How to Celebrate Earth Day Every Day in Miami

In South Florida, we celebrate Mother Nature every day of the year. Thanks to her we have beautiful beaches, pristine waterfronts, and scenic landscape that is envied worldwide. But no matter the day, Earth Day should be celebrated all year long and here are four easy ways to do so. 
 
Keep Car in Garage
While Miami hasn’t always been known as a pedestrian friendly destination, the times are certainly changing. Leave the car behind and go for a stroll in walkable neighborhoods like historic Coral Gables, tree-lined Coconut Grove, or beachside Miami Beach. Or opt for a bike ride, which is easier than ever to do in Miami. Grab a Citi Bike or your own two wheels and peddle around town to admire some of our scenic routes like Key Biscayne’s Rickenbacker Trail or South Miami’s Old Cutler Trail. 
 
Be a Vegan for the Day
Did you know if everyone on the planet went vegetarian just for a day it would reduce water usage by 13 million tons? One day without meat, dairy, or seafood does make an impact. Do your part and whip up a plant-based meal using ingredients from a local’s farmer’s market. Or opt for a vegetarian meal at places like Miami Beach favorites Planta or Soul Tavern or Coconut Grove staple Last Carrot. 
 
Recycle
It seems like a simple formula: reduce, reuse, recycle, but recycling is a key component that some still look past in the city. Make sure you’re not only recycling items properly (there’s a great primer for that here) but that you’re doing your best to reduce waste and reuse items and limit use of single use plastics. Trade-in that disposable water bottle for a reusable water bottle, those plastic grocery bags for sturdy cloth ones, and make sure to have a metal straw on hand to sip on a drink in lieu of plastic ones. 
 
Do Outdoor Yoga
With Miami’s fantastic outdoor space and enviable year round weather, what better place to get some zen then the great outdoors? Grab a mat and head to your backyard or patio for some namastes, or join one of the enlightening outdoor yoga classes held throughout the city — plus most are free or just a few dollars to join! Try an early morning Saturday class at the New World Center, a complimentary yoga session in Peacock Park on Tuesdays, or an almost daily outdoor yoga session a Downtown Miami’s Bayfront Park.

Miami’s Best Tennis Courts

With the success of the Miami Open 2019, those who have caught the tennis fever can head to these top Miami courts to channel their inner Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal. And with Miami’s beautiful, year-round temperatures, these courts can be played on all year round. Here are the top five best tennis court picks throughout the Magic City.

North Miami Beach Tennis Courts
Boasting 12 hydro-grid clay courts and six hard courts, plus four racquetball courts and two paddleball courts, North Miami Beach Tennis Courts has something for all your gaming needs. For those looking to step up their tennis game, private and group coaching is also offered. 16851 West Dixie Highway, North Miami Beach, 305-919-0839

Kirk Monroe Tennis Center
A favorite amongst Grovites for years, this unpretentious tennis center has five well-lit hard tennis courts, a hitting wall, along with continuing education and classes for players of all levels. Plus, at only $3 an hour to rent a court it’s an inexpensive and accessible way to play a heart-pumping game of tennis whenever the mood hits. 3101 Florida Avenue, Coconut Grove, 305-442-0381

Crandon Tennis Center
Play like a pro at Crandon Tennis Center. The former site of the Miami Open, this expansive facility features 21 hard courts and six green clay courts. For those who want to participate in a night game, 13 of the courts are lighted. Plus the facility boasts a only-in-Miami perk of being just steps away from Crandon Park Beach, which is consistently named one of the ten best beaches in the U.S., and is also adjacent to the Crandon Park Golf Course. 7300 Crandon Boulevard, Key Biscayne, 305-365-2300

Salvadore Tennis Center
No you didn’t walk into a private tennis club, but it might just feel that way at the Salvadore Tennis Center. This Coral Gables public park has 13 courts with a mix of hard, clay, or grass options, that also has ample lighting for nighttime matches. And, for those who really want to channel their inner tennis champion, it also features a pro-style stadium court that rents for just $12 an hour. 1120 Andalusia Avenue, Coral Gables, 305-460-5333

Bonus: Tennis Court at 515 Casuarina Concourse
While this is a tennis court is not open to the public, it does come with Miami Real Estate’s top listings. Located in Coral Gables, this estate is one of the city’s true gems and boasts its own tennis court, smartly hidden behind lush, tall, manicured hedges. You don’t even need to leave the property to get a game of tennis in — making it a real grand slam for tennis aficionados!

515 Casuarina Concourse, Coral Gables

South Florida’s Top Boating Events

With beautiful year-round weather and some of the world’s most enviable waters in our backyard, it’s no surprise that South Florida is the hub for some of the country’s premier boating events. Throughout the year we have marquee shows and races that bring in the world’s top boaters to enjoy our pristine waters and all that South Florida has to offer. Here are the top four can’t miss events for every boating aficionado.

Miami International Boat Show (February 14-18, 2019)
One of the highlights of the Miami calendar every year, the Miami International Boat Show returns to the Miami Marine Stadium Park and Basin, where an estimated 100,000 attendees from around the globe will gather to enjoy the five days of boating. The show is recognized as one of the world’s largest boat shows, showcasing thousands of the newest boats, marine technologies, and boating accessories from leading manufacturers. There is plenty to do at the boat show, from test drives and boating lessons, to a first-class VIP experience and sailing seminars. New this year, show goers have the opportunity to learn more about going green on the water at the new Conservation Village, and can partake in training sessions to sharpen their boat handling skills with a variety of daily courses.

Miami Yacht Show (February 14-18, 2019)
Coinciding with the Miami International Boat Show is the Miami Yacht Show. Now in its 31st year, it will be getting a new home this year at One Herald Plaza. The luxury yacht and super yacht show promises to be bigger and better than ever, with a 60-acre display that includes a massive 67,000-square-foot exhibition space and nearly 500 yachts from the world’s foremost yacht and super yacht manufacturers and brokers. Expecting a global audience of more than 29,000 visitors, the event also boasts pop-up luxury retail, guest lounges and bars, exotic cars, private aircraft, and special events. The weekend also coincides with Art Wynwood, a contemporary and modern art fair produced by Art Miami and held adjacent to the show.

Miami Sailing Week (March 4-10, 2019)
The 10th annual Miami Sailing Week regatta returns to the Magic City this spring. The event brings more than 200 sailors every year to compete from 23 countries throughout the pristine waters of Biscayne Bay in Coconut Grove. Partnering with the Coconut Grove Sailing Club, the week is jam packed with award ceremonies, cocktail parties and cultural exhibits like photography shows and local musical performances, that both the sailors and the local community can enjoy.

Winter in South Florida

While the rest of the country might be grappling with record low temperatures this winter, Miami is boasting temperatures in the 70s (Fahrenheit) — meaning there’s plenty of time to enjoy the outdoors! For more on winter in South Florida visit: https://bit.ly/2DgWn2w

Posted by MiamiRealEstate.com on Thursday, February 7, 2019

Columbus Day Regatta (October 12-13, 2019)
In celebration of Christopher Columbus’ voyage to America in 1492, hundreds of sailing boats race around Biscayne Bay during the annual Columbus Day Regatta. The celebration continues with after hours cocktail parties and award shows and the weekend rounds out with a large lively party on the water that everyone can partake in on Columbus Day.

Fort Lauderdale Boat Show (October 30- November 3, 2019)
Coming into its 60th year, the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show is a mainstay in the international yachting calendar. Featuring five action-packed days, about 1,200 boats are on display including an impressive fleet of super yachts among the line-up, including some of the year’s most exciting new launches. The show attracts tens of thousands of visitors from around the globe, with 1,000 exhibitors lined up along the boardwalks, presenting their latest concepts, as well as supplying information for prospective clients and onlookers. There are also a range of auxiliary events on land like glamorous parties and social mixers.And after its successful debut last year, the yacht chef competition will be back for its second edition, seeing a new selection of yacht chefs battle it out for a prestigious Wine Enthusiast award.