While you could easily spend an entire vacation lounging around the Blue Moon Hotel and SoBe, there are also plenty of excellent sites and things to do around the rest of town as well. For our more adventurous guests, here are five of Miami’s coolest neighborhoods outside South Beach.
Known as the center of Cuban culture and cuisine in Miami, Little Havana is a must-visit when you’re trying to get to know the city. Head to one of its many famed Cuban-coffee distributors on your next vacation, we recommend renowned Cuban restaurant Versaille. In addition to being an excellent area to walk and eat, Little Havana is also near some of the city’s favorite attractions like Marlins Park.
The Miami Design District
Across the bay from Blue Moon Hotel and South Beach, the Miami Design District is a bustling collection of hip showrooms featuring gallery spaces, design shops, and fashion brands. Shoppers can find several of their favorite brand-names here including Cartier, Burberry, and Givenchy. For food, upscale restaurants like Mandolin, Aegean Bistro, and Ella are on hand with progressive cuisines.
The newest arts capital of Miami, Wynwood is a short drive from the Blue Moon Hotel, just across Biscayne Bay. Covered with some of the most elaborate and celebrated street art in the world, you can come here without a plan and peruse massive murals and countless galleries. The famed Wynwood Walls is a sectioned off collection of street art known and respected around the world.
Known as “The Grove,” this classic Miami neighborhood is an excellent place to go out dinner and take a nice evening stroll on the water. Bring a date to Coconut Grove for some seafood at acclaimed local restaurant Monty’s, or a cocktail at Panorama Restaurant and Sky Lounge. Peacock Park is a lovely outdoor destination in Coconut Grove, with easy access to the water, a boardwalk, and a marina.
Located on the other side of the water from Blue Moon Hotel and South Beach, Downtown Miami is the city’s premier collection of skyscrapers and big-time real estate. Head this way for a game at the American Airlines Arena, or a show at the historic Olympia Theater. The area is also well stocked with live music and acclaimed restaurants.