There are many beautiful places to visit in Miami. It’s definitely more crowded and hot than it used to be. However it’s home to me and I’m sharing some places that I love! This is actually part two of a series where I share some very personal stuff HERE.
I took the photo below recently when I was driving home from some errands. It’s the street that we live on and I think shows off the beauty here in this tropical area. Although I’ve lived here most of my life when I stop to smell the roses or view the palms, I realize nature’s splendor. These palms are called Royal Palms and royal they are at about 60 feet tall. You don’t want to be standing under one when a palm frond drops!
Recently I wrote this post – 10 Free Things To Do In Miami. While not everything is free to visit here, parks are always free to the public in most cities. We are fortunate to have a large park just down the street and that might be one of my favorites. This park provides a lot of shade with the canopy of the trees.
The canal is the same one that winds it’s way behind our home. This park is a peaceful place to walk and I look forward to some cooler weather to do so.
All water in Miami leads to the ocean and below is Biscayne Bay, just a short walk from our home. Palm tree soldiers stand tall!
Places To Visit In Miami That I Love
Living in the suburbs, we don’t get into downtown Miami very often. Clearly most cities are more crowded nowadays then they were when we first moved to the suburbs, therefore it takes forever to get downtown. We prefer staying somewhat local and there’s lots to do if you seek it out. In South Miami things have changed and developed over the years. I remember when the main building here was a major bread making facility and the scent carried for miles! Now it’s absolutely gentrified with restaurants and shops and we head to dinner here often. This particular weekend was a car show and my husband brought my sweet little vintage 2 seater convertible to show.
Stormy skies over The Biltmore Hotel pool where I took my girls to lunch one day this summer. If you ever find yourself in Miami, this place is worth going to for the day or staying in the hotel. The pool isn’t free to use, but you can buy a day pass and it’s really stunning! The Biltmore is quintessential Coral Gables, opened in 1926 as one of the country’s most fashionable resorts. If you’re curious, then learn more about it’s rich history HERE.
One of my all-time favorite places to visit in Miami (not free) is Fairchild Tropical Gardens. Find out more about it HERE and without a doubt if you’re going to cruise out of Miami, take an extra day to see places like this!” Fairchild is dedicated to exploring, explaining and conserving the world of tropical plants. We are one of the premier conservation and education-based gardens in the world and a recognized international leader in both Florida and international conservation.”
Dale Chihuly previously had an amazing exhibit at Fairchild, but I don’t believe that it’s still there.
We have a personal connection to this incredible villa below called Villa Vizcaya. Vizcaya (as it’s known) was created as James Deering’s subtropical winter home in the 1910s and today it is a National Historic Landmark and accredited museum. My husband’s construction management business has been working for the Deering family for years.
Vizcaya is a treasure trove of all things European and unlike anything else in Miami. Pieces were curated and brought over mostly from Italy in the early 1900’s.
Marble, chandeliers, grand gates, artwork and more and I plan on going back for another visit this winter. Can you imagine living like this back in the day?
Drive over to Miami Beach along the causeways and see the cruise ships in port. I have driven on the causeway directly across many times and it’s definitely something worthwhile!
Last but not least are the beaches of Miami. We don’t get there too often, but without a doubt they are iconic. Head over to South Beach and you’ll find the Art Deco buildings, wide sandy beaches and lots of al fresco cafes. The beach below is actually closer to home and called Matheson Hammock.
If you’re looking to book a winter vacation there are so many wonderful places to visit in Miami…my hometown!
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