What do in Miami when it’s cold

January 28, 2014
Vizcaya Mansion in Miami.

It’s true that the lure of South Beach is strongest when the sun is shining and the water is warm enough for a dip, but there are still plenty of things to do down here when the temperature drops in winter. Forget the sun, sea and sand – reserve one of our luxury studio apartments and go check out these indoor gems:

Art Galleries: As anyone who’s heard of Art Basel knows, Miami is at the front line for Contemporary Art. Don’t worry if you can’t make it during the famous festival, all those galleries are still there when the dealers and collectors go home. We love the Kelley Roy Gallery, which exhibits and sells exciting works by established and emerging artists from around the world, and the funky Look Beyond Gallery in South Beach.

Spas: Miami is a great place to relax a stressed-out body and really pamper yourself. While you’re in town, treat yourself to a day spa experience or massage at the Spa at Mandarin Oriental, an award-winning luxury oasis with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the bay.

Museums: As the Art Deco capital of the US, you could happily drive around town and take in the fantastic architecture all day, but if you want a condensed version of history, head to the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens; a 10-acre, Italian Renaissance-style mansion with gardens open to the public. The Wolfsonian Museum is also a must-see if you’re visiting Miami Beach, with a collection of propaganda art that includes furniture, paintings, books, prints, and art objects. For a cool history lesson, check out the Bay of Pigs Museum which documents memoirs of the Cold War Era, the Bay of Pigs invasion, Operation Mongoose, and the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Shopping: For a day of browsing, shopping, eating and drinking, check out  Sawgrass Mills:This massive outlet mall features more than 350 name-brand stores and outlets, restaurants, movie theatres and entertainment venues. It’s is the fourth largest mall in the United States, the largest in Florida, and the largest outlet mall in the world. For upmarket homewares, head to the Design Center of the Americas; the largest design center of its kind, showcasing interior design, fine furniture, fabrics, art, antiques, accessories, decorative hardware, and lots more.

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