Miami may only be a 5 hour drive from the Aragon driveway, but any Miami trip is still a special treat! Miami was actually the first “real” vacation that Lorenzo & I ever went on together (summer of 2008). We both fell in love w the city right away. In fact, we loved the city so much, that a few trips later we looked at apartments as we were seriously debating moving there. Miami has such a great vibe. As soon you arrive, you know it, there’s just a je ne sais quoi about the city that gets you pumped to be there & sad to ever have to leave. Today I’m sharing some of our favorite places to go & things to do in Miami.
WYNWOOD ART DISTRICT, MIAMI, FL:
Looking for the hippest neighborhood in Miami? Head to the Wynwood Art District. Here you can find unique boutiques, amazing art galleries, restaurants catering to every type of cuisine you can imagine, & of course what Wynwood is most famous for – incredible street art. You will see street art EVERYWHERE; on building walls, doors, sidewalks, electrical boxes, sewage grates, etc! This neighborhood is definitely most known for their most touristy spot, Wynwood Walls, a permanent outdoor mural exhibit featuring some of the worlds most talented street artists. This neighborhood is so refreshing, it left us quite inspired. I shared a snippet of Wynwood here, now allow me to share some more favs.
SOUTH POINTE PARK, MIAMI BEACH, FL:
Spanning 17 acres is one of the coolest parks Lorenzo & I have ever been to, South Pointe Park. This urban style park sits right along side the ocean & is just a short walk to the beach. This park has soooo much to offer. You’ll find a playground, with water features, & nearby restrooms, as well as cool sculptural art in various areas of the park. If you’re looking to get some exercise, try going for a walk along the water, or if bikes are more your speed, get around that way. There are tons of hills & steps to the side of the main sidewalk area, so if you want to increase your workout difficulty, that’s no problem. If you’d rather relax, that’s easy to do too. With plenty of benches, you can sit & enjoy a book, or look around & take in the beautiful scenery. This park is also the perfect picnic location. Time your South Pointe Park visit out right, & you’ll catch the sunset w downtown Miami skyline in view. The entire park is dog-friendly, but if you’re bringing your fur-friend, be sure to check out the dog play area, where dogs can run around leash-less & meet tons of other dog friends.
MIAMI DESIGN DISTRICT, MIAMI, FL:
Urban meets upscale in the Miami Design District. Here you will find a variety of restaurants, lounges, shops, & people walking around with briefcases, lol. There are a good number of interior design stores. I love love loveeeeeeee interior design & had a great time looking at furniture & art pieces. Most of the shops in this area, however, are super high-end fashion stores. We personally have no interest in those kinds of stores, over-priced isn’t our cup of tea, & besides a lot of the designers are leather, leather, leather, fur, fur, fur, & we prefer animals alive & well! Nonetheless, we did enjoy walking around looking at all of the great architecture & checking out a few local art galleries. Be sure not to miss the Institute Of Contemporary Art & Opera Gallery.
SOUTH BEACH, MIAMI BEACH, FL:
It’s not a trip to Miami without a visit to South Beach. You know you’re getting close when you start to see art-deco clad buildings, vintage cars, mopeds & overpriced gas. There are zillions of restaurants, one-of-a-kind boutiques, & souvenir shops up and down the streets of South Beach. Once you touch sand, you will see some of the iconic lifeguard stands. This beach is not for those looking for peace & tranquility. South Beach is [almost] always poppin’, in other words, it’s quite crowded & noisy. Still, it’s a great beach that you have to see, even if just for a short while. We decided to get there to watch the sunrise, which was lovely because not only was it beautiful to see, but we got there before the crowd really rushed in. We walked along the shore for quite some distance. In fact, we walked so far that we had to take the beachside boardwalk on the way back because my legs & hips told me that more sand just wasn’t going to happen. In the evening, there are many events, concerts, & clubs to enjoy at & around South Beach.
Miami has so much to offer that I know this blog post is only one of many Miami-related content to come. In fact, I’m already planning our next trip 🙂