First time Miami Beach: Here’s what we recommend!

July 2, 2014

Welcome to Miami! Whether you’ree here for the sun and sand, the salsa music, or the incredible sandwitches you won’t be disappointed – and you don’t have to go much further than Miami beach, home of the famous Art Deco Historic District, a.k.a. South Beach, a microcosm of all that makes Miami so memorable. Swim, snorkel, Jet-Ski and more thanks to ten blocks of public beach access, then get to know the area with a guided cycling tour of the restored buildings, originally designed by the likes of Morris Lapidus and Henry Hohauser.

Take at least one afternoon to stroll on Lincoln Road, a pedestrian mall lined with shops, art galleries, ice cream parlors and coffee shops, that runs perpendicular to the beach and Ocean Drive and Collins and Washington avenues, all of which are parallel to one another.

Feel like something active? Local guyms like Crunch have zumba, Pilates or spin classes, or you can start your day with early morning yoga on the beach!

Then have a relaxing brunch at Balans, and rent a DecoBike for touring the town. Wind up at Flamingo Park for a sunset tennis game before hitting a restaurant like the award-winning Yardbird Southern Table & Bar,  or sample the latin flavours of David’s Cafe or Puerto Sagua for an introduction to Cuban cuisine. For something more upscale, try star-studded places like The Bazaar by José Andrés at the SLS Hotel to discover how modern Spanish influences trickle down and affect everything from clothing to decor.

Culture aficionados also have a superb number of choices. The Bass Museum of Art on the northern end of the Art Deco District hosts a terrific collection of classical arts, including centuries-old paintings and tapestries, as well as contemporary works. The Bass also features events such as “Beats after Sunset,” which combine music with art.

The Miami Beach Ballet has its enclave nearby, and only a few blocks south at the Frank Gehry-designed New World Center, the New World Symphony, America’s premier training orchestra, projects all its concerts on a 7,000-square foot exterior wall. The Soundscape concerts are free and open to the public, who bring picnics – we recommend grilled octopus tacos and ceviche from My Ceviche – for their palates to appreciate while their minds are likewise stimulated.

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