While some visitors to the Miami and Fort Lauderdale area spend much of the time baking in the sun, hitting the clubs or running up credit cards shopping, my family and I discovered that a subtropical ecotravel adventure awaits less than a half hour away in every direction from the big city bustle.

In this series of three posts, I’ll reveal some of the nature-based experiences possible in the “gold coast” stretching north from Miami to Hollywood and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, I’ll share our adventures on land, in…