Things to Do on Florida’s Southern Coast
A delightfully warm climate (the lows rarely dip below 60 degrees year-round). Soft sands flanked by blue waters. Access to Latin and Caribbean food and culture. These are just some of the characteristics that make cities on Florida’s southern coast and in the Florida Keys a coveted home base for remote workers.
The storied metropolis of Miami buzzes with activity, making it the ultimate hub for those craving the excitement of the city and coastal charm. No matter how much time you have to spare during the workday, things to do abound for every interest. For example, it only takes 20 minutes to see all the art at Wynwood Walls. The outdoor gallery sports works by graffiti artists and muralists—so you can cross one of the most Instagrammable places in Miami off your list on a coffee break.
When it’s time to dine in Miami, the options are endless. Grab breakfast before you log on in the morning in Little Havana, where you can grab a potent Cuban coffee at Versailles. For lunch, pop into Mandolin Aegean Bistro, where you can feast on delicious Turkish and Greek fare such as beef souvlaki and mani dumplings. When it’s finally cocktail hour, sidle up to Beaker & Gray’s 13-seat bar to pair inventive cocktails with bites like cheeseburger croquettes and tamarind-glazed chicken wings.
Check off your to-do list with sights of coral reefs and pastel-hued buildings outside your doorstep in Key West, located on the state’s southernmost point in the Florida Keys archipelago. Post-work activities include: long walks on Smathers Beach, where the views of the ocean and sky showcase mesmerizing shades of blue and grabbing slices of Key lime pie at restaurants on Duval Street. Little ones adore activities like visiting the and exploring the Key West Lighthouse and Keeper’s Quarter Museum—both stellar reasons to take a half day.
The Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory houses live butterflies representing more than 50 species
Hotels in Miami/Key West
Tucked along Florida’s southeast side, Port St. Lucie is a quiet, family-friendly city ideal for crews who enjoy spending time outdoors. Take an early morning hike before you check your email on trails at Oxbow Preserve and Eco-Center, an area lush with greenery, or spot turtles and birds with the kiddos at Walton Scrub. The Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens also hosts evening events like live jazz and sunset yoga among the fragrant flowers.
West Palm Beach—once dwarfed by big sister Palm Beach—has transformed into one of south Florida’s greatest cultural hubs over the past decades. The city offers access to tons of arts and cultural activities. Catch an evening show at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, which has four venues, including an outdoor amphitheater; or listen to free live music on Thursday evenings at Centennial Square at Clematis By Night, a free weekly concert series.
In Jupiter, nestled about 18 miles from West Palm Beach, offers respite via serene stretches of sand and sea such as Carlin Park, Ocean Cay Park and Dubois Park, areas that invite revelers to pitch a umbrella in the sand for a mid-day or early evening picnic or go for a swim.