It’s no wonder why Miami, Florida is nicknamed “the Magic City.” Located along the Miami River in Southeast Florida, the bustling metropolis is an international center for the arts, fashion and culture. With its beautiful subtropical setting, first-rate beaches, world-class dining and unique attractions, the city has plenty of romantic spots and activities for couples to enjoy.
Eat Out at a Romantic Restaurant
Miami is full of fine dining choices, especially exotic ethnic restaurants, many of which offer the perfect romantic backdrop for a dinner with your sweetheart. Go out for some sumptuous Mediterranean food at the swanky Viceroy Miami, enjoy the healthy dishes in the soft lighting at Escopazzo on Miami Beach or treat yourself to the East-West fusion fare at the upscale Setai. According to the website Gayot, these eateries are among South Florida’s top 10 romantic restaurants.
Viceroy Miami 485 Brickell Avenue Miami, FL 33131 305-503-0373
Escopazzo 1311 Washington Avenue Miami Beach, FL 33139 305-674-9450
The Setai 2001 Collins Avenue (20th Street) Miami Beach, FL 33139 305-520-6000
The Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, a National Historic Landmark located in Miami, is a site of a staggering beauty and is open to visitors 364 days out of the year. The estate consists of 10 acres of formal-style gardens, beautiful sculpture and architecture, a forest with subtropical flora and the stunning Main House, making it one of the most romantic spots in Miami.
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens 3251 South Miami Avenue Miami, Florida 33129 305-250-9133 vizcayamuseum.org
Go to the Beach
According to the website MiamiandBeaches, the beaches of Miami have been celebrated as being among the top by the Travel Channel, "USA Today" and the Surfrider Foundation (a nonprofit environmental organization). There are over a dozen beaches in the greater Miami area, some of which make great romantic spots. Matheson Hammock Park Beach in south Miami, which was rated the "Best Scenic Beach" by Frommers.com, has a private, tranquil feel. Virginia Key Beach on Key Biscayne was voted the "Best Beach for Seclusion" by Frommers.com, making it ideal for couples.
Matheson Hammock Park Beach 9610 Old Cutler Road Miami, FL 33156 305-665-5475
Virginia Key 4020 Virginia Beach Drive Key Biscayne, FL 33149-1000 305-960-4600
The Venetian Pool
A historic and unique public swimming pool, the Venetian Pool was built in 1924 and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Located in the upscale Miami neighborhood of Coral Gables, the pool has striking features including Spanish porticos, fountains and waterfalls, making it an original and romantic setting.
Venetian Pool 2701 de Soto Boulevard Coral Gables, FL 33134 305-460-5306
Take a Cruise
Cruises give you intimate time with the water and your lover. Not only is Miami one of the top cruise ports in the world, with cruises coming and going to all parts of the world, but the city also offers day trips and local cruises in beautiful areas such as Biscayne Bay, the Miami River, the Port of Miami and Miami Beach. Charter a yacht or go on a charming dinner cruise with Holiday of Magic cruises or take a romantic Island Queen Cruises sightseeing tour of Miami’s historic sights along the Miami River or the mansions of Millionaire’s Row.
Holiday of Magic Bay Marriott Hotel and Marina 1635 N. Bayshore Drive Miami, Florida 33132 305-372-8055 holidayofmagic.com
Island Queen Cruises Bayside Marketplace 401 Biscayne Blvd Miami, FL 33132 305-379-5119 www.islandqueencruises.com
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