SoFlo's Four Main Areas

by Female Abroad

First, it is easy to break South Florida down into four main areas:

Palm Beach County

small owns along this 47mile long Atlantic coastline. No two are the same with various museums, arts, golfing, shopping, safaris, food, and more.

Things to do: Flagler Museum, Lion Country Safari, Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens, Palm Beach Kennel Club, Palm Beach Outlets, Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach Country History Museum

West Palm Beach is close to Palm Beach with a bunch of old-money mansions and you can easily rent a SkyBike and pedal over to Palm Beach

Greater Fort Lauderdale / Boward County

Head here to explore beaches, canal front mansions with massive yachts, the Everglades, and the historic New River.

Things to do: Butterfly world, Everglades holiday park, Everglades swamp tour, Flamingo gardens, Hugh Taylor birch state park, Sawgrass recreation park, Sawgrass mills shopping.

If you are headed to Fort Lauderdale make sure to get some culture in; enjoy the funk at the Elbo room on the beachfront, drink like a local at Dirty Blonde or one of the many bars of the Himmarshee Village, catching a show at the Broward Center of the Performing Arts is a must, walk through the FATVillage art district for it's monthly art walk which has you visiting all the local galleries, and if you enjoy cigars, there is one cigar room open that you can still smoke inside at - Beach Cigar Bar & Hookah Lounge

Greater Miami / Miami-Dade County

Also accessible to Everglades National Park this is more to give than just nature with some of the most popular nightclubs in South Beach, and a buzzing world class city of downtown Miami you can find something for everyone here including the cruise port.

Things to do: Coral Castle, Everglades Alligatorfarm, Gator park Miami seaquarium.

Florida Keys & Key West / Monroe County

Known as America’s Caribbean this chain of island is the closest to the Caribbean you can get without leaving the US. Here you can enjoy crystal clear waters and a relaxed atmosphere in a subtropical temperatures.

Things to do: Florida Keys Brewing Co, History of diving museum, John Pennekamp coral reef state park, Scuba-fun.

Also known for Hemingway drinking here, The Overseas highway which is a tropical road trip of a lifetime, Bahia Honda State Park is a beach with camping spots, and Dry Tortugas National Park that is found 70 miles off the west coast and only accessible by boat or seaplane and is known for the stately 19th century Fort Jefferson and blue waters