Friday, September 06, 2013

The Wild Side of Miami

Miami is a melting pot, not just because of the heat. With such a confluence of cultures, Miami has gained a reputation as an international playground for the rich and famous. Most depictions of the City involve glamorous visitors dancing until dawn, indulging in mouth-watering Cuban food and sipping cocktails at world class hotels. 
Photo Credits : Abir Anwar-Miami Beaches

In reality there is so much more to this magnificent metropolis than its glitzy fa├žade. Miami holidays include some of the best outdoor adventuring in the country; you just have to know where to look. Much like the Philippines, Miami’s multi-cultural heritage has shaped its modern identity and the proximity of culturally rich City-centres are balanced by incredible and accessible natural wonders. 

Diving has become very popular in the Philippines for good reason, with some of the most impressive underwater wildlife just offshore, it has emerged as a world-class diving destination.

Miami is also a fabulous place for diving although the underwater sights are of a slightly different variety. With more wrecks than reefs, Miami waters hold some of the most fascinating wreck diving in the country. Explore the sunken ships, search for buried treasure and take in the eerie yet beautiful scenes of a vessel that has been consumed by the sea. 
Photo Credits : Matthew Hoelscher
There is also a plethora of marine life that quickly takes over the wrecks ensuring they are easy to observe, creating a delightful array of colours at a very close encounters.  
Photo Credits : Matthew Hoelscher
The Philippines are not just known for underwater wildlife, the country boasts some very impressive terrestrial species as well but nothing can prepare visitors for the Florida Everglades. This stunning landscape is a National Park and the largest subtropical wetland ecosystem in all of North America. 

While many people describe the Everglades as a swamp or forested wetland, it is actually a very slow moving river and one out of every three Floridians get their water from this source. The area is home to 67 threatened or endangered species and the only place on earth where the American Alligator and American Crocodile coexist in the wild. For wildlife adventures of the first order, a trip to the Everglades is mandatory for all Miami visitors.
Photo Credits : Abir Anwar

Travel on foot, boat or hydroplane to experience this mysterious and mystical landscape. 
Photo Credits : Abir Anwar
Fishing has been a part of Filipino culture for centuries. While the waters surrounding the beautiful Philippine islands boast some of the most spectacular and delicious fish in the world, the deep sea around Miami is also a world class destination for anglers. Experience the North American deep sea fishing experience; relax on the water, reel in a big catch and see what all the fuss is about. The deep sea fishing experience is sure to be memorable, and will hopefully yield an impressive catch or two.  
Photo Credits : Abir Anwar

Cast aside whatever preconceived notions you may have about Miami and prepare to explore the wild side. Alligators, crocodiles, wrecks and big fish; Miami is full of surprises and a holiday worth every penny.  
Bio: Jenny Fisher is a freelance travel writer, currently living in San Diego she has travelled extensively throughout the USA and Asia.

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