Florida Social Distancing Activities for Spring Break 2021
Ah, Spring Break along the Florida coastline … is there a more iconic rite of passage for college students looking for fun in the sun and a break from classes? Or a better destination for families seeking a little respite before heading back to the office (or virtual office)? With temperatures that are warmer sooner than most other coastal getaways, southern Florida remains a destination for snowbirds, students, and families from across the globe.
In addition to theme parks, nightclubs, and beaches, Florida offers a number of ways for locals as well as visitors to enjoy safe, socially distanced experiences that are sure to create a memorable spring break in southern Florida. Check out some of the places and activities that allow you to take advantage of all that the Sunshine State offers.
Splash Down in Fort Lauderdale
Few cities evoke Spring Break fantasies like Fort Lauderdale. Although most spring breakers think of beach parties along its 23 miles of golden sand beaches, the city is also known for its charming boating canals that earned it the nickname “The Venice of America.” Vacationers and locals alike can enjoy al fresco dining, people watching, and shopping along the historic Las Olas Boulevard.
For an unforgettable Fort Lauderdale experience, check out life below the surface by chartering a scuba-diving or snorkeling trip through one of the locally crewed charters, or rent an eco-friendly Duffy Boat to enjoy the flora and fauna in and around the Fort Lauderdale river.
If a cooler of drinks and making your own party on the water sounds like the right move, then consider something like the appropriately named Hampton Play Craft. With plenty of seating, a sun pad, and an optional captain, the party happens wherever you are.
Art Deco, Cuban Sandwiches, and More in Miami
Miami is chock full of ways to see and be seen, from its nightclubs to its celebrity-owned bars and restaurants, it is THE place for fun and occasional debauchery. Whether you head on over to Coconut Grove for window shopping in the designer boutiques, grab a cocktail at the open-air bars that line the strip, or just take a walk through the streets taking in the unparalleled display of art deco architecture, there are plenty of ways to experience that iconic Miami scenery while still maintaining a social distance and breathing in that salty sea air.
For a laid-back day in the sun, grab a couple of Cuban sandwiches from Little Havana and have a picnic on the vibrant shores of Miami Beach, or head over to Virginia Key (check out the vintage carousel) or Key Biscayne (don’t feed the raccoons!) for a family-friendly day in the sun.
While you’re in Miami, take the opportunity to see the city from the water by renting a pontoon boat, speedboat, or, for true movie-star style luxury, try the Regal Commodore. Enjoy a day cruising the Miami River or hanging out at the Haulover Sandbar, or skip the nightclub scene and invite 11 of your closest friends to join you as you party the night away with the lights of Miami shining from shore.
Fishing for Freshman and Fish Pros Alike
Many of the local lakes and sections of the southern Florida beaches allow for fishing from shores and piers, and this is a great way to try your hand catching your own dinner. If you’re interested in a day that is by turns both relaxing and exhilarating, consider taking a deep-sea fishing tour. Launching from Naples and other destinations in southwest Florida, this roomy 40-foot Sea Hawk Sportfisherman provides an award-winning experience with a professional, courteous crew who can guide first-time anglers as well as more advanced fishermen.
Sport fishers and trophy hunters may be interested in the world-class experience of the tournament-rigged 43-foot Hatteras through Double Threat charters. With state-of-the-art electronics, an air-conditioned cabin, and a tuna tower for a better vantage point, this yacht offers all the convenience and comfort of a classic luxury vessel with all the amenities and expertise needed to help ensure you have a productive day in the waters near Miami.
Party Animals? Or Just Animals?
Southern Florida is home to some of the most distinctive and diverse species in North America, and no place is richer in local wildlife than the Everglades. Manatees mating among mangroves, gators sunning along the shore, and marsh birds calling to each other at dusk characterize this diverse ecosystem. To get up close and personal with the teeming animal and plant life of the Everglades, consider biking or hiking through its boardwalks and footpaths.
Since the Everglades are, first and foremost, a wetland environment filled with mangrove forests and tidal marshes, one of the best ways to experience the landscape is by taking an airboat tour with an experienced guide who can take you through the grassy rivers while pointing out local wildlife in its natural environment.