Planning a trip to Miami? We’d love to show your around our hometown.
Here’s the fun part: we’re going to introduce you to some of the spots where the locals go. Sure, it’s great to go to famous South Florida hot spots that everyone knows about: an airboat ride in Everglades National Park, dinner at the famous Joe’s Stone Crab, a trip down to the Keys. But where do you go if you’re “in the know?” Since our roots go deep in South Florida, we thought we’d clue you in to some of our favorite hang outs.
- Looking for a beach where you can escape the crowds and focus on soaking up the sunshine? We’ve got you covered. Head over to Hollywood North Beach Park. You’ll find that there are fewer people, well-maintained facilities and plenty of room to spread out your picnic blanket. Dogs on leashes are even allowed if you’re traveling with your furry friend!
- There’s no better place to get a glimpse of historic Miami than The Barnacle. Don’t be fooled by the fact that most Miami elementary school kids visit to this state park – it’s amazing to see the ingenuity and beauty preserved in this hidden gem in Coconut Grove. At only $2, plus $3 for a highly recommended tour, an outing to The Barnacle is a bargain not to be missed. Built in 1891 by Ralph Munroe, the home reveals the pioneer spirit of early Miami immigrants and introduces you to tranquil living on Biscayne Bay.
- When the sun goes down, Miami comes alive. Escape the trendy hotspots – overcrowded and overpriced – and check out a modern-day speakeasy in the heart of Miami Beach, Foxhole. Here you can shoot a game of pool, check out some local music & enjoy great happy hour specials. If you stay here long enough, you’ll work up an appetite to order from the delicious Drunken Dragon menu next door. Be forewarned… there’s no sign on the bar so you’ll have to be “in the know” to find this hot spot.
- If the heat gets to be too much, take a trip down to Florida City to visit the family-owned fruit stand extraordinaire, Robert is Here. While you sip on one of their refreshing smoothies or milkshakes, be sure to check out the diverse collection of exotic fruit, such as Sapodilla, Black Sapote, and Dragon Fruit. The family is a big supporter of local agriculture and even sells many of its jams and dressings.
- No trip to Miami is complete without a visit to Little Havana. We recommend the historic Ball and Chain Bar and Lounge. With its sordid history of multiple owners, gambling, and unsavory characters, Ball and Chain has survived by celebrating its tradition of incredible live music and dancing. You can also sample some Cuban inspired food and drinks. Much has changed since this bar opened in 1935, but what has remained constant is that a night at the Ball and Chain will be a night to remember.
EnjoyEnjoy your time in our favorite city in the world. Miami is a special place to sample cultures from around the world and check out from the hassle of daily responsibilities. Whether you choose a rejuvenating nap on the beach or a late night in one of Miami’s clubs or restaurants, your tropical adventure awaits…