Section by Linda Domingo and Gina Samarotto
Whether you know it as a bright gem in Florida’s Gold Coast crown, the Hollywood of the East or America’s tropics—Miami Beach is a perennial favorite for sun worshippers and adventure enthusiasts alike.
“The Miami area is truly a one-stop-shop destination,” says Mark Miano, guest services manager at Loews Miami Beach Hotel. “No matter your reason for coming or your background, there is truly something for everyone.” Here, he shares his favorites for dining, shopping and playing in Magic City.
Eat: You don’t have to stray far to find some of the area’s freshest seafood: Loews Miami Beach Hotel is home to Lure Fishbar, which offers not only high-quality catches and craft cocktails, but also a selection of fine cigars and rum for all tastes.
For a down-home meal with uptown appeal, Miano suggests Yardbird Southern Table & Bar. A self-professed “house of worship to farm-fresh ingredients, classic Southern cooking, culture and hospitality,” Yardbird charms diners seeking comfort food with all the fixings.
Shop: Miano points serious shoppers to Lincoln Road Mall, just steps from Loews Miami Beach Hotel, for a little retail therapy. In this open-air retail mecca, you’ll find everything from clothing to art, along with restaurants, bars and even a pop-up antique and collectible market on select days throughout spring and summer.
Play: The options for play in the Miami area are numerous and diverse, says Miano. “There are family activities at the beach, zoos and aquariums,” he explains. “Adults can do everything from adventurous watersports to laying on the beach and just relaxing the day away.” To see the city like a local, Miano recommends taking a spin on two wheels. Explorers can take advantage of the local Citi Bike program operated by Decobike, which supplies more than 1,000 bikes from 100 different stations located throughout the area.
And of course, a Miami traveler’s itinerary wouldn’t be complete without a sampling of the famous nightlife scene. “Our nightlife is second to none,” Miano says. The hotel is surrounded with destinations for drinking and dancing the night away, including Story nightclub, a 27,000-square-foot space that books high-energy DJs to provide the thumping soundtrack; and Mango’s Tropical Café, a lively, two-level club with music ranging from salsa to hip-hop.