With the rise in gas prices and efforts to minimize carbon emissions, April, which celebrates Earth Month, serves as a reminder to preserve our planet through eco-conscious and intentional action toward living a more sustainable life. That is why we have compiled a list of car-free travel, nature walks, eco-friendly meals, and sustainable hotel stays below.
SUSTAINABLE HOTELS THAT GIVE BACK: THE GABRIEL MIAMI AND THE GABRIEL SOUTH BEACH
1100 Biscayne Blvd. / Website
640 Ocean Drive / Website
The Gabriel Miami and The Gabriel South Beach are among the first hotels to join CGI Merchant Group’s Conscious Certified Hotels (CCH), an ESG platform dedicated to social, health, and environmental awareness. The Gabriel South Beach, for example, has achieved zero single-use plastic, exceeding the City of Miami Beach’s criteria. In addition, the hotel has purchased renewable energy certificates (RECs) for the year 2022. The Gabriel Miami, located in Downtown Miami, has an EV charging station on-site and promotes sustainable transportation through its branded Gabriel bicycles, which are also accessible at South Beach location.
CARE-FREE, CAR-FREE VACAY AT SANDESTIN GOLF AND BEACH RESORT AND HOTEL EFFIE SANDESTIN
9300 Emerald Coast Parkway W / Wesbite
1 Grand Sandestin Blvd. / Website
Sandestin Golf and Beach is a haven for ecotourists. Once they arrive, guests at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort may automatically lower their carbon footprint. This is where the motto care-free, car-free comes to life. The resort is walk-and-bike-friendly, with everything from restaurants to activities to hotels and vacation rentals within walking distance. Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is a destination for outdoor recreation and ecotourism with nature trails, kayaking, paddleboarding, tennis, golf, fishing, bonfires, and more. Spa Lilliana, located at Hotel Effie Sandestin, is a luxury spa that only employs clean and ecologically created products, such as Osea and Biologique Recherche. Guests of the Hotel Effie have access to all of Sandestin’s golf and beach resort facilities.
ECO-ADVENTURES AT HILLSBORO BEACH RESORT
1159 Hillsboro Mile / Website
Hillsboro Beach Resort is the only resort on private Hillsboro Mile in Deerfield Beach, Florida, and is noted for its exclusivity and privacy. Guests can take in the ocean views and birdwatching from the resort pool or the new restaurant Ro, and even participate in the property’s eco-adventures during Earth Month. Its private beach, tucked away among luxury villas, is less frequented and ideal for sea turtle hikes with a local guide during nesting season this spring. Guests can rent kayaks or paddle boards for a relaxing day on the water. They can rent resort bicycles and pedal down “Millionaire’s Mile,” stopping at the historic Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse for a sustainable, pleasant way to sightsee.
RID MIAMI BEACH OF PLASTIC AND LITTER WITH SHELBORNE SOUTH BEACH HOTEL
1801 Collins Ave / Website
The Shelborne South Beach Hotel is teaming up with Clean Miami Beach to host an Earth Day Beach Cleanup on Saturday, April 16th, 2022, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. along the beach near 21st Street and 2100 Collins Avenue Miami Beach. Clean Miami Beach is dedicated to removing rubbish and harmful pollutants from Miami Beach and its natural habitats, concentrating on single-use plastics.
PROTECT THE REEFS WITH THE MARKER KEY WEST HARBOR RESORT DURING A KEY WEST CLEAN UP COMPETITION
200 William St. / Website
The Marker Key West Harbor Resort is teaming with Reef Relief, a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to promoting and conserving the coral reef ecosystem, for a clean-up contest in Key West on April 22 in honor of Earth Day’s friendly competition. This will be a friendly competition between area hotels to see who can collect the most trash by 2 p.m. that day.
ECO-FRIENDLY DINING EXPERIENCES
SUNDAYS AT THE RANCH WITH CHEF NIVEN PATEL
Homestead / Website
Chef Niven Patel, a four-time James Beard Award nominee and one of Food & Wine’s Best New Chefs of 2020, is hosting an intimate farm-to-table experience in Miami at his Homestead farm Rancho Patel. The three-course family-style dinner against the farm’s rustic natural setting includes a cocktail and wine pairings.
ECO-FRIENDLY BREWERY TOUR AT EST.33 THAI CRAFT KITCHEN AND BREWERY
701 S Miami Ave / Website
The only microbrewery in the area, EST. 33 Thai Craft Brewery & Kitchen, is centrally positioned in Miami’s pedestrian-friendly Brickell neighborhood. Todd Space, the head brewer and a former biology teacher strives for sustainability whenever possible and provides customers complimentary beer tours. All spent grain is delivered to a nearby farmer and fed to goats, cows, and pigs. Take the free metro-mover to EST. 33, which stops directly at Brickell City Centre, where EST. 33 is located to save money and the environment.
ROMANTIC ELECTRIC BOAT RIDE ALONG LAS OLAS
1200 E Las Olas Blvd. STE 101 / Website
Casa Sensei merges classic Latin American food with Pan-Asian staples to provide the finest of both worlds, as voted Best Asian Restaurant by Fort Lauderdale Magazine in 2020 and 2021. Guests can book a private dinner cruise on one of Riverfront Gondola Tours‘ environmentally friendly and electric-powered boats, which can seat up to six people and are catered by. The 90-minute gondola trip gives views of beautiful waterfront houses, tropical greenery, and South Florida wildlife, such as manatees, peacocks, iguanas, exotic birds, and other species in their natural habitat, making it ideal for celebrating Earth Day in nature.
Photography by: Courtesy Casa Sensei, Riverfront Gondola Tours, Est. 33, Niven Patel, Rancho Patel, The Marker Key West Harbor Resort, Shelborne South Beach Hotel, Hillsboro Beach Resort, Sandestin Golf And Beach Resort, Hotel Effie Sandestin, The Gabriel Miami, The Gabriel South Beach, Arianna Medina, Louis Hansel, Noah Buscher, diGital Sennin, Sonnie Hiles/Unspash