Peter Horree / Alamy

Wildlife, watersports, and fishing in southeastern Florida.

February 21, 2012

When it comes to breadth and depth of wildlife in south Florida, Lake Okeechobee is unbeatable. At 730 square miles, it’s the second largest freshwater lake in the country and, as such, affords endless opportunities for wildlife spotting (alligators; bobcats; hawks), watersports, and fishing (which is most lucrative in the winter). It’s also encircled by a 100-mile-plus trail, making it a great trip for hikers and cyclists, too.

Lake Okeechobee

From birds and bobcats to the odd manatee, 730-square-mile Lake Okeechobee is a sprawling waterway you can hike around (there’s a 100-mile-plus trail), or skim over by boat. Fishing’s also a popular activity—its shallow waters make it a great place for first-timers.

Clock Family Restaurant

Try the fried chicken breakfast at the diner-style restaurant.

Los Cocos

Go Tex-Mex with homemade flour tortillas and nachos drenched in salsa.

Wanta Linga Motel

There’s more than just the appealingly retro name: the basic but clean rooms have kitchens, and the parking spaces are big enough to accommodate both a car and a boat.

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