May 3, 2017Posted by Bethany Larson Bloch
Besides killer Cuban sandwiches, refreshing mojitos and bumping DJ sets, Miami’s main draw is that year-round sunshine. In order to help you get your fill of Vitamin D, The HUNT Miami writer, Margarita Wells, has shared her favorite outdoor oases in The Magic City.
Matheson Hammock Park
Lover of outdoor activities? Book a snorkeling tour, rent a kayak or paddleboard, or go hiking along the mangrove trails in Matheson Hammock Park. Once your stomach starts growling, the Red Fish Grill, tucked in the park, is a local’s power move for lunch and dinner.
Miami Beach Botanical Garden
Miami Beach Botanical Garden is one of those spots that makes you completely forget that you’re in the middle of a big city. The property is absolutely gorgeous – check out the Japanese Garden, for its splendor, and the natural pond for local plants like the red mangroves that filled the barrier island pre-urban development.
South Pointe Park
South Pointe Park not only boasts views of the Atlantic Ocean, Biscayne Bay, the Port of Miami and the downtown skyline, but is also suitable for a wide range of past-times, including surfing, paddleboarding and kiteboarding, with rentals available at nearby F1 Surf Shop.
The nine-acre, Southeast Asian-inspired garden at The Kampong. The estate of David and Marian Fairchild, the entire place is filled with the plants and treasures they collected during their travels abroad. So if a trip across the Pacific isn’t in the cards for you (yet), head here to daydream.
The Standard Spa Miami Beach
With awe-inspiring views of Biscayne Bay, an afternoon at the pool at The Standard Spa Miami Beach is a luxurious and enjoyable experience. The day pass grants you access to the spa’s gym, relaxing hammam and ultra-hip pool deck where you can tan, nosh on healthy fare, or listen to underwater music as you take a dip.
About The HUNT Miami Writer: Margarita Wells moved to Florida from Mexico City at the age of 12, and while she’s never stopped pining for the taco paradise where she was born, she fell hard for the palm tree-lined heaven of her adopted city. A marine scientist, Margarita loves Miami’s interconnectedness with the sea, its tropical vibes and ability to cater to both a metropolitan beach town and suburban lifestyle. When she’s not protecting the local environment, you can find her bumming around her coastal backyard, skateboarding around her neighborhood or checking out the newest hot spots for her blog, thankyoumiami.com.
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