Don't let its size fool you. The narrow strip of land that stretches from Florida's Gulf Coast to the Atlantic and down to the Keys serves up a diverse terrain unrivaled by any other in America. The appeal is undeniable: with the Everglades, Biscayne National Park, and Big Cypress National Preserve, South Florida is a warm-weather adventurer's paradise.
Florida's southern tip features a unique landscape of wet, flat, semi-tropical terrain. Florida's bays, brush-shrouded freshwater, bonefishing flats, marsh, and open ocean boast warmth, clarity, and an abundance of life. But paddle-hungry travelers and anglers aren't the only people who fall in love with South Florida. Miles of flat, scenic terrain, more than two million acres of protected land, and diverse wildlife make the area ideal for hikers, bikers, wildlife enthusiasts, and families. Paddle into the depths of the River of Grass one day, cast a reel along the Gulf Coast, then take a hike through sawgrass.
Wary of crowds? The vast majority of South Florida's visitors flock to the charged environments of nearby Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and the Keys, leaving the miles of quiet backcountry between the area's urban centers for the curious adventurer to enjoy. Those looking for a healthy mix of worldly pleasures and outdoor serenity shouldn't worry. Miami, Naples, and Fort Lauderdale are never far away, and these centers-with maintained trails and active residentsalso have plenty of outdoor appeal.
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