Exploring South Florida: Activities and Attractions Near Your Vacation Home

Your South Florida vacation home is the gateway to premier pampering, heart-racing adventures, and nonstop indulgence.

You could spend your vacation days lounging poolside with a book. But why settle for that when paradise beckons right beyond your door? 

Picture this. Morning yoga on a pristine beach as the sun rises over the waves. An afternoon of browsing chic boutiques filled with the latest. A candlelit dinner of freshly caught Lionfish while a guitarist strums Spanish melodies. 

For the best experience, you need the inside scoop. The under-the-radar nature trails with insanely gorgeous views. The hidden South Florida attractions your family will love.

And that's exactly what this guide will reveal. We'll spotlight the can't-miss tourist activities for seasonal residents.

By the end, you'll have the first-class intel to experience South Florida like a rock star. And turn every visit into an unforgettable experience.

Read on to discover the very best outdoor excursions and cultural attractions to fill your South Florida vacation itinerary.

Let us show you how to make the most of your slice of paradise. First up, we're hitting the iconic beaches.

Soak Up the Sun and Surf at Iconic Beaches

One of the best perks of having a vacation home here is being close to some of the top beaches in the country right outside your door.

You can sink your toes in the sand at Miami Beach, known for its vibrant nightlife, Art Deco architecture, and chic shoreside pool parties. 

Take a short drive to the historic Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse, where you can climb to the top for breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway. Nearby, you'll find Blowing Rocks Preserve, a unique geological formation featuring limestone rocks that create a dramatic spray of water during high tide.

For a day of adventure, head to Peanut Island, a hidden gem accessible only by boat. This 80-acre island offers pristine beaches, snorkeling opportunities, and a chance to explore the historic John F. Kennedy Bunker.

Or head to Fort Lauderdale Beach to relax under swaying palm trees and take an ocean swim. Delray Beach is great for families, with its gentle waters and kid-friendly amenities. 

Golf enthusiasts will be thrilled to know that some of the world's most exclusive golf courses are located in the club communities of Palm Beach and Martin Counties. From the prestigious PGA National Resort & Spa to the luxurious Loblolly Golf Club, you'll have plenty of opportunities to perfect your swing while enjoying the beautiful Florida scenery.

However you choose to spend your beach days—soaking up the sunshine, swimming in the warm blue water, building epic sandcastles—you really can't go wrong.

Experience Premier Shopping and Dining

In addition to beaches, South Florida offers exceptional shopping and local dining experiences for homeowners. 

Treat yourself to a personal shopping session along Worth Avenue in Palm Beach, which is lined with high-end boutiques like Ala von Auersperg, Loro Piana, and Chanel. 

Enjoy an indulgent meal on Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale, sampling fresh seafood like Florida Pompano and Hogfish, juicy steaks, and Cuban cuisine. 

Discover Family Fun and Cultural Attractions

Beyond sun, sand, shopping, and dining, South Florida offers are of family-friendly tourist activities and cultural attractions to fill your itinerary. Take the kids to Lion Country Safari in Loxahatchee to see over 800 animals like rhinos, giraffes, and zebras up close from your car. 

Catch a show at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale, home to Broadway musicals, concerts, and local theater. For family-friendly entertainment, experience an interactive exhibit at the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science in Miami.

Learn about Florida's fascinating history and see Henry Flagler's former mansion at the elegant Flagler Museum in Palm Beach. Spend a day admiring Picasso, Matisse, and other art icons at the world-class Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach.

Explore the Outdoors

For outdoor adventures, South Florida's parks and nature preserves offer hiking trails, kayaking, snorkeling, and more. 

Experience the wildlife of the Everglades on an airboat tour out of Everglades City. Go on a guided sea turtle walk at John D. MacArthur Beach State Park to observe these gentle giants. Tackle adrenaline-pumping rapids on a rafting trip along the Loxahatchee River.

Enjoy a World-Class Nightlife

After a day out exploring South Florida, and soaking up the sun, culture, and nature, South Florida also shines when the sun goes down

Slip into your finest attire and head to the glamorous island of Palm Beach, where you'll find an array of chic restaurants and cocktail bars. Indulge in exquisite French cuisine at Le Bilboquet, or opt for a more laid-back atmosphere at The Honor Bar, known for its classic cocktails and delectable small plates. For a flavorful nightcap, grab Cuban coffee and snacks at Cubano

Just a short drive from Palm Beach, you'll find yourself in the charming city of Palm Beach Gardens. Here, you can enjoy live music and craft beverages at the trendy Twisted Trunk Brewing, or savor fresh seafood and stunning waterfront views at the upscale Seasons 52.

For a truly unforgettable evening, make your way to Singer Island, where you can dine under the stars at the oceanfront restaurant, 3800 Ocean. After dinner, take a leisurely stroll along the pristine beach and gaze at the moonlit waves.

If you want a more secluded and exclusive experience, venture to the ultra-luxurious Jupiter Island. This private enclave is home to some of the most prestigious resorts in the country, such as the Jupiter Island Club. Here, you can enjoy world-class dining, impeccable service, and breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean.

For those who crave the excitement of the nightclub scene, Miami offers exceptional clubs, shows, and entertainment. Dance the night away at one of the city’s sizzling nightclubs like LIV and Story, or experience the deco glamour of Freehold with its retro bowling alley and neon bar. For a chill vibe, head to Coyo Taco in Wynwood for tacos, margs, and tunes.

Over in Fort Lauderdale, the Himmarshee District lights up with pulsing clubs and glowing cocktail bars. Sing your heart out at burlesque karaoke joint VIBE, or laugh it up at the Improv Comedy Club. End the night sipping rooftop cocktails at Rooftop @ 1WLO overlooking the city.

No matter where your South Florida vacation home is located, you'll find an abundance of sophisticated nightlife options to suit every taste and occasion. From the glitz and glamour of Palm Beach to the laid-back charm of Jupiter Island, the possibilities for creating unforgettable memories are truly endless.

Live the Dream in South Florida with Island Home and Estate Management

South Florida serves indulgence on a golden platter—and your luxury vacation home delivers front-row access. Beachfront splendor, outdoor adventures, world-class shopping and dining, vibrant nightlife—every day is yours for the taking.

While you plan upcoming getaways and make lifelong memories, count on Island Home and Estate Management to handle the rest. Our elite team has every detail covered, from maintenance to concierge, leaving you stress-free to make each visit unforgettable.

With Island Home and Estate Management handling leasing, housekeeping, maintenance, and more, you’re free to immerse yourself in South Florida’s beauty. Schedule a private fishing charter. Pamper yourself at a luxurious spa. Dance the night away at a club.

So partner with the premier name in luxury estate and vacation home management. And get ready for sunny days, indulgent local experiences, and timeless moments. 

We operate in Hutchinson Island, Jupiter Island, Jupiter, Tequesta, North Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Singer Island, West Palm, and Palm Beach Island.

Island Home and Estate Management—for sand between your toes and not a care in the world. The sun-soaked lifestyle you deserve, delivered.