Does your mind start to dream of long, sandy beaches, rows of sky-high palm trees, flamboyances of flamingoes, pink neon lights that brighten up green buildings and warm and endless nights dancing to the rhythm of Latin music when you hear the word Miami? The southernmost city in Florida (and the United States) is always in fashion. And it’s not only its architecture and its lifestyle that has made it famous around the world.
Art Deco, symbol of glamour
Born a century ago in Paris as a cultural movement that covered most arts (architecture, sculpture, painting and cinema), Art Deco was quickly adopted as the style of the stars that lived in Hollywood and Miami.
The popular areas of Ocean Drive and South Beach are a large open-air museum, with 960 listed historical buildings that belong to this purely aesthetic and hedonistic school.
Shopping in Miami: a shopping spree on Lincoln Road
Very close to the Art Deco neighborhood and Iberostar’s 4-star hotel in Miami, you will find Miami’s par excellence shopping area: Lincoln Road, eight pedestrian blocks full of top-brand shops and all the restaurants you can imagine.
In its most bohemian area, you can enjoy a good Cuban coffee from David's Café, browse the bookshelves of Books & Books, visit the different emerging galleries of the neighborhood or discover the curious home design objects by Jonathan Adler, while you walk among artists and street musicians.
Wynwood, from conflicting ghetto to design district
Gone are the years when the Wynwood neighborhood was a troubled ghetto in the city. Today it is a popular open-air museum full of walls painted with extraordinary works of art, first-class restaurants, galleries and designer and fashion stores that occupy renovated buildings from the twenties, which have earned it the name of Design District.
Villa Vizcaya, Renaissance symbol of the city
This 1916 house-museum was the dream of magnate James Deering, who wanted to escape the cold and spend his winters in the always warm Miami.
Built in Renaissance style, the architect was inspired by cities such as Florence or Rome and had it built with limestone brought from Europe.
Villa Vizcaya is one of the great symbols of the city and its garden is considered one of the most beautiful in the United States.
The largest collection of palm trees in the world at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
The most important botanic garden in Florida was named in honor of David Fairchild, an important botanist and plant explorer born in 1869. Here you can see the largest collection of palm trees in the world, as well as a fascinating collection of orchids and tropical plants.
Taking part in cooking and gardening classes, witnessing art exhibitions or enjoying festivals such as the International Mango Festival are other activities worth discovering at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.