The gay scene at South Beach's 12th Street Beach has been celebrated far and wide, but 20 minutes north, the gay section of Haulover Beach Park is just as popular with locals, if not more so (maybe something to do with the clothing-optional stretch?). Meanwhile, 20 minutes south on Key Biscayne, the beach at Bill Baggs State Park is more low-key and romantically picturesque, complete with a lighthouse. Or avoid sand in your suit at the Gables' lush, romantic Venetian Pool, where a strong gay contingent frolics amid the waterfalls and grottoes along with everyone else.
A number of cool biking and walking tours of South Beach's Art Deco District and other colorful parts of Miami are available year-round. There’s also volleyball at South Beach's 12th Street Beach, as well as windsurfing and snorkeling off Key Biscayne, zooming along the Intracoastal Waterway on wave runners, canoeing near Vizcaya (the elegant mansion that is the site of the White Party), plenty of golf and tennis and, of course, skimming across the Everglades in an airboat!
Miami Dade Park’s expert-guided Eco Adventure Tours let you hike, bike, kayak, and snorkel through the area's top nature sites.
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