Home of the "Gold Coast" stretching from sunny and vibrant Miami-Dade County to Palm Beach County, Southern Florida is the best known of Florida's vernacular regions. The "Gold Coast" named for its Ritzy grandeur is a melting pot of attractions, stunning sandy beaches, rich history, and cultural excitement. Kids will love the "Reptile Giants" and "Winged Wonders" Shows at Parrot Jungle and Gardens in Miami; while Mom and Dad will love the R&R at spas like The Breakers in Palm Beach. Whether your ideal day is trying to catch the big one deep sea sport fishing off the coast of Ft. Lauderdale, enjoying 18+ holes on any of Palm Beaches nationally acclaimed golf courses, swimming with sharks off of the vibrant Miami Coast , or anything in between, there is something for everyone. Come find you adventure's.
Palm Beach, Florida.
Palm Beach County is the northernmost region of the Gold Coast.
Here you’ll find a chic atmosphere, superb beaches and ample activities to keep you busy. Major landmarks in Palm Beach, Florida include Worth Avenue, The Breakers Hotel, Mar-A-Lago, Norton Museum of Art and the Flagler Museum.
For the water-lover, deep sea sport fishing, SCUBA diving or snorkeling, and surfing can be enjoyed at any time. Golfers will delight in their choice of more than 145 courses in this county alone! And tennis players can take their pick of courts, at one of more than 1,100 courts. Sports fans can take in a Jai-Alai game, visit the Palm Beach Polo Club, or watch world-class equestrians compete at the Winter Equestrian Festival. This area is widely regarded as the cultural capital of Florida.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Fort Lauderdale is famous for its pristine beaches, fine arts, varied culture and unique events.
From shopping on world famous Las Olas Boulevard, to gondola rides on the many of miles of canals, to the historic riverfront…Fort Lauderdale makes for a picture-perfect vacation. Located on South Florida’s east coast, Fort Lauderdale is a beach-lover's haven. Here you can enjoy over 23 miles of stunning beaches, many overlooked by luxurious beach-front resorts. Watch just one sunrise and you’ll understand why they call the area the epicenter of the Gold Coast.
If you’re more the active type, you won’t find a shortage of ways to get moving here. Walk, jog, bike, or roller blade along Ft. Lauderdale’s famed beachfront promenade. Or, grab your bathing suit and take advantage of the endless snorkeling and diving trips – as well as outstanding sport fishing opportunities. Golf courses and tennis courts know no equal as the weather is always outstanding.
For the dining connoisseurs, there are more than 3,500 restaurants to choose from. Whether you’re looking for a five-star steak restaurant, freshly caught local seafood, waterfront views, or hole-in-the-wall ethnic gems…this Atlantic Coast destination's delicious dining options will satisfy all your cravings. And the shopping…it doesn’t get much better than this! You’ll easily find a great souvenir or gift at the countless upscale and eclectic boutiques, galleries and cafes.
When you think chic and tropical, the first city to come to mind should be Miami.
Miami's South Beach area draws in the rich, famous and fashionable. It’s a “people-watcher’s” dream place to visit. Simply pull up a chair at an open-air restaurant along the sidewalk and enjoy the cultural melting pot with every nationality in the world parading by. Or, walk the art deco streets yourself to get a sneak peek at the next great trends for pop culture, fashion, and entertainment.
Miami Beach is most famous for South Beach and its many luxury beach resorts. Fashionable resorts like The Fontainebleau Hotel, Ocean Drive and Lincoln Road are found here. During the day visit the beach where you can relax on long and wide sandy beaches with gorgeous oceanic views and refreshing sea breezes. And the amazing part is you are just steps away from a cultural hotspot that houses some of the best restaurants, nightlife and entertainment venues in the world. Here you can enjoy restored Art Deco buildings, enjoy fabulous eateries and browse the next “great find” at one of the quaint boutiques.
For a change of pace…catch a basketball game with the HEAT, or a ballgame with the Marlins, or a Hockey game with the Panthers. Or, visit the Miccosukee Indian Reservation, which borders Florida’s famous Everglades, and spend some time learning more about Florida’s history.