Although in recent years other neighborhoods on the continent have gained relevance, it is difficult that it is not a picture of Miami Beach that first comes to mind when we think of “the city of the sun”.
Half-naked bodies. Volleyball on the beach. Convertible on Ocean Drive. The art deco. The News Cafe. Lincoln Road. The district of Alan Faena. Umbrellas and beach chairs, of all colors, and tireless seagulls. Oh, and the night, of course!
Miami Beach is an island, although many do not even realize it because all of Miami has access to water. It is linked to the mainland by five routes: the busiest are the 195, which leaves you at the height of Mid Beach, and the MacArthur Causeway, which crosses you at the height of South Beach.
Architecturally speaking, Miami Beach meets the Art Deco style with other more modern buildings and a certain Mediterranean style that is evident in Española Way, a little street perpendicular to Collins that has a restaurant next to the other. It has a great pedestrian street, Lincoln Road, with bars and restaurants that alternate with the best fashion, deco and electronics shops in the city.
The beach runs along the east coast of the island and, only for orientation, is divided into North Beach, Mid Beach and South Beach, although, in reality, it is a long, incredible and unique beach of white sands and sea. transparent. Obviously there are fans of Nikki Beach and those who prefer the beaches of Bal Harbor, those who are behind the best wave and those who prefer to sail the cruises from South Pointe. What is great about Miami Beach is that there is something for all tastes and, everywhere, many and universal desire to have fun.
The boardwalk, circuit on foot
All cities with sea have a rambla and Miami is no exception. If we go south-north, the famous Miami Beach footbridge starts at 5th Street and, until 23, it is a pink tile path that borders Ocean Drive and shows us its restaurants and Art Deco buildings on one side and the sea of the other. In the streets, there are usually craft stalls attended by their owners, very friendly.
From 23rd Street to 46th, where it ends (Indian Beach Park), it is a wooden plank walkway. In total, it has almost 6 and a half kilometers marked by the sea, ideal for joggers, skaters and runners. Those who prefer to walk it, know that the restaurants and bars to make a stop are on the south side, in South Beach.
Miami Beach is a unique conglomerate in the world of art deco buildings, most of them built in the decades from 20 to 40. Pastel colors, curves and skylights make up a climate from another era, which cuts sports cars and bikinis.
There are walking tours designed for lovers of style, but here we tell you what to see if you prefer to travel alone: the Park Central hotel (on Ocean Drive, between 6 and 7), The Tides (between 12 and 13), The Carlyle (in the corner) and the Cardozo (in Ocean and the 13th). Already in Collins, do not miss seeing the National Hotel or the Delano. Coronalo all with a drink at the Raleigh Hotel, in front of its in-cre-i-ble pool.
It’s the Miami Beach contemporary art museum. His samples are not only of plastic arts: there are fashion, design and architecture. It reopens in October, post-enlargement!
The best: in the park of the museum there are sculptures, like this one by Ugo Rondinone. 2100 Collins Avenue thebass.org
Did you arrive in Miami on one of those flights that land at dawn and you do not have anything to do until you open the check-in? News Cafe! It’s the classic Miami bar on Collins Ave., open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The best: it is also a very good option when it is already night and you do not want to go to bed without eating something. 800 Ocean Drive. newscafe.com
This neighborhood is the favorite of young people with wave and is filled in the after office. The classic is Barceloneta, which is on a corner and has sidewalks outside. There they eat Mediterranean tapas and drink cocktails with gin. There is also Pubelly, if you prefer sushi. At True Loaf Bakery or Panther Coffee, it’s best to order something to go and keep walking. If not, you can go to Naiyara, which is a restaurant of Thai food, or to Dreamer for a smoothie or a super healthy smoothie with a bowl of açaí, so fashionable.
The best: to buy, are Eberjey, a business of dreamed underwear and swimsuits, and Frankie Miami. barcelonetarestaurant.com; pubbellysushi.us; panthercoffee.com; naiyara.com; dreamerjuice.com; eberjey.com; frankiemiami.com
Who did not love her? At the entrance to W South Beach there are three sculptures by Tom Sachs: one is the kitten’s, but there are also “My Melody” (photo) and “Miffi”. People love to stop to take pictures.
Sachs is a New York artist who worked on the original models of the dolls. They are bronze sculptures painted in white to make them look like telgopor.
The Miami night
Nocheeee, chicooo! Miami Beach burns after the beach and until very late. There are many proposals for bars, restaurants with bowling or, directly, dancing. We enjoy Bagatelle (in 21 and Collins), a canchero restaurant that transforms when a table asks for an expensive bottle: the waiters disguise themselves and put on a show in which everyone turns on; The Broken Shaker (on Indian Creek, photo), which is the patio of a hostel with good drinks, music and a lot of wave; Liv (on Collins), bowling-bowling at the Fontainbleau; Mynt Lounge, Bâoli and Komodo, three floors from restaurant to lounge.
The best: there are for all budgets and styles. Miami does not get tired.
New World Symphony
Frank Gehry’s building has the best reputation for music school in the city and a concert hall with perfect acoustics. Thanks to the advanced technology, the concerts are also projected on one of the walls of the building that overlooks a square and everyone can have free access to listen to it.
The best: yoga mornings at SoundScape Park. They are done once a month (you can check the agenda on their page) and they are free: you only have to take your yoga mat.500 17th Street. nws.edu
Jeff Latulippe was a Wall Street executive until he became a fan of healthy food. When he began to lose weight, he decided to change his life and bet everything on the philosophy of the farm to the table: in 2015 he opened Dirt, which won an award for the best economic restaurant in the city.
The best: spinach and mango smoothies and berries with pineapple.
Another temple of healthy food, this restaurant is a family business with a strong emphasis on vegetarianism. Its relaxed decoration with giant flowers on the walls and wooden tables is intended to make you feel at home. It is steps away from South Pointe beach: an ideal getaway for when the sea left you hungry.
The best: they have the best vegetarian burger in the city! But I also recommend the gobo chips, which are like French fries made from a Hawaiian root that has health benefits. 500 South Pointe Dr. # 180. lilikoiorganicliving.com