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The moment you step off your plane in Miami, you’ll feel as if you’ve arrived in an international and tropical city. You’ll hear multiple languages, smell delectable cuisine and Cuban coffee as you stroll past beachfront cafés, and see beautiful people dressed to impress. Warm turquoise water, dazzling white-sand beaches, and exciting watersports beckon travelers to kick off their shoes and hit the water. Dining in fabulous restaurants, dancing in buzzy nightclubs, exploring world-class cultural attractions, and shopping in glamourous designer boutiques are just a few of the things to do in Miami.  

The modern, luxurious Equity Estates residence is ideally situated on Rivo Alto Island in Biscayne Bay to give you easy access to all the city has to offer. We consulted with our destination manager Chelsea, and here are her suggestions for how to spend three perfect days in this Art Deco city.

Day One: Hit the Beach 

Miami’s South Beach consistently lands on “best beaches” lists in all sorts of media, so it should come as no surprise spending time on this two+-mile stretch of white sand is one of the top things to do here. Early birds can walk the beach or boardwalk at sunrise before the crowds arrive. If you want to cover more ground, your local host will arrange electric or road bikes to be dropped off at your residence so you can explore up and down Miami beach. “Make time to stop into longtime favorite Cuban diner, Puerto Sagua, for a café con leche and savory breakfast,” Chelsea recommends.  

When you’re ready to plant your toes in the sand, you have a few options. The beach for which Miami is known runs from 23rd Street to the island’s southern tip. “To visit the lively party section, head to the stretch between Fifth and 15th Streets,” Chelsea suggests. “For a more subdued atmosphere, choose a spot anywhere north or south of this area.”  

Your local host will arrange reservations for you to enjoy lunch at any of the casual taquerias near the beach, such as Taquiza. After a morning of relaxation, it’s time for some fun action on the water and your local host will arrange Jet skis and paddleboards from  BouYah Watersports concessions, or you can soar above the ocean while parasailing or take a ride in a banana boat. 

Head back to the home and wash off the salt and sand in your outdoor shower, put on your best casual-chic attire and climb the stairs to your marvelous rooftop patio for a sundowner cocktail. “The rooftop patio is one of my favorite features of the house,” Chelsea says. “The patio is huge and features amazing sunset views of the beach and Miami’s skyline.”  

Another option is to walk over to the nearby Lido Bayside Grill and watch the sunset over the Miami skyline and Biscayne Bay. For dinner, a must is the legendary Joe’s Stone Crab restaurant, known for sourcing stone crab and seafood from its own fisheries since 1913. “After dining on some of the area’s best seafood, stop into the Minibar for a nightcap, a delightful midcentury lounge with a contemporary twist, and a beautiful patio,” Chelsea says.  

Day Two: Cultural Exploration

 

After a good night’s rest in one of your residence’s four luxurious bedrooms, take a few wake-up laps in your private pool, and then enjoy breakfast al fresco in the poolside cabana. If you prefer having a barista whip up your morning latte, Panther Coffee is just a short walk across the bridge. For a smoothie or acai bowl made using fresh fruit and veggies, walk around the corner from Panther to Delicious Raw Kitchen & Juice Bar.  

Day One was all about the beach, so Day Two’s suggestions showcase some of Miami’s vibrant cultural attractions. First up is the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. Tour jaw-dropping European extravagance in this Mediterranean-style villa and surrounding spectacular 10-acre gardens, once home to industrialist John Deering.  The Main House is adorned with imported gilded panels, fresco ceilings, carved mantels, and overflows with treasures dating to the 15th century. “As you stroll the Formal Gardens, you might think you landed in France’s Palace of Versailles gardens,” Chelsea says.  

After surrounding yourself in Vizcaya’s Old World opulent luxury, for a decidedly different experience, the modern and sophisticated Miami Design District is next up. “This 18-block area offers a cornucopia of upscale fashion boutiques, edgy art galleries, trendy restaurants, and engaging public art,” Chelsea says. Enjoy an a la carte or prix fixe lunch at Le Jardinier, where Michelin-starred Chef Alain Verzeroli’s menu focuses on the highest quality vegetables, seasonal ingredients, and fresh herbs. If you prefer to spend more time browsing than dining, the district houses dozens of cafes, pop-ups and food trucks for quick bites. “For an afternoon treat, pop into Frohzen,” Chelsea says. “They make these delicious cakesicles you have to try.”  

No visit to Miami is complete without spending some time cruising Biscayne Bay aboard a luxury yacht. “Prime Experiences offers an outstanding sunset cruise aboard 40-foot+ yachts that includes champagne and sushi platters,” Chelsea says. You’ll marvel at the sights as you glide past monster estates with incredible architecture and hopefully, you’ll spot playful dolphins. For dinner, dress to impress and enjoy exquisitely prepared Italian cuisine at the AAA Four Diamond award-winning Scarpetta inside the iconic Fontainebleau Hotel. After dinner, visit the Bleau Bar where legendary icons such as Frank Sinatra, Elvis, Bob Hope, and Lucille Ball once held court.. If you’ve got the energy, dance-off dinner at LIV, in the hotel’s phenomenal 18,000-square-foot nightclub.  

“If you prefer a more relaxing evening, let us arrange for a personal chef to come in and prepare dinner for you,” Chelsea says. Relax by the pool or the rooftop patio as your chef prepares a divine dinner.  

Day Three: Exotic Wilderness Adventure 

Just an hour west of Miami lies the Everglades National Park, a vast subtropical wilderness with American crocodiles, manatees, alligators, turtles, birds and more. “The Everglades is a place you have to see to believe,” Chelsea promises. “The best way to truly experience this unique landscape is on a private airboat ecotour with Everglades River of Glass Adventures.” Our local host will arrange tours and adventures to make your trip to Everglades one to remember. 

If your family is looking for some time to relax, head back and relax by your pool for a few hours. Then, to ease into your evening, sip a Jasmine Martini or Old Cuban at Bar Centro inside the tony SLS South Beach Hotel. For dinner, Chelsea will have secured you a reservation at The Bazaar by José Andrés in the same hotel, where this James Beard award-winning chef delights diners with innovative creations inspired by his Spanish roots. After dinner, stop into Swizzle Rum Bar & Drinkery, a hidden gem of a speakeasy for a traditional or modern cocktail with a selection of 150+ rums.  

At Home in Miami with Equity Estates 

Situated on glorious Rivo Alto Island in the middle of sparkling blue Biscayne Bay just minutes from downtown Miami and famous South Beach, your Equity Estates home offers modern luxury. This 5,000+square-feet contemporary new construction home features four bedrooms with private terraces and en suite bathrooms, plus two additional bathrooms. In addition to high ceilings and natural light, the residence enjoys a state-of-the-art kitchen, a large private pool, a cabana with an outdoor kitchen, and a stunning 1,000 +square-foot rooftop terrace with Miami skyline views.  

Your visit to Miami with Equity Estates can be the best combination of a city-and-beach vacation you can imagine. Whether you want an activity-filled trip or a more laidback experience, we can make it happen. Our professional team will ensure your trip exceeds your expectations. For more information about investing with Equity Estates, please reach out to our Investor Relations team at 404.445.8501 or tap this link to schedule a call. 

 

If the arrival of spring has you dreaming of white sand beaches, outdoor adventures, or a relaxing family vacation, it may be time to book a trip to gorgeous Lido Key, Florida, where you can find all of these things and more. This small barrier island, just a short drive from downtown Sarasota, is the perfect blend of family-friendly getaway and upscale beach vibe. And our Destination Manager, Chelsea, is more than happy to create the perfect itinerary.

Day One: Hit the Beach

Ease into your first day of vacation by enjoying your morning coffee on the house’s rooftop deck. “This is one of my favorite features of the house,” says Chelsea. “From the rooftop deck, you can look in one direction and see downtown Sarasota, and in the other direction have an amazing view of the ocean. You may even get lucky and spot manatees in the canal down below.” After taking in the views, grab your towels and the picnic lunch waiting for you in the fridge from Morton’s Gourmet Market – arranged by your Local Host, of course – and head to the beach, just a short stroll away.

Lido Key Beach is known for its powder-soft sand and turquoise water. The waves here are calm and the beach relatively uncrowded, so it’s a great place to spend time hunting for shells and shark’s teeth, swimming, relaxing, or taking a walk along the shore. Beach chairs and umbrellas are available to make your day on the beach even more comfortable.

When you’ve had enough of sand and sun, head back to the house for a dip in the pool or an afternoon siesta on one of the covered patios, before getting cleaned up and heading out for dinner. “For great seafood and cocktails, you can’t go wrong with Crab and Fin or Shore,” recommends Chelsea. Both restaurants offer inside and outside dining, and your personal travel concierge will be happy to make reservations for you.

Day Two: Time for Adventure

While Day One was all about relaxing and settling in, Day Two’s focus is on outdoor adventure.

There are many year-round outdoor activities to choose from here, but our top eco-adventure recommendation – and a great way to start the day – is to take a two-hour morning kayak tour among Lido Key’s famed mangrove trees with Kayaking SRQ. “This is a must-do activity when you come to Lido Key,” says Chelsea. “The mangrove tunnels are absolutely beautiful and are home to a wide variety of birds and marine life. Kayakers often catch sight of dolphins, manatees, jellyfish, and other wildlife, so be sure to bring your camera.”

If the outdoors is calling, but kayaking isn’t for you, Chelsea also recommends the deep-sea fishing, golfing, boating, tennis, and snorkeling on Lido Key – all of which she can book for you in advance.

Whatever adventure you choose, after a morning of outdoor fun, you’ll want to head over to the Lido Key Tiki Bar at the Ritz-Carlton for a laid-back lunch. This rustic, open-air tropical beach bar is a Sarasota landmark and offers casual lunch fare and beachy cocktails right at the water’s edge.

To round out your day of outdoor adventure, let us arrange a second fresh-air activity for you in the afternoon or head over to the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens to stroll through their 15 acres of desert, rainforest, native Florida, and display gardens, located along the Sarasota Bay. 

In the evening, a second dinner out at one of Lido Key’s many excellent restaurants can easily be arranged. Investors love the rooftop desk at Tommy Bahama which overlooks St. Armands Circle…plus they serve some of the best fish tacos around. If you feel like venturing 20 minutes up the coast to Longboat Key, you will be rewarded with an extraordinary meal and world-famous desserts at Euphemia Haye.

Day Three: Shop till You Drop

Wrap up your stay with a day of shopping at the renowned St. Armands Circle, just a short eight-minute walk from the house.

Here you’ll find high end shops offering everything from clothes, home goods, jewelry, specialty items and more, alongside cozy courtyards and shaded patios, perfect for people-watching. When you need a break from the retail therapy, you can grab an elegant lunch at Café L’Europe or more casual fare at the Blue Dolphin Café. Just be sure to save room for homemade ice cream from Big Olaf Creamery or French pastries and gelato from Le Macaron for dessert.

“There’s such a great mix of upscale shops, casual boutiques, sweet shops, daquiri bars, spas, and art galleries at St. Armands, it’s easy to spend an entire day here,” says Chelsea.

In addition to the amazing shopping and dining options, visitors can also enjoy community events and a lovely central greenspace featuring Italian statues and a “Circus Ring of Fame” memorial. As always, your personal travel concierge can let you know about any special events being hosted here during your stay.

In the afternoon, head back to the house for more time in the pool or jacuzzi, and let us arrange for a private chef to come in and prepare dinner for you.

“I always recommend Chef Richard Knowles,” says Chelsea. “He’s fantastic and our investors love him. Having him come in and cook for you is a great way to wrap up your Lido Key vacation.”

At Home In Lido Key with Equity Estates

Situated on the canal side of Lido Key, your Equity Estates home is an easy stroll from the esteemed St. Armands Circle and Lido Key Beach. This spacious and thoughtfully laid-out residence features five bedrooms, six bathrooms, and boasts more than 6,900 square feet of indoor/outdoor living space. With soaring tray ceilings, sustainable bamboo floors and gourmet kitchen, this home nestles you in the lap of luxury. The airy first floor includes a waterfront master suite and spa-style bath. The rooftop observation deck features views of downtown Sarasota and miles of Florida coastline.

Your visit to Lido Key with Equity Estates can be the beach vacation you’re dreaming of – whether you want a more laid-back trip or one that’s filled with activity; whether you’re traveling with friends and family or in need of a quiet, couple’s getaway. We can help you make it happen. If you would like more information about investing with Equity Estates, please reach out to our Investor Relations team at 404.445.8501 or tap this link to schedule a call.