Bask in the Sunshine State: The Eco Travel Guide to South Florida

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South Florida is teeming with sustainable hotels and trendy plant-based restaurants—an eco traveler’s dream.

Taking a much-needed vacation doesn’t have to come at the expense of the planet. Nowadays, the plethora of eco-friendly resorts and plant-based restaurants that are readily available around the world make eco travel even easier. This is good news if you’ve got an insatiable case of wanderlust.

For some fun in the sun and sand, look no further than The Sunshine State. A cultural melting pot of Caribbean and Latin flavors, take a trip down yonder because South Florida has it all—endless stretches of pristine beaches, a unique dining scene, and a year-round tropical climate. 

Whether you’re looking to explore the luxurious shops in trendy Miami or go swimming in the Keys, pack your sunscreen and resort wear—we’ve got everything you need to plan the most memorable and sustainable Florida getaway.

Sustainable Hotel Options

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Ocean Key Resort & Spa

Relax in luxury at this lavish, oceanfront Key West resort. Featuring a boutique store and a relaxing, on-site spa, the property is nestled in the midst of all things fun and exciting. Walking distance from Mallory Square, Truman’s Little White House, and more—you’ll find a treasure trove of activities nearby, including wildlife refuges, national parks, and sanctuaries. Your home away from home awaits.

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The Palms Hotel & Spa

For a tropical paradise, look no further than this nature-inspired resort, which is located right on the coast in Miami Beach. This historic property has everything an eco traveler could ever need: ocean views, a full-service spa, an organic garden, and even a farm-to-table restaurant, which serves up sustainably-sourced dishes with plenty of vegan options. The Florida Green Lodging accredited hotel boasts a recycling program and even hosts beach clean-ups. 

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The Breakers

Founded in 1896, this luxury Palm Beach resort is “the original home of R&R.” A private beachfront, four pools, secluded cottages, an indoor-outdoor spa, golf courses, tennis courts, and boutiques—need we say more? The resort’s sustainable initiatives include water conservation, waste reduction, and energy efficiency.

Sustainable Dining

Planta

This plant-based chain has locations all over North America. But for those embarking on a getaway to The Sunshine State, you can chow down at the West Palm Beach and South Beach locations. Planta’s offshoot, Planta Queen, also has spots in Coconut Grove and the newly opened location in Fort Lauderdale. The chain features locally-sourced, plant-based ingredients in its dishes. This upscale restaurant “reimagines, reinvents, and revitalizes, providing flavorful proof that the power of plants can change the world.” Order the coconut ceviche for an appetizer. Opt for a veggie pizza for dinner. In the mood for sushi? The restaurant has every roll of your stomach’s desire. 

Love Life Cafe

For a Miami rendezvous, stop by Wynwood. There, you’ll find the quaint, plant-based eatery, which serves up breakfast staples like egg and cheese croissants and omelets, soups and salads, burgers, bowls, pizza, and more.

Full Bloom Vegan

Unearth this gourmet restaurant in Miami Beach. The eatery has everything from Italian-inspired dishes like baked eggplant to mouthwatering curries and comfort classics like barbecue wings—all vegan, of course.  

Sustainable Shops

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Reformation

If you find yourself vacationing in Miami, then a stop at Reformation’s storefront location is in order. The brand has it all—dresses, jeans, sweaters, and even wedding dresses—all of which are consciously created clothing made from recycled or natural fibers.

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Biossance

This vegan Clean at Sephora beauty brand combines science and sustainability to craft its skincare products. Last December, the brand opened its first storefront, located in the Miami Design District. For a little TLC for the face, try the Squalene + Marine Algae Eye Cream. Exfoliate your body with the Squalene + Enzyme Sugar Body Scrub. Or for ample hydration, get the Squalene + Vitamin C Rose Oil.

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Nomad Tribe

“Sustainability feels good,” is this sustainable clothing brand’s mission. Located in Wynwood Marketplace, this eco-conscious boutique carries recycled and handmade clothes for both men and women.

Planning your next destination vacation? Click here for Ethos’ guide to the best luxury beachfront hotels and resorts from around the world.

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