Top things to do

State Park in Key Biscayne

Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park

If you don’t make it to the Florida Keys, come to this park for a taste of their unique island ecosystems. The 494-acre space is a tangled clot of tropical fauna and dark mangroves – look for the ‘snorkel’ roots tha…
Top Choice Museum in South Beach

Wolfsonian-FIU

Visit this excellent design museum early in your stay to put the aesthetics of Miami Beach into fascinating context. It’s one thing to see how wealth, leisure and the pursuit of beauty manifests in Miami Beach, it’s…
Top Choice Haitian in South Beach

Tap Tap

In Haiti, tap-taps are brightly colored pickup trucks turned public taxis, and their tropi-psychedelic paint schemes inspire the decor at this excellent Haitian eatery. This is no Manhattan-style South Beach lounge …
Top Choice Bar in Wynwood & the Design District

Wood Tavern

So many new bars in Miami want to be casual but cool; Wood is one of the few locales achieving this Golden Mean of atmosphere and aesthetic. The crowd is local Miami kids who don’t want a dive, but don't want the lo…
Top Choice Pizza in North Miami Beach

Steve’s Pizza

So many pizza chains compete for the attention of tourists in South Beach, but ask a Miami Beach local where to get the best pizza and they’ll tell you about Steve’s. This is New York–style pizza, thin crust and han…
Top Choice Historic Building in Coconut Grove

Vizcaya Museum & Gardens

They call Miami the Magic City, and if it is, this Italian villa, the housing equivalent of a Fabergé egg, is its most fairy-tale residence. In 1916, industrialist James Deering started a Miami tradition by making a…
Top Choice Spanish in Coral Gables

El Carajo

Pass the Penzoil please. We know it is cool to tuck restaurants into unassuming spots, but the Citgo station on SW 17th Ave? Really? Really. Walk past the motor oil into a Granadan wine cellar and try not to act too…
Museum in Downtown Miami

HistoryMiami

South Florida – a land of escaped slaves, guerilla Native Americans, gangsters, land grabbers, pirates, tourists, drug dealers and alligators – has a special history, and it takes a special kind of museum to capture…
Gallery in Little Havana

Cuba Ocho

The jewel of the Little Havana Art District, Cuba Ocho functions as a community center, art gallery and research outpost for all things Cuban. The interior resembles an old Havana cigar bar, yet the walls are decked…
Museum in Downtown Miami

Pérez Art Museum Miami

The Pérez can claim fine rotating exhibits that concentrate on post-WWII international art, but just as impressive are its location and exterior. This art institution inaugurated Museum Park, a patch of land that ov…