mainly warm, sunny days are perfect for enjoying
a variety of activities that are sure to get your
blood pumping and build up an appetite to better
enjoy all that South Florida cuisine. Whether
your preference is on land or on the water, fun
is lined with a 25-block boardwalk, that starts
at 21st Street and stretches to the bottom of
Ocean Drive. Stroll, power walk, blade or bike
along the paved path which is flanked by the ocean
on one side and cafes on the other. Beachgoers
can take a dip, join in an impromptu volleyball
game, or sip an icy drink at a cafe across the
street while watching the beach scene.
who'd prefer to check out the art deco architecture
as they amble, the Miami
Design Preservation League offers walking
tours through South Beach. Self-guided audio tours
cost $10 and are available from the Art
Deco Welcome Center (1001 Ocean Dr.,
305-672-2014) seven days a week, from 10 a.m.
to 4 p.m. Guided tours leave the center every
Thursday at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday at 10 a.m.
and cost $15.
If you'd rather
explore on two wheels, there are scores of bike
shops offering rentals by the hour or the day.
Miami Beach Bicycle Center
(601 5th Street, 305-674-0150) offers free
2-hour tours of the Art Deco District on the second
Saturday of every month. The tours depart at 10
a.m. from the bike center and rentals cost $10
for the two hours.
But one of
the best, and most unique, ways to see Miami is
from its waterways. Urban
Trails Kayak Company
(305-947-1302) has two North Miami Beach
locations and offers half and full-day expeditions
in the Everglades and Oleta State Recreation area,
starting at $35. Or just rent a kayak ($8/hr or
$25 for a full day) and paddle your way through
mangroves and past the homes of Miami's rich and
famous. You can visit their website at: www.urbantrails.com.