Miami – Insider’s Guide

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Get the inside scoop on Miami’s hot spots only a true native would know. From swanky dives to secluded beaches, find out Miami’s hotspots and navigate the city like a pro.

    Carol Klopfer: Well, Miami Beach Ocean Drive, The Everglades will always draw crowds to Miami. Here are some inside advice to show you another side of this Cosmopolitan City. When a view is what you are after, you can take it all in from the 8th floor of the Sonesta Bayfront Hotel in Coconut Grove. Or watch big ships come in while sipping cocktails at sunset from Smith & Wollensky down South Beach.

    When it comes to hip hangouts Miami has countless, but a few standout amongst the crowd. If you're looking your rub elbows with the jet set crowd, stop by B Bar at the Betsy Hotel, or grab a bird's-eye view of South Beach from atop Gansevoort's Pool Bar. Or catch live music seven days a week at Tobacco Road. A legendary music joint that was once a speakeasy and when you're in the mood for shaking your stuff, head over to Little Havana to enjoy your heart out at Hoy Como Ayer.

    For noteworthy cuisine with a water view, have the Trio on the Bay, a lively restaurant and nightclub in North Bay Village. Midtown Miami offers plenty of cool spots too, including Michelle Bernstein's Crumb on Parchment, a must stop for sweet treats and breakfast delights. Seafood lovers will find satisfaction at Tarpon Bend in Coral Gables. Getting around Miami style: Miami sunny warm weather makes getting around a pleasure.

    DecoBikes, the Official City of Miami Beach Public Bicycle Rental Program lets you rent a bike from any of 100 plus convenient station locations, and simply return to any station when done. It's the green way to get around Miami Beach. Did you know Miami rolls out the red carpet for guest and pets? From hotels offering beds, water bowls, and even happy hours to pet friendly park stores and shopping areas. You and your pet will feel so welcome; you'll never want to leave.

    If you're watching your pennies, local set to the WallCasts at Soundscape Park for a free musical rendition from the New World Symphony. For the road-less travel, there is plenty, even amidst the city's most popular destinations. A prime example is Espanola Way, a historic village in the heart of Miami's Art Deco District filled wit Mediterranean revival buildings, colorful shopping, cafes, and entertainment that attracts visitors and residence alike, and it with a little eclectic culture is what you see.

    Be sure to take in the collection of 20th century political propaganda at The Wolfsonian-FIU. You can get away from it all by driving a short distance to Cauley Square, a nostalgic shopping village offering a glimpse of old South Florida right here in Miami, and for something really whimsical, head over to the quirky Coral Castle. where one man devoted years to carving out his dream using only handmade tools.

    Whatever your interest, with a sense of adventure and these insider tips, your trip to Miami can be everything you hope for in more.