Bienvenidos A Miami 🌴
Miami is hands down one of the coolest places I have ever visited. There is something about the combination of art deco and Florida heat that set it apart from any other city. Planning a trip soon? Here are five things to do that capture the uniqueness of Miami.
Located on Biscayne Bay, the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is the former villa of businessman James Deering. The early 20th century estate features Italian Renaissance gardens and architecture, with a few Baroque elements. In popular culture, Vizcaya has been the setting for many films such as The Money Pit, Iron Man 3 and Tony Rome.
The News Cafe is a charming sidewalk cafe, bar and newsstand on Ocean Drive in South Beach. A perfect spot for Sunday brunch and people watching any day of the week. News cafe also bears a rich history as fashion innovator, Gianni Versace, would buy newspapers at the cafe most mornings before walking back to his mansion at 1116 Ocean Drive only 3 blocks away.
Miami’s Art Deco Historic District includes over 800 buildings put up between 1923 and 1943. One of the most interesting art deco buildings, in my opinion, is the Delano Hotel. As you walk in, there is a nearly mile-long indoor and outdoor lobby, stretching all the way to the beach. It is full of eclectic chairs and benches, many designed by French designer Phillippe Starck. The Delano also features artwork by Man Ray and Salvador Dali.
South of the Miami Design District is the rapidly growing Wynwood Arts District. It is home to many warehouse-turned-galleries, boutiques, and restaurants that are unique to the area. If you get the chance, see art at the Wynwood Walls, a park displaying works by renowned artists such as Jeff Soto, Futura and Roa.
Lummus Park is a 74-acre urban park in the art deco district, walking distance to many restaurants and stores on Ocean Drive. Many locals also enjoy relaxing here as it is steps away from the beach.