More to Miami, the Magic City
Miami, known as the Magic City and often synonymous with white sandy beaches, blue waters, and nonstop entertainment, has more than meets the eye. The “305” is home to an estimated 1.9 million residents and has become a true melting pot of diversity with neighborhoods designed to appeal to the masses. From Wynwood to Little Havana and Key Biscayne, there are options for all visitors and locals alike to explore our beautiful city.
As the former warehouse district of the Magic City, Wynwood has become the center of innovation and the cities’ premier art district. Streets are lined with vibrant murals, trendy dining outlets, breweries and art installations alike.
To start your day, swing by Box Coffee to grab a cold brew or tea to cool off from the Miami heat. Be sure to try one of the specialty coffee cocktails, like the Rico Suave. With your drink in hand, it’s time to begin exploring Miami’s premier arts district and head over to the Wynwood Walls. The walls are a unique, outdoor and urban street art museum. Here you will be able to see the talent of artists from across the world. With over 50 artists spanning across 16 countries sharing their work, the walls have since become an international phenomenon in Miami.
After you’ve enjoyed the walls, it’s time to head to one of the local restaurants to fuel up. Head on over to Wynwood Kitchen & Bar, located inside the walls to grab a bite. The menu is designed with sharing in mind and offers Tapas style dishes. Be sure to try the grilled octopus – it is to die for! And of course the Empanadas – you’re in Miami after all. To complete your day exploring Wynwood, it is time to grab a few beverages. With over five breweries in the area, there are options for everyone. My personal favorite is Veza Sur Brewing Co. which offers a relaxed atmosphere and delicious brews for all.
If you are looking to experience Miami’s authentic Cuban culture, you are not going to want to miss checking out Little Havana. Latin American inspired restaurants, shops, and galleries line the streets, bringing to life this vibrant Hispanic culture.
Grab yourself a Cuban coffee at any of the walk-up cafes and begin your day exploring. Start at Domino Park, a historic monument. This park turned local hangout, attracts the older Cuban crowd. Spectators can watch as locals spend time playing dominos while conversing with friends, sharing a coffee and enjoying a cigar.
Once you have enjoyed watching the locals, you can venture into the local cigar shops and watch live cigar rolling – a truly captivating experience. Next, it’s time to enjoy live music at the famed venue, Ball and Chain. Here, you can enjoy dancing, drinks, and dining. Make sure you check out the stage in the back, outside. You surely will not regret this stop on your Miami tour.
Do you love relaxing by water? Want to enjoy the Miami sunshine? It’s time to head on over the Rickenbacker Causeway to Key Biscayne for a day on the Bay. Key Biscayne is a suburb of Miami, surrounded by two large parks – Crandon Park & Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park. Both options make for a delightful afternoon laying on the beach.
If you are an outdoor enthusiast, you absolutely cannot miss the Virginia Key Outdoor Center (VKOC). Located just off the main causeway, VKOC offers a variety of sports rentals as well as bike rentals. My advice? Jump on a paddleboard or kayak and explore the lagoon. During your paddle, you will be sure to see a lot of local wildlife. Manatees are plentiful here, so be sure to slow down and enjoy these friendly sea creatures. The lagoon connects to the Bay, so if it is a nice day you can head further into the bay to continue exploring.
Once you return back from your paddle, grab a bite at Whiskey Joes. Whiskey Joes offers a variety of cold brews and bar food. The view is stunning with downtown Miami in the distance along the water and typically you can find local Florida musicians spreading their joy with the crowd. An absolutely fantastic way to end your day on Biscayne Bay.
These are just a few of the neighborhoods that encompass Miami’s diverse and cultural offerings. I can assure you that your time in the Magic City will be truly enjoyable with amazing experiences. Remember to pack your sunscreen and Bienvenidos a Miami.
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