Magazine article Geographical

Miami Goes Green: A Long-Time Destination for Fashionable People, the South Florida Hotspot of Miami Has Launched a Range of New Eco-Adventure Tours and Activities for Holidaymakers. (Travel)

Magazine article Geographical

Miami Goes Green: A Long-Time Destination for Fashionable People, the South Florida Hotspot of Miami Has Launched a Range of New Eco-Adventure Tours and Activities for Holidaymakers. (Travel)

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Eco-tourism is an important marketing force for encouraging tourists to visit Florida. Annually, an average of 43 million visitors holiday here with 12.5 million of those visiting one or more of the state's parks and nature reserves. Miami's parks are conveniently closer to the city than the more famous Everglades National Park, yet give a taster of how important the mangrove and migratory bird systems are to the coastline and inland areas.

Activities include hiking in Big Cypress National Preserve with its 250,000-hectare swamp, ancient cypress trees, alligators, otters, bald eagles and deer, or canoeing along the historic Oleta River. Half Moon is a new four-hour trip, which involves kayaking to a beach and snorkelling over the wreck of a 1930s sailboat. Such trips add to the popular sunset canoeing, heritage bike rides and walks to spot Miami's migratory birds. All trips are family-friendly and private tours for large groups can be arranged.

Ernie Lynk, a naturalist from the Miami-Dade Park and Recreation Department, leads canoe trips out into Biscayne Bay, off the island of Key Biscayne. …

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