeos. On LeJeune Road. The 1. and Paso Fino horses all perform here. Closed Mondays in April and May. Registered Arabians. Most people stop. and curved tile roofs adorned with animal sculptures for good luck. % 305/554-7334. Western-style. and tree-lined boulevards. Open 10 am-4:30 pm Nov-March. Open 11 am-5:30 pm during September and October. so call for their schedule of shows and special events. elegant fountains. which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Coral Gables. it’s easy to drive past without ever knowing the pool exists.
Shoppers will enjoy browsing Miracle Mile (SW 22nd Street). it’s worth strolling through to see the antiques and rotunda mural. and bridal shops selling wedding gowns for $500-$50. On Saturday mornings from mid-January through the end of March. offers tours on Sundays and Wednesdays from 1-4 pm.Sightseeing n 53 raling chimneys. % 305/460-5310. holds exhibits from a permanent collection of Italian Renaissance and Baroque Art. If you’d like a guided tour. % 305/446-6800. Greco-Roman antiquities. intricately painted ceilings. Driving through these storybook neighborhoods is like being on a Hollywood movie backlot. book stores. % 305/445-1926. 2:30 and 3:30 pm. South of The Biltmore. The Lowe Art Museum on campus. and Spanish woodwork. George Merrick House. There are also touring exhibits from international museums. 907 Coral Way.com. Open Tuesday-Saturday 10 am-5 pm. Native American. pre-Columbian. but you can visit the charming gardens every day until sunset. South of Merrick House is Coral Gables City Hall. there’s a European-style Farmers’ Market in front of City Hall at Merrick Park. The hotel’s Web site is www. Miami . The boyhood home of Coral Gables’ founding father features coral rock construction and many of Merrick’s original furnishings. and high domed arches. % 305/284-3535. 1200 Anastasia Avenue.biltmorehotel. many the recipients of regional and national dining awards. Sunday noon-5 pm. among chic boutiques. the University of Miami is the oldest university in Greater Miami. Call for details. This landmark hotel features massive stone columns. % 305/460-5361. Spanish Old Masters. 405 Biltmore Way. call for reservations. This neighborhood has over 120 restaurants.000. take a free tour conducted by the Dade Heritage Trust on Sundays at 1:30. scroll work. as well as the largest and possibly most glamorous hotel swimming pool in the Continental US. 1301 Stanford Drive. Admission. Italian marble floors. If you’re not a guest at the Mediterranean revival-style Biltmore Hotel. and largest private research university in the Southeastern United States. A 1920s limestone structure with both circular and square design. Asian and African art. You’ll find everything from a French bistro to a rowdy Irish pub.
% 305/448-9445. planes and ships. apes. 165 Aragon Avenue. Open daily 9:30 am-6 pm.54 n Coral Gables & Coconut Grove On the first Friday of each month. as well as enjoy bird and wildlife shows. and giant tortoises. If you’ve got an extra $11. Built in . cars. Free. and are made of brass. Parrots fly free here and you can feed them and pose for pictures. Miami. % 305/529-8599. Today “The Grove” has a style and flavor that’s as unique and diverse as its residents. but in radio-controlled quarter-scale. Most of the intricately detailed classic transportation models date from the 1960’s to the present. the museum’s outdoor sculpture garden. features national traveling and self-curated exhibitions. a library. closed Sunday. aluminum. features high end “Gauge One” model trains.” Call % 305/461-2723 for the party calendar. including the acclaimed American Art Today series. It’s only 30 inches long. Coconut Grove was a thriving community with a school.com/parrotjungle/. SW 8th Street and 107th Avenue. 3485 Main Highway. teak and steel. 11000 SW 57th Avenue. The park also is home to flamingos. enjoy a unique bird sanctuary and botanical garden at Parrot Jungle & Gardens.000. There’s a children’s playground. several churches. Coconut Grove By the time Miami became a city in 1896. Tuesday-Friday until 5 pm. Open Monday 10-9 pm. % 305/348-2890. a yacht club. Admission. Browse ArtPark. and The Parrot Café. Bahamian immigrants who helped build much of the town. Just south of Coral Gables. www. but who’s counting? The Gallery of Transportation.florida. The bayside home and grounds of Grove shipbuilder Ralph Munroe make for an interesting tour at the Barnacle State Historic Site. Now you can have your dream 801 Formula One Ferrari. Coral Gables art galleries host free open house parties as part of “Gables Gallery Night. The Art Museum at Florida International University. Saturday noon-4 pm. A bit farther west. and the Biscayne Bay area’s first Black settlement. a gift shop. buy a teak replica of a 1904 Orient Express Dining Car. % 305/666-7834. University Park. alligators.
Sightseeing n 55 1891. was destroyed by a hurricane. now presents contemporary theater and music productions. The Rococo-style former movie theater. 11:30. Built in 1926. the Coconut Grove Playhouse. % 305/442-4000. Call for the schedule. Miami . 2:30. 1. richly ornamented with columns and parapets. Stroll the old horse and buggy trail that wends through a hammock to the house or visit on a moonlit night when special events are planned. but rebuilt in 1927. 3500 Main Highway. tours of his five-acre estate are given Friday-Sunday at 10.
the home is filled with antique furnishings and surrounded by 10 acres of formal gardens and fountains. Banana Republic and Victoria’s Secret. tapestry. grab a curbside table at Johnny Rocket Restaurant. make it Vizcaya. call for schedule. If you only have time for one Coconut Grove stop. and live star lectures/telescope viewing on Saturday nights. . laser rock presentations. and an owl that had been shot). 3251 South Miami Avenue. across the street. Vizcaya Café is a relaxing spot for lunch. Dozens of shops and restaurants make it easy to enjoy an afternoon or evening here. like the spiny faced dragon. The planetarium has evening shows as well. Italian crafts and jewelry. Inspired by Italian villas of the 16th and 17th centuries. 3280 S. % 305/854-4247 (museum) and 305/854-2222 (planetarium information). try virtual reality on for size at Virtua Café. Just east of CocoWalk is Streets of Mayfair.56 n Coral Gables & Coconut Grove CocoWalk. When was the last time you were face to face with an Australian bearded dragon? How about a thick-necked giant tortoise? At the Miami Museum of Science & Space Transit Planetarium. which volunteers will let you hold. 2911 Grand Avenue. % 305/444-0777. dining and shopping emporium. 3015 Grand Avenue. The gift shop features replicas of antique pottery. the center is an oasis for birds and an educational opportunity for wildlife lovers. Enjoy comedy at The Improv Club. Open daily 10 am-6 pm. This 1916 Italianiate estate built by industrialist James Deering is a stunning example of what money and good taste can create. Director Jack Horkheimer reaches 10 million people weekly on the PBS TV show Star Hustler. % 305/250-9133. Miami Avenue. I highly recommend a visit to the outdoor Wildlife Center. and multi-media extravaganza star shows. The Space Transit Planetarium features hourly star shows. draws thousands of shoppers with stores like The Gap. There are also reptiles. % 305/448-1700. closed Thanksgiving and Christmas. the indoor exhibits are diverse: robotic dinosaurs. Admission. a newly renovated entertainment. CD-ROM displays. or shoot pool at FatKat’s Pool Bar. serving salads. For a sensational chocolate milkshake and some entertaining people watching. There’s also a multi-screen cinema and a diversity of restaurants. metalwork. A rehab center for injured birds of prey (like an orange-beaked Florida crested caracara that was hit by a car.
Closed Christmas day. Miami Avenue. downtown Coconut Grove. % 305/666-5944. Miami. 7900 SW 40th Street. west of Coral Gables. In the Company of Women celebrates Women’s History Month. Coconut Grove Convention Center. and overlooking Deering’s glamorous swimming pool. South Miami (a few miles southeast of Coral Gables). % 305/758-4595. 3251 S. Downtown Coconut Grove. Miami. Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. % 305/223-7060.) Annual Beaux Arts Festival. Home Show. % 305/447-1224. McFarlane Rd. University of Miami Campus. desserts. (Held monthly throughout the year. . Miami Avenue. Coconut Grove Cares Antique & Jewelry Show. Tropical Park. % 305/444-8454. The Dade County Fair & Exposition. Sunset Drive and US1. Coconut Grove. the gardens from 9:30 am-5:30 pm. and South Bayshore Drive. Coconut Grove. % 305/558-1758. recognizing the achievements of women based on their professional accomplishments and community service. call for dates. 1301 Stanford Drive. % 305/447-0401. 3251 S. Taste of the Grove. Coconut Grove. Coconut Grove Convention Center. The house is open daily from 9 am-5 pm. Monthly. 3251 S. Coconut Grove. 11201 SW 24th Street. March Festival of Rides. Admission. Italian Renaissance Festival. % 305/284-3603. Vizcaya. % 305/857-6878. Coral Gables. % 305/250-9133. n Festivals & Events January Vizcaya Moonlight Tours. Peacock Park. Annual South Miami Arts & Crafts Festival.Festivals & Events n 57 sandwiches. Miami February Coconut Grove Arts Festival. Tamiami Park. % 305/226-8315.
Coral Gables. May Coconut Grove Bed Race. Maurice Gusman Concert Hall. Coral Gables. 235 Alcazar Ave. Taste of the Gables. % 305/446-1116. July Moon Over Miami Dance. April The Biltmore International Wine Festival. Ponce Circle Park. Goombay Festival. % 305/442-4012. % 305/447-9299. El Carrusel Theater. downtown Coconut Grove. Coral Gables. Springtime Harvest Festival. % 305/373-1492. % 445-8877. The Biltmore Hotel. ext. Tamiami Park. Coral Gables. same address as above. Bayshore Drive. Coral Way and SW 112th Ave (west of Coral Gables). Coral Gables. % 305/284-4940. 1200 Anastasia Avenue. . 2340. 2700 S.58 n Coral Gables & Coconut Grove Annual Miami International Orchid Show. Coral Gables. % 305/579-3400. Coconut Grove. Coconut Grove. % 305/447-9299. August Boat Show. June Miami/Bahamas % 305/372-9966. Ponce Circle Park. September Festival Miami. Merrick Festival. Biltmore Hotel. on the University of Miami campus. % 305/285-0107. % 305/624-3714. October The Florida Shakespeare Theatre. % 305/445-8066. Coconut Grove Convention Center. Coconut Grove Convention Center. The International Hispanic Theater Festival. 1314 Miller Drive. Dade County Fair & Exposition Center.
Coral Gables. % 305/579-3310. ¤ 305/445-1865. The Biltmore Golf Course. Annual Historical Museum Golf Classic. Alhambra Plaza and Ponce de Leon Blvd. Coral Gables. Annual South Miami Art Festival. Biltmore Hotel & Golf Course. Bayshore Drive. 10901 Old Cutler Road. Coral Gables. Junior Orange Bowl International Tennis Championship. Fairchild Tropical Garden. just southeast of Coral Gables. Coconut Grove Convention Center. % 305/445-9973. a few miles west of Coral Gables. Coconut Grove Convention Center. Vizcaya. ¤ 305/375-1492. Coral Gables. Tropical Park. Orange Bowl International Junior Golf Championship. Coral Gables International Festival of Craft Arts. 10901 Old Cutler Rd. Sunset Drive between Red Road and US1. 1150 Anastasia Drive. Coral Gables. Merrick Park and Miracle Mile. 7900 SW 40th Street. Coral Gables. 2700 S. % 305/444-8454. Fuller Street and Commodore Plaza. 1200 Anastasia Ave. % 305/662-1210. % 305/662-1210. % 305/759-6181. and University of Miami. % 305/667-1651. % 305/893-0090. 2700 S. Fairchild Tropical Garden Ramble.Festivals & Events n 59 Caribbean Carnival. annual spoof of the Orange Bowl Parade. Coconut Grove. Coconut Gove. % 305/446-1657. Coral Gables. gardening festival and plant sale. King Mango Strut. % 305/667-1651. South Miami. Biltmore Tennis Center. Banyan Arts and Crafts Festival. Coconut Grove. November Santa’s Enchanted Forest. Fairchild Tropical Garden. % 305/444-7270. Antique & Jewelry Show. 1210 Anastasia Drive. % 305/661-1621. Miami December Annual Holiday Stroll. Coconut Grove. The White Party Against HIV/AIDS. Bayshore Drive. . Sunday in the Park with Art.
is a National Historic Landmark Hotel with Mediterranean architecture. 162 Alcazar Avenue. 27 rooms. % 305/662-1210. n Where to Stay Coral Gables Biltmore Hotel. pool and fitness center. Roman columns. is geared for families on a budget. Coral Gables. 167 rooms. is a charming European-style hotel built in 1926.” $$$ HO TE L David William Hotel. Michel. recently renovated. $$ Hotel Place St.com.biltmorehotel. $$ Holiday Inn Downtown Coral Gables.60 n Coral Gables & Coconut Grove Junior Orange Bowl Parade.and two-bedroom suites for families requiring extended stays. 2051 LeJeune Rd. % 800/848-HOTEL. 124 rooms. fruit basket and newspaper. The 242 spacious guest rooms are luxuriously appointed. % 800/727-1926 or 305/445-1926. within walking distance of Miracle Mile shops and the city’s many restaurants. Coral Gables. a superb golf course. fitness center. a pool. pool and golf course. Coral Gables. restaurant and lounge. is an elegant Mediterranean-style hotel inspired by the Alhambra Palace in Spain. % 305/443-2301 is right in the heart of Coral Gables. hand-painted ceilings and marble floors create an elegant setting. 50 Alhambra Plaza. some with kitchens. www. % 800/368-8602. and there is a restaurant. it’s near the University of Miami. 1200 Anastasia Avenue. Walking distance to Miracle Mile. 10 tennis courts. The hotel offers a complimentary Continental breakfast. % 800/327-8770. 700 Biltmore Way. lounge. $$$ Riviera Court Motel. Coral Gables. Within walking distance of Miracle Mile. 5100 Riviera Drive. $$ Hyatt Regency. offers one. three lounges. and the “largest hotel swimming pool in the continental US. and fitness center. restaurant. two lounges. a restaurant and lounge. . along Miracle Mile. % 800/233-1234. Coral Gables. Coral Gables. Coral Gables. Located on the Coral Gables Waterway. Three restaurants.
restaurants. within walking distance of shops and entertainment. % 305/858-4884. has panoramic views of Biscayne Bay and Miami’s skyline. % 800/88-GROVE. $$ DoubleTree Hotel. % 800/327-2788. The Dining Room features gourmet cuisine such as golden crab and yuca soufflé. outdoor pool. is a private walled-in estate in the historic section of town. Coconut Grove. $ The 185-room Mayfair House Hotel. pool. a pool and fitness center. $$$ Grove Isle Club & Resort. nightclubs. and fitness center. 2669 S. has luxurious all-suite accommodations. 4 Grove Isle Drive. 180 rooms. and hydro-massage whirlpool. is one of the town’s newest hotels. is within walking distance of Coconut Grove shops. movies. Suites overlook the garden. all prepared by executive chef Doug Reiss. some with kitchens. 30 rooms. % 305/442-8655. and all guest rooms have large private balconies and floor-to-ceiling windows. No restaurant. Amenities include a restaurant. pool. It’s right downtown. some have kitchens. restaurants. No restaurant. a pool and fitness center. a restaurant. Coconut Grove. or choose a cottage by the pool. Walk to shops. waterfront walking/jogging path. Bayshore Drive. $ Coconut Grove Cherokee Rose Lodge. Coconut Grove. Coconut Grove. $$$ Miami . $$ Grand Bay Hotel. and two tennis courts. % 800/433-4555. % 305/858-2500 (central reservations. offers luxurious accommodations. % 800/222-8733). Bayshore Drive. 3000 Florida Avenue. fitness facility. The resort has a full-service tennis center. two lounges. 3734 Main Highway. 2649 S. galleries and theaters. and the Coconut Grove Playhouse. $$$ Hampton Inn Hotel. Coconut Grove. restaurant and lounge.Where to Stay n 61 Miracle Mile shopping and Dadeland Mall. with 137 rooms. Each has a private terrace and a Japanese spa. lounge. 2800 SW 28th Terrace. Coconut Grove. The newly renovated resort is on a private island. pool. 192 rooms.
$$$ . $ Continental Two Sisters. 21 Almeria Avenue. garlicky mashed potatoes. % 305/858-9600. ham. Sausages. as are eggs Benedict al fresco. Reservations suggested. 305/441-1234. 50 Alhambra Plaza. serves an unusual blend of Spanish and Pacific Rim cuisine. Coral Gables. is a carnivore’s delight. Crispy whole yellowtail snapper is delicious. Coconut Grove.” Try an appetizer of “peeky toe” crabcakes with West Indian guacamole. Grand Bay Hotel. Don’t miss the banana flan. Coconut Grove. Chef Norman Van Aken’s beautiful and delectable “New World Cuisine” has garnered numerous awards. sandwiches and salads with a Mediterranean and Caribbean flair. 2669 S. thick New York strip steak with wild mushrooms. Coral Gables. One of Chef Van Aken’s many signature entrées is his Key West yellowtail with grilled asparagus spears. is a pleasant sidewalk café serving soups. $$ Greenstreet Café. Hyatt Regency. chicken. and citrus butter.” and was the James Beard Nominee for “Best Restaurant in America.. Jamaican chicken wings are popular. such as Gourmet Magazine’s “Best Restaurant in South Florida. A truly memorable dining adventure.62 n Coral Gables & Coconut Grove n Where to Eat American ¶ If you only eat one meal in southeast Florida. turkey. has soft shell crabs over springy buckwheat linguine. Bayshore Drive. 2121 Ponce de Leon Blvd. dine at Norman’s. For dessert. as are the tasty tapas. top sirloin. the papaya sorbet is sublime. $$$ Rodeo Grill. $$ Grand Café. Coral Gables. % 305/567-0662. % 305/446-6767. 3110 Commodore Plaza. short ribs. and pork loin are grilled over hot coals and served on skewers. lamb. and Chilean salmon in a sherry vinaigrette. % 305/447-6336. then the yuca-stuffed crispy shrimp salad. Seafood kebabs are a good choice for non-meat eaters.
coconutgrove. and potato-mushroom soup garnished with edible rose petals. 2820 McFarlane Rd. % 305/569-9142. Coral Gables 33134. $$ Miami Italian Bocca di Rosa. is all about leeks. % 305/446-1657. known for friendly service and bubbly kir royales. Friday-Sunday until 11 pm. % 305/444-7270. Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce. tomatoes. Bouillabaisse gets raves. Visit their Web site at www.Where to Eat n 63 French Le Bouchon du Grove. 3430 Main Highway. Coconut Grove 33133. $$$ Spanish Las Rias Gallegas. Try the homemade duck paté. garlic. serves delicious gnocchi. They also have another location in Coconut Grove at 2890 SW 27th Avenue.. $$ Le Provencal. % 305/448-8984. % 305/448-6060. Coral Gables. p p p . 50 Aragon Avenue. 3015 Grand Avenue. Open Monday-Thursday noon-10 pm. 382 Miracle Mile. Coconut Grove. % 305/443-0037. 2833 Bird Avenue. serves excellent paella and grilled sandwich treats like swordfish or tuna steaks on hoagie rolls. % 305/442-9058. Coral Gables. % 305/444-4222. fax 305/446-9900. tender filet of beef in white peppercorn and red wine sauce. and olive oil in the best French tradition. as does the piquant red pepper rouille. $ Tourism Information Miami Visitor Center at CocoWalk. Florida 33133. 804 Ponce de Leon Blvd. Coconut Grove. steak with green peppercorn sauce. onions.com. Coconut Grove. or chicken en papillote. Coconut Grove Chamber of Commerce. is a charming open-air French restaurant.
Key Biscayne’s mayor and a NOAA oceanographer. biking. But adventure lovers will find plenty of affordable fun on Key Biscayne. Glamourous condos along Biscayne Bay. take 836/Dolphin Expressway east to I-95 and head south. It was rebuilt to its current 95-foot height after hurricane damage in 1855. Take the Causeway (there is a toll) across Biscayne Bay and you’ll be on Crandon Boulevard. Mercedes. fire. 1200 S. with the safety and serenity of seclusion. bronzed aerobicized bodies. lauds the island as “a tropical paradise. % 305/361-5811. and environmental degradation. from fishing to swimming. has faithfully stood guard over the coast of South Florida for more than 170 years Built in 1825. surfboarding. Watch for signs to Rickenbacker Causeway. its beacon has guided sailors past Key Biscayne’s treacherous sandbars and coral reefs. n Adventures On Foot The Cape Florida Lighthouse at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Recreation Area. Through the support of volunteers. “No $100 bills please!” Women shopping at the grocery sport chic couture sun dresses. Miami Getting Here We recommend you rent a car to get around Key Biscayne. the main street throughout Key Biscayne. standing stalwart against hurricanes. funding from government and private . and in 1971 was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Crandon Boulevard. a diverse population. Seminole Indian attacks. and BMWs are the local cars of choice. From Miami International Airport. and blonde tresses. casually advertise half-million-dollar sales tags. John Festa. Jaguars. and proximity to a big city. Key Biscayne. boating.” I agree. beaching and sightseeing. second homes for many residents.Adventures n 65 A Key Biscayne t first it seems Key Biscayne is only for the mega-rich: a sign in the Häagen Dazs ice cream store implores.
Every hole is a challenge: steep. The rest of the year it’s open to the public.66 n Key Biscayne grants. Climbing the 109 interior spiral steps to the top reveals splendid views of the park’s award-winning beach and sparkling Biscayne Bay. Adult and junior clinics and private lessons are available. Next door to the Tennis Center is another first-class facility. Winding through natural mangroves and around saltwater lagoons. undulating greens. all lighted for night play. Fees are per hour. Sampras. There are seven clay courts and three hard courts. the lighthouse was recently restored to its authentic 1855 condition. If you play from the blue tees. Key Biscayne Tennis Association.. If you really want to improve your game. and 3:30 pm daily. Mr. head tennis pro at the Sonesta Beach Resort Key Biscayne. % 305/361-5263. and mangrove-lined fairways. featuring 17 hard courts (six of which are lighted). Graf and Seles meet their match. recently renamed Crandon Park Golf Course. 6702 Crandon Blvd. call for reservations. long.. and private donations. except Tuesday and Wednesday. His exten- . Call for reservations and greens fees. Golf In the heart of Crandon Park are the Links of Key Biscayne. Ranger-guided walks are at 10:30 am and 1. % 305/365-2300. Tennis The Tennis Center at Crandon Park. gaping bunkers. where golfers enjoy great weather and Miami’s skyline. % 305/361-9129. hosts the Lipton Championships each March. features cultural displays and videos depicting early island life. Free with park admission. and was ranked the #1 Canadian tennis pro for eight years. 350 Ocean Drive. Belkin won tournaments over Jimmy Connors and Arthur Ashe. The course hosts the Senior PGA Tour for the Royal Caribbean Classic every winter. there’s a track stretching over 7. now Key Biscayne History House.000 yards. The former light-keeper’s cottage next door. 2:30. where players like Agassiz. the course is consistently rated as one of the best public golf courses in the US. % 305/361-2021. then study with Mike Belkin. Call for reservations and fees.. 6700 Crandon Blvd. eight clay courts and two grass courts. 7300 Crandon Blvd.
% 305/361-0061. This route has beautiful views of Biscayne Bay. Just north of the beach is a wooded area with a bike path. and Biscayne Bay while biking alongside mangrove jungles. with many easy bike paths. A third option is the 1½-mile bike path within Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Recreation Area. Another enjoyable ride is along Crandon Boulevard. day or week. Mangrove Cycles. reptiles and raccoons living among the dense vegetation. write: Biscayne Bay Bicycle Club. 61 Harbor Drive. from the toll booth to Crandon Park. winding past golf courses and the Tennis Center and ending near Crandon Park Beach. Keep an eye out for possums. Bikes are available for rent at the park’s concession stand. Mashta Drive and ending back at Crandon. then follow the marked bike path running west along Biscayne Bay. Rickenbacker Causeway. % 305/365-9762. rabbits. This tour winds through Key Biscayne’s pristine neighborhoods of lovely homes. Along Crandon Boulevard are several shops that rent bikes by the hour. first heading west on Harbor Drive. There’s less traffic than other areas of south Florida. . One highly recommended path is along Rickenbacker Causeway. then east on W. Key Cycling. Key Biscayne. % To get in touch with area bikers. Miami Key Biscayne Bike Rental Shops Intra Mark. posh condos. 305/361-5555. 260 Crandon Blvd. and beachside mansions. 33149. which makes a half circle. 9617 Park Drive. You’ll see pelicans. ocean and beach. Start at the entrance (you must pay the park fee).Adventures n 67 sive experience as a pro tennis player and coach can only mean more wins for you. On Wheels Biking Key Biscayne is the most pleasurable way to experience the island. fishermen casting from the seawall.
waverunners. 3301 Rickenbacker Causeway. fishing.68 n Key Biscayne Many of the bike shops in town also rent in-line skates. They also rent jet boats. % 305/361-7368. and overnight sailboat rentals. 350 Ocean Drive. At Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Recreation Area. as does the Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Recreation area concession stand. % 305/361-0328. Crandon Blvd. also at Crandon Park Marina. Try Sergio’s Skate Zone. 7938. Key Biscayne Boat Rentals. 207 Quests. 180 Crandon Blvd. 4000 Crandon Boulevard. On Water Are you ready to get wet? Key Biscayne is renowned for some of most exhilarating boating. rents powerboats like 200 Horizons. Sailboats of Key Biscayne. kayaks..” Crandon Marina in Crandon Park. has the most diverse selection of boats. Sports directors at the Sonesta are helpful with instruction and boat launches. windsurfing. Kids love careening around on the resort’s six-seater banana boats. pedal boats. or sea kayaks. Boating For one-stop “shopping. % 305/361-1281.to 25-foot-long Catalina sailboats. As a guest at Sonesta Beach Resort Key Biscayne. you have easy ocean access via Hobie Cats. You can skate on the same bike paths suggested above. the park’s east side concession rents Sunfish. waverunners. and hydrobikes right at the water’s edge. . Special packages are available for lessons. and 205 Sundowners. % 305/361-5811. rents Monza boats with bimini tops and Yamaha 150-HP outboard engines. and waterskis. and swimming in southeast Florida. full day. has eight 22. One of the most delightful features of Key Biscayne is that you can be lazing the beach one minute and boating the Atlantic Ocean the next. % 305/361-6610. diving. Sunfish. 1200 S. Club Nautico. % 305/361-9217. You can also enroll in sailing school with instructor Gary Sprague. at the marina. % 305/361-2021 ext.
Crandon Blvd. Most of these wrecks are in depths of 55 to 120 feet. Bait and equipment are included. 1200 S. Windsurfing Imagine learning to windsurf in two hours. Divers Paradise. Their three boats are ready to take you out to any of the wrecks off Key Biscayne. Another popular shore fishing spot is the old Rickenbacker Causeway Bridge. as opposed to the “three-pounders you get everywhere else. At depths below 100 feet you’ll spot sharks and 300-pound groupers. snapper. making it easy to catch redfish. Hobie Beach. % 305/361-SAIL. has a PADI dive-school. the Woolworth yacht South Seas. or Bad to the Bone..or full-day trips. the Arida. To hire a fishing guide. an inactive bridge next to the active Rickenbacker Causeway. Crandon Blvd. snook. provide guided snorkeling tours with advance reservations. There’s a variety of sports fishing charter boats to choose from for half. Crandon Marina. Miami Diving & Snorkeling Southeast of Key Biscayne is good for wreck diving. % 305/361-5155.Adventures n 69 Fishing Deep-sea fishing is easy from Crandon Marina. % 305/361-5811. Rickenbacker Causeway. Check out the freighter Proteus. and pompano.. % 305/361-5811. Dive equipment is for rent or purchase. % 305/361-9258. Frank Garisto. 4000 Crandon Blvd. and they have a swimming pool for dive certification courses. and the Ultra-Freeze. Crandon Park. There’s parking on either side of the bridge.. or your money back? That’s the promise made by instructors at Sailboards Miami. Inno- . 4000 Crandon Blvd. and teem with marine life. call Capt. One boat captain boasted that Key Biscayne bonefish average seven to nine lbs. as you try to land dolphin. % 305/361-3483. kingfish or snapper. There are eight wooden fishing platforms along Biscayne Bay seawall and holes to hold your pole. % 305/361-1281... the Orion.” If you like shore fishing. Park rangers at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Recreation Area. 1200 S. spend the day at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Recreation Area.
All are clean.). Of the eight species of sea turtles worldwide.).70 n Key Biscayne vations in equipment. . If you’re tired of salt in your eyes. Swimming With so many gorgeous beaches on Key Biscayne. the endangered green sea turtle (500 lbs. The resort’s inviting pool is 45 feet wide and 85 feet long. The temperature is a soothing 80° year round. three nest on Virginia Key and Key Biscayne: the endangered loggerhead (400-500 lbs. “Swimming is good for your heart. % 305/365-3018. with soft beige sand. and the endangered leatherback (weighing up to 2.” brags their sales brochure. increasing numbers of sea turtles are nesting on Key Biscayne beaches.).” if greatness is your goal. So close that trashy novel and dive in. Other Adventures Sea Turtle Nesting In the past few years. Our favorites are: Crandon Park Beach. you can spend a different day on each one. take a dip in one of the prettiest and largest pools in South Florida. The school also offers “Jimmy’s 10-Hour Guide to Windsurfing Greatness.” says Alex Ballora. % 305/361-5811 for reservations.000 baby turtles hatch each year. There’s also one turtle watch a year at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Recreation Area.000 lbs. 350 Ocean Drive. Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Recreation Area Beach (rated in the top 10 US beaches by Condé Nast Traveler magazine) and Virginia Key Beach. Crandon Park presents a 50-minute slide presentation during turtle nesting season and offers a hatchery tour. especially during the week. with a park ranger lecture on turtle nesting habits. over 230. % 305/361-2021. your muscles. for reservations. teaching tools and instruction methods make it possible to “run off the wind on a screaming plane at 25 knots. varying in depth from three to 10 feet. Pool and Beach Manager at Sonesta Beach Resort Key Biscayne. and in only 62 laps you’ve completed a mile. and your circulation. and uncrowded.
and wild roses create a habitat for frogs. Few people know the Seaquarium has a marine research and conservation program in conjunction with the University of Miami and the National Marine Fisheries Service. which kids love. and manatee families live in a larger-than-life outdoor tank. Twelve brown pelicans roost in a green mangrove while gulls fight over fish. Key Biscayne. invites you into their garden.miamiseaquarium. 4400 Rickenbacker Causeway. If a marine animal needs assistance. % 305/361-6134. Admission. Stingrays chase sea turtles as a turquoise parrotfish looks on. The Seaquarium is famous for their killer whale. ground orchids. Miami .com. and for bottlenose dolphin BeBe. 299 Crandon Blvd. % 305/361-5705. Web site www. Open seven days. Seaquarium divers and vets are on call 24 hours to offer medical care and a home at the Seaquarium. and ducks. who played in the Flipper TV show. 9:30 am6 pm. Nurse sharks. Lolita. The garden is an idyllic place to while away a long hot afternoon. and pink flamingoes round out the neighborhood.. magnolias. Volunteer gardeners have transformed the grounds into an oasis of flowering plants and trees. Madagascar royal poincianas. palm trees. “Salty the Sea Lion” still poses for pictures. turtles. the world is wild.Sightseeing n 71 n Sightseeing At Miami Seaquarium’s Discovery Bay exhibit. Continuous animal shows feature rock music and water splashes. snook. tarpon. Key Biscayne Branch Library. Cormorants and egrets wade the shallows looking for snacks.
n Festivals & Events
Key Biscayne Art Festival, Crandon Blvd., % 305/361-9100, Chamber of Commerce. Annual Ball, Rusty Pelican Restaurant, 3201 Rickenbacker Causeway, % 305/361-5207. Royal Caribbean PGA Golf Classic, Crandon Park Golf Course, 6700 Crandon Blvd., % 305/365-0365.
The Lipton Tennis Championship, Tennis Center at Crandon Park, 7300 Crandon Blvd., % 305/442-3367.
Spring Egg Hunt, The Village Green, 400 Crandon Blvd., % 305/365-8900.
Pig Roast, Key Biscayne Beach Club, 685 Ocean Drive, % 305/361-8144.
4th of July Parade, Picnic, Concert and Fireworks, Crandon Blvd., % 305/365-8900.
Columbus Day Regatta, between Key Biscayne Island and Dinner Key Channel on Biscayne Bay, % 305/666-8353.
Annual Key Biscayne Lighthouse Run, 5K and 10K runs, 5K walk, wheelchair event. Open to all ages. 400 Crandon Blvd., % 305/365-8901.
Winterfest, 400 Crandon Blvd., % 305/365-8900.
Where to Stay
n Where to Stay
Key Colony for Guests, 121 Crandon Blvd., % 305/361-2170, features 24 rooms, all with kitchens, a restaurant, lounge, three pools, a fitness center, 12 tennis courts and a golf course. $$
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Key Islander Executive Suites, 290 Sunrise Drive, % 305/361-6273, are fully furnished apartments with a private beach. All have kitchens, and the suites share a pool. $$
¶ Sonesta Beach Resort Key Biscayne, 350 Ocean Drive, % 800/ SONESTA, is a 300-room, five-star resort with every imaginable luxury. Each beautifully appointed room has a private balcony with breathtaking island or ocean views. The beach is inviting for strolls or sunning, with a variety of watersports including kayaks, catamarans, Sunfish, windsurfing and banana boats. Tennis courts are open day and night, with tennis pro Mike Belkin available for private/group lessons. A state-of-the-art fitness center offers weight training and aerobics classes. The Purple Dolphin Restaurant and Terrace serves delicious breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and Wednesday Italian Night features operatic arias. The staff is extremely hospitable. $$-$$$
n Where to Eat
¶ La Carreta, 12 Crandon Blvd., % 305/365-1177, serves beef, pork, seafood and chicken dishes. The black bean soup is delicious, as is the paella Valenciana with seafood, chicken and rice. At lunch try the Calle Ocho special: ham, turkey, cheese and bacon on toasted Cuban bread. $
Stefano’s, 24 Crandon Blvd., % 305/361-7007, features calamari fritti, and delicious antipasto. Try the paillards of veal or homemade pasta. Very popular spot on weekends. $$$
Soundness of Body, 260 Crandon Blvd., % 305/365-0696, is a quaint little health food restaurant serving thick fruit smoothies and pita sandwiches. Try the mock egg salad made from tofu or the creamy hummus. The arame (seaweed) salad with tofu and soy ginger sauce is a real energy booster. $
Bayside Hut, 3501 Rickenbacker Causeway, % 305/361-0808, is a tiki bar seafood shack serving “catch of the day,” like grouper or snapper. Fish is flaky and served with delicious seasoned fries. $
¶ The Lighthouse Café, Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Recreation Area, 1200 S. Crandon Blvd., % 305/361-5811, is beachside with spectacular ocean views. The menu includes fresh grilled shrimp, grouper, dolphin, tuna, red snapper and lobster. Conch salad is zesty. For dessert, try the flan or cheesecake. You must pay park admission to dine here. $
¶ The Purple Dolphin restaurant, Sonesta Beach Resort Key Biscayne, 350 Ocean Drive, % 305/361-2021, serves excellent soups, salads, sandwiches, fresh fish, steaks, and chicken dishes for breakfast, lunch, dinner. Wednesday “Italian Night,” is a sumptuous buffet of antipasto, breads, desserts and a “cre-
get a ticket and cheer the Miami Dolphins. music or culture going on: from Goombay. Downtown in Miami’s frenetic business districts. Relax with a game of golf or tennis.M. Miami Heat. Florida Marlins. 33149. Jewish and African-American neighborhoods. Shopping at Bayside Marketplace is convenient with over 100 stores and a covered parking lot. 328 Crandon Blvd.Where to Eat n 75 ate your own pasta” station. you’re apt to hear more Spanish. or . adventure is easy to find: bike paths wend through serene parks. Pei and Philip Johnson vault proudly into a cobalt sky. hip nightclubs swing until dawn. Urban pleasures are easy to find here. Even with all these creature comforts at hand. lakes are alive with bass and mullet. electronics. Suite 217. cruising yachts set sail under the moonlight. Hotels vary from ultra-luxe high-rises with views of Biscayne Bay to warm and friendly B&Bs. p p p Miami Downtown & Greater Miami Ultra-modern skyscrapers designed by I. and Japanese than English. Portuguese. and crafts from all over the world. And there’s always a festival of art. % 305/361-5207. Haitian. the largest African-American heritage festival in the US. $$ Information Key Biscayne Chamber of Commerce. and restaurants serve everything from salsa to sushi to salmon. or amble around the city on a historic walking tour. A festive evening with operatic arias. Shops overflow with fashions.. The world’s largest cruise port is surrounded by a fascinating tapestry of Latin-American. to world film premieres at Miami’s Film Festival. If you’re a sports fan.
” applauds the Sun Sentinel. % 305/594-0954. Miami. Miami Lakes. Two 18-hole. “So many spicy stories to tell he can’t possibly cram them into a 2½-hour tour. % 305/556-8485. Don Shula’s Hotel & Golf Club.76 n Downtown & Greater Miami Florida Panthers on to victory. Paul George. Dr. Flagler Street. Golf Club of Miami. Golf Call to reserve tee times. par 72 course. 18 holes. % 305/821-1150. 4400 NW 87th Avenue. Call for schedule and reservations. You won’t be bored in Greater Miami. % 305/591-6453. historian for the Historical Museum of Southern Florida. George was named “Best Local Historian. One 18-hole course. 5001 NW 104th Street. 15255 Bull Run. Dr.” for his dramatic ability to make South Florida history come alive.. Two 18-hole courses. visit the Miami Cemetery with Dr. Four 18-hole courses. Par 72. 101 W. n n n n . par 72 courses. 18 holes. George’s other walking tours include Miami’s Historic Churches. Fontainebleau Golf Club. % 305/221-5181. par 70. % 305/829-8456. n n n Costa Del Sol. Doral Golf Resort. ranging from par 70 to 72. % 305/592-3300. Golf Club of Miami. Doral Park Silver Course. 100 Costa del Sol Blvd. Little Havana. 6801 NW 186th Street. par 62. par 72.72.. 6881 NW 179th Street. 9603 Fontainebleau Blvd. and Coconut Grove. n Adventures On Foot For an unusual walking tour. An 18-hole. % 305/375-1625.
4.Adventures n 77 Downtown Miami N Miami Blvd NE 15 St NE 14 St NE 13 St Herald Plaza Venetian Cswy To Miami Beach 836 395 Gibson Park NW 13 St 395 METRORAIL MacArthur Cswy Bicentennial Park NW 3 Ave NW 11 St NE 11 St N Miami NW 5 Ave NW 2 Ave N Miami Ave NE 1 Ave Reeves Park METROMOVER NE 9 St NE 6 St Port of Miami Blvd Mia NW 3 St N Riv er Dr NE 3 St NE 2 St NW 6 Ave NE 1 St W Flagler St E Flagler St SE 1 St METROMOVER Biscayn Bayfront Park e Blvd mi Miamarina SW 5 Ave SE 1 Ave SE 3 St SW 5 St TO SW 2 Ave METRORAIL José Marti Park S Miami Ave c Bis SW 1 Ave SE 5 St Brickell Park Brickell Key SW 8 St SE 8 St NOT TO SCALE 1. Port of Miami Bayside Marketplace Chopin Plaza Gusman Center Dupont Plaza Hotel 6. 5. Main Public Library 7. 2. Historical Museum of Southern Florida. Little Havana ay ne B ay River . 3. Miami Art Museum. Tobacco Road 8.
n . Start at the corner of Gratigny Drive and 4th Avenue. an area of the city that’s north of Miami International Airport. n Farther northwest. Miami Shores. Lots of greenery and nice views of Biscayne Bay. 1802 NW 37th Avenue. 10000 Biscayne Blvd.. Miami Springs. A third bike path winds inside Amelia Earhart Park in Hialeah. there are a number of paths and streets suitable for bike riding. An 18-hole course. It heads north along 21st and goes up to NW 79th Street through a residential area. n Tennis n Sans Souci Tennis Courts. Here are some suggested bike tours to get you started: n Look for a bike path that starts at The Dupont Plaza Hotel. 1795 Sans Souci Blvd. % 305/893-7130. there’s a bike path at 21st Avenue where it intersects with 54th Street. 18 holes. par 72. An 18-hole course. % 305/795-2366. On Wheels Although Miami has the heavy traffic associated with any frenetic urban center.78 n Downtown & Greater Miami n n Melreese Golf Course. Take 4th Avenue north into the park and enjoy the lakes and greenery. corner of US1 and 4th Street in downtown Miami. 650 Curtiss Parkway. par 72. Miami Shores Country Club. % 305/635-6770. This path heads north into Bayfront Park and ends at the Amphitheater next to Bayside Marketplace. par 71-72. North Miami. Miami Springs. % 305/888-2377.
1050 Caribbean Way. Norwegian Cruise Line. 901 South America Way. Port of Miami Cruise Lines: Carnival Cruise Lines. Discovery Cruise Line. roads with low traffic volume. Miami 33128. % 800/965-3999. Miami 33132. Miami 33132. 111 NW First Street. Suite 910. fishing. Ft. and lists contacts for area bike clubs. sailing for distant horizons. Miami 33178. Majesty Cruise Line. Miami 33132. % 305/375-4507. Coordinator. % 800/327-6700. 95 Merrick Way. water is a consistent sight. 901 South America Way. 33134. Lauderdale 33316. To order the map. then book yourself on a cruise to faraway ports. On Water Whether you’re speeding to the rooftop of a mirrored high-rise in an elevator. Royal Caribbean Cruise Line. % 800/937-4477. 3655 N W 87th Avenue. Miami Cruises Some three million travelers a year make their way to The Port of Miami. contact Jeffrey Hunter. You might want to spend a week exploring Miami. Miami 33132. % 800/645-8111. 1850 Eller Drive. swimming or diving. sailing. parks with paths.Adventures n 79 TIP The Bike Miami Suitability Map rates off-street paths. . Metro-Dade Bicycle Program. Miami 33132. Tropicana Cruises. % 305/347-4860. % 800/327-7030. the best way to enjoy Miami is in or on the water. or speeding across MacArthur Causeway in a convertible. 1015 North America Way. Coral Gables. Port of Miami. Dolphin Cruise Line. Pier 6. Cruising. % 800/222-1003. % 800/327-9501.
Some of our favorites: Pau Hana. offers one. yachts. runs boat tours on the Miami River. and out to the water community of Stiltsville throughout the year. 5101 Blue Lagoon Drive. an 85-foot two-masted schooner with lounge areas. a catamaran sightseeing cruise with a narrated tour past homes of the “rich and famous. South Beach. Island Queen Cruises. % 305/445-8456. % 305/261-7687. Tours are conducted by historian Dr. % 305/375-1625. 401 Biscayne Blvd. Paul George. Miami.” Port of-Miami. . 101 West Flagler Street. and Miami’s skyline. or take a waterskiing or jet ski lesson with staff instructors. Showers. at the marina of the Miami Airport Hilton. Miami. food. is a retail. the Historical Museum of Southern Florida.and two-hour daily trips around Biscayne Bay. and power cruisers run sightseeing tours. % 305/822-2428. % 305/822-2428. On the east side of the Marketplace is a marina.” Call for tour schedules and reservations. Saturday/Sunday. which makes it safe for beginners. and a ship’s store. two-deck power cruising yachts offering tours of “Millionaire’s Row” and moonlight cruises. lauded by the Miami Herald as “a bubbling spring of fascinating information. Jet Ski Rental Minutes from downtown Miami.80 n Downtown & Greater Miami Pleasure Boating & Sailing Charters Bayside Marketplace.. dining and entertainment complex located on beautiful Biscayne Bay in downtown Miami. a luxury dinner yacht with a brunch buffet and narrated 1½-hour cruise to “Millionaire’s Row. is Fun Watersports. Celebration’s Bay Brunch.” Miami’s Outer Islands. The Blue Lagoon is a contained area of water. In addition to these. restrooms. % 305/442-9697. where dozens of sailboats. You can rent a jet ski and head off on your own. Heritage of Miami II. into Biscayne Bay. and Fisher Island. and soft drinks are available.
Fishing for bass. brim and mullet. Their bus will pick you up from Bayside Marketplace or one of 10 Miami area hotels. % 305/452-7000. Miami. oscar.Adventures n 81 Snorkeling Trips Enjoy a snorkeling trip south of Miami to Key Largo with AquaWorld. . The park also has a boat rental and food concession. Light snacks and soft drinks are served on the bus. Thompson Park and Campground. 2269 NW 199th Street. If you prefer not to take the bus. 65th Street. The Dolphins have been to the Super Bowl five times. Miami Lake Fishing The five lakes at Amelia Earhart Park. you’ll board AquaWorld’s “Party Boat” for an afternoon of snorkeling. and transport you down to Key Largo. and the Florida Marlins won the World Series in 1997 during their fifth season. the Florida Marlins. 401 E. and you’ll be back at your hotel by dinner. Snorkeling gear is provided. Hialeah.” a semi-submersible air-conditioned craft that tours Key Largo’s coral reef. with top teams and world-class sports facilities. % 305/769-2693 make this 515-acre park one of Florida’s largest fresh water spots for bass. Once there. bluegill and mudfish is good at any of the three lakes at Milton E. They also have a “Sub See Explorer. swimming and sunbathing. % 800/595-2746. 16665 NW 177 Avenue. % 305/821-5122. home to both the Miami Dolphins football team and baseball’s new Major League team. Other Adventures Miami Area Sports Arenas Miami is a sports capital. a water taxi from Miami’s Holiday Inn will whisk you to Key Largo. Here are just a few that are within an easy drive from the downtown area: n Catch exciting championship games at Pro Player Stadium (formerly Joe Robbie Stadium).
21001 NW 27th Avenue. Miami (corner of NW 37th Street and NW 37th Avenue). % 305/375-2665. is open from June 1 through November 30. 721 NW 1st Avenue. www. Hialeah.82 n Downtown & Greater Miami n The NBA and NHL also have teams in Miami. Two blocks east is the three-building Metro-Dade Cultural Center. The competition is high-speed at Miami Jai-Alai.000 seat Miami Arena. % 305/649-3000. % 954/931-7223. Federal Hwy. Admission. a Mediterranean plaza with cascading fountains. discount jewelry stores. 401 NW 38th Court. 101 West Flagler. % 305/633-6400. % 305/885-8000. There’s a court-view restaurant. % 305/375-1700. and knick-knacks from all over the world. the Florida Panthers. Both the Miami Heat basketball team and the newest entry in the National Hockey League. Hallandale. parimutuel wagering. and the Florida International University Golden Panthers. Built in the mid-1920s as the Olympia Theatre. 174 East Flagler. and Hialeah Park. 2200 E. The complex includes the Historical Museum of Southern Florida. today the ornate theater showcases comedians. % 305/375-1492. jammed with noisy electronics shops. and world symphonies. . Broadway musicals. Gulfstream Park. at SW 8th Street. and the four-story Miami-Dade Public Library. 4th Avenue. % 305/374-2444. the Miami Art Museum of Dade County. 901 S. 3500 NW 37th Avenue.org. Flagler Dog Track. Other parimutuel venues include Calder Race track. play home games at downtown’s 15. % 305/625-1311.historical-museum. Collegiate sports fans can enjoy the University of Miami Hurricanes. The Historical Museum also has a Web site. South American clothing. One of the most elegant downtown buildings is Gusman Center for the Performing Arts. % 305/284-2263. % 305/348-4263. n n n Sightseeing The heart of downtown Miami is Flagler Street. % 305/530-4402. and it’s open year-round.
% 305/374-1198. take the 125th Street Exit and go east to Bal Harbour. is a longtime favorite for rock. Thursdays until 9 pm. and Saturday. European explorers. Miami Avenue. Miami n Entertainment The beat goes on in Miami. The gift shop sells handcrafted jewelry. Wednesday. Each month. Sat-Sun noon-5 pm. Tours are given Tuesday. Call % 305/375-1625 for tour schedules and reservations. the Art Deco era. Open Tuesday. and features works by Jean-Michel Basquiat and Robert Chambers and examples of Mexican Modernism. the museum hosts historic walking and boat tours by Dr. % 305/893-6211. blues hound or Broadway buff. Friday 10 am-5 pm. Tobacco Road. from dawn to dusk. Miami has just the right tune. cigar factories. Open-Tuesday. The state-of-the-art facility was designed by Charles Gwathmey. Friday. Another popular Miami art museum is the Museum of Contemporary Art. Sunday noon-5 pm. 770 NE 125th Street in North Miami. Whether you’re a jazz lover. % 305/445-1313. Admission. specializing in publications by Florida authors. Designed by architect Phillip Johnson.Entertainment n 83 The Historical Museum has hands-on displays and exhibits on the people and events that shaped South Florida: pioneer sailboats. Jensen’s Lounge. n Victor’s Café. with a focus on the Western Hemisphere. blues and homegrown talent. 10 am-5 pm. To get here from I-95. 626 S. Thursday until 9 pm. 1516 NW 27th Avenue. a 1925 Miami streetcar. 2340 SW 32nd Avenue. The Museum gift store has an excellent book department. swings with country music. until you reach 7th Avenue. and Audubon’s The Birds of America. rocker. They offer The Bob Music Show on Friday and Saturday. the Art Museum presents international art since WWII. Paul George. Saturday and Sunday at 2pm. presents live music and one of the city’s best cabaret shows at the Cabaret Babalu. % 305/635-0569. n n . Wednesday.
Downtown & Greater Miami
La Paloma, 10999 Biscayne Blvd., North Miami, % 305/891-0505, is an intimate piano bar, presenting Broadway musical favorites. For a complete listing of clubs and musicians, pick up an issue of Miami New Times, a free weekly tabloid of what’s happening around Miami in film, theater, dining and music. Available at all city newsstands and many hotels.
n Festivals & Events
Three Kings Day Parade, SW 8th Street, % 305/445-4020. Miami Modernism Art Deco Antique Show, 400 SE Second Avenue, % 305/372-0277. Chopin Music at Chopin Plaza, 301 N. Biscayne Blvd., % 305/868-0624 Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration, 6101 NW 32nd Ct., % 305/633-4150. Miami Film Festival, Gusman Center for the Performing Arts, 174 E Flagler St, % 305/377-FILM.
Annual Miami International Map Fair, Historical Museum of Southern Florida, 101 W Flagler St, % 305/375-1492. Carnaval Miami Latin festival, various locations, including the Orange Bowl, Calle Ocho, and South Beach. % 305/644-8888. Doral-Ryder Open, PGA tour, Doral Golf Resort & Spa, 4400 NW 87th Ave, airport area. % 305/365-0290.
Scottish Festival and Games, Hialeah Park, % 305/757-6730. Dade Heritage Days, throughout the city, % 305/358-9572. Calle Ocho Festival, SW 8th St, % 305/644-8888. Subtropics New Music Festival, various locations throughout the city, % 305/758-6676.
Festivals & Events
Dade Heritage Days, throughout the city, % 305/358-9572. Baynanza, annual celebration that includes recreational and educational events relating to Biscayne Bay and its history. Various locations throughout the city, % 305/372-6770.
Black Music Month, 5400 NW 22nd Avenue, % 305/636-2350. Miami/Bahamas Goombay Festival, throughout the city, % 305/ 445-8292.
America’s Birthday Bash (July 4), Bayfront Park, 301 N. Biscayne Blvd. % 305/358-7550. Bayside’s Independence Day Celebration (July 4), Bayside Marketplace, Biscayne Blvd, % 305/577-3344, ext 7020. Summer Olympic Soccer Games, Orange Bowl, 1501 NW 3rd Street, % 305/643-7100. Congo de Oro, Bayfront Park, 301 N. Biscayne Blvd., % 305/591-2229.
Miami Reggae Festival, Bayfront Park, 301 Biscayne Blvd. % 305/891-2944. Latin Rock, same location as above, % 305/264-2641. NFL Town Center Concert, same location as above, % 305/279-0118.
Brazilian Festival, Bayfront Park, % 305/794-2925. Central American Independence Festival, Bayfront Park, % 305/448-9532.
Caribbean American Carnival, Miami Bicentennial Park, % 305/381-9200. Hispanic Heritage Festival, various locations, % 305/541-5023.
Downtown & Greater Miami
Discovery of America Day Festival, Bayfront Park, 301 Biscayne Blvd. % 305/541-5023.
Tropic Hunt, Bayfront Park, % 305/376-2773. Wind in the Willows, 400 SE 2nd Avenue, % 305/372-0277. Family Day, Bayfront Park, % 305/576-1071. Pan American Festival, Bayfront Park, % 305/944-7272. Miami Book Fair International, Miami-Dade Community College, 300 NE 2nd Avenue, % 305/237-3258. Power and Motoryacht Rendezvous at Fisher Island, % 954/537-1010.
Junior Orange Bowl Parade, Biscayne Blvd., % 305/371-4600. Kwanzaa Fest, 6161 NW 22nd Avenue, % 305/638-6771. Bayside Holiday Celebration, Bayside Marketplace, % 305/577-3344. Metropolitan South Florida Fishing Tournament, various locations, % 305/376-3698. Handel’s Messiah, performed by the Florida Philharmonic, Gusman Center, 174 E. Flagler Street, % 305/374-2444. Orange Bowl Classic, Miami Arena, 701 Arena Blvd., % 305/530-4400. Orange Bowl Parade, along Biscayne Blvd., % 305/371-4600. Big Orange New Year’s Eve Celebration, Bayfront Park, 301 N. Biscayne Blvd., % 305/358-7750. Federal Express Orange Bowl Classic, Pro Player Stadium, 2269 NW 199th Street, % 305/371-4600.
n Where to Stay
Biscayne Bay Marriot Hotel & Marina, 1633 N. Bayshore Drive, 33132, % 305/374-3900, has a 220-slip marina and a multi-level deck overlooking Biscayne Bay. 603 rooms, a restaurant, lounge, pool, fitness center. $$
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% 305/945-2621. three restaurants and lounges. fitness center.. some with kitchens. two lounges. all with separate living rooms. $ Don Shula’s Hotel & Golf Club. % 800/872-7749 has 152 luxurious rooms. 15255 Bull Run Rd. fitness center. 495 Brickell Avenue. is a beautifully furnished five-story hotel with 144 comfortable rooms. 21485 NW 27th Avenue. some with kitchens. Complimentary transportation to the Port of Miami makes it convenient if you’re booked on a cruise. 33166. pool. Hialeah 33016. $$ DoubleTree Grand Biscayne Bay. 33132. $$$ North Miami Area Holiday Inn Hialeah/Miami Lakes. pool. two pools. the hotel’s Metrorail stop provides convenient access around the city. % 305/821-1150. fitness center. $$ Holiday Inn Calder/Pro Player Stadium. % 800/HOTEL-89. Complimentary airport shuttle. fitness center. % 800/325-3535. $$ Miami Howard Johnson Port of Miami. Scenic views from the rooftop lounge. 33130. two lounges. Restaurant. Pool. downtown shopping and Metro-Dade Cultural Center. 20th Avenue. 1100 Biscayne Blvd. nine tennis courts. is conveniently located next to thoroughbred racing at Calder Race Course and sports action at Pro Player Stadium. is newly renovated in the heart of downtown. two golf courses. fitness center. $ Miami River Inn.. 33056. 301 rooms. two restaurants. offers 598 rooms on historic Brickell Point.Where to Stay n 87 Crowne Plaza Miami. Amenities include restaurants. $$ . is home base for many professional sports teams throughout the year. Walking distance to a tropical park. 1717 N. Miami Lakes 33014. lounge. financial district. 33132. 6650 W. 226 NE 1st Avenue. Close to Florida’s Turnpike and Miami Airport. 214 rooms. % 305/358-3080. is a historic bed and breakfast with 40 nicely appointed rooms in a lush garden setting. Located above the Omni International Mall. pool. Breathtaking views of Biscayne Bay. % 800/ 2CROWNE. restaurant. 1601 Biscayne Blvd. lounge. is newly renovated. 33132.. Bayshore Drive. pool. $ Sheraton Biscayne Bay. some with kitchens. The 528 rooms have Bay and downtown Miami views.
fajitas. % 305/261-2406. $ Cuban Covadonga. as well as shredded/fried steak with garlicky onions. offers standard Mexican favorites: burritos. % 305/649-0440. $$ Victor’s Café. 16665 NW 177th Avenue. $$ Islas Canarias. tamales. 5911 NW 36th Street. as is the spicy salsa. with RV storage available. topped with mushrooms. 2340 SW 32nd Street. or 12 miles north of US41 on SR 997 (Krome Avenue). 6480 SW 8th Street. $$ Mexican Cisco’s Café. Thompson Campground. $$$ El Bodegon de Castilla. % 305/871-2764.88 n Downtown & Greater Miami Camping The Milton E. It’s considered one of Miami’s best Cuban restaurants. Two miles south of US27. but portions are ample. ham and shrimp. features meaty plantain baskets overflowing with fricasseed shrimp. For dessert try the crema Catalana. tacos. % 305/649-0863. Corn and flour tortilla chips are homemade. The campground has a laundry room. Campfires are permitted. Try the guacamole. like snapper in green sauce with garlic and parsley. specializes in fresh snapper browned with butter. n Where to Eat Spanish Casa Juancho. % 305/642-2452. serves clams in green sauce and whole baby squid stuffed with ham in brown sauce. 285 NW 27th Avenue. Miami 33192. Open year-round. 2499 SW 8th Street. bathrooms with hot showers. and on-duty security. presents authentic Spanish seafood. 2436 SW 8th Street. and share it . Order bistec Uruguayo (breaded palomilla steak filled with Swiss cheese and ham). Cazuela de Mariscos (seafood casserole) is a signature dish. % 305/445-1313. Finish with the fried custard. can accommodate 10-12 tents and 40 recreational vehicles with full electrical hook-ups. % 305/821-5122. too. is tiny.
p p p iami Beach wakes up to another perfect day. Best dessert: flan. % 305/539-8070. $ New Hickory Bar-B-Que. Clusters of chatty seniors and M Miami Beach . $$ Nicaraguan El Novillo. will satisfy any craving for beef ribs. % 305/262-2828. 6355 SW 8th Street. serves tender and hearty churrasco (their house steak special) and pepper steak in cream sauce. Lycra-clad joggers lope along the Atlantic Ocean. $$ Miami American S&S Diner. and grilled fish. fried sole.Where to Eat n 89 with at least four other friends. Suite 2700. Musclemen and women stride off to the gym. 401 Biscayne Blvd.. % 305/569-0098. Miami. Friday-Saturday until 11 pm. 701 Brickell Avenue. always has a long line. % 305/373-4291. while guests enjoy fried green plantains with sour cream and caviar. rich with egg yolks and cinnamon syrup. Florida 33132. $ Tourism Information Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau. 3170 Coral Way. showcases singers who belt out Spanish/English favorites. Miami Visitor Center at Bayside. 6830 Bird Road. 1757 NW 2nd Avenue. Sunday 11 am-9 pm. and mashed potatoes are worth the wait. % 305/539-3063 or 800/283-2707. Miami. but the roast turkey. Sides of rice and black beans round out the hearty fare. Florida 33131. % 305/284-8417. Homemade rice pudding is a perfect finish. chicken livers. Open Monday-Thursday 10 am-10 pm. $ La Casona. or BBQ pork. Bayside Marketplace.
then turn . how can you be crabby when so many Art Deco buildings are pink? Lighten up. hang loose. You’re in Miami Beach. Even at 8 am a rock n’ roll salsa pulses the air. Besides.90 n Miami Beach hordes of moms pushing baby carriages walk along the beachside boardwalk. Getting Here From the Miami airport. Miami Beach is in great shape. then watch for the turnoff to I-395 (MacArthur Causeway). take I-95 toward the downtown area. take SR 836 East to I-95. From other areas of Miami.
They too are beautiful. n Adventures On Foot Why is walking South Beach an adventure? Take a look. Then there are the kids: toddlers waddling to the water’s edge with buckets. while their boyfriends wear headsets on bald pates. Miami Beach. is an 18-hole golf course with par 72. baby boys wear little more than big blue eyes. n n . Normandy Shores.Adventures n 91 east on either I-195 (Julia Tuttle Causeway) or I-395 (MacArthur Causeway). 72. par 27. 2301 Alton Road. 2795 Prairie Avenue. and when she passes each one she passes goes ahhhhhh. beaming with the excitement of building a castle with daddy. has 18 holes and a par of 71. Miami Beach. % 305/532-3350. the girl from Ipanema goes walking. and glad to be on the beach. The whole human race is nearly naked. % 305/674-0305. and young and lovely. healthy. % 305/868-6502. Miami Beach. Bayshore Par 3 Golf Course. decorate the beach. 2401 Biarritz Drive.” Add to this mix some high-spirited seniors: 60+ women sport pearls with their leopard bikinis. Strutting along the water’s edge. The Girl from Ipanema – “Tall and tanned. Hundreds of long-legged beauties. Nine holes. 73. or flirting with the crashing waves. they show off sculpted buttocks and voluptuous 36Cs. having a ball on Miami Beach. Miami Golf n Bayshore Golf Course. Little girls wear curls and itsy-bitsy polka-dot bikinis. reminding me of a favorite song. mostly wannabe models and actresses.
baby blue. Miami Beach.” Miami Beach residents decided to paint their homes shades of peach. Farther north is another oceanfront bike path. She’s all fired up with historic and architectural tales to share with us. is dressed in Art Deco peach shorts. But when Miami Vice featured a few pastel buildings in the 1970s TV series. 601 5th Street. Miami Beach has plenty of pleasant places to ride. there’s a bike path that parallels the ocean. An ocean breeze keeps us cool as we wend our way among private neighborhoods.92 n Miami Beach Tennis n n Flamingo Park. stopping under shady trees to learn of Miami Beach’s history. and off we go. both on oceanside paths and on the streets. % 305/993-2032. 1000 12th Street. Our tour ends on South Beach along Ocean Drive. In Lummus Park along Ocean Drive. On Wheels Bicycling It’s Sunday morning in Miami Beach and we’re touring the famous Art Deco District by bike. Our guide Sharon Hartley. We ride along. 501 72nd Street. and cantilevered projections called “eyebrows. pink. columns. running from 24th Street to 28th Street. from 9th Street to 15th Street. across the street from the mansion of the late Gianni Versace. Today these rainbow beauties are owned by devoted Art Deco lovers committed to their preservation. purple and lemon yellow. If you’d like to bike on your own. a private palace with a garden and a pool. . We learn to identify arches. Miami Beach. a volunteer historian with the Miami Design Preservation League. % 305/673-7761. to pick up our bikes. savoring these architectural treasures. asymmetrical roofs. We meet at Miami Beach Bicycle Center. then continue along Collins Road admiring stunning Art Deco hotels. pastel got “hot. North Shore Park. % 305/674-0150.” Sharon explains that Miami Beach homes were once mostly white with turquoise and sapphire trim.
day. This skate shop is jammed with hundreds of K2 Rollerblade styles. T-shirts etc. start on Alton Road at 8th Street. and run errands. go grocery shopping. not backward on your rear. the shop recommends Donna. Manager Mitch Wentworth and his staff will share skating basics and get you fully outfitted in rental gear. Practice on grass to get your balance and confidence. avoiding oil. then return south on Bay Road. If you decide to buy. which also has rentals by the hour. day. wrist/knee guards. or even if you have. % 305/532-1954. Another bike shop is Cycles on the Beach. and head north on Alton Road to La Gorce Island. your first stop. Wearing as little as possible. they’ll make sure everything fits correctly. helmets. If you’ve never tried it. 713 Fifth Street. backpacks. You can rent skates by the hour. Skate on a flat surface. here are tips on in-line skating from Mitch: n n n n n Miami Keep your knees bent. Why walk or drive when you can blade? It’s great exercise and fun. % 305/673-2055. On Small Wheels How about skating past art galleries and outdoor restaurants into a chic café for a latte and biscotti? In-line skating is a way of life in Miami Beach. or overnight.Adventures n 93 For a pleasant street ride on Miami Beach’s west side. For beginners. hats. Circle around the island on La Gorce Circle. 726 Lincoln Road Mall. Locals “blade” to work. once you’re feeling confidently balanced. % 305/674-1559 or 305/880-3074. and week. cars and people. Wear protective gear. Fall forward on your hands and knees. they show off tight bods earned at the gym. Miami Beach. . make Fritz’s Skate Shop. If you’d like to take lessons with a Certified Rollerblading Instructor.
wahoo. this Marina affords easy accessibility to great fishing. ¾-day. or diving. a heated swimming pool. Deep Sea Fishing. Three trips daily by reservation. and slips are complete with fresh water. Here are just a few recommendations for vessels docked at Miami Beach Marina: n Sissy Baby. yacht and sailboat charters. cruising. % 305/372-9470. % 305/673-6000.94 n Miami Beach On Water Boating. and full-day charters for sailfish. cruising and scuba diving. and he’ll put you in touch with the appropriate boat captain. Diving Palm Trees and elegant stone picnic tables decorate the very beautiful Miami Beach Marina. marlin. a marine hardware/ bait/tackle shop. Adjacent to Government Cut. tuna. Marquis catamaran with four spacious cabins and a dining area with wet bar that seats 12. sailing. n n . amberjack. kingfish. The Marina features a control tower with state of the art weather service. sport and drift fishing charters. a full-line scuba dive shop. laundry facilities. sailing. Over 400 boat slips provide dock space for vessels up to 250 feet. They have a 45-foot Hatteras with full tuna tower and three fishing chairs. A 53-ft. dine/dance cruises and Miami Beach’s Water Taxi service. electricity. % 305/531-4223. Talk with the dockmaster about your interests in fishing. Reward Fleet. offers half-day. 300 Alton Road. a lighted parking lot and US customs clearing. On the premises are restaurants. 24-hour dock attendants and security patrol. Fishing. Available for evening cruises as well as week-long adventures. They offer two 70-foot charter boats for one to six passengers. with captain or as a bareboat. dolphin. Takes 106 people per trip by reservation. Luv Cats. Club Nautico boat rentals. % 305/673-6000. telephone and cable hookups. air-conditioned restrooms. a gourmet grocery/provisioning market. Miami Beach 33139. Deep Sea Sportfishing Charters. grouper.
It doesn’t get any better than this. Water Taxi Miami Beach’s water taxis are a fun way to get around and sightsee. % 305/538-8300. tan. enjoy. Food and beverage served. a 1927 editorial said it all: “Miami Beach should set a precedent in dress and become known throughout the world as ‘the bathing suit city. Cruise line with a casino. The natural therapy that makes Miami Beach the most healthful playground city in the world is a combination of sunshine and ocean waters.Adventures n 95 n Europa Sun. snooze.’ Businessmen should go to their offices in bathing suits and robes. Call % 305/728-8417 for their schedule and locations. the sun is blazing. Swim. stretching north and south for miles. They hold 19-49 passengers and depart from Miami Beach Marina and area hotels. Miami . blackjack and slot machines. The sky is cobalt. reservation required. Swimming When it comes to swimming. Waves curl and crash like blue-green molten glass.” Need we say more? Beaches are blankets of soft clean sand.
constructed of fiberglass with a stone coating. Todd has assisted me safely to the ground. in fact. I’m not scaling Mt. a movie-star-handsome rock climbing instructor. I am. Their state-of-the-art indoor wall is 24 feet high. others. “You won’t fall. I make it almost to the top and. And I don’t. I feel like a ballet dancer. Todd Carter. the wall is available for open climbing Monday-Friday 6-9 pm. Black and blue toe and finger holds jut out at various heights and widths. “Go for that hold. .” he encourages. I’m wall-climbing at the Eden Roc Resort & Spa.” Todd promises. 4525 Collins Avenue. Everest.” “remember to keep your arms straight. “When can I go up again?” I ask. my feet adhere to the rocks. and into the air I go. my fingers grab the hand holds. Like a velcro-clad Spiderwoman. Todd’s got me harnessed and roped so I’ll just dangle in the air if I slip. perhaps if were six feet tall I could reach that one. some an easy grab. preparing to vertically scale a wall. Call for the schedule of climbing workshops and one-on-one training sessions. % 305/674-5585. Miami Beach.. For experienced climbers. coaches me up the wall. Saturday and Sunday 10 am-1 pm. exhilarated.96 n Miami Beach In the Air Wearing purple suede Boreal climbing shoes.. well. a few minutes later.
Free admission. art. Miami The Holocaust Memorial The Holocaust Memorial. In between shopping and browsing. Designed by acclaimed sculptor Kenneth Treister. ballet. the Memorial is created from Jerusalem stone and marble. % 305/538-1663. 1933-45 Meridian Avenue. dine al fresco to live music among palm trees and fountains. music. and personal stories presented in a peaceful garden create a deeply moving experience. fashion. 2121 Park Avenue. In the stretch from Collins Avenue to West Avenue. as well as historic art from around . Museums Miami Beach is home to world-class museums and galleries. Miami Beach. Special exhibits throughout the year focus on contemporary European. photos. sculptures. where they’ll be happy to predict your next adventure. Bass Museum of Art. choose among historic and contemporary art exhibits. There’s even a psychic shop. group tours available. the Miami City Ballet. musicals or dramatic theater productions. and Ballet Flamenco La Rosa. flamenco. textiles. American and Hispanic arts. a day or evening stroll along Lincoln Road will tempt you with antiques. % 305/673-7530. is a dramatic tribute to the six million Jewish victims of Nazi terrorism during WWII. period furniture.Sightseeing n 97 n Sightseeing Lincoln Road: 11 Blocks of Style Few cities in the US have a neighborhood this stylish and imaginative. has South Florida’s most comprehensive permanent collection of Old Master paintings. as well as the New World Symphony. objets d’art and ecclesiastical artifacts. On any given day or night. home furnishings and leather goods. Sculptures. at 817 Lincoln Road.
Open Tues. The exhibition spaces are Art 800. % 305/674-8278. it features Art Deco architectural design. is in a former synagogue for Miami Beach’s first Jewish congregation. a marble bimah (reading table). . The Wolfsonian. and 80 stained-glass windows. Friday until 3 pm. Closed Monday. industrial design. metalwork. Free. Art classes in all media are offered. and the center sponsors lectures. Tours available. books.-Sat. % 305/531-1001. cultural and educational programs. South Florida Art Center. housing over 85 artists. now on the National Register of Historic Places. Common Space. Admission. Every second and fourth Wed. Sunday noon-5 pm.98 n Miami Beach the world. 301 Washington Avenue. Open Tues-Sunday 10 am-5 pm. 10 am-5 pm. Tours available. Open Tues-Sat. Closed Mondays and holidays. The museum presents a variety of exhibits. is comprised of four buildings. Admission. open 1-9 pm. and houses a Collections & Research Center. 11 am-6 pm and Thursday evenings until 9 pm. Miami Beach. glass. Admission charge. Built in 1936. % 305/672-5044. Call for gallery hours and individual studio hours. workshops and forums.000 American and European objects produced between 1885 and 1945. 924 Lincoln Road. Sunday 1-5 pm. Miami Beach. free on Thursdays from 6-9pm. Ziff Jewish Museum of Florida. paintings and sculptures. ceramics.. The collection includes furniture. is a state-of-the-art international museum and study center containing over 70. Ground Level and Clay Space. Sanford L. Miami Beach. 1001 Washington Avenue. works on paper.
% 305/672-0552. Miami n Festivals & Events January Art Deco Weekend. % 305/674-1040. % 305/754-4931. Art Deco District. Colony Theater. Collins Avenue. Miami Beach Convention Center. % 305/672-2014. Doral Ocean Beach Resort. % 305/531-4851. Schedule of shows % 800/939-8587. Ocean Drive. Ballet Flamenco La Rosa. Miami International Boat Show. % 305/673-3331. Miami Beach Convention Center. performing at the Lincoln Theatre. Art Miami Expo. % 305/220-2690. Jackie Gleason Theater. % 305/673-7300. Miami Beach Antique Show. 555 Lincoln Road. at Lincoln Theatre. 1040 Lincoln Road. 905 Lincoln Road. . % 305/673-7733. % 305/532-7713. Miami City Ballet. % 305/531-8410. AIDS Walk Miami. Miami Beach. % 305/759-6181.Festivals & Events n 99 Ticket Information The New World Symphony. Miami Beach Convention Center. One of the largest AIDS walks in the nation. 1700 Washington Avenue. February Festival of the Arts. South Florida International Wine and Food Festival.
October International Women’s Show. Miami Beach Marina. South Pointe Park. % 305/754-4931. Miami Beach Convention Center. % 305/946-6164. July Fourth of July Fireworks. 300 Biscayne St. Yamaha Outboards Miami Billfish Tournament. % 305/651-9530. % 305/672-1270. Miami Beach Convention Center. % 305/758-2643. 300 Alton Road. December World’s Largest Indoor Flea Market. % 305/865-4147. The Colony Theater. . Miami Beach Convention Center. 73rd & Collins. % 305/66-5944. % 305/448-9133. % 954/561-2868. Baron’s Antique Show. Miami Beach Convention Center. Taste of the Beach. South Beach Film Festival. 1040 Lincoln Rd. November South Florida International Auto Show. June South Florida Boat Show. Miami Beach Convention Center. % 305/673-7311. Miami Beach Convention Center.100 n Miami Beach April South Beach Film Festival. % 305/532-1233. May Miami International Home & Garden Show.
Enter this hotel and you’re swept back to a 1930s style of graciousness. The Mantell Guest Inn. has 110 newly renovated rooms.Where to Stay n 101 n Where to Stay ¶ The Indian Creek Hotel. and film crews who showcase Miami Beach in feature films. and the staff. 24th Street. $$ Banana Bungalow. fashion spreads. A good choice if you’re on a tight budget. 60-room youth hostel close to the beach. lush landscaping. 2360 Collins Avenue. The Indian Creek is just like home. Some of the models staying at The Indian Creek are too beautiful to be let out of their rooms. and free gym access. The 35-room hotel has furnished studio apartments. but for the sincere warmth and hospitality extended by Marc Levin. It’s located one block from the beach Miami . % 305/531-2727. a lobby bar. much to the embarrassment of lesser mortals. but they find their way to the lobby anyway. $ Colours. % 888/665-0008. Vesna Galesic. 1650 James Avenue. sleek upholstered club chairs beckon. bar. HO TE L Proprietor Marc Levin has created an authentically restored Art Deco hotel with 61 inviting rooms and suites. Antique suitcases with international hotel decals echo a bygone era. 33140. and a Western Electric Teletalk radio suggests that announcer Walter Winchell may speak any second. % 800/ARRIVAL. some with kitchens. a romantic garden and pool. photographers. is a lively. kitchen. and private solariums for sunbathing. 2727 Indian Creek Drive. % 305/538-1951. billiards room. and the intimate Pan Coast Restaurant. $$ The Albion Hotel. movie theater. and TV commercials around the world. The hostel has a café. pool. only better. We love this hotel not just for its élan. several indoor-outdoor penthouse suites. 255 W. The Indian Creek is a favorite of international models.
Restaurant. 6525 Collins Avenue. $ Doral Ocean Beach Resort. It’s within walking distance of the Miami Beach Convention Center. 4441 Collins Avenue. 2601 Collins Avenue. $ Lorraine Hotel Beach Resort. The hotel is close to restaurants. $$$ Hotel Brazil. 4525 Collins Avenue. some with kitchens. a fitness center. Miami Beach. There are three restaurants. and two tennis courts. and seven tennis courts. It’s close to shopping. three lounges.102 n Miami Beach and boardwalk. Lincoln Road Mall. is a contemporary high-rise resort with 417 rooms. is a good choice if you’re on a tight budget. some with kitchens and oceanfront views. $ . a pool. % 800/22-DORAL. % 800/548-8886. and the full-service spa has everything from massage to aerobics. is an oceanfront hotel with 40 rooms. and a private beach. The two outdoor pools are spectacular. nightlife and shopping. Miami Beach. $$-$$$ Fontainebleau Hilton Resort and Towers. and the Art Deco District. 33140. is an elegant seaside resort hotel with 1. and a shopping arcade. four lounges. 33141. fitness center. nightlife and area attractions. and serves a complimentary continental breakfast. all with kitchens. is a beautiful tropical Art Deco hotel with 349 rooms. % 800/327-8337. 4833 Collins Avenue. $$-$$$ Eden Roc Resort & Spa. two restaurants. complimentary evening shows. Complimentary continental breakfast is served. two pools. The hotel has a state-of-the-art climbing wall. % 800/545-3905. There are 62 rooms. % 305/861-0911. Lounge and pool. Amenities include free supervised children’s activities. five lounges. as well as seven restaurants. Miami Beach.206 rooms. a pool. many with kitchens. 33140.
$$-$$$ Miami . the Deco Lounge. $$ South Beach Royal Hotel. is an Art Deco hotel with 271 rooms. which included the addition of a spectacular 203-ft. Miami Beach. a high-tech gym. lounge. % 800/OUTPOST (for reservations) or 305/604-5000 (hotel). The hotel has 154 rooms. and a private restaurant. $$ Tides. and fitness center. pool. recently underwent a $5 million renovation. 2469 Collins Avenue. 33140. Chris Blackwell. 1220 Ocean Drive. Owned by Island Records’ CEO. Miami Beach. It has a restaurant. is a 120-room Art Deco hotel with bay and ocean views. and beach access. % 800/327-3110. % 800/327-8370. Miami Beach. lap pool. 8925 Collins Avenue. the Oval Restaurant. Walking distance to Ocean Drive. Miami Beach 33140. 1677 Collins Avenue. % 800/336-3542. is an Art Deco high-rise with 45 ocean-view rooms.Where to Stay n 103 The National Hotel. $$ Sol Miami Beach Hotel. 24-hour room service.
sliced tender Nova salmon on toasted bagels. Zadies and bubbehs pass around pix of the grandkids. teriyaki and stir fry. salmon. If you haven’t eaten at Wolfies. % 305/538-6626. Mi- ¶ Café Papillon. cute young things in flowered minidresses devour truck-sized portions of cheesecake. Miami Beach. Cordon bleu chef Mary K. % 305/532-6147. Indian Creek Hotel. Waitresses greet their favorite customers with “where ya been honey. The decor is corny. opened here in 1947. Miami Beach. Dine indoors or in the garden by the pool. Service is attentive. they also serve tempura. silver earrings and cell phones. grilled reubens. with fountains. tempura shrimp. The sushi is very fresh. try a gourmet coffee with homemade chocolate cake. % 305/532-1100. 530 Lincoln Road. People watching is fun: lithe models in clogs and skintight pants. For dessert. Rohan serves imaginative dishes like steamed papaya ponzu scallops. and it’s fun to read the free International Herald Tribune while your meal is being prepared. 21st & Collins Avenue. $$ ¶ Pan Coast Restaurant. you don’t know great deli. clusters of Men in Black sporting tattoos. $$ American Lulu’s. but fun: cardboard cutouts of dancing pickles. is extremely chic. Miami Beach. babies in designer sweats howl. offers fried farm-raised catfish. 2727 Indian Creek Drive. chicken in a pot and homemade desserts so caloric you’ll gain weight just looking. cellophane noodles and wasabi ginger. fried boneless chicken breast with pecan . 1053 Washington Avenue. $ ¶ Sushi Hana. serves a delicious Greek salad and fresh filet of grouper complemented with tomatoes and new potatoes.” and everyone stands in line for the best hot pastrami in town. 3D art of hotdogs.104 n Miami Beach n Where to Eat ami Beach. But it’s the food you’ve come for: bowls of borscht with hot potato. % 305/531-2727 is an intimate restaurant featuring Pan Asian/Caribbean cuisine. intimate tatami enclosures and outdoor café dining. % 305/ 673-1139. or honey Dijon veal chop with warm orange tomato salsa and scotch bonnet sour cream. $ ¶ The Original Wolfies. 1131 Washington Avenue.
616 Collins Avenue. % 305/531-7011. 1440 Ocean Drive. 9 am-5 pm. such as gambas negras and beefsteak tampiquena with chili pepper mashed potatoes. They also have 12-oz. has delicious stone crabs year-round. The towns of Surfside and Sunny Isles Beach have gor- . Lunch and dinner are served daily. Open Mon-Fri. Miami Beach. and the raw bar is open almost all night on weekends. $$ Tourism Information Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce. $ Italian Mezzaluna. sandwiches and burgers. and corn fritters. Order by size and portion or the “all you can eat” special. Tourist complaint hotline: % 305/673-7400. p p p I North Miami Beach f Miami Beach’s “super hip scene” has worn you out. Dine on the terrace for a romantic evening. 10 am-4 pm. Chef Aldo Marcon makes his own flavored olive oil. $$ Miami Mexican Moe’s Cantina. 1920 Meridian Avenue. offers brick-oven pizza and fresh pasta specials. is a fun hangout serving salads. 33139. They serve authentic Cal-Mex cuisine. % 305/674-1330. but don’t try them all at once..Where to Eat n 105 cream gravy. % 305/672-1270. Sat. % 305/532-MOES. ribeye steaks and seafood gumbo. $ Seafood Monty’s Stone Crab. features eight different margaritas. head north. % 305/673-3444. all served in a decor of Elvis memorabilia. fresh fruits. 300 Alton Road. 834 Ocean Drive. $ Models America Café. A great hangout for late-night seafood lovers.
n Adventures On Foot Golf n n n Greynolds Park. 36 holes. At the Bal Harbour Mall. Tennis n n n n n Haulover Beach Tennis Center. Suez Oceanfront Resort. % Haulover Park. 81st Street and Atlantic Way. Aventura. % 305/932-0661. 10800 Collins Avenue. % 305/932-6200. try on a $3. Nine holes. 305/949-1741. Aventura. % 305/932-6200. par 36. % 305/940-6719. Desert Inn Beach & Tennis Club. 18215 Collins Avenue. Country Club Drive. Turnberry Isle Resort & Club. 10800 Collins Avenue. Bad weather? There’s always America’s favorite indoor sport: shopping. 17530 W. % 305/947-0621. Start at Altos Del Mar Park. Another paved bike path is south of Sunny Isles in . Continue north on Atlantic Way to 87th Street. 19999 W. 17201 Collins Avenue. par 72. RUI Pan American Ocean Resort. 17875 Collins Avenue. Miami Beach. % 305/940-6719. % 305/932-1100.000 designer gown or a pair of $200 gold-studded sneakers. Country Club Drive. but a more peaceful ambiance. You never know when either might come in handy. 19999 W. par 27.. Turnberry Isle Resort & Club. Nine holes. Dixie Hwy.106 n North Miami Beach geous beaches too. On Wheels Surfside has a paved bike path with spectacular ocean views.
ride around Turnberry Isle Country Club. Suite 910. Across the Intracoastal Waterway. yellowtail. order the Bike Miami Suitability Map from the Metro Dade Bicycle Program.Adventures n 107 Haulover Park. bait & tackle and instruction. try the paved bike path along Sunny Isles Boulevard. Bikes are also for rent at Urban Trails Kayak at Haulover Beach Park. Hun-Fun Bicycle Rentals. Miami On Water Fishing The best boating and fishing in this area is at Haulover Park Marina & Deep Sea Fishing Center. just west of Haulover Beach Park is Oleta River State Recreation Area. then head west on Sunny Isles Boulevard. Therapy IV. also along the ocean. To learn more about these and other bike routes. full-day and night excursions for drift and bottom fishing. Country Club Drive and follow the horseshoe-shaped road that ends back at the causeway. mackerel. 10800 Collins Avenue. % 305/945-3801. a 58-ft. % 305/947-3525. rents bikes by the day or week. Start at the 192nd Street Causeway and E. % 305/940-3889. North of Sunny Isles. Ride north on E. Two charters at this Marina: n The Kelley Fleet. For picturesque Oleta River and Intracoastal Waterway views. Miami 33138. North Miami. 111 NW First Street. On the east side of this park is a scenic 1½-mile bike trail. % 305/947-1302. Country Club Drive. 220 Sunny Isles Boulevard. Choose from a number of charter boats that fish for snapper. % 305/375-4507. Start east at Sunny Isle Causeway and A1A.and three-day Bahama fishing trips. in operation since 1957. Call for reservations. grouper or kingfish. goes out for big game fish: shark. air-conditioned twin diesel fishing yacht. They also offer two. sail- n . Most supply fishing rods. Start at the Haulover Park Fishing Pier and continue north parallel to Collins Avenue. provides half-day. You’ll cross both bodies of water on this path. also known as 163rd Street and Route 826.
and supervised day and night dives are: . Andro and Narwal. Farther north. and is teeming with herons. Kayaking At the north end of Haulover Beach Park is Urban Trails Kayak. Two area dive shops providing snorkel and dive instruction. The Oleta is Dade County’s last free-flowing river. Mini-Cruising If you’d rather cruise than fish. kingfishers. there’s Newport Pier at Collins Avenue and 170th Street. as well as porpoises and manatees. % 305/945-1578. contact the Metro-Dade County Department of Environmental Resources Management (DERM) at % 305/375-DERM. Steve Schuemann has owned Urban Trails Kayak since the late 1980s and he’s an enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide. Look for raccoons and manatees. For information on dive sites.108 n North Miami Beach fish and marlin. four wrecks were sunk in 1985-1991 to encourage coral reef formation. Located on the banks of the scenic Oleta River and the Intracoastal Waterway. gear rental and sales. The ships are Conception. Maximum six people. % 305/947-6357. grunt. 3400 NE 163rd Street. mackerel and yellowtail. who will arrange a pleasant outing on his boat. Saltwater fishing is permitted at Oleta River State Recreation Area. the Haulover Beach Park Fishing Pier is a scenic spot to fish for snapper. 10800 Collins Avenue. Cone. Reservations. located on the shore of Biscayne Bay just a short paddle away from uninhabited islands and the Oleta Recreation Area. ibises. this park has abundant birdlife. or get a map and explore on your own anytime during the week. % 305/947-1302. Kayak with Steve on Saturday mornings. and ospreys. Scuba Diving & Snorkeling Off the Sunny Isles Beach coastline. spoonbills. contact the captain of Kon Tiki Dee at the Haulover Marine Center. You can rent fishing equipment and buy bait here as well. % 305/947-0750. Along Collins Avenue in south Sunny Isles.
Sightseeing n 109 n n H2O Scuba. 223 Sunny Isles Blvd. Gianni Versace and Ralph Lauren. The 24 rooms are furnished with elegant antiques. Open Mon-Sat. Jet Ski Tour If you’re a jet ski maniac. Flagler Island. is a comfortable inn along the Intracoastal Waterway. 160 Sunny Isles Blvd. was built in Segovia. Bay Harbor Islands. You’ll visit six islands. Don’t forget your sunblock. Bayside Marketplace. Miami n Sightseeing The Ancient Spanish Monastery. Sunday noon-4 pm. You’ll be in company with Chanel. the Celeste. % 305/945-1462. % 305/868-4141. Star Island. It was brought to America by newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst in 1954. n Where to Stay ¶ Bay Harbor Inn. returning to D&D’s by 4 pm. the Miami River. some with king-sized four-poster beds. Dixie Highway. n Shopping If you’ve just gotta shop. join a six-hour “Out Back Jet Ski Tour. The Diving Locker. Take plenty of credit cards. Hawaiian Isle Beach Resort. and enjoy an island barbecue. % 305/956-DIVE. near Bal Harbour Shops close to the beach. 9601 East Bay Harbor Drive. 17601 Collins Avenue. Armani. A complimentary continental breakfast is served aboard a docked yacht. 33154. Spain in 1141. 9700 Collins Avenue. % 305/947-6025. The PADI Course Director is Larry Friedman. which is HO TE L .” The tour starts 10:30 am at D&D’s Watersports. North Miami Beach.. 10 am-4 pm. browse Bal Harbour Shops. Bal Harbour.. 16711 W. % 305/866-0311. Port of Miami cruise ships. % 305/932-8445. Admission. so don’t come in cut-offs. Shoppers at this mall look chic. Brooks Brothers. fax 305/867-9094.
There’s a coffee shop/restaurant. % 800/992-4786. restaurant/lounge. shopping arcade. watersports program.and two-bedroom apartments with kitchenettes. % 800/8BAYMAR. 9401 Collins Avenue. It’s a quiet. lounge. If you arrive by boat there is space available for you to tie up. adjacent to the Newport Pier at 16701 Collins Avenue. the largest culinary arts college in the world. whirlpool. % 305/931-7000. live dinner theater and shows. wine. 17901 Collins Avenue. Sunny Isles Beach. conference center. tiki bar/grill. Persian and International night clubs. Sunny Isles Beach. masseuse. $$ Marco Polo Resort Hotel. Sunny Isles Beach. heated pool. % 800/327-5476. technology and hospitality. Heated oceanfront pool. free valet parking and complimentary newspapers. some non-smoking. Sunny Isles Beach. and beer. many of their students intern at Bay Harbor Inn as chefs and hotel staff. Jacuzzi. friendly hotel. heated pool. 19201 Collins Avenue. health spa with sauna. There is a coffee shop/restaurant. some non-smoking. heated pool. Islands Café serves lunch and dinner inside and outdoors on the terrace.110 n North Miami Beach also available for catered dinners. 18001 Collins Avenue. some with kitchenettes. restaurant. has 152 one. manicurist. There’s a coffee shop/restaurant. $$ . Many of the European and US guests are professors and chefs. $$$ The Baymar Ocean Resort. as the Inn is managed by Johnson & Wales University. The University also has schools of business. lounge. steam room. $$ Newport Pier Beachside. has 550 rooms. sundeck with panoramic views. Pets welcome. Surfside. lounge. live entertainment. has 355 rooms. beauty shop. disco. gameroom. % 800/432-3664. $ Golden Strand Resort. in-room movies and a pool. The London Tavern offers cocktails. Amenities include a pool. children’s pool. Right on Surfside Beach. $$ Best Western Surf Vista. has 119 rooms. offers 100 rooms and suites with full kitchens and terraces. some with kitchenettes. Crowne Plaza Resort.
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has some of the freshest seafood in the area. % 305/933-9004. broiled scallops. swordfish. and tables are so close you’ll touch elbows. $ ¶ Prezzo. and chopped steak are all served in portions only a halfback could eat. meatloaf. veal chops. Melt-in-your-mouth hot pastrami on fragrant homemade rye. Waitresses in tight white uniforms and well-worn sneakers rush madly from table to table carrying overstuffed sandwiches. 18831 Biscayne Blvd. 33160. The homemade chocolate decadence and custard pudding desserts are superb. grilled tuna. pancakes. 9301 Collins Avenue. % 305/947-4581. It’s so noisy you have to shout. $ ¶ Tuna’s Waterfront Grille. Sunny Isles Beach. blue crab crakes. Entrées include artichoke pizza. The cheesecake is so rich your arteries harden before the plate is empty. Sunny Isles Beach Resort Association. Trout. 33154. and open 24 hours a day. soft shell crabs. because of their food. A popular spot with locals. and it’s worth every bite. Florida stone crab. and even that favorite comfort food. Surfside. mushrooms and tomatoes is topped with grilled fresh yellowfin tuna in a sun-dried tomato vinaigrette. $$$ Tourism Information Surfside Tourist Board. p p p . strip steak.112 n North Miami Beach n Where to Eat ¶ Wolfie Cohen’s Rascal House Restaurant. % 305/864-0722. succulent Nova salmon on a bagel with cream cheese. A late-night menu is served from 10 pm-2 am. Call or write for their Information Guide and Discount Certificate Booklet. But Wolfie’s is always mobbed. Maine and Florida lobster. North Miami Beach. % 305/947-5826. 172nd and Collins Avenue. 17100 Collins Avenue. salmon. You’ll wait in line behind chains to be seated. shrimp creole. omelettes. % 305/945-2567. Aventura. fish cakes. at Loehmann’s Fashion Island Mall.. has delicious salads: a bed of organic greens. homemade soup. 17201 Biscayne Blvd. Suite 208.
. . . . . . . . Broward Mass Transit . Dollar. . . Northwest. % 800/327-9633 % 800/331-1212 % 800/527-0700 % 800/800-4000 % 800/654-3131 % 800/227-7368 Other Transportation: Greyhound/Trailways . . . . Icelandair. Hillsboro Beach. . . I Greater Fort Lauderdale n Getting Here Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport is at 3629 N. . . . American Trans Air.E. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . and Coconut Creek. . . . . . Turn east and you’ll be on A1A which parallels Fort Lauder- . . . . . . . . Air Jamaica. . . . National . . . . . Halisa Air. Hertz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pompano Beach. take US Highway 1 north to S. . . . United and US Air. . Laker Airways. Deerfield Beach. . 17th Street. . Carnival. . . . . Lauderdale Rental Car Agencies Alamo . . 19th Street. Delta. . . . . . . Spirit. Canadian Airlines International. . . . . . . Avis. . . . . Liberty. This airport is served by Air Canada. . . % 800/231-2222 % 954/357-8400 % 800/872-7245 % 954/467-6677 n Getting Around From the Airport. . . . Water Taxi of Fort Lauderdale . . Fort Lauderdale. . . . . . . Southwest. . . . Budget . . Dania. . Davie. . . American. . Ft. . . . . . . . . Amtrak Trains . . % 954/359-1200. . TWA. . . . . Continental. Midwest Express.n this chapter we share our favorite adventures in Hollywood. . . . .
Hollywood Beach is a beautiful five-mile stretch of pearl-colored sand and elegant palm trees. prior to their ocean release. Dania. sea grapes. Swimming is wonderful here. 6503 North Ocean Drive. snack shops. a strip of pavement closed to cars but open for walkers and bikers.114 n Hollywood dale’s famous beach. snack shops and restaurants in the area. John U. and there are picnic spots. and a 60-foot-high observation tower. Access to this park is at Route A1A and Sheridan Street. bathrooms. walking paths. the beach is accessible from Greenbriar to Sherman Street. Off route A1A. The Broadwalk. North Beach has a sea turtle protection program. Hollywood n Adventures On Foot If you enjoy beachwalking. An ocean walk along the white sandy beach is dramatic. Birders and photographers will love hiking here. Facilities include picnic spots. Our second recommendation is the 56-acre Hollywood North Beach Park. and you may see them in holding tanks. has a self-guided nature trail that meanders through a semi-tropical coastal hammock. Along A1A you can access downtown Fort Lauderdale via Las Olas Boulevard or Sunrise Boulevard. bathrooms. Dania Beach. and boardwalks built over dunes. lifeguards. % 954/923-2833. . we recommend you visit two beaches in this area. off Route A1A at Oak Street. showers. oak trees. lifeguards. This lush park has dense vegetation. borders most of the beach. Lloyd Beach State Recreation Area. is a lovely half-mile beach with soft khaki-colored sand. Palm trees and a newly rebuilt pier create a nice setting for a short seaside stroll. located between Hollywood Beach and Dania Beach.
Biking & Skating
Take a spin along the Broadwalk, an asphalt promenade that hugs Hollywood beach for two miles between Simms and Georgia Streets. You’ll pass family motels, snack shacks, and souvenir shops, as well as joggers, sun bathers, and senior citizens. This is a pleasant way to enjoy the sun and surf and get some exercise, too. If you’re feeling athletic, try the challenging velodrome at Brian Piccolo Park, 9501 Sheridan Street, Cooper City, % 954/437-2600. The velodrome has a 333-meter cycle track and a 200-meter banked in-line skate track. Bikes and skates are available for rent, and lessons are available. The park also has a regular bike path. Topeekeegee Yugnee Park (also known as T.Y. Park), 3300 N. Park Road, Hollywood, % 954/985-1980, rents bicycles for use on the park’s bike path, which circles around a fishing and boating lake. Bike rentals are available at the Anne Kolb Nature Center in West Lake Park, 1200 Sheridan Street, Hollywood, % 954/926-2410. This is one of the largest parks in Florida, preserving over 1,400 acres of coastal mangrove wetlands in an urban landscape. The center has observation platforms, boardwalks, and numerous bike trails.
Boating & Fishing
There’s a small fishing lake in Brian Piccolo Park (address and phone given in the On Foot section, above). Catch-and-release fishing is encouraged, and the park closes at dusk. A license is required if you are 16 or over. C.B. Smith Park has an 80-acre lake with three fishing piers. They also encourage catch-and-release fishing. Fish from the piers, from shore, or rent a boat. 900 N. Flamingo Road, Pembroke Pines, % 954/437-2650.
Topeekeegee Yugnee Park has a 40-acre lake with shore or boat fishing permitted. Again, a license is required for those 16 or over. The park rents canoes, paddleboats, and john boats. (Address and phone in On Foot, above.) West Lake Park, 1200 Sheridan Street, Hollywood, % 954/926-2410, is the marine gateway to West Lake’s 1,500 acres, running east from Johnson Street north to Port Everglades. You can rent canoes or launch your own boat from the park’s marina. Within the park is a smaller lake that offers good shore fishing.
West Lake Park/Anne Kolb Nature Center (address above) has three different self-guided interpretive canoe trails meandering through one of southeast Florida’s largest mangrove estuarine habitats. Keep your eyes open for fiddler crabs, mangrove crabs, coffee bean snails and snapping shrimp. Birds living here include the yellow crowned night heron, white ibis, osprey, roseate spoonbill, and peregrine falcon. On Saturdays in January, February and March, guided canoe tours leave from West Lake Marina at 10 am and 1 pm. Call % 954/926-2480 for current schedules. John U. Lloyd Beach State Recreation Area, 6503 North Ocean Drive, Dania, 33004, % 954/923-2833, rents canoes. Keep a look out for manatees. Fishing is excellent off the jetty at the park’s north end.
Past the chic high rises of Miami Beach is a quiet neighborhood of low-rise motels in Hollywood. Tucked among them is one of Florida’s only kayak schools. Water Ways Kayak, 1406 N. Ocean Drive, % 954/921-8944, offers excellent half-day clinics for beginning or advanced kayakers. A brief part of the class is on land, but the best part is in West Lake, where you’ll practice paddle strokes and boat maneuvering as white egrets watch from dense mangroves. After four hours you’ll feel completely in control of your kayak, ready for the advanced class or a day at sea. Instructors are experienced and enthusiastic, bestowing personal attention on each student. After class, browse the pris-
% 954/981-4000. 7499 Pembroke Road.118 n Hollywood tine shop overflowing with state-of-the-art kayaks and top quality sports clothing. Her Demo Flight includes a half-hour of ground instruction and half-hour flight for just $85. an airline transport pilot. North Perry Airport. and flight instructor. She’s been an air traffic controller. blue-eyed Alice Butler may look like a magazine cover girl. If you’ve always yearned to pilot a helicopter. but she has nerves of steel. a skywriter. so why not take the challenge? . Of course Alice will be alongside as coach. Now she’s found her place in the sky as President/Flight Instructor of Rotors in Motion. Hollywood. In the Air Helicopter Flying Blonde. commercial pilot. Alice will have you flying in one hour.
Admission. Handball players armed with a curved basket throw a ball at speeds up to 100 mph at the glass-fronted Dania Jai-Alai fronton. Hallandale. Gulfstream Park races thoroughbreds from January-March and offers parimutuel betting. Dania. 901 S. matinees Tuesday. Tuesday. % 954/920-1511. which features parimutuel betting. Open Wednesday-Monday. Sunday at 1 pm. % 954/454-8666. Lauderdale . Federal Highway. Open Tuesday-Saturday from 7:15 pm. Dania Beach Boulevard.Adventures n 119 Other Adventures Spectator Sports Home to the Florida Derby and the world-renowned Breeders Cup. At Hollywood Greyhound Track. Ft. Admission. Thursday and Saturday at 12:30 pm. 301 E. dining and a cocktail lounge. post time 1:15 pm. Admission. 831 Federal Highway. Nightly from 7:30 pm. Thursday and Friday at noon. % 954/454-7000. fleet-footed greyhounds chase a mechanical rabbit nightly from December 26 to April 26 for parimutuel wagering. Hallandale. Watch the action while dining at the track restaurant or relaxing over cocktails in the lounge.
bread nut and floss silk trees. A 1. If you only have time for one walk in this area. 3750 Flamingo Road. On Wheels There are bike rentals and pleasant biking paths at Plantation Park and Markham Park. flowers. circa 1565. The historic Pine Island Ridge area has archaeological sites dating back to the Tequesta Indians. 3900 SW 100th Avenue. and hundred-year-old trees. has 358 acres of nature trails through dense woods and a live oak hammock. Tree Tops Park has a bike path. heads facing backward. a great horned owl stars in a lecture on birds of prey. Inside the Aviary. Tree Tops Park. don’t miss Flamingo Gardens. Flamingo Gardens is a haven for bird and tropical plant lovers.000-foot boardwalk along a 23-acre freshwater marsh is a good spot for wildlife and nature photography. % 954/473-2955. Davie. but no rentals. See the On Water section for park addresses and phone numbers. pink trumpet vine. Davie.120 n Davie Davie n Adventures On Foot Set among 60 lush acres of palms. woodstorks and 200 other bird species fly freely or bathe in bubbling ponds. as the birds go into a frenzy of squawking and flapping. Some sleep balanced on one leg. At the Learning Center. Feeding time at 2:30 pm is fun. % 954/ 370-3750. double-crested cormorants. . Pink flamingos strut their sandy beach on impossibly thin legs that bend backwards at the joints. Trails lead among magnificent gardens of African tulip.
Everglades Holiday Park. License required if you are 16 or older. Plantation. Davie. Ft. State Road 84. paddleboats. Sunrise. offers paddleboat and canoe rentals. See the snapshot of Captain Dan Coltrane on the next page. 3900 SW 100th Avenue. Shore fishing is permitted in the lake and canal. offers fishing guides. % 954/389-2000. Fishing is permitted from a boat. 21940 Griffin Road. boat rentals. % 954/791-1025. 21940 Griffin Road.Adventures n 121 On Water Boating & Fishing Tree Tops Park. Lauderdale Airboating Everglades Holiday Park. Canoes. 33317. Markham Park. 1100 S. License required if you are 16 or older. Fort Lauderdale 33332. Admission. % 954/434-8111. Fig Tree Lane. License required if you are 16 and older. The park is located west of Davie. and permits fishing from shore. % 954/434-8111. bait. and licenses for Everglades fishing. on shore. and johnboats are available for rent. . % 954/370-3750. 33326. fishing gear. has a 26-acre lake with ramps for launching private boats into the New River Canals. or from the pier. Fort Lauderdale (west of Davie). Rentals are on weekends and holidays only. 16001 W. has a marina renting canoes and paddleboats for exploring 15 acres of waterways. Plantation Heritage Park. 33332.
saddle bronc riding. calf roping. get tickets to the “Biggest Country Western Festival East of the Mississippi. For the monthly calendar of rodeos. behind Town Hall. monster truck shows. steer wrestling. % 954/797-1166. .” the Florida WestFair. If you’re in the Davie area the end of February or beginning of March. Competitions in bareback riding.122 n Davie On Horseback To amuse your cowboy or cowgirl soul. pull on your boots and hat for an evening at Davie Arena’s 5 Star Rodeo. barrel racing and bull riding make for a Wild West event. team roping. a parade. call % 954/797-1166 or 954/791-WEST. 6591 Orange Drive. and carnival rides. Ten fun-filled days of country music stars. or WestFair schedule.
74. Another Designated Urban Wilderness Area is Easterlin Park. Fort Lauderdale. % 954/938-0610. The park’s ¾-mile Woodland Nature Trail winds through oak hammock. % 954/726-8430. Ft. Par 71. % 954/389-2100. The 250-year-old cypress trees create a peaceful setting for walking and relaxing. Rolling Hills Resort. A self-guided trail map is available at the park office. State Road 84. 8201 SW 24th Street. features guided nature walks through a 55-acre park.200-foot wheelchair accessible boardwalk through oak hammock. The New River Trail is a 3. Par 71. 6800 NW 88th Avenue. 200 Bonaventure Blvd.. 3501 Rolling Hills Circle. Par 72. Oakland Park. Ft. 5101 West Commercial Blvd. % 954/475-8200. Sabal Palms Golf Courses. % 954/791-1030. 1000 NW 38th Street. Colony West Country Club. Fort Lauderdale. % 954/475-3010. .. 2701 W. Lauderdale Golf n n n n n Arrowhead Golf & Sports Club.200-foot woodchip trail wending through an oak hammock. freshwater and saltwater wetlands. Fort Lauderdale. % 954/731-2600. A self-guided trail booklet from the park office makes it easy to enjoy park trails on your own. Fort Lauderdale. cypress and maple forest. A Designated Urban Wilderness Area. Fort Lauderdale. Par 70. Par 72. Lauderdale. The Laurel Oak Trail is a 1.Adventures n 123 Fort Lauderdale n Adventures On Foot Hiking Secret Woods Nature Center. Bonaventure Country Club.
Five lighted hard courts. % 954/564-7386. % 954/396-3621. Fort Lauderdale. Two lighted hard courts. Joseph C. Six lighted courts. Coral Ridge Tennis Club. Fort Lauderdale Tennis Club. four lighted hard courts.. Twenty non-lighted clay courts. 2851 NW Eighth Road. Fort Lauderdale. nine non-lighted clay courts. 600 Tennis Club Drive. 4400 Bayview Drive. Lafayette Hart. % 954/396-3621. Six lighted courts. 2750 NW 19th Street. n n . % 954/791-1041. % 954/763-8657. Five lighted hard courts. Carter Park. Bayview Park. Fort Lauderdale.124 n Fort Lauderdale Tennis n n n n Bass Park. Fort Lauderdale. Fort Lauderdale. 3801 Bayview Drive. 1450 W. Sunrise Blvd. Fort Lauderdale. % 954/761-5410.
cable TV. search and recovery. or dine on fresh seafood at Bahia Mar Bar & Grille. See the snapshot of Captain Carolyn Williams and Captain Nadine Nack on the next page. If you need some R&R. Fort Lauderdale. There are plenty of wrecks in the area. navigation. deep diving. The marina also hosts the annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. Suite 304. business and telephone services. sundries and ice. While strolling the docks. sunglasses. such as the cargo freighter Rodeo at 130 feet. swimming and beachwalking. Fort Lauderdale. the barge Hog Heaven at 80 feet. check into the Bahia Mar Beach Resort for a few days of tennis. you’ll see some of the world’s largest yachts. % 954/764-2233. Classes are taught by ASA certified instructors who are also licensed Coast Guard Captains. and the Tenneco Platforms at 118 feet. . is the area’s largest marina with 350 slips and a 44-acre beach. international flags flapping in the breeze. % 800/966-BOAT. and underwater photography. Bahia Mar Yachting Center. Inc. The Marina Store has nautical resort wear. There are also PADI Open Water Certification courses and advanced Certification courses. sign up to dive off the company’s Pro Diver II. Stock up on groceries from the Bahia Mar Beach Market Deli. 2170 SE 17th Street Causeway. offers PADI specialty courses in night diving.Adventures n 125 On Water Boating Bahia Mar Yachting Center. wreck diving. Lauderdale Scuba Diving & Snorkeling Pro Dive International. If you’re already certified. Fort Lauderdale. is an American Sailing Association training facility. yacht maintenance.. gifts. There’s a new Marina Service Center that provides assistance with reservations. Ft. 801 Seabreeze Boulevard. % 954/761-3413. a 61-foot glass-bottom vessel that can accommodate up to 30 divers. All courses are taught aboard an outstanding fleet of ocean going Sail and Power yachts. books. charts. Southeast Yachting School & Charters. Weekly bareboat charters for powerboats and sailboats are also available year-round. fueling. 801 Seabreeze Boulevard.
glass-bottom snorkel trips leave the dock at 9:30 am. The upper deck is open air. The Jungle Queen cruises the New River past waterfront homes and downtown Fort Lauderdale. Inc. Fort Lauderdale. Thursdays and Saturdays there are twilight/night dives.. the lower deck is air-conditioned. Fort Lauderdale. the schedule is reversed. Fort Lauderdale. 301 Seabreeze Boulevard. Some offer parasailing. Two-tank dive charters depart at 12:30 pm. a tropical island where macaws live. We can recommend these companies: n n n Bill’s Sunrise Watersports. Speedboats & Parasailing Fort Lauderdale has dozens of watersports centers renting waverunners. bonita. barracuda. No reservations are necessary. and supply bait. dolphin and sailfish. Deep-Sea Fishing If 20 minutes to the fishing grounds sounds perfect to you. Watersports Unlimited. climb aboard the Flamingo at Bahia Mar Yachting Center. Sea Screamer. % 954/462-8962. % 954/463-4110. rods and fishing instruction. and 7 pm. Restrooms and comfortable seating on board. cobia. 1 pm. On Sundays. % 954/467-1316. Fort Lauderdale. 2025 E. and speedboats. The drift fishing boat has restrooms and a glass-enclosed lounge. Sightseeing Boats The Carrie B. jet skis. a charming replica of a 19th-century riverboat. kingfish. cruises the New River and the Intracoastal Waterway in a 1½-hour narrated tour. They run three trips daily at 8 am. Expect to reel in wahoo. mini-cigarettes. and beverages/snacks are available. Cruises depart at 11 am.126 n Fort Lauderdale On Tuesdays through Saturdays. 1 pm and 3 pm from Riverwalk at SE 5th Avenue & Las Olas Boulevard. grouper. Sunrise Boulevard. 85 Las Olas Circle. 801 Sea-breeze Boulevard. % 954/768-9920. Fort Lauderdale. On Tuesdays. The three-hour sightseeing cruises depart daily at 10 am . % 954/462-9194. and also stops at the Jungle Queen Indian Village.
% 954/763-6533 or 800/942-2583. postcards and magazines. 501 Seabreeze Boulevard. travel guides. % 954/468-1580. Departures are from Bahia Mar Yachting Center. and there’s an after-dinner Variety Revue. call % 954/467-6677. Monday-Fridays. Greg Louganis and other swim stars. NOAA charts. flags. Swimming The International Swimming Hall of Fame Aquatic Complex is an extensive outdoor swimming and diving facility open daily for lap swimming and water aerobics. Lauderdale An excellent book and gift shop is Bluewater Books & Charts. . Esther Williams. 801 Seabreeze Boulevard.Adventures n 127 and 2 pm. Fort Lauderdale. Southport Center. four-hour dinner cruises depart at 7 pm. Dinners feature barbecue ribs. They operate daily from 10 am to 2 am. Fees vary. functioning both as sightseeing rides and convenient transportation around the city. Fort Lauderdale Water Taxis travel the area’s 300 miles of rivers and canals. Reservations suggested. cruising guides. Taxis will pick you up from one of 56 locations. marine videos. 6 pm-8 pm. Open daily 8 am-4 pm. TIP Ft. 1481 SE 17 th Street. They stock some 35. calendars. Fort Lauderdale. browse the exhibits on Johnny “Tarzan” Weissmuller. chicken and shrimp. Admission for swimming and museum. The complex hosts national and international aquatic competitions. Alcoholic beverages are available. Fort Lauderdale. At the museum. % 954/462-5596.000 nautical books. marine software.
% 954/563-5393. Open Tuesday-Friday. Admission. % 954/763-6464. is a National Historic Landmark school. 1009 N. Sunday 1-4 pm. Open Tuesday-Saturday noon-4 pm. Admission. 335 E.W 4th Street. Admission. Wednesday. is the tiny. % 954/463-4431. Las Olas Boulevard (at S. jewelry and tribal masks. now home to African art. Saturday and Sunday at 1 pm and 2 pm. Sunday. Furnished in period antiques. Open Tuesday 10 am-9 pm. % 954/467-6637. Open Wednesday-Friday 10 am to 2 pm. Admission. orchids and monkeys.bonnethouse. Open Wednesday-Saturday. 401 SW 2nd Street. www. Wednesday-Saturday 10 am-5 pm. Fort Lauderdale. Museum of Art has a permanent art collection. Old Dillard Art and Cultural Museum. Museum of Discovery and Science/Blockbuster Imax Theater. features dynamic hands-on exhibits and a five-story Imax theater. 10 am-4 pm. Fort Lauderdale. and touring exhibits such as Salvador Dali and Grandma Moses. it’s the city’s oldest residence. % 954/765-6952. Birch Road. 10 am-4 pm. Sunday noon-5 pm.E.com. 219 SW 2nd Avenue. Fort Lauderdale. noon-5 pm. Open Monday-Saturday 10 am-5 pm. Admission. Fort Lauderdale. Bonnet House. Fort Lauderdale. beautifully restored turn-of-the-century riverside home of Fort Lauderdale’s founder. features antique family paintings by the home’s original artist-owners and 35 acres of swans. 6th Avenue). Saturday and Sunday noon-3 pm. The museum conducts turtle walks on selected summer evenings. A storyteller performs in a thatched hut. Tours Wednesday-Friday at 10 am and 1 pm. a historic seaside estate built in 1926. Free. % 954/524-4736. Fort Lauderdale. noon-8 pm. Stranahan House. Las Olas Boulevard. .128 n Fort Lauderdale n Sightseeing Museums & Culture Fort Lauderdale Historical Museum features exhibits that depict growth and development of the city from the 1870 to 1930. call for dates and reservations. 1 E. 900 N.
one hour from Fort Lauderdale. on the Seminole Big Cypress Reservation.. Mai Kai Polynesian Revue. and a gift shop with a variety of Native American arts. vines and trees. providing information on the Big Cypress Swamp. Open Tuesday-Sunday. Fort Lauderdale. SE 8th Avenue and E. % 941/902-1113. 3501 SW Davie Road. presents state-of-the-art laser light shows at their astronomy center. Riverwalk. % 954/468-1541. is a delightful way to tour the city’s historic district. engraved brick walkways. Seminole culture dioramas. recreates a Polynesian village with dance and cuisine. Admission. Fee. Traditional Seminole dances are performed at the ceremonial grounds. is a new park along the banks of the historic New River. Exit 14. SW 7th Avenue to SW 2nd Avenue. The living Seminole village shows how the tribe lived over 100 years ago in the Everglades. Carriage Stand. interactive computers. Admission. Ah-Tha-Thi-Ki is the world’s first comprehensive museum dedicated to the history and culture of Florida’s Seminole Indians. Ft. 9 am-5 pm. artifacts. % 954/475-668. The museum features a five-screen orientation theater. % 954/763-7393. crafts and music. Broward Community College. Fort Lauderdale. contact the Seminole Reservation main office at % 954/792-0745. Las Olas Horse and Carriage Tours. 17 miles north of Interstate 75. Arts festivals and free outdoor jazz concerts are held here. Las Olas Blvd. % 954/563-3272. 3599 N.Sightseeing n 129 Ah-Tha-Thi-Ki Museum. Federal Highway. Buehler Planetarium. Admission. Lauderdale . Landscaped paths. On Sunday evenings from June through September the show features Polynesian children. A one-mile boardwalk nature trail winds through ferns. Fort Lauderdale. Davie. To arrange group tours. and yachts in the harbor create a picturesque setting.
% 954/475-6880. Fort Lauderdale.130 n Fort Lauderdale Performing Arts Bailey Hall. Brian C. 707 NE 8th Street. hosts Broadway shows from October-April. % 954/566-0554. is a 4. presents a wide variety of dance. % 954/946-2402. music. 201 SW 5th Avenue. Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Smith’s Off-Broadway at 26th Street Theater offers contemporary plays in a theater seating 300. Pompano Amphitheater. % 954/764-0700. holds pop and rock concerts. 1444 NE 26th Street. Broward Community College. Sunrise Musical Theater. Sunrise. Fort Lauderdale. 1801 NE 6th Street. Parker Playhouse. Fort Lauderdale. presents Broadway. like Hootie and the Blowfish and REO Speedwagon. and professional touring theater groups. .000-seat auditorium presenting top stars and music groups. % 954/462-0222. 3501 SW Davie Road. along the banks of the New River. dance and operatic stars in concerts and performances. Fort Lauderdale. % 954/741-8600. Pompano Beach. 5555 NW 95th Avenue.
Wild West Fair. % 954/525-5500. % 954/346-4000. % 954/467-6637. Annual Seminole Tribal Fair. % 954/764-7642. % 954/537-1010. % 954/462-9644. % 954/489-3255. % 954/357-7514. August Big League World Series of Little League Baseball. Sistrunk Historical Festival. % 954/463-4431. Davie Orange Blossom Festival and Rodeo. July Fourth of July Family Celebration. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival. % 954/966-6300. Cajun Zydeco Crawfish Festival. Fort Lauderdale Festival of the Arts. % 954/771-7117.Festivals & Events n 131 n Festivals & Events February Taste of Fort Lauderdale. September Art à la Carte. Museum of Art Las Olas Art Festival. St. May Gold Coast Wine Celebration. % 954/485-3481. March Honda Golf Classic. % 954/761-5363. Florida Renaissance Festival. % 954/761-5363. April Fort Lauderdale Seafood Festival. % 954/943-1012. % Ft. Fort Lauderdale Spring Boat Show. Lauderdale . % 954/525-5500. 954/581-0790.
Broward County Fair. % 954/767-0686. Riverwalk Blues Fest. % 954/489-3255. November Promenade in the Park. % 954/931-3407. % % . % 954/761-5365. Candy Cane Parade. Winterfest Light Up Lauderdale. Fort Lauderdale International Film 954/563-0500. % 954/FAIR. Festival. 954/767-0686. December Christmas on Las Olas. % 954/791-0202.132 n Fort Lauderdale October Broward Navy Days Fleet Week. New River Boat Parade. % 954/767-NAVY. International Boat Show. Via Broward. % 954/764-5973. % Oktoberfest. Fort Lauderdale 954/764-7642. % 954/527-0627. % 954/523-1200. Winterfest Continental Airlines Boat Parade.
A Superior Small Lodging member. well-run lodgings. % 800/888-2639. 2667 NE 32nd Street.Where to Stay n 133 n Where to Stay Note: Establishments designated as “Superior Small Lodging” are members of a county program designed to promote clean. % 954/527-2700. $ Radisson Bahia Mar Beach Resort. We could relax on our balcony or by one of two pools surrounded by exotic plants and palm trees. The Winterset is a short walk to shops. fishing or diving out of Bahia Mar Yachting Center. dining area. Choose from an efficiency or one. We enjoyed our second floor corner unit with a large living room. wetbar and coffee maker. shopping. Fort Lauderdale. Spanish and Portuguese.and two-bedroom units. $-$$ HO TE L Ft. have fewer than 50 rooms and are distinguished by their friendly ambiance and personal service. efficiencies. private . Located a half-mile from Port Everglades. Fort Lauderdale. Our bathroom window let in lovely morning sunshine. has 361 suites furnished with tropical prints. Children under 10 stay free. with refrigerators and microwaves. and one. ¶ The Winterset Apartment/Motel. and the beach. has 11 units. % 954/764-2233. On-site laundry facilities and soft drink machines were an added convenience. The hotel has a pool. this is a convenient hotel if you’re going cruising.or two-bedroom unit. 2801 Terramar Street. and Mrs. there’s a pool with a BBQ grill. The outdoor pool and whirlpool are surrounded by waterfalls and tropical gardens. is a charming and relaxing property owned and managed by Mr. restaurants. Half of the rooms are non-smoking. Lauderdale Embassy Suites. Close to the beach. offers 300 guest rooms and suites with scenic views of the Atlantic Ocean or Intracoastal Waterway. and fully equipped kitchen. golf and tennis. safe. They offer hotel rooms. Robert Poirier. each with refrigerator. $$ Estoril Apartments/Motel. This is a great location if you’ll be boating. microwave. English and French spoken. % 954/563-3840. 1100 S. Member lodgings are reviewed and inspected annually. and owner/hosts Roger and Mary Ambrosio speak English. 801 Seabreeze Boulevard. Fort Lauderdale.E. 17th Street Causeway. Fort Lauderdale. The gracious Poiriers make sure you’re having a wonderful vacation. restaurants.
restaurants and Fort Lauderdale Beach. $-$$ Camping Public Campgrounds in Broward County and Greater Fort Lauderdale: n Easterlin Campground. The 48 RV sites are equipped with electrical outlets. 17-story hotel three miles from downtown Fort Lauderdale. Fort Lauderdale. is a 388-room. $$-$$$ Three Suns Motel. Marc. Some are non-smoking. including the delightful California Café. Enjoy the hotel’s European Health and Beauty Spa. picnic tables. golf.or two-bedroom unit. The revolving Pier Top Lounge has spectacular city and sea views. Quiet Waters Campground. and Peter Biron speak English and French. has 55 shaded campsites with electricity. 3016 Windamar Street. has 16 campsites with a “rent-a-camp” package: a tent that sleeps up to six people. 3300 N. Close to boating. picnic tables and grills. and you can choose a hotel room. % 954/938-0610. Sites are also available for campers with their own tents. has 60 sites for RVs and tents. 1000 NW 38th Street. Fort Lauderdale. Hollywood. T. Dine at Bahia Mar Bar & Grill or Skipper’s Pool Bar. restrooms. two lighted tennis courts.134 n Fort Lauderdale walkway to Fort Lauderdale Beach. efficiency. Pompano Beach. one. % 954/525-6666.Three swimming pools. grills. % 954/985-1980. Fishing. sleeping pads. 2301 SE 17th Street Causeway. and canoe rentals. and boating on the lake. and four lighted tennis courts. Many rooms have private balconies and overlook either the Atlantic or the pool and garden. shopping. Powerline Road. % 954/360-1315. windsurfing. % 954/563-7926. and six restaurants. tennis. has 20 units with refrigerators and microwaves. Park Road. Oakland Park. $$-$$$ Hyatt Regency Pier 66. 6601 N. (Topeekeegee Yugnee) Whispering Pines Campground. coolers. ice and soda machine. suite. swimming. Showers. Children under 17 stay free. wa- n n .Y. Owner/hosts Kerry.
Where to Stay n 135 ter. convenience store.B. Pembroke Pines. and bike rentals. boating. Sunrise. restrooms. The Park nearby has a swimming beach. 50 amp electric hookups. has 86 campsites. This oak-shaded park features a swimming lagoon. A new 56-acre recreational island complex features swimming. Six miles to beaches. Full/partial hookups and tent camping sites also available. tennis/racquetball. % 800/487-7395. n C. There’s a pool. showers. Adjacent to airboat tours. and patios. shuffleboard. % 954/437-2650. picnic tables. Smith Lakeside Campground. 2121 NW 29th Court. % 954/389-2000. Fort Lauderdale. picnicking and snack bar. 16001 W. food and film. Fishing. % 954/434-8111 has 100 RV sites which include gas. ice and groceries. racquetball. 21940 Griffin Road. fishing. billiards. laundry. tennis. State Road 84. The Trading Post sells camping supplies. is open year-round. Campfires allowed in the tent section only. pool. and boat rentals. Restrooms. Everglades Holiday Park. and sewer hookups. water slide. boat and bike rentals. showers. and swimming in the lake. snack bar and miniature golf. boat. Fort Lauderdale. fishing. Restrooms have showers and a laundry. and horseshoes. tube ride. 900 Flamingo Road. a paved model airplane field and fishing. with or without sewer hookup. grills. bike rentals. features 60 RV sites adjacent to a lake. rec hall. n Ft. laundry and exercise facilities. Restrooms have showers and laundry. boat rentals. with electricity. sports equipment rentals and free Friday night movies. Lauderdale Camping in the Everglades: n Members of the Florida Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds: n Buglewood RV Resort. water. . There are also lakeside tent camping sites. target range. fishing. Markham Park Campground.
% 954/731-8570. % 954/791-5023. 3301 North SR7. swimming. shuffleboard. % 800/581-2322. lake with fishing. Twin Lakes Travel Park. has 250 sites with 30/50 amp. laundry. laundry. snack bar. 3631 W. and 24-hour security. snack bar. 30 amp electricity. Commercial Blvd.. boat ramps. shuffleboard. bingo. rec halls. 2323 SR84. laundry facilities. clubroom. weekly dances. 30 and 50 amp electric hookups. Bathhouse. n n n n . pool with whirlpool. laundry facilities. clubhouse. Yacht Haven Park & Marina. Hollywood. Adults only November-April. 3055 Burris Road. has a beach. % 800/327-8182. 5731 South SR7. Kozy Kampers RV Park. rec hall. has 102 full hookups. Fort Lauderdale. Seminole Park. % 954/987-6961. Fort Lauderdale.136 n Fort Lauderdale n Candlelight Park. shuffleboard. Fort Lauderdale. near shopping and the beach. pay phones. electrical and water hookups. and swimming. Pets on leashes welcome. is a family owned RV park. fishing. Fort Lauderdale. features six bathhouses. and fishing. hot showers.
and fish mobiles swim over the crowded bar. served with artichoke hearts. you look out on million-dollar yachts. white wine. Lauderdale’s famous beach. 2029 Hollywood Blvd. Beautiful floral prints. Fort Lauderdale. The atmosphere is funky nautical. and Ft. this restaurant will fulfill those Chinese food cravings. Fort Lauderdale. asparagus. 1900 SE 15th Street. is a friendly family owned restaurant tucked among Hollywood’s boutiques. A blue neon sign says “From sea to shining sea. and herbs. and red peppers in a sauce made with lemon. seafood pot pie. white beans. 101 South Atlantic Blvd. shrimp. Chef Angelo Elia creates original dishes with a healthy twist: his antipasto features sun-dried tomatoes. Pink swordfish is fabulous. crabmeat-stuffed artichoke. Dine indoors or out along Ft. white tablecloths. Don’t skip the rich homemade apple tart with cinnamon ice cream. olive oil. % 954/763-2777. % 954/923-1688. his risotto with osso bucco in a light tomato sauce has fresh rosemary. Hollywood. 17th Street Causeway. Chef’s specialties include ginger duck. specializes in fresh fish. upholstered booths.Where to Eat n 137 n Where to Eat Chinese ¶ Christina Wan’s Mandarin House Restaurant. and eggplant instead of traditional heavy meats and vegetables wallowing in olive oil. From Hunan beef to Kung Pao chicken. salmon.” a fish video runs on the overhead TV. and stewed prawns. lobster caesar salad. conch salad. $$ Seafood ¶ Dining pierside from 15th Street Fisheries. all are delicious. % 954/728-3500. General Chang’s chicken. Lauderdale ¶ H20 Mediterranean Bar and Grill. and a serene aquarium create a pleasant atmosphere. Grilled mahi-mahi sandwiches. They also have an extensive vegetarian menu. $$ Mediterranean Ft. Friday is “all you can eat” – buckets of spicy peel-&-eat shrimp and fried clams. palm trees. Fort Lauderdale. mushrooms. Great people watching. Lauderdale’s sparkling waterways. $$ ¶ California Café Bar & Grill. boasts one of the best views in the city: floor-to-ceiling windows frame the . % 954/760-7500. Hyatt Pier 66 Hotel..
overlooking cruise ships docked at Port Everglades. under the spell of owner/chef Jean-Pierre Brehier. offers casual dining with specialties like conch chowder and barbecue on Bimini bread. $$ Ernie’s Bar-B-Que. Sesame-crusted rare tuna is enlivened with a tangerine-orange-soy sauce. Best dessert: key lime natilla custard layered with fresh berries and chocolate crisps. Fort Lauderdale. A spacious. Atlantic Blvd. Port Everglades. Fort Lauderdale. prepared without butter or cream. Jackets and reservations required. Then try salmon Napoleon: tender fish fillets wrapped around a giant grilled portobello mushroom. Fort Lauderdale. 301 SW 3rd Avenue. One of Chef Paul Riso’s signature entrées is his macadamia nut-crusted snapper with vodka grapefruit sauce.. is a romantic Spanish villa with a piano lounge. % 954/522-5225. Lunch and dinner. so you can indulge in a five-star meal without guilt. dinner only. Fort Lauderdale. Steak. overlooks the Performing Arts Center in the city’s River Walk district. % 954/523-0177. Tiramisu brandy sponge cake surrounded by swirls of espresso crème anglaise is divine. is an oceanfront café with a New Orleans atmo- . Host of the PBS series Sunshine Cuisine and regular guest chef on the Today show. Fresh fish. Baby Maine mussels in spinach are prepared with skim milk. $$-$$$ French/Continental ¶ Spend a romantic evening at Left Bank. % 954/462-5376. $$-$$$ Other Restaurants Burt and Jack’s. Many of his signature dishes are low calorie. Dinner nightly. Federal Highway. Fort Lauderdale. served with spicy black bean salsa and cilantro aioli. % 954/522-7001. prime steak specialties. seafood. Start with Dungeness crab cakes. $ Evangeline’s. pan-seared sea scallops with mango beurre blanc only taste rich. 214 SE 6th Street. beautiful restaurant with raspberry and lavender accented walls. $$ Chart House. Berth 23. 1843 S.138 n Fort Lauderdale Intracoastal Waterway as yachts cruise by. with mashed potatoes on the side. 211 S. California Café serves dishes that taste as good as they look. % 954/523-8636. Chef Brehier is known for his creative light French cuisine.
Web site: www. 716 E. 800/22SUNNY. serves German cuisine. 2031 Hollywood Blvd. Creole and cajun cuisine. 512 NE 3rd Avenue.. dinner only Saturday-Sunday. 1401 N. % 954/584-1637. $$ Tourism Information Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. Lunch and dinner daily. % 954/462-6000. % 954/763-8163. % 954/765-4466. % 954/923-9256.Where to Eat n 139 sphere.com. open at noon on Sunday. Dinner Monday-Sunday. FL 33316. Lunch and dinner.ftlchamber. such as spicy chicken with lemon grass and broiled shrimp. 1850 Eller Drive. Fort Lauderdale. Lauderdale p p p . Federal Highway. Fort Lauderdale. $$ Saigon Oriental. Steamed garlic blue crabs are served on newspaper-covered tables as a “do it yourself” feast. dinner only Saturday-Sunday. caviar and champagne. Lunch and dinner daily. Las Olas Blvd. FL 33301. is a tiny restaurant in a storefront setting. sashimi and tempura dishes. Hollywood. Lunch and dinner. featuring authentic Vietnamese cuisine. $ Japanese Village. Hollywood. features fresh sushi. is casual and rustic. 4331 Ravenswood Road. Ft. Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce.. wines and beers. Fort Lauderdale. Fort Lauderdale. $$ Rustic Inn Crabhouse. Monday-Friday. overlooking the water. Monday-Friday. % 954/922-7321. Suite 303. $ Zinkler’s Bavarian Village.
raccoons and armadillos live.600-foot boardwalk through a mangrove wetland. as do fishing charters and scuba diving submerged wrecks. attracting everyone from teens to doting grandparents. Pompano Beach even hosts a yearly Fishing Rodeo. Hillsboro Beach was given a safe city award. Start at the 2nd Street Fishing Pier at Ocean Boulevard and walk south. grey foxes. and Coconut Creek. Both trails have free self-guided maps at the park office. Just west is Deerfield Island Park. On the island you can hike two nature trails: Coquina Trail is a half-mile trail through a coastal hardwood hammock. 1720 Deerfield Island Park. the water warm and crystal clear. % 954/360-1320. Hillsboro Beach is one of Florida’s most beautiful beaches. The island is accessible only . Hillsboro Canal and the Intracoastal Waterway. Large rocks form peaceful inlets where toddlers build sandcastles. Mangrove Trail runs three-quarters of a mile and includes a 1. The park has an 8½-acre mangrove swamp where gopher tortoises. Quiet neighborhoods. County parks offer adventurous recreation. The sand is clean and soft. The park is on an island surrounded by the Royal Palm Waterway. things calm down. Nearby towns include Deerfield Beach. Hillsboro Beach. and condos are within walking distance of spectacular beaches.140 n Pompano Beach to Deerfield Beach D Pompano Beach to Deerfield Beach riving north from Fort Lauderdale. so you can feel comfortable here walking the beach at night. with an observation platform overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway. n Adventures On Foot Hiking If you enjoy beachwalking. This is a family beach. an official Designated Urban Wilderness Area. oceanfront mansions.
Deercreek Golf Club. Margate. an eighth-of-a-mile trail through a wetland plant community. 2801 Country Club Boulevard. Prairie Overlook Trail. Hillsboro Blvd. Lighted courts. Constitution Park. Pompano Beach. 18 holes. Golf n n n n Ft. Call for the boat schedule. % 954/943-2902. SW 3rd Avenue. and a 20-foot-tall observation platform. Crystal Lake Country Club. % 954/421-5550. Pompano Beach. Dixie Highway. 36 holes. Westside Park. sculptures. Tennis n Deerfield Beach Tennis Center. Four we recommend are Cypress Creek Trail. % 954/970-0150 is a Designated Urban Wilderness Area with 254 acres of wildlife refuge and hiking trails. a half-mile wheelchair-accessible boardwalk through a hardwood hammock. Lauderdale The Carolina Club. 18 holes. 3800 Crystal Lake Drive.. % 954/480-4480. and Maple Walk. Lighted courts. Wetlands Wander. a one-mile ground level trail that loops through an open prairie. 2841 W. 222 N. n n . The park also has a sensory garden. which departs and returns from the Sullivan Park floating boat dock along Riverview Road and Hillsboro Boulevard. 201 Lyons Road South. 1391 NW 45th Street. 3011 Rock Island Road. % 954/480-4422. Pompano Beach. % 954/753-4000. 18 holes. Deerfield Beach. % 954/480-4494. Deerfield Beach. Tam O’Shanter Golf Club. Deerfield Beach. a one-third mile primitive trail through a red maple swamp. a butterfly bridge. You might want boots or waterproof shoes for Maple Walk.Adventures n 141 by free park boat. Fern Forest Nature Center. % 954/942-1900. Deerfield Beach.
A unique overhead cable waterski system called “Ski-Rixen” tows you around the lake as though you were behind a boat. On Water Waterskiing If waterskiing is your thing.) West of Hillsboro Beach. or paddleboats may be rented for use in the park’s northwest lake. grunts.142 n Pompano Beach to Deerfield Beach On Wheels A nice area for road biking is along A1A paralleling Hillsboro Beach. Coconut Creek. surfboards. parrotfish. % 954/968-3880. ride in Tradewinds Park. rowboats. two blocks north of Hillsboro Road. (They also have in-line skates. visit Quiet Waters Park. Pompano Beach. Other water activities include a swimming beach along the south lake. Powerline Road. Island Skate. 6601 N. overnight or by the week. The artificial reef off the coast has a number of wrecks. on A1A. and Cumberland Barge. the Rebel. Strong swimmers can snorkel out to the reefs from hotel beaches. Just south is a pleasant ride around the Pompano Beach Golf Course. angelfish and squid. Canoes. 3600 W. This is an ideal way to practice your waterski techniques before going out on the open water. Sample Road. kayaks and scooters. where fishing is also permitted (license required if you are over 16). % 954/427-4647. % 954/360-1315. Underwater reefs teem with schooling porgies. half-day. You can tool around through the quiet neighborhoods or on the A1A sidewalk. or sign up for scuba diving excursions with professional dive masters. There’s a bike trail around the 18-hole golf course in the eastern section of the park. which at- . and you can rent a single or tandem bike in the park for a nominal fee. at the corner of Copans Road and US1. rents bikes by the hour. including the Mercedes. and a children’s water playground. Scuba Diving A number of excellent snorkel and scuba diving sites are off Deerfield Beach within a mile from shore.
Inc. join the Pompano Beach Fishing Rodeo. views of the ocean and beach are spectacular. % 954/763-DIVE or 800/374-9792. % 954/420-0009. 2507 N. Riverside Drive. grouper and barracuda. Live bait is available. behind the Howard Johnson Hotel. (Walk the pier for $1. the Get Down.) If you’re in Pompano Beach in May. They also have trips to the Bahamas if you want to go that far. 101 N. Riverside Drive. and it only costs $3 to fish.Adventures n 143 tract big jacks. Helen’s Drift Fishing at Sands Harbor Marina. Pompano Beach. and Cozumel. Trips go out daily at 8 am. They also offer “nonfeeding” shark dives and dive packages to Grand Cayman. Bonaire. 1755 SE 3rd Court. and will clean your catch. Fish 24 hours a day. Area dive shops: n Anchor Scuba. Ocean Blvd. 2635 N. Scuba Network. and advanced underwater photography. seven days a week. cave diving. n n n Ft. Pompano. They specialize in historic shipwreck expeditions. offers dive and snorkel trips/vacation packages. Lauderdale Fishing Dozens of boat charters are available in the area. Don’t forget your underwater camera and dive certification card. Deerfield Beach. women an- . at Deerfield Beach Pier. 1 pm and 7 pm. % 954/941-3209. Bahamas. 199 North Federal Highway. Sport Fishing. They supply rods. Touted as a “family fun fishing event. offers PADI Five-Star dive instruction and certification. % 954/782-1100. Dixie Divers. offers scuba lessons and daily dives from their 43-foot dive boat.. % 800/949-REEF. will help you catch sailfish and marlin on their half-day or full-day trips. as well as daily dive trips. Pompano Beach. Lighthouse Dive Center. Deerfield Beach. NE 2nd and Ocean Way. Southeast Florida’s largest saltwater sportfishing tournament. 1645 SE 3rd Court. bait. Deerfield. % 954/360-9343. poles. specializes in family fishing trips.” the Rodeo awards prizes to family fishing teams.
Rides begin at 9:30 am. Riverside Drive. The staff gives one-hour guided trail rides through three miles of woods on Saturdays. English Riding lessons are given at Tradewinds Stables Monday through Thursday in the late afternoon. fish are weighed on two barges moored along the Sands’ dock. % 954/942-9100. hard-soled shoes and a riding helmet. soup kitchens. Festivities begin Thursday evening with a kickoff party at the Sands Harbor Hotel and Marina. On Horseback Enjoy an afternoon of trail rides or English riding lessons at Tradewinds Stables. % 954/968-3880. Lessons include one hour of riding and 30 minutes of stable management.000 in merchandise. Wear long pants. Sundays and holidays. Some 1. Rodeo weekend is open to the public free of charge. They must be under 52" tall to ride the ponies. Coconut Creek. Sundays and holidays from 11 am-3:30 pm. . 125 N.144 n Pompano Beach to Deerfield Beach glers. most of which is donated to area shelters. and even “small fry” fisherfolk. 2 pm and 3:30 pm.000 in cash and $35. junior anglers. checks and prizes. awards are presented to winners. of fish are often reeled in. In the afternoons. beginning at 8:30 am. and be led by an adult. Kids can ride around the Pony Ring on Saturdays. Pompano Beach. You must make a paid reservation in person the morning of the ride. Tradewinds Park. and residential homes for the handicapped. Sample Road. ready to compete in the Fishing Rodeo. 11 am. Phone reservations are not accepted. On Friday and Saturday morning. 3600 W. million-dollar yachts parade in Hillsboro Inlet past the historic lighthouse. In recent years 722 registered anglers fished from 220 boats. along with trophies. On Sunday.000 lbs. competing for more than $60. Riders must be at least nine years of age or 52" tall to ride.
Waterfalls. Watch the action from the dining room overlooking the track. Enjoy lunch at the outdoor café. orchids. Ft. Admission. and rose gardens create a delightful habitat. Pacers and sulky drivers compete November-April. gift shop. Pompano Beach. or the Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce. Lauderdale n Festivals & Events Contact the Deerfield Beach Chamber of Commerce. is the unique Butterfly World. % 954/977-4400. for dates and locations of these festivals: January Deerfield Beach Art Show March Founders Day Parade April Pompano Seafood Festival May Pompano Beach Fishing Rodeo June Mango Festival . 3600 W. 1800 SW Third Street. Stroll among three acres of tropical gardens. n Sightseeing In the western area of Tradewinds Park. % 954/972-2000. is the only harness track in Florida. Coconut Creek. and plant shop. There’s also a butterfly farm. where thousands of brilliantly colored butterflies thrive. Admission. birds. a museum/insectarium. fish.Sightseeing n 145 Other Adventures Pompano Harness Track. % 954/941-2940. % 954/427-1050. Sample Road.
146 n Pompano Beach to Deerfield Beach October Broward Country Pioneer Days November Deerfest December Holiday Boat Parades .
laundry. Other amenities: children’s activity programs and baby sitting. one.. or three-bedroom units. so we could dine “at home” after a long day out. efficiency. boating. English and Spanish spoken. microwave. Deerfield Beach. Choose from a hotel room. The hotel has a heated outdoor swimming pool and backyard lounge chairs with ocean views. is one of our favorite hotels in Southeast Florida. Deerfield Beach. and coffeemaker. two. Hillsboro Beach. has 31 units.Where to Stay n 147 n Where to Stay Note: Establishments designated as “Superior Small Lodging” are members of a county program designed to promote clean. utensils. Our one-bedroom suite was decorated in restful pastels. % 800/777-1961. some with private oceanfront balconies. Restaurants. or one-bedroom unit. HO TE L ¶ Seabonay Beach Resort. and a private boat dock. A garden patio surrounds the heated pool. and deep-sea fishing are close by. Snorkel to the reef off the hotel beach. 250 South Ocean Blvd. % 954/427-8400. has 13 units on the Atlantic Ocean.. Deerfield Beach. pans. $ Ocean Terrace Suites.. From December through May the fun-loving staff hosts a free barbecue with live music every Thursday afternoon. shopping and the Fishing Pier. diving. $$$ Ft. one block from restaurants. 2080 East Hillsboro Blvd.and two-bedroom units are available. Choose from efficiency. English. Children under seven stay free. A Superior Small Lodging. A Superior Small Lodging. $-$$ Carriage House Resort Motel. % 954/428-1000. One. Our kitchen was stocked with dishes. Located on beautiful Hillsboro Beach. 1159 Hillsboro Mile. Member lodgings are reviewed and inspected annually. has 30 units close to beach and boardwalk. A1A. suite. $$ Berkshire Beach Club of Deerfield. tennis. French and German spoken. or walk north to the fishing pier. well-run lodgings. have fewer than 50 rooms and are distinguished by their friendly ambiance and personal service. the hotel is across the street from the Intracoastal Waterway. 500 North A1A. covered garage parking. golf. and children under 13 stay free. with floor-to-ceiling windows and a balcony overlooking the ocean and beach. safe. Lauderdale . % 800/303-6009.. A Superior Small Lodging.
. meeting rooms. children under five stay free. Choose from a hotel room or efficiency. 500 S. % 800/315-2542. you won’t be disappointed. Deerfield Beach. dine at The Whale’s Rib. A Superior Small Lodging. and Yugoslav spoken. % 800/941-9939. % 954/941-0418. close to the ocean. 100 Fairway Drive. From fresh lobster salad. 2765 NE 28th Court. serves four-course dinners in a formal Queen Anne setting. $$ Seacastle Resort Inn. wines by the glass. Seafood. 2031 NE 2nd Street. Pompano Beach. Closed Mondays in the summer. Polish. $$ Cap’s Place. Czech-Slovak. to baked stuffed shrimp. % 800/624-3606. 730 North Ocean Blvd. Large pool with a barbecue. Hungarian. Federal Highway. children under 12 stay free. Homemade soups are wonderful. just a block away. English and French spoken. Free golf greens fees from April 15-December 15. Cap’s Dock. A Superior Small Lodging. Takeout is convenient for a picnic on the beach. Very crowded on weekends. has 40 units right on the ocean. % 800/331-4666. $ Ocean Garden Resort. is an island beach shanty. Lighthouse Point. Choose from a hotel room. $$ Jasmin Villa Motel. dessert soufflés. to blackened dolphin sandwiches. Grand Ballroom. efficiency or suite. especially the conch chowder.. frequented by FDR and Churchill during World War II. German. 1508 North Ocean Blvd. clams. restaurants. $ n Where to Eat ¶ If fresh seafood in a funky nautical setting appeals to you. 801 South Ocean Blvd.148 n Pompano Beach to Deerfield Beach Deerfield Beach Hilton. The raw bar serves fresh oysters. children under 12 stay free. features 220 oversized guestrooms with four suites. has 29 units.. Cap’s boat takes . offers 32 units overlooking the ocean. Deerfield Beach. Pompano Beach. steamed shrimp. A Superior Small Lodging. Spanish and French spoken. Pompano Beach. Choose from hotel room. % 954/421-8880. % 954/427-9302. efficiency. and stone crab. Open for dinner from mid-November until mid-May. or one-bedroom unit. English. $ Brooks. Deerfield. English.
$ Pelican Pub. Dinner Tuesday-Saturday. Dine indoors or out. Pompano Beach. An old-fashioned Florida seafood house serving fresh fish delivered by boat. open Sunday. $ Fisherman’s Wharf. Frozen margaritas are a specialty. Ft. Lunch and dinner Monday-Saturday. $ Tourism Information For further information.Where to Eat n 149 diners from the mainland to enjoy fresh broiled seafood and hearts of palm salad. $$ Cielito Lindo. % 954/946-0963. Federal Highway.. Lunch and dinner daily. 222 Pompano Beach Blvd. FL 33441-4389. Pompano Beach. 2635 N. % 954/941-5522 serves seafood on a fishing pier. 4480 N. serves authentic Mexican cuisine in a “south of the border” setting. Pompano Beach. Pompano Beach. Dinner nightly. Lunch and dinner daily. Riverside Drive. % 954/785-8550. % 954/427-1050. 1601 East Hillsboro Boulevard. % 954/941-8226. contact the Greater Deerfield Chamber of Commerce. Lauderdale p p p . has docking space if you come by boat. 1386 S. Federal Highway. $ Viva La Pasta. Deerfield Beach. serves homemade pasta with over 50 different sauces. Live entertainment. early bird dinner on Sunday.