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People & Places

What better way to discover Miami, than with tips from Miami natives? Get suggestions from locals, and discover what makes each of our neighborhoods so special and so worth a visit.

Show us your It's So Miami moments by sharing your #SoMiami photos on your social network. 

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Explore Miami Neighborhoods

Your #SoMiami Moments

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The Miami neighborhood known as Little Haiti is the cultural heart for the Haitian Diaspora. The area boasts art galleries, Haitian book and music stores and the Little Haiti Cultural Center, which hosts dance and theater performances and is increasingly becoming a burgeoning center of small independent businesses.

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Less than an hour south of Miami, the Everglades is an entirely different world, a river of grass. As Ranger Bob proudly shares, it is a wide open sawgrass prairie, a vast subtropical wilderness, and home to three parks, each one remarkable in its own right: Everglades National Park, Big Cypress National Preserve, and Biscayne National Park. These national treasures are home to wildlife, world-famous photographer Clyde Butcher, the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians, and countless unforgettable adventures.

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Downtown Miami is the beating urban heart of Miami—where don’t need a car to explore; only curiosity and a bit of adventure. As neighborhood resident Kyle shows us, every day is a new journey when you can explore on foot, on Metromover, and on bike through a bustling metropolis of locals, businesses, history, and new destinations.

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South Beach has the hustle, the energy, the vibrant sense of adventure—but North Beach has the relaxation and escape. As Laura, a local radio DJ, shows us, when you want to transport yourself to another place and another time, North Beach is the place to do it. Historic hotels, unique Miami Modern architecture, beautifully quiet beaches, and some of Miami’s most interesting bars and restaurants make it a special place to explore.

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Take a bite of America’s fruit basket in Homestead. Just southwest of Miami, it’s where the country’s tropical fruit is grown. It’s also home to the antique-filled Redlands Hotel, Schnebly Redland's Winery & Brewery, the confounding Coral Castle. Explore wiht Insider Megan, as she recommends her favorite childhood haunt – Monkey Jungle. Or go wilder and visit the toothy amphibians at Alligator Farm, or the animals at Zoo Miami.

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Let local Jose Fernandez take you on a stroll down Calle Ocho. He’s got it right when he says the neighborhood itself is a cultural museum, from its hand-rolled cigar shops to its open-air fruit markets. Everywhere you go you’ll be met with the scent of a fresh cortado, and a plate of rice and beans is bound to be steps away — whether you walk or salsa dance your way down the street.

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As local gallery owner Mali tells us, Wynwood has transformed empty walls into some of the world's most magnificent street art - and it brought the neighborhood to life. Today, there's enough to explore in Wynwood for an entire trip of its own. Here's our itinerary of the must-see places, from the nationally known to the hidden local hideouts, compiled with the input of hundreds of Miamians.

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If you fancy fashion, shopping is your sport, and you love the luxe life, you must meet Shayne, owner of the independent boutique Oxygene at Bal Harbour Shops. Beyond the poshness of her neighborhood’s St. Regis and the Ritz-Carlton, beyond the spectacular beaches and perfect boating waterways, she’s right to claim that Bal Harbour Shops is the epitome of luxury shopping. Often called the most beautiful shopping center in the world, there’s no better way to spend the day rubbing shoulders with the truly well-heeled.

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If you’re not laid back on arrival, you will be soon. Meet local musician Ominé and she’ll tell you Miami’s oldest neighborhood has been carving its own free-thinking path since the Bahamians arrived in the late 1800s. She’ll have you believing quirky and bohemian are normal, and introduce you to our resident peacocks, parrots, and artists. Of course, if you prefer to wander aimlessly through the galleries, banyan-shaded bistros, waterfront parks, and unique-to-us boutiques, we’re cool with that – we’ll be doing the same thing.

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Surfside is the small town heart of Miami’s beachfront. As ice cream shop owner Jessica shows us, you can find everything within a few short blocks in this delightfully cozy neighborhood. New restaurants run alongside historic buildings and classic barber shops, all just steps from one of the most pristine beaches in the world.

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Today, this vibrant corner of Greater Miami displays its cultural and civic pride with colorful murals of African-American heroes, its annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade and the historic Lyric Theater. The Lyric Theater was the anchor of the area once known as "Little Broadway" and hosted performances by such big names as Count Basie, Patti LaBelle and Aretha Franklin. The Lyric Theater thrived between 1913 and the 1960s, but the facility went through a lull after that. Today, the Lyric Theater is reopened, renovated and working to reclaim its former glory.

The neighborhood is also home to local's favorites like the beloved People's Bar-B-Que, non-profit music projects, arts festivals, farmers markets and more.

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Hop on the free trolley and it’s a cinch to explore all of Doral. Near MIA, hotels, and two outstanding shopping malls, Doral is very popular among Latin Americans. In particular, Venezuelans love local restaurant El Arepazo. However, if you ask Ignacio, a longtime local teacher, musician, and boot camp leader, he’ll direct you to his favorite haunt – Shorty’s BBQ. Of course, if you’re ready for some top-tier luxury with a side of humility, he’ll point you to Trump National Doral Miami, home to an annual PGA event, as well as six golf courses, including the aptly named Blue Monster.

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The owner of acclaimed independent bookstore Books & Books, Mitchell Kaplan, takes us through the historic streets of Coral Gables to show us the ins and outs of this picture perfect neighborhood. From the Mediterranean-inspired architecture to the playhouses and modern art galleries, the Gables has truly surpassed founder George Merrick’s vision of becoming a vibrant arts community.

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Diego eats, lives, loves, and breathes Aventura. Run into him in Aventura Mall’s Art of Shaving and you’ll agree. One minute he’s touting the cocktails at Grand Luxe, next he’s recounting a date at Turnberry Isle’s Bourbon Steak Restaurant. And if you are craving for the ultimate in high-end shopping adventures, Diego can certainly spare a few tips. An advocate of all things Aventura, just ask him and he’ll point you toward the best pools, spas, and maybe even how to find yourself adrift on a lazy river.

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A truly international melting pot and a beach paradise, Sunny Isles Beach is also home to lifelong resident Justin. Son of a hotelier, Justin is a one-time cabana boy (bet he’s got some stories) and is now supervising the local lifeguards. If you don’t spot him patrolling the beach, chances are he’s spearfishing for his dinner, kayaking nearby Oleta River State Park, or exploring organic fusion cuisine at his favorite hangout – Basil Park.

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Claudia lives and works just 10 minutes from Miami, on the island of Key Biscayne. Once a coconut plantation and now a village, Key Biscayne is home to spectacular views of the Miami skyline, the classic Rusty Pelican, and the family-friendly entertainment of Miami Seaquarium. And for the sporting set, there’s some of the toughest golf anywhere at Crandon Park, next door to the world-famous tennis center, the Ritz-Carlton, as well as unmatched views from the lighthouse on Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park.

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The icon of Miami: South Beach. It’s life from a postcard, steps from a beach unlike any other, bustling with locals and visitors from around the world, brimming with creativity and unique places to explore. And beneath its beautiful surface, South Beach has an entire world of secrets most people never see. As Morgan shows us, life here can be exceptional, if you know where to look. Here’s a curated guide to seeing South Beach like an insider, built with suggestions from hundreds of locals.

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