Top 10 Miami Getaways

A local gives you the scoop on how to spend a weekend in Miami.
By John Robson
  |  Gorp.com
Miami Beach, FL
Miami Beach, FL (iStockphoto)

The heat is always on in Miami, Florida. Here, we've gathered our 10 favorite ways to explore this hotspot (beyond just beach bumming... not that there's anything wrong with that).

Inline Skate the Venetian Causeway
Wheel-it on the oldest remaining link between the mainland and Miami Beach. The Venetian Causeway—recently restored and now on the National Register of Historic Places—offers smooth pavement, light traffic, abundant shade, and stunning views of Biscayne Bay and downtown .

Kayak with the Rich and Famous
Only in Miami would bona fide stars actually live on Star Island. A lazy paddle across the calm and clear waters of Biscayne Bay, next to MacArthur Causeway, puts you up close and personal with some of the most dazzling star-filled mansions in South Florida.

Road Ride A-1-A in Jupiter
Quiet, shaded, and flat, this beautiful stretch of oceanside roadway gives you more views of the area's over-the-top estates than it does vistas of open ocean, but it's still a great venue for a mellow Sunday morning ride.

Surf Hobe Sound
Located just north of Jupiter, this is one of the most convenient beaches to Miami for consistent hurricane swells. Relatively isolated, it doesn't get overcrowded, and ridable waves begin to appear in mid-to-late August.

Mountain Bike Dyer Park
In West Palm Beach, one man's trash is another man's biking route. Built on a closed landfill, the Dyer Park trail reaches an elevation of 55 feet and does it in a sinuous route that doles out several hundred feet of climbing per six-mile loop.

Trail Run Greynolds Park
This 265-acre park on the Oleta River in North Miami Beach offers wilderness trails and bike paths that circle a rookery that hosts over 3000 long-legged wading birds. Head there in August and you're likely to see the hatching of chicks from great egrets, anhingas, white ibis, tricolored herons, little blue herons, green herons, and double-crested cormorants, to name a few.

Find Solitude on Cabbage Key
Summer life on Florida's Gulf Coast is about as slow as it gets. Hop the water taxi to Cabbage Key and hike nature trails, explore the Indian Mound, bob in the warm gulf water, and feel tension ooze out of every pore.

Go Hardcore
Get at least two-thirds of your triathlon game in shape at Miami-Dade Community College's South Campus. Runners can hoof-it on the nearly two-mile perimeter road or the excellent all-weather running track, while swimmers can push it in the outdoor Olympic-size pool.

Bonefish the Rabbit Keys
Test your mettle with an early morning trip to the flats of the Everglades backcountry. Find the right guide and you could wind up in a thrilling tussle with the famed fighting bonefish—a prized catch.

Get a Waterfront Workout
David Kennedy Park in Coconut Grove combines great views of Dinner Key with a full-fledged open-air workout facility. Paved running and skating paths link a comprehensive collection of well-maintained exercise stations. Not enough? Head to the Grove's Beach volleyball courts or disc-golf course.


Published: 30 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 12 Feb 2013
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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