Just a half hour from the hotel water-sports enthusiasts can indulge in snorkeling, windsurfing, kayaking, and scuba diving. It all takes place at Biscayne National Park—a massive 173,000-square-acre assemblage of mangrove swamps, coral reefs, and warm, gin-clear waters formally established back in 1980. To enjoy all of these aquatic options, book an Uber and head to the Park’s Dante Fascell Visitor Center at Convoy Point (which is technically on the mainland, near the community of Homestead), where rangers organize guided trips to experience this majestic landscape both above and below the water. If you're lucky you might see everything from dolphin pods to flocks of tropical birds—and still make it back to the hotel in time for dinner (or an afternoon nap).
A great place to start your park experience is at the Dante Fascell Visitor Center at Convoy Point, which is on the mainland where SW 328th Street meets the water. Explore the islands within the park or get out on the water and experience the landscape on boat.
BISCAYNE NATIONAL PARK: Homestead; 305-230-7275;