1. Mountain biking is huge in South Florida.
Wait! What’s that you say? Did I hear correctly? Yes, you did. Mountain biking is very popular in South Florida. There are a number of trails for all levels of mountain bikers. And the scenery is unlike many places mountain bikers will ever experience. Where can you take your bike?
Have you ever seen a kid at a candy shop or a toy store? It’s pure, unbridled joy. This is what Santos bike trail is to mountain climbers. 81, 290 acres of mountain biking bliss. Santos is located in Ocala and it is a must stop for any mountain biker. Flat trails? Got them. Up and down? Check. Rocky and steep? You bet your behind. If you are serious about the sport, then Santos has to be on your bucket list.
Alafia River State Park
Like Santos, mountain biking enthusiasts will have a ball at Alafia River State Parks trails. State authorities acquired the 6,000-acre are from Cytec Industries back in 1996. Ever since then it has served as a place to get away from everything and enjoy nature. Before being a park it served as a phosphate mine and this turned out to be awesome for the sport. The topography of the place and the efforts of the Swamp Mountain Bike Club have created some amazing trails for all levels of riders.
A little over 20 trails gathered in about 11 miles offer a little something for everyone, from children to pro-level riders. If you’re visiting for the first time, you must register at the park office, free of charge.
Kitesurfing was made for South Florida. The year round warm weather, decent waves, and steady winds are essential for the sport. Let’s look at some of the most recommended sites.
It’s called the kitesurfing capital for a reason. It is entirely surrounded by water and has some of the most beautiful waterscape a kite surfer can find. The crystal clear water will provide some amazing views of ocean life when you catch some air.
The social capital of Florida is also one of the most popular places to get some kite surfing done. The warm year round water temperature and great winds make for an unbelievable experience for both the novice surfer and experts alike. Just picture catching some major air and getting a glimpse of the city. Sounds pretty awesome.
Want to surf with the best? Don’t want to be on the lookout for newbies? Then head on down to Pompano Beach. There are strict measures in place to make sure that only experienced kite surfers shred the waves and fly.
3. Paddle your way around
Paddle boarding is slowly becoming one of the greatest ways to get around and tour South Florida. The great number of canals, lakes, and calm ocean water give visitors and locals the chance of seeing the sites in all new ways. And it’s not just for sightseeing. South Florida is a pioneer in paddle boarding related activities. Try doing Yoga on one. Or how about catching some fish in the calmest way possible. Paddle boarding is extremely versatile and doesn’t require large amounts of efforts like mountain biking or kite surfing might.
Some of the places worth visiting are:
- Coastal Dune Lakes: great chance to see turtles, sharks, and alligators.
- St. Augustine: Tour the place on a paddleboard and you will never forget it.
- Destin Harbor: Calm waters are great for everyone who wants to see some Florida wildlife such as pelicans or stingrays.
- South Walton: Possibly the best place to try out some alternative paddle boarding activities.