Day One

  • South Beach

Start the day with a morning stroll along the lovely shoreline of South Beach. Afterwards, stop in the small Art Deco Museum for an overview of this fabulous architectural district. Then take a wander along Ocean Dr and see these deco beauties in person (or go on a guided tour offered by Miami Design Preservation League). For more deco insight, tack on a visit to the Wolfsonian-FIU.

After lunch, take a stroll along Lincoln Rd, a pedestrian boulevard lined with eye-catching stores and outdoor restaurants. Browse books at Taschen, and pick up some top designer vintage wear at Consign of the Times.

  • Dinner Feast on high-end Southern fare at Yardbird.
  • South Beach

In the evening, catch a concert at the New World Center. End the night over at Bodega, a taco stand with a decadent bar hidden out the back. For more partying into the small hours, go to Sweet Liberty.

Day Two

  • Wynwood

Start off the day with pastries and espresso from Panther Coffee. Thus fortified, check out the latest murals at Wynwood Walls, look for gifts at Malaquita and explore the outstanding installations at the Margulies Collection at the Warehouse. If you have time before lunch, head to the Design District's Institute of Contemporary Arts for a stroll and a look at contemporary artist offerings. Then head to Downtown.

  • Lunch Enjoy market-fresh fare and fabulous views at Verde.
  • Downtown

Spend the afternoon exploring Pérez Art Museum Miami, which has some of the best contemporary art exhibitions in the city. Afterwards, head over to Bayfront Park, to check out a few Noguchi sculptures, and join locals for a bit of riverside relaxing on the grass.

  • Dinner Book a table (well in advance) at Wynwood hot spot Kyu.

That evening, head back up to Wynwood to see the district by lamplight. First check out the microbrew scene at Wynwood Brewing Company and then go on a Wynwood Art Walk Block Party for beer and street art – alternatively, head to Lagniappe for some live music.

Day Three

  • Coconut Grove

Spend the morning wandering around the European gardens and art- and antique-filled interiors of Vizcaya Museum & Gardens. Next, go over to Coconut Grove for window shopping and snacks (like ice cream from Bianco Gelato). Take a peak at Barnacle Historic State Park for pretty views.

  • Lunch Creative American cooking at Spillover.
  • Little Havana

Head to Little Havana for a dose of Latin culture. Check out the domino action in Máximo Gómez Park, learn a bit of Cuban history at Cuban Memorial Park and shop for guayaberas (Cuban dress shirts) and cigars along 8th St. Stop for a fresh-squeezed pick-me-up at Los Pinareños Frutería.

Catch some live music at the intimate Cubaocho, where you can hear Latin jazz, flamenco, Cuban son and other styles. For something more spirited, head over to the long-running Ball & Chain, which has a full calendar of events and music (including salsa – with free lessons – on some nights).

Day Four

  • Coral Gables

Explore the absolutely beautiful Fairchild Tropical Garden, with its rainforest sections, colorful butterflies and gorgeous woodland paths. After a dose of nature, go up to Coral Gables for a stroll along its shop-lined Miracle Mile. Learn about this curious master-planned village at the Coral Gables Museum.

  • Lunch Stop in for a flat white and creative lunch specials at Threefold.
  • Coral Gables

If the weather is steamy, head over to the Venetian Pool for a dip in one of America’s loveliest swimming spots. Otherwise, opt for the Biltmore Hotel for a wander through a grand building modeled on Seville’s Giralda Tower. Be sure to have a drink at the elegant poolside restaurant.

  • Dinner Book in for a river views and spectacular seafood at Casablanca.
  • Downtown

After an early dinner, attend a show at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. Be sure to check out the subtle art designs (by José Bedia) on the inside. Cap the night with drinks at Sugar and enjoy the rooftop views of Downtown's skyline.