The Magic City lacks any local hot springs, however, there is a terrific option for an overnight trip to a warm mineral spring, located to the northwest on the Gulf coast. If you’re willing to go on a road trip from Miami, you’ll be rewarded with crystal-clear natural springs to jump in.
With 11 national parks (3 of which are near Miami) and 175 state parks, Florida is filled with natural beauty everywhere you look. While the state has an abundance of warm mineral springs elsewhere, the southeast corner of the state isn’t a hot spot for them.
As the second most populated city in the state with 461,080 residents (in 2020), Miami is popular for its nightlife, art deco architecture, and Cuban cultural influences. The vibrant city offers loads to do, so when you need a break from the hustle and bustle, hit the road for some peaceful time in–or on–the water.
Warm Mineral Springs Park – 204 miles
Warm Mineral Springs Park is the closest natural spring and has one of the highest mineral concentrations in the country. Warm water lovers are in luck, as it’s also the warmest spring in Florida with a year-round temperature of 85℉.
At 200 feet deep, there’s plenty of room to go scuba diving as well as to soak or swim. Forget sandy beaches. Those who opt to soak in the sun on the sidelines can pull up a chair on the soft grass.
This 30,000-year-old sinkhole feels more like stumbling upon a pond in the woods that happens to have its own spa. There’s even a sauna and medical treatments to add to the healing powers of the water.
Next time you’re in Miami and need a peaceful day on the water, try out this warm, natural spring. It’ll add unique fun to your trip and give you the relaxation you need.
If you’re looking for a local place to camp, consider one of the top campgrounds near Miami for your home base. Or you can get a little closer to the aforementioned Warm Mineral Springs and stay at one of the campgrounds near Cape Coral. These are found between Miami and the natural springs, so perfect for that road trip.