Florida doesn’t follow tourism trends; it makes them. So, it’s no surprise that Tourism and Spa Life in Miami Beach, one of the fastest-growing branches of tourism, is booming. More than 100 major resort spas have sprung up throughout the state, appealing to a range of tastes, budgets, and lifestyles, from clothing optional to black tie. One thing is for sure. It’s no longer your mother’s Florida. The warm, relatively tranquil Gulf waters are ideal for parasailing, kiteboarding, dolphin watching, charter fishing for shark and red snapper, and spa life.
The state boasts 1,770 kilometers of warm, sandy beaches and more golf courses, 1,370 and counting, than any other U.S. state. It’s an agora of tourism, welcoming 84 million visitors per year, most of who are from different parts of the United States but more than 2 million from Canada. Florida’s Gold Coast is a shimmering oceanfront strip of sand and sun-drenched resorts in the vacation towns of Miami Beach, Palm Beach, Boca Raton, and Fort Lauderdale.
Some of the Gold Coast’s classic, palatial hotels have been temples to the sun for a century, attracting golfers and spa-goers from north of the Mason-Dixon line. Miami and Miami Beach real estate likely encompass the highest concentration of luxury resort spas in the world, and at least a dozen splendid new destinations have opened in the past year or will open this year, including Canyon Ranch Living, a branch of the best-known wellness center in the United States.
South Beach Miami is a world apart, a living architecture museum of nearly 1,000 art deco buildings and more than 100 fashionable design-oriented hotels, most with unique spas. South Beach is the epicenter of cool that buzzes year-round with the energy of an international set of young and gorgeous celebs like Jennifer Lopez, Tom Cruise, Matt Damon, and Paris Hilton. The party scene is exhilarating and exhausting. The beauty requirements are demanding. And spas are essential antidotes to the meltdowns on both fronts. Let me know if you have any other news, ideas, and thoughts on this topic…