Best Neighborhoods to Stay In During Your Miami Getaway
If you’re starting to feel the effects of the mid-February winter blues then you’re not alone. You might be struggling to decide where to spend your upcoming—and well-deserved—spring vacation and there’s one place that can solve this question: Miami. One of the top vacation destinations in the United States, Miami offers not only its world-renowned beaches but also a thriving nightlife, warm tropical weather, and a variety of mouthwatering cuisines. It’s no wonder that millions of tourists flock to the city each year. With this list of the best neighborhoods to stay in during your getaway to the sunshine state, all you’ll have to worry about is packing your swim trunks and shades.
Arguably the most popular area of Miami, South Beach is well-known for its vibrant nightlife, world class shopping, stretches of white sand, and, of course, scantily clad sunbathers. One exclusive neighborhood in the area is South of Fifth, more commonly known as SoFi. The neighborhood is home to some incredible food including one of South Beach’s most historic restaurants, Smith & Wollensky, along with a host of other amazing eateries. While you’re in South Beach also be sure to hit Ocean Drive (the main tourist drag) and the historic Art Deco district, which offers a peek at the colorful architecture of Miami.
Thanks to a recent revival by way of renewed nightlife and top-notch restaurants, the downtown area of Miami has quickly become a destination neighborhood for those who enjoy a more urban vibe—something that is at times difficult to find in the more polished, tourist-geared parts of the city. Some people are even heralding downtown as the new South Beach and others are going even further to call downtown Miami the new Manhattan. This area is ideal for travelers looking to discover food, bars, shops, and art galleries that aren’t necessarily in the know quite yet.
One of Miami’s original planned communities, Coral Gables is among the city’s prettiest and most pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods. The streets are lined with lush landscaping, tree canopies, and charming stucco bungalows that many have come to associate with south Florida. Pristine architecture with a European flair and a wide array of upscale restaurants are the main attractions of this area, as well as a shopping megaplex that features luxury retailers such as Nordstrom and other high-end boutiques.
Tucked against the shores of Biscayne Bay, this waterfront village was once a haven for hippies and those seeking a laid back, bohemian lifestyle. Though it now boasts the modern estates and commercial centers that can be found in much of the rest of the city, remnants of Coconut Grove’s free-spirited past can still be seen throughout the neighborhood. Take in a Broadway show at the 1950s Coconut Grove Playhouse or head to the marina for a stroll along the waterfront.