Are you over the hustle and bustle of actually living in the city, but not quite ready to give up easy access to it’s charm? The suburbs surrounding Miami provide many perks, including tight-knit community feels, water-access, great restaurants and tropical atmospheres. While there are many suburbs to choose from, here is Part 2 of Miami’s 5 best neighborhoods for singles and families alike.
Coral Gables is not only beautiful as its nickname The City Beautiful suggests, but also fun. It’s lush and elegant and offers a multitude of activities, from golf to gardening. There are plenty of fitness studios like yoga, pilates and martial arts. Cafe Abbracci and Pascal’s on Ponce, as well as more of Miami’s most well known restaurants are here. Top schools of every level can be found here, including University of Miami.
Venetian Pool: Transport yourself to the Mediterranean for a day at the Venetian Pool. It was created in 1923 from a coral rock quarry and much of that coral rock was used in the pool’s design. The pool holds 820,000 gallons of spring water which is sourced from an underground aquifer. During the hottest seasons, the pool is drained and refilled daily. Grottos, waterfalls and palm trees add to the Italian-style scenery, taking visitors on a mini-vacation across the pond.
Biltmore Hotel: The Biltmore is an iconic fixture of Coral Gables. Here you can golf, swim, enjoy a spa treatment, sip a drink over jazz, learn to cook at the Culinary academy or watch a drama at GableStage. There are plenty of dining options, including Fontana in the elegant courtyard or Cascade by one of the USA’s largest pools. Gather your friends and family for a delightful afternoon enjoying Sunday Brunch in the Biltmore Courtyard.
Coral Gables Art Cinema: Film buffs will love Coral Gables Art Cinema. Did you know it is one of South Florida’s highest grossing art houses? Watch independent and international films, as well as classic throwbacks. Saturdays and Sundays are Family Day, where favorites like Babe or The Sound of Music are offered on a donation basis. Keep an eye out for outdoor screenings as well.