Without a doubt, life in South Florida is as stimulating as it is beautiful. From the panorama of its tropical scenery and sunlit shores to the bustle of its gleaming cities, each corner of South Florida pulsates with opportunities for artistic and cultural appreciation, sports thrills, recreational pleasure, educational advancement, and sheer fun. Recreation and sports are essential elements of life in South Florida, where the overwhelming percentage of residents enjoy outdoor activities such as golfing, jogging, walking, and bicycling. At the same time, the miles of river, gulf, and Atlantic Ocean shoreline that is associated with this vast area encourages every type of water sport including boating, sailing, canoeing, and kayaking. Thousands of species of salt and freshwater fish are at home in South Florida’s waters, and game fish such as marlin and swordfish can be found in the Gulf Stream just two miles offshore. Scuba and skin divers report that diving conditions in South Florida rival those found in the exotic Caribbean.

Spectator sports fans can look forward to year-round competitive thrills from professional teams to collegiate action or international tournaments. Major league football, baseball, golf, tennis, hockey, and basketball include several spring training centers for major league baseball teams. Jai Alai, rugby, auto racing, greyhound and thoroughbred horse racing, polo, and soccer competition add even more dates to the calendar of events throughout the four seasons. The competition between colleges and universities is strong, with the annual Orange Bowl festivities crowning a season of crowd-pleasing games.

The entire region is a retail paradise, with malls and intimate boutiques featuring everything from classic merchandise to high fashion in all price ranges. Such internationally famous venues as Mizner Park, Shops of Las Olas, and Worth Avenue in Palm Beach draw collectors from around the world. No less impressive is the spectrum of performing arts and cultural activities available for your entertainment pleasure, from renowned local companies to the best of Broadway. Symphony, opera, and ballet are all showcased in elegant venues with state-of-the-art acoustics. Even in the smaller cities and towns, community theater, dinner theater, art centers, interesting museums, and performing arts groups enhance the quality of daily life through cultural enrichment.

Miami’s colorful, international atmosphere creates a feeling of excitement that you can feel from the moment you arrive. Fort Lauderdale has evolved far beyond a “spring break mecca” into a dynamic metropolis. Beach cities invite visitors and residents alike to relax and rejuvenate. Within the small towns of the Florida Heartland, community spirit runs high and recreational opportunities include world-class fishing on local rivers and Lake Okeechobee. Southwest Florida is booming with new development, already designated as the “golf capital of the world.” South of Miami, the Florida Keys provide all the enchantment of the Caribbean without traveling to another country. Wherever you settle in South Florida, old-world hospitality and friendliness creates stability and welcoming communities that allow you to feel immediately at home. Welcome to paradise!

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