There is no possible way to be bored in Miami. With the sun and surf, downtown nightlife, designer shopping and destination spas, Miami, also known as the “Magic City”, “Gateway to the Americas” and “Capital of Latin American” has myriad of things to offer.
Shopping and Dining
Designer heaven at Bal Harbour. Shop for glittering jewels in De Beers, high fashion in Fendi and fancy footwear in Jimmy Choo at the exclusive Bal Harbour Shops in northern Miami Beach. Lunch on spicy snapper fish in the elegant Carpaccio restaurant or enjoy French pastries in Lea’s Tea Room &Bistro.
Splurge on art in the Design district. Buy classic, contemporary and modern masterpieces in the Design and Wynwood districts, north of downtown. On the second Saturday of each month, galleries open late with music and cocktails on the Wynwood Art Walk. For Latin American art, SW 8th Street is home to collections like the quirky colorful Unzueta Gallery.
Afternoon tea at the Biltmore. Buttered scones, finger sandwiches and English tea are why locals and tourists flock to the opulent Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables. Enjoy an afternoon in the ornate lobby to the soft sounds of a classical guitarist. Book in advance if possible.
Super spa at the Mandarin Oriental. There’s room for indulgence at the Mandarin Oriental’s award- winning 15,000-square-foot spa. Try the relaxing algae and mud Ocean and Earth Body Wrap or an outdoor massage in the Oasis Beach Club’s private cabanas. The VIP suites have floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the waterfront.
On The Water
Glimpse A-list living on a Miami Beach boat tour. Take a boat tour for a waterside close-up of Miami’s palatial properties strung along Millionaire’s Row on Miami Beach. Residents include Gloria Estefan and Julio Iglesias and Al Capone’s former home, where Scarface was filmed, is also here. Sail past exclusive Brickell Key and Fisher Island and watch luxury cruisers leaving the Port of Miami.
Casino cruises. Live the Vegas life in Miami with a luxury casino cruise from the port of Miami. On board, feast on the complimentary buffet and cocktails while the ship clears US waters. When the gaming floor opens, put on your best poker face or get lucky at the roulette wheel.
Sail a yacht round Buscayne Bay. Hire a boat from Bayside Marina, Coconut Grove or Miami Beach Marina and explore the shimmering waters of Biscayne Bay. Sail past the state park on Elliott Key and Boca Chica’s national park. Stay on board for sunset and soak up the sky’s ever-changing colors against Miami’s skyline.
Rent a convertible and cruise Ocean Drive. Live like a local and drive along Ocean Drive in your own luxury set of wheels. Hire anything from a convertible Porsche to a quirky Mini Cooper from Miami’s luxury rental car companies and drive out to the wealthy suburbs of Coral Gables and Coconut Grove.
Exclusive golfing. Perfect your swing at the Miami Beach Golf Course, designed by renowned golf course architect Arthur Hills. At the venerable Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, tee off at the 6,800-yard, 18-hole, par-71 championship golf course.