After a rather tense year and several months, what everybody really needs is a good laugh. Luckily, Miami has plenty of opportunities to do just that!

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It’s spring in Miami Beach and there is no better way to enjoy the nightly breeze than with a bottle of wine, a picnic dinner and the sounds of the New World Symphony.

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It’s easy to flip on Netflix to disconnect after a long day, but you will be doing yourself a disservice. Nature offers one of the very best methods of disconnection. The sunsets over Miami’s ever-growing skyline are simply unlike anywhere else, turning the sky a medley of orange, pink, yellow and violet. The best part about this amazing light show? It’s free! This evening, close your computer and head to one of these five simple spots on South Beach to enjoy a stunning culmination to your day.

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If you are looking for a way to connect with nature, there is no better place to start than the Everglades. This vast, subtropical ecosystem is home to a huge variety of wildlife. You’ll see alligators, crocodiles, manatees, turtles and plenty of birds. Made up of nearly 2 million acres of protected land, it is a World Heritage Site and is one of the most diverse ecosystems worldwide. The best thing about this National Park is that it’s right in your own backyard!

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It’s no secret that Miami is the place to be. If the crowds are getting to you and open, green space is calling, why not take a trip to Homestead? Located 30 miles south of Miami and known as the Gateway to the Everglades, Biscayne National Parks & the Florida Keys, Homestead is so often overlooked as an attraction all of its own.
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Miami and Miami Beach are unlike anywhere else in the world. Six time mayor of Miami Maurice Ferre once described the city as follows: “If you look at America, together with South America and Central America and the Caribbean, Miami becomes central; domestically (it is) not important but internationally, it is.” Miami has been critiqued and criticized by its urban American counterparts for decades, yet these “outsiders” fail to recognize that this complicated and layered seaside paradise doesn’t play on the same field. Miami is not “America”, per se, but rather an international safehouse that remains dedicated to maintaining the variety of cultures it represents. Joked about as the “Capital of South America”, Miami and Miami Beach depict traditions far outside the South American spectrum, with pockets dedicated to Haiti, Italy, Russia and more.
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Do you miss going to the movies? Well you are in luck. Carpool Cinema Wynwood is in full swing, taking you back in time to the good old days of drive-in movie theatres and broadcasting some of Hollywood’s time-honored flicks. Think nostalgic classics like Jurassic Park, Grease, Back to the Future and the Goonies! Read more

Lots of South Floridians are looking for a means to escape, even for a couple of days. While the Keys are a famous go-to, why not consider going up the coast? Five days makes for a great road trip, starting in the Miami area and heading up to Savannah and Charleston! With incredible houses and fantastic food, these two cities are not only charming but also chock full of history and culture.

Day 1: Leave early in the morning. Head north to St. Augustine, where you can stop for a saunter around the old town, a swim in the sea, or a hot plate of fried green tomatoes at The Floridian. Continue on to Savannah for an evening meandering along the river. Read more

Where BCBG once was, now stands a different display of art – performing art! The Miami City Ballet, whose normal location on Liberty Avenue has been closed since March, was on the market for a space where dancers can practice outside of their homes. With the plethora of vacancies on the once-bustling Lincoln Road combined with Miami Beach’s pivot toward a culture and arts vibe, allowing the dancers to showcase their talent for the world to see seemed like an obvious move to Michael Comras, CEO of Comras Development Company. “With more vacancies, this is what we need to bring to retail,” Michael Comras said. “People want arts, culture and to be entertained.” Not to mention, Miami City Ballet originally opened on Lincoln Road 35 years ago before moving a bit north on the beach. Read more

“Enough!” Mayor Dan Gelber proposed on Wednesday, July 22 that the seemingly out-of-control party tourism that has been plaguing residents for years is coming to a halt. How? By instilling (and in some cases making permanent) rules and regulations that will limit the sale of alcohol after midnight, enforce noise ordinances and reinstate the open-container law. These proposals, however, are short term and beg the question – Where does South Beach go from here? Read more