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Miami Itineraries

Day Trip to Palm Beach

Miami’s Wynwood Neighborhood

An everchanging subtropical paradise

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This colorful, cosmopolitan, multilingual destination is reinventing itself with dizzying speed. If the last time you visited was a few years ago – or just a few months ago – the cityscape has changed already. Dozens of new restaurants have opened and another new trendy district has popped up. Some forget that it took decades of inertia before South Beach re-emerged in the 1990s as a global hotspot; today, in a matter of months, gritty Wynwood has exploded as a must-visit place because of its street art and dining and shopping scene.

South Beach and Beyond

Just to bring you up to date: South Beach is still tourist central and home to splendid Art Deco hotels and restaurants. But new properties – including top luxury names – are open or in the works, and marching north up the Beach. Downtown Miami is a jungle of cranes, adding condos and hubs for incoming rail connections. The waterfront Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) opened to crowds at the end of 2013; next door, the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science is slated to open later in 2016. Just south, Brickell – considered the financial district with high-rise residences popular with young professionals – is a massive construction site where the Brickell City Centre, a huge mixed-use development that includes residential, hotel, retail and entertainment space, is towering over humble neighborhood standbys like the River Oyster Bar and the now-shuttered Tobacco Road bar.

Miami Neighborhoods

The renaissance has spread to neighborhoods: Wynwood, the hipster ’hood where every building is covered in colorful graffiti art, is suddenly alive with shopping, dining, drinking and events. Nearby, the Design District – only a few short years ago a quirky, mostly trade-only interior-design zone, houses the likes of Cartier, Dior, Fendi, Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford, Prada and Tiffany. The tree-lined community of Coral Gables’ downtown is now a bustling, pedestrian-friendly hub with some of Miami’s best restaurants and shopping. The bohemian historic village of Coconut Grove, which had struggled since the 1990s, is once again thriving, thanks to entrepreneurs in dining and retail bringing a fresh set of eyes to the scene. Little Havana, a working-class neighborhood that attracted visitors but lacked tourist amenities, is now easy to explore and enjoy, now that places like the Ball and Chain bar and Azucar Ice Cream offer fun and authentic context to an iconic neighborhood. And those are just a few examples.

Miami has always been a subtropical paradise, attracting people from all over the world to bask in the sunshine of opportunity and leave their mark, only to be painted over even more brightly by the next person. Like the old adage about the weather – if you don’t like it, wait a few minutes –  Miami is changing in ways that leave even residents breathless. Don’t wait a few minutes. Visit now.

Check out these Maimi Itineraries:

Miami’s Wynwood Neighborhood … A former warehouse district explodes with cutting edge arts, dining, breweries, and more
Day Trip to Palm Beach … Scenic walks and cycle rides, lush gardens and an historic estate

What it Costs

Abstract Pricing at a Glance

Prices often fluctuate dynamically depending on capacity, seasonality and deals. We don’t want to lead you astray by quoting exact prices that quickly become wrong. To give you a rough idea for budgetary planning purposes, though, we have indicated general price ranges for all points of interest.

Price ranges are quoted in $US.

See & Do
N/A => Not applicable
$ => Tickets less than $10 per person
$$ => Tickets $11-25 per person
$$$ => Tickets $26 per person

$ => Rooms less than $100 for a double
$$ => Rooms $200 for a double
$$$ => Rooms $300 for a double

$ => $1-15 per person for a meal (without alcohol, tax, tip)
$ => $16-40 per person for a meal (without alcohol, tax, tip)
$$$ => $41 per person for a meal (without alcohol, tax, tip)

N/A => Not applicable

$ => Tickets less than $10 per person
$$ => Tickets $11-25 per person
$$ => Tickets $26 per person


Another work in progress worth noting is the state of getting around in Miami. All the construction, plus growth, means terrible traffic. And public transportation has never been one of the sprawling city’s strong points. But there have been some advances. Miami International Airport, finally up to speed, is linked to the rapid transit line. A people mover (still free) is the best way to move around downtown. Free trolleys and public circulator buses make it easier to navigate key urban areas. Uber and Lyft are finally legal in the county. The Citi Bike bike sharing system has more than a hundred stations. Bike lanes are opening up.


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