By Gina Polo
What are the best reasons to visit Miami, Florida? I was born and raised here, and to me, there are so many! For starters, it’s always warm. It’s very rare that you’ll need a jacket or wrap in Miami, but that’s just one of the qualities that makes this place so wonderful.
Miami is undergoing a renaissance of sorts. Its streets are teeming with international visitors and locals alike, all enjoying their spot in paradise. The diversity is amazing and beautiful and makes this town what it is. The buzz of construction in places like downtown, where there are beautiful new shopping centers and restaurants opening constantly, is a sign of continued growth and progress.
I’d like to share my idea of a perfect day with you! My perfect day in Miami starts with breakfast at one of the many sidewalk cafes that are part of the city’s charm. You’ll find them in neighborhoods such as Coconut Grove, Miami Beach and elegant Coral Gables. All offer delectable bites with their own unique blend of flavors, spices and views – whether it’s a view of the boardwalk on Miami Beach, the beautiful architecture of Coral Gables, or simply seeing the fashionable people strolling through Coconut Grove.
After breakfast, the Perez Art Museum of Miami (PAMM) is large enough to provide a couple of hours of art gazing, but small enough not to overwhelm you with floors and floors to see. It offers a look at wonderful local and international art. The museum’s location is also quite spectacular. It sits right on Biscayne Bay and has a great little waterfront café — just the right place to enjoy a snack before heading off to our next destination.
What would a day in Miami be without a trip to the beach? The beautiful beaches are dotted with Art Deco-style lifeguard stands. The temperature of the water is usually quite warm. Sipping a cool tropical drink on a beach chair under an umbrella is the perfect way to spend an afternoon. Whether reading a philosophy book or a fashion magazine, feeling the breeze on your skin and smelling the salt air is what Miami is all about!
After the beach, the evening prep begins. Picking out a great outfit for the evening is essential in this stylish city! After you’ve washed off the sunscreen and put on your party clothes, start at a local watering hole with a great view, such as Crazy About You, which is on the bay in the Brickell neighborhood, or the bar at Area 31 in the Epic Hotel downtown. For dinner, Sugarcane in Midtown is always delicious, as is Truluck’s and Il Gabiano, both in the Brickell/downtown area. Once you’ve dined, dancing is in order. Ball and Chain in Little Havana is a great, fun venue that’s also beautifully appointed. The stage outside is like a mini-amphitheater, and the place is full on the weekends with live music and dancing. If there’s any energy left, a little Colombian dance club in Brickell called Tu Candela is the perfect place to finish the evening. This tiny little place has fantastic music, and everyone is always friendly and happy to be in Miami!
Have I said that I love Miami? What a city!