16 Jul Three Perfect Days in Miami
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.