While we were in the Miami area, we decided to take advantage of the nearby tropical splendor at the Biscayne National Park. One of the partners of the park, the Biscayne National Park Institute offers sailing, paddleboarding, and snorkeling adventures, and wasn't even super booked up due to the winter weather/holdays. Since all the activity options sounded awesome, we decided to combine all of it into a full day extravaganza.
Our sail was pretty uneventful, not a ton of breeze made for pleasant temperatures, but not very fast sailing. The water was super smooth, and surprisingly clear, so we could see down to the bottom the whole trip. Our guide was great, and offered lots of awesome history on the area, and facts about the marine life we were passing.
Once we got out to the island (Adams Key) we hopped on paddleboards, and observed more marine life from closer up. While we paddled around for an hour or so, we saw tons of fish (including a baby barracuda), two stingrays, and two sharks!! The sharks were pretty small (about 4 feet long), and really fast! So neat to paddle almost over top of them, while they cruised along the bottom of the sand only a few feet below us. The paddleboard offered a great vantage point for spotting fish along the sandy bottom, close enough you can see details on the fish, but far enough away you can see a fair amount ahead of you.
Our sail back was also fairly slow, but super relaxing to be out in the gentle ocean breeze. Definitely would recommend as a nature thing to do near Miami, we'd totally again next time were in town.