Your Guide to Discovering Miami and Miami Beach
“Give me the luxuries of life and I will willingly do without the necessities” ~ Frank Lloyd Wright
Just as the gangster Bugsy Siegel is famous (or infamous) for the creation of Las Vegas, entrepreneur Carl Fisher is known as the man who put Miami on the map. A visionary, in 1910 Fisher took a serious look at the mangrove swamp that was Miami and envisioned a tourist’s playground. Over the next fifteen years, he made it happen. Once the bridge that allowed tourists to reach the ocean was finished, they literally made the beach. Dredging up enough sand to form the beach itself was both labor intensive and expensive, but well worth the effort. By 1925 Miami Beach was known as “The American Riviera”, and Carl Fisher was worth 100 million dollars.
The North Miami Shoreline
The North Miami shoreline is spectacular. Think clear, warm waters and pristine white sand. Think bikinis and palm trees and Latin culture. Spend some time in the surf on any one of these super fine beaches:
- – South Beach
- – Sunny Isles Beach
- – Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park
- – Bal Harbour Beach
- – Haulover Beach
Stylish Accommodations Near Miami Beach
Stylish Accommodations are easy to find. Miami has world-renowned luxury resorts and award-winning boutique style hotels. These are a few of the chicest and most opulent.
- The Setai, well known for Far Eastern opulence and exclusivity, offers a wide variety of suites designed to pamper the body and soothe the soul. Enjoy Acqua di Parma toiletries, unparalleled Frette linens, and the finest handmade furnishings. Pick up one of the complimentary custom-designed bicycles, ask our executive chef to pack you a gourmet picnic, then head out for a one of a kind adventure.
- Whatever/Whenever” is the mantra of the W Hotel in the heart of South Beach. The ambassadors at the plush hotel are at your disposal 24/7. Lounge by one of the tropical pools in a beautifully appointed cabana, practice your swing on the tennis courts, or have a personal trainer design a customized workout for you in the state of the art fitness center. Your fur-baby is welcome and treated like the special guests that they are. A pet bed, new toys, and a nighttime treat at turn-down is part of the PAW program.
- The Shore Club is an over the top boutique hotel. A Morgan property, with North American locations in New York, Las Vegas, and San Francisco, you will not be disappointed. It has an Art Deco decor, breathtaking gardens, and is only minutes from the famous nightlife in South Beach.
- The ultimate experience at the Delano begins with a welcome bottle of fine champagne, a complimentary high-tech Away luggage tag (complete with geo-tracking), and an invitation to cruise on a yacht. Who could ask for anything more?
- If you opt for the Soho Beach House, reserve one of the 1500+ square foot apartment suites. Soak up the Miami sun on one of the two terraces, or head out to the private beach club. This place is Miami Luxe at its finest.
Shopping Near Miami Beach
Shopping is an experience like no other at Bal Harbor Mall. Often compared to Rodeo Drive, and rivaling New York’s Madison Avenue, the open-air mall features only high-end designers. If you are into Dolce & Gabbana, Versace, and Agent Provocateur, this is the place for you. Caveat – the parking lot is packed full of exotic cars, so pay attention to where you park.
Food and Drink Near Miami Beach
We have a few suggestions when it is time to refuel. Try:
- Joe’s Stone Crab, on Washington Avenue, has a lunch and dinner menu with seemingly endless choices of the freshest seafood, beef, and poultry. There is a limited bar menu (served after 2:30), as well as an impressive to-go menu. Some of our favorites include the lobster mac and cheese and the clams casino.
- Milos, on 1st Street, is best known for its authentic Mediterranean cuisine. Regardless of what you order, try the fingerling potatoes. Beyond excellent. The combination of warm potatoes tossed with mint, dill and lemon rates 5 stars in our book.
- Le Sirenuse, on Collins Avenue, is a cut above the rest. Open at 7 A.M., the breakfast buffet is impressive, and the Sunday brunch is worth the investment.
- Baoli’s Omakase menu is truly a unique dining experience. A beautiful assortment of seasonal favorites, chosen by the chef, is served family style. Last year Haute Living voted Baoli one of the top 5 late night dining spots in Miami. When you are hungry at 3 A.M., this is the place to be.
- For a Quick Pick Me Up, there is no place like Nespresso Boutique. Located at Eleven Eleven Lincoln Road, expect a delicious cup of steaming and robust coffee that MUST be consumed in-house. You read that right – there are no take-outs allowed. It is all about the experience (and the coffee), served in real ceramic cups.
- Joe and the Juice is the perfect place to get your health on. Don’t expect late night dining and don’t expect ordinary juice. The Copenhagen based company currently has 180 locations worldwide. New York and Miami locations now share the spotlight. The menu features coffee, tea, sandwiches, juice blends and veggie shots. With names like Stress Down, C-Shot Sweet, Go Away Doc, and Hell Of A Nerve, these unique and healthy concoctions are a favorite with millennials. Try the Guardian, a combination of turmeric, black pepper, pineapple, and carrots. It has only 4 grams of fat and 17 carbs.
The Final Touch – an Exotic Car From CarHopper
Author and public speaker Timothy Ferriss said it best when he said, “The three ingredients of luxury lifestyle design are time, income and mobility.” So, once you have chosen a place to hang your hat for a few days near Miami Beach, call us. We will save you time, (we do all the legwork for you) and set you up with all the turbo-charged mobility you are willing to pay for. Expensive? Yes, but worth every dollar Enjoy your ride and enjoy your visit to Miami Beach.