Where is your favorite secret Miami spot?
I’m not sure if it’s a secret anymore, but one of my all time favorite “not‐to‐be‐missed” spots in Miami is the Wynwood Walls. This place is amazing, and it's such an incredible reflection of the vibrant artistic scene that is so much a part of the new Miami these days. I also love that it's in the heart of one my favorite neighborhoods for hanging out and soaking in the Miami scene.
If I go to South Beach, what should I do?
South Beach is such an incredible scene that you really don’t need to do anything more than stroll up and down Ocean Drive or Collins Avenue and take it all in. You can just sit on a park bench or find a spot on the grass and watch the incredible floor show of amazing outfits and even more amazing personalities. I’d take it in small doses though – it can be a little overwhelming.
What other areas do you recommend?
I think that you should definitely try to check out some of the areas located to the south of downtown, such as Coral Gables and Coconut Grove. In addition to being great locations for shopping, these are also wonderful spots for enjoying a more laid-back, less frenetic South Florida vibe. If you have time, I’d also recommend you check out the Las Olas area of Fort Lauderdale to the North. It has a nice old school feel that’s totally different from what you’ll see further south.
What about Little Havana?
Little Havana is definitely the multicultural heart of Miami and well worth a visit. Take a stroll down Calle Ocho, the main drag of Little Havana, where fruit stands, art galleries, Cuban restaurants and cigar shops line the avenue. Also check out Domino Park, where there are daily heated daily domino games among practiced locals. It’s a little on the touristy side, but it is definitely authentically Miami. Have a café cubano at one of the dozens of coffee shops, pop into La Carretta or Versailles for some Cuban food and maybe even check out a cigar shop. You’ll have a blast, especially if the weather isn’t too hot.