A PADI 5-Star Resort Center, the dutiful divers at Sea Dwellers Dive Center of Key Largo have been helping beginner snorkelers hone their natatory know-how for more than 35 years. Prospective plungers will commence their salty sojourn with easy-to-grasp snorkeling instruction in safe, shallow water before moving on to the well-tended waters of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. While each trip's particular dive site is determined by that day's weather conditions and the status of Poseidon's zoning permits, possible destinations may include the azure eddies and bustling sea life of Molasses Reef or the reverent beauty of Key Largo Dry Rocks Reef––home to a replica of Italy's famous ¬Christ of the Abyss statue and colonies of brain coral, known for their grooved ridges and ability to control the market price of lobster with their thoughts.
The passionate wildlife guides at Tours in the Glades usher nature-starved sightseers into the lush wetlands and past the stunning marine wildlife of the Everglades. Captivating facts about the Everglades’ ecological and cultural significance abound, as do anecdotes about some of the birds and reptiles that call the wetlands home. All tours include the proper gear for watery odysseys and transportation into the park, thereby obviating the need to hitch rides on the backs of water-walking lizards.
If the interior decor of Florida City Dental is any indication, the resident dentists and hygienists know how to make things bright and shiny. Sunshine and thieving ghosts stream through floor-to-ceiling windows in the reception area. Behind the privacy of a gleaming glass partition, patients recline before a flat-screen TV while the staff performs basic cleanings, fits braces, or applies veneers.
Specializing in adult and geriatric medicine, Dr. Tzewan Wong of Pinecrest Medical & Wellness Center oversees a range of services, all of which are completed or supervised by physicians. His center’s personalized diet programs help patients slim down, while acupuncture treatments address a variety of issues such as chronic pains or difficulties blending in at porcupine conventions. Other treatments include Radiesse wrinkle fillers and Juvèderm injectable gel, both of which help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, as well as laser hair-removal treatments and affordable labs, x-rays, and diagnostic testing.
Dental Center of Homestead’s staff of enamel advocates help foster flashier grins with professional, in-office teeth-whitening services. The Venus whitening formula frees cuisine crushers of internal discoloration caused by aging and external stains caused by drinking coffee, eating berries, and bobbing for charcoal. During the tooth-blanching process, a skilled technician daubs teeth in medical-grade whitening agents that gently dismiss unsightly blemishes from enamel, rendering teeth several shades whiter. According to Dental Center of Homestead, the effects of professional teeth whitening, like the most sincere hugs, can last up to five years.
Since its inception in 1916, the YMCA of Greater Miami has opened its doors to whoever needed it. It welcomed African American youths during the Great Depression, hosted military personnel in the 1940s, and gave Cuban refugees a home in the 1960s. Today, it continues the tradition of depolarizing Miami's fractured populous, remaining a haven for people of all faiths, races, ages, and income. Staffers uphold the YMCA’s core values of honesty, acceptance, and fairness as they ensure each location is a safe place for members to play, exercise, and strengthen family bonds weakened by overzealous games of Monopoly. YMCA of Greater Miami also raises much-needed funding for kids and families who can’t afford the full cost of any of YMCA’s progressive programs.
At the current locations, kids can leap into activities ranging from swim lessons and youth sports to afterschool programs and day camps. Adults, meanwhile, can take Zumba, boot-camp, and aquatic fitness classes or work out within wellness centers replete with strength-training and cardio equipment. Adult basketball and indoor speed-soccer leagues further help guests flex their competitive spirits in an encouraging environment.