Manatee Lagoon Center in West Palm Beach

Eco-tourism and outdoor experiences in The Palm Beaches

In The Palm Beaches, famous beaches and luxurious resorts coexist harmoniously with a hidden wild side waiting to be explored sustainably.

For nature lovers and adventure seekers passionate about eco-tourism, this tropical paradise offers a plethora of off-the-beaten-path experiences that showcase its stunning natural beauty, all while promoting conservation and responsible travel.

Here is a list of outdoor activities to help you design your clients’ trip to The Palm Beaches with sustainability in mind

. Exploring the Jeaga Wildways: Let your clients pedal through cypress trees and vibrant freshwater wetlands, minimizing the impact on this delicate ecosystem.

. Trekking the Ocean to Lake Hiking Trail: This trail runs almost 62 miles through both Martin and Palm Beach counties, spanning from the Atlantic Ocean to Lake Okeechobee. The trail is part of the Florida National Scenic Trail, one of only 11 trails given this designation in the state.

. Paddling the Loxahatchee River: Here, visitors can rent a kayak and paddle the Loxahatchee River, immersing themselves in the river’s untouched beauty while respecting the flora and fauna.

. Experiencing Grassy Waters Preserve: Situated within the city limits, Grassy Waters Preserve is the most accessible Everglades encounter in the area. It features the stunning 1-mile loop Cypress Boardwalk that’s both wheelchair and stroller accessible.

. Hiking at Loxahatchee Slough Natural Area: At more than 12,000 acres, The Palm Beaches’ largest natural area is where visitors can hike through pines, prairies, and cypress trees.

. Enjoying the Wildlife at Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge: This spot is a nature photographer’s dream and the gateway to the Great Florida Birding Trail. Birds aren’t the only flying friends at the Loxahatchee NWR; 40 species of butterflies also inhabit the area!

. Walking Along Juno Dunes: This 576-acre natural area is home to a diverse ecosystem of scrub forests positioned alongside ocean dunes, offering a wide selection of local plants and wildflowers.

The Palm Beaches also boasts a growing list of eco-conscious businesses. Saltwater Brewery in Delray Beach utilizes biodegradable Eco Six Pack Rings to protect the ocean. Manatee Lagoon FPL Eco-Discovery Center offers a safe haven for manatees and educates visitors about clean energy. The Breakers resort implements eco-friendly practices, while Swank Specialty Produce promotes farm-to-table freshness. Busch Wildlife Sanctuary rescues and releases native wildlife, promoting environmental awareness. And 4Ocean leads ocean cleanup efforts, and Florida Crystals pioneers sustainable farming practices.

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