While Miami and the Florida Keys may not be officially considered tropical due to the latitude being north of the Tropic of Cancer, spend some time there and you will find the climate and vegetation feel delightfully tropical. Like the tropics, fun in the sun and surf are activities that can be enjoyed year-round, with few exceptions. No need to traipse away from the continental USA for a tropical adventure. You can bask in the same sunny atmosphere in Miami and the Keys. Miami hotels are plentiful and offer stunning oceanfront views. From Miami you are within short reach of the Keys, the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean breezes of the Gulf Coast.
Miami and the surrounding areas are renown for the varieties of water sports and activities. With dozens of piers and marinas available to the public, you can fish, walk or watch the boats come in. Swim in the ocean and tan on the beach year round. If you want to explore underwater delights, even a novice can quickly learn how to snorkel.
South Florida is a divers dream. With both artificial and natural reefs in abundance, scuba divers can explore tropical fish, corals, sponges and more. Spend a day at a sunken wreck or, in season, dive down and bag some Florida lobster for the dinner table.
There are numerous boating adventures available and they can be enjoyed year round. You can fly through the water on a high-speed jet boat, or take a slow, leisurely cruise through the Biscayne Bay. From Miami to Key West there are countless deep seas fishing tours available. Game fish varieties are numerous. You never know what you may catch. From various types of snapper to marlin, from pompano to tuna, both inshore and deep-sea fishing is abundant through out the year.
There is no shortage of nightlife in Miami. From Miami Beach to Coconut Grove, parties and clubbing opportunities abound. The night scene never slows down. Dress up, or down, in your best tropical attire and hit the town.
Whether you are concerned about a passport, limited time, or simply prefer to keep your feet planted on USA soil, there is no need to forego a tropical adventure. Miami and the surrounding areas offer the warmth, water, food, music and fun that favorably compares to the more traditional tropical destinations.