Best Of Sports & Recreation

  • Best Beach

    South Beach Park

    If you're longing for a vista that might inspire you to write something on the blank side of that postcard and make a faraway friend jealous, this is the spot for you.

  • Best Day Trip

    Bahia Honda State Park

    Bahia Honda is the perfect place to just chill on the sand with your toes in the water. And if you're feeling adventurous, you can hike along the Silver Palm Trail or ride along the winding bike path.

  • Best Weekend Getaway

    Surf the East Coast

    Anyone who's tried surfing in South Florida knows they don't call it Lake Atlantic for nothing; the only thing tubular in this town is the New River Tunnel. But fewer than three hours north, on the Central Florida coast, there exists a rustic slice of surf-town heaven.

  • Best Pool

    Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    Any pool with a lazy river equals automatic badass. The Pelican Grand on Fort Lauderdale Beach offers exactly this sort of entertainment.

  • Best Park

    Tradewinds Park & Stables

    Nature still reigns at Tradewinds Park & Stables, a huge 626.7-acre retreat and one of the few places in South Florida where you can ride horses. The park has the usual amenities: jogging path, picnic shelters, athletic fields, and playgrounds. You can fish, rent a bounce house, walk the Cypress Trail Boardwalk, and play disc golf all in the same day.

  • Best Public Restroom

    SunFest's VIPee Bathrooms

    This year, West Palm Beach's SunFest music festival revolutionized the concert toilet with its VIPee restrooms. If you have $5 and a stomach full of Coors Light, you will thank the heavens for this development in concertgoing technology.

  • Best Kayaking

    Whiskey Creek at John U. Lloyd State Park

    Whiskey Creek got its name from the bootleggers that used its winding, shallow waters to hide from authorities back in the day. Today, the creek remains undeveloped and pristine, snaking around a white, soft beach that curls into a nature preserve connected to John Lloyd Park.

  • Best Fishing Boat

    Flamingo Deep Sea Fishing

    This 65-foot boat and its crew provide the best way for an amateur South Florida fisherman to get out on the open water and learn the ropes.

  • Best Fishing Pier

    International Fishing Pier

    The fishing pier at Deerfield Beach is the best of the best. The 976-foot structure, which costs just a buck to walk on, provides amateur fishermen a place to get their feet wet.

  • Best Snorkeling Spot

    Phil Foster Park

    Six to ten feet deep and marked off from boat traffic by buoys, it's enough to be adventurous yet not too intimidating. The underwater rock trail was built with little ledges and crannies in which sea critters love to hide.

  • Best Not-So-Cheap Thrill

    Swimming With Alligators

    The initial investment in this kind of thrill-seeking might be just the gas out to the 'Glades, but the cost comes down the line. If you try it, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will come after your ass.

  • Best Place to See Florida Wildlife

    Flamingo Gardens

    This is the best place to see Florida wildlife up-close and personal and also to make a difference in preserving our great state's animal habitats.

  • Best Place to Watch the Sunset

    Fort Lauderdale Charters

    fter navigating the Intracoastal Waterway — and for once enjoying the schadenfreude of being on the boat that stops auto traffic on the drawbridge — you're out onto the Atlantic Ocean. Once the Spirit of Lauderdale is in optimum solar-event-viewing position, complimentary Champagne will be doled out to those of legal age.

  • Best Place to Spend a Rainy Day

    Funky Buddha Brewery

    This popular hangout has ever-changing new-release brews on tap to keep adventurous palates devoid of boredom. Aside from the award-winning hops and artisan selection, you can enjoy a game room featuring bocce ball and cornhole, plus board games and cushy couches.

  • Best Place to Make New Friends

    Swing Out South Florida

    Chances are that the best place to make new friends is not on your living room sofa, karaoke night when you're wasted, or Facebook. If you are brave enough to come out to a local dance club, then your odds are a lot higher. One, you are forced to interact...

  • Best Place to Adopt a Pet

    Paws South Florida Rescue

    Cat ladies gone saintly! This all-volunteer animal-welfare group works to eliminate the cycle of overpopulation of the cat species.

  • Best Place to Take Out-of-Towners

    The Fort Lauderdale Water Taxi

    The Fort Lauderdale Water Taxi has been stewarding the masses through Fort Lauderdale's waterways for years, and there's no better way to get to know the Venice of America than on the water.

  • Best Place to People-Watch

    Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach

    If you took Las Olas Boulevard and added a tablespoon of wealth, a dash of Caucasian, and a handle of vodka and put the whole darned thing in a blender, you'd have Delray Beach's posh Atlantic Avenue.

  • Best Place to Get High

    Markham Park

    Get some of your finest chronic and head over to Markham Park. It's 40 bucks a night for a campground site with picnic tables and a barbecue grill and an open field where people fly remote-control planes.

  • Best Heat Player

    Hassan Whiteside

    Hassan Whiteside has taken the NBA by storm as a colossal presence who has had everyone wondering where the hell he came from. NBA legend Bob Cousy declared that Whiteside is the one big man in 40 years to truly remind him of Bill Russell.

  • Best Panthers Player

    Nick Bjugstad

    At 22, Nick Bjugstad is the prototype for future NHL stars. He's huge, standing at six-foot-six. He's quick. And he has amazing goal-scoring instincts.

  • Best Dolphins Player

    Ndamukong Suh

    For the better part of nearly two decades, the Miami Dolphins have been a team that hasn't had a single player that's awesome at any one position. But now, with Ndamukong roaming the line, ready to devour opposing quarterbacks, the Dolphins finally have a game-changer in the form of a six-foot-four, 307-pound, quarterback-eating behemoth.

  • Best FAU Athlete

    Jay Warren

    The FAU offense has improved in each of the past couple of years, and as long as he can hold onto the ball, Jay Warren is the guy who can carry this team down the field, as his 4.7 yards-per-carry average on 571 yards and two touchdowns last year shows.

  • Best Marlins Player

    Giancarlo Stanton

    Giancarlo Stanton is the living embodiment of Thor's hammer. His bat is a bolt of lightning, filling the skies with flashes of blinding light with every swing, demolishing pitches and sending baseballs into the stratosphere like streaking balls of fire.

  • Best MMA Fighter

    Thiago Alves

    In his last fight this past January, Thiago Alves defeated Jordan Mein, in the process earning himself the UFC Performance of the Night award. Alves is expected to be asked to face some stiff competition this year in the UFC, as his past few performances have garnered him much more contender-for-the-belt consideration.

  • Best Place to Watch Soccer

    Bru's Room Deerfield Beach

    Set beautifully just off the Deerfield Beach shore, Bru's provides the perfect atmosphere to watch the game with the entire family.

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