Some of Wynwood’s best works are on the back streets!
Most popular stops
Wynwood and the Design District next door are Miami’s hottest neighborhoods. Wynwood Walls is a great stop, but dont miss the back streets with some great works. Also several world class private art collections can make for great stops.
Where old and new Miami collide! See two thousand year old Tekesta sites surrounded by ultra modern Brickell high rises. I always drive the Key Biscayne Bridge to look back at Downtown and beautiful Biscayne Bay.
5 Essential Miami Neighborhoods
Wynwood, Design District and Little Haiti
Wynwood is the graffiti capital of the world, once the Puerto Rican neighborhood, all workers in the now dormant Garment factories. Bordered by:
- The Ultra Chic Design District
- Historic Buena Vista neighborhood
- My old Curley High school
- De la Cruz Collection
- Little Haiti
The area was run down 10 years ago. Now Miami’s hippest neighborhood.
Coconut Grove + Key Biscayne Bridge
Every native’s favorite part of Miami!
- Scarface Hotel
- Vizcaya and Stallone’s houses
- Peacock Park
- Christmas Park
- Barnacle State Park
- Plymouth Congregational
- El Jardin
- Charles Avenue
- Grove Cemetery
- many Black Grove sites
My two-favorite alternative stops lie in this area, the Key Biscayne Lighthouse and Kampong Gardens, both with tricky hours to find open.
Coral Gables is a planned city heavy on Spanish Mediterranean architecture.
- Manatee sites
- Venetian Pool
- Biltmore Hotel
- Sunset Circle
- Merrick House
- Chinese Village
- Dutch South African and French Country Villages
A little extra time needed for the spectacular trio: Fairchild Tropical Gardens, Matheson Hammock Park and Pinewood Cemetery.
A little off the beaten path are the 8 international villages spread throughout Coral Gables.
Downtown & Brickell
Where old Miami and new Miami collide!
The Miami Circle dating back 2500 years surrounded by ultra-chic modern skyscrapers and this spectacular tribute to Native Americans by designer Philipe Starck.
Miami was a village of 3-5000 inhabitants when the first known Spanish arrived in 1549. Now the third largest skyline in the US.
Pictured here is the Perez Art Museum, a great place to end a city tour with spectacular architecture, great food, an occasional dolphin swimming by and great art.
South Beach was a geriatric ghetto before the fashion models and hipsters came and made it an art deco and cultural playground. The largest concentration of Art Deco buildings in the world. I also do bike tours of the area covering all 5 zones of South beach.
- Lincoln Road
- 1111 building
- Espanola Way
- Ocean Drive
- Versace mansion
- New World Symphony park
South Pointe park lights up in the afternoon for departing cruise ships and spectacular sunsets.
Only so much can be seen driving thru South Beach. Lincoln Road, Espanola, and some hotels are best seen walking. Magical at night!
CUSTOMIZE YOUR TOUR
Little Havana & Calle Ocho
Typically, I don’t include Little Havana / Calle Ocho on my tour. My five neighborhoods are better. Unless you insist on mingling with thousands of tourists and tour buses… plus I don’t need the commission from the cigar factories. I much prefer a referral.
The highlight of the area is the architecture of Miami High. Built like a Spanish fort! I also love the homes in Shenandoah, Grove Park and Riverside, but it takes time.
Guided tours add a lot to your tour:
The following sites have their own guides, some free, some extra $$$, that add a special touch
- Wynwood (always a stop) Guided tour is at 10:00 a.m.
- Key Biscayne lighthouse w guided tour @ 10 and 1 p.m. May be my best stop
- Kampong Gardens $15 per person (another one of my best stops)
- Barnacle State Park guided tour
- Deering Estate (on our archaeology tour)
- De la Cruz Art Collection
More cool stops:
- Coral Gables Museum + Books and Books (great lunch stop)
- 8 villages of Coral Gables
- Fairchild Gardens and Matheson Hammock $$ per person
- Calle Ocho/Little Havana
- While not stops, Morningside can be added to Wynwood portion ot tour
- Grove Park and Spring Garden are historic neighborhoods hidden in plain sight
End your tour at these awesome sites:
- Perez Museum with guided tour $10 each
- Biscayne Bay boat ride $10 each
- History Miami museum $8 each
- 1111 Building and Lincoln Road
- Smith and Wollensky for sunset
- Citi Centre