Kaka’s Orlando 


By Sarah Sekula, published in GoEscape magazine

As the highest paid MLS player in the world, Kaká (Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite), is active to the nth degree. The soccer superstar shares some of his favorite places off the field.

Best place to relax

“Golf course at the Four Seasons Hotel. As an athlete, I really enjoy some peaceful moments relaxing my mind and body from the daily training. It helps me develop my golf skills, and I love the atmosphere and nature.” 10100 Dream Tree Blvd, Lake Buena Vista; 407-313-7777; fourseasons.com/orlando

Best place for a jog

Windermere. There is wildlife all over the place, from anhingas drying their wings to baby turtles and alligators occasionally.”

Best place to eat Brazilian food 

Black Fire Brazilian Steakhouse. They serve great churrasco grilled meats. I personally love the traditional top sirloin called picanha. The system is all you can eat, and they also have made-to-order pasta and sushi.” 8594 Palm Pkwy, Lake Buena Vista; 407-477-7771; blackfirebull.com

Best place for kids to run wild

Lake Eola. The lake shore is great place to have them do a picnic, chase some squirrels and kick a soccer ball. The outdoor evening movie sessions and the downtown skyline also give the place a special atmosphere.” 512 E. Washington St., Orlando; cityoforlando.net/parks/lake-eola-park

Best place to bike

“The West Orange Trail is a great way to learn more about Central Florida while exercising and enjoying the awesome rural and suburban landscapes. It’s smooth and goes through historic towns.” 501 Crown Point Cross Road, Winter Garden; 407-654-1108;orangecountyfl.net/CultureParks/Parks