Warm beaches and cool Glades
From fashion models to deco hotels, beach sunrises to wetland ecosystems and alluring islands, South Florida is an aesthetic masterpiece, writes Adam Karlin.
OUTH Florida is an American original. The emphasis on beauty, presentation, style and colour is intoxicating and comes in a million shades, from graffitied Wynwood Walls to extravagant high-end hotels. There’s often a sense of whimsy about and, more so, a palpable feel of cultures colliding; no other place merges Anglo America, Latin America and the Caribbean so completely. Throw in some sunny islands to chill out on and a heartwrenchingly beautiful wetland wilderness and I’m sold.
Dining in Midtown Miami
Miami is a city that loves its indulgences, and the greatest of these is a fine meal. If you really want to play with your tastebuds, come to Miami’s culinary frontier: Midtown (the area north of Downtown that includes Wynwood and the Design District). In restaurants that range from the rustic to the indulgent, you’ll find the best in local ingredients – a rich banquet of decadence plucked from Florida’s fields and oceans – prepared Miami-style, with plenty of tropical flair and fun.
Best eateries in Midtown
Chef Creole: When you need Caribbean food on the cheap, head to the edge of Little Haiti and this excellent takeout shack. Order fried conch, oxtail or fish, ladle rice and beans on the side, and you’ll be full for a week. Enjoy the food on nearby picnic benches while Haitian music blasts out of tinny speakers – as island an experience as they come. Blue Collar: It’s not easy striking a balance between laid-back and delicious in a city like Miami, where even ‘‘casual’’ eateries can feel like nightclubs, but Blue Collar has the formula nailed. Friendly staff serve All-American fare sexied up, from crispy snapper to smoky ribs to a superb cheeseburger. A well-curated veg board keeps non-carnivores happy ( bluecollarmiami.com).
Sun-worshipping on North Beach
When people think of fun in the sun and Miami, they think of South Beach. But if you’re interested in escaping the crowds and the pressure to look fabulous, head to North Beach. People-spotting aside, this is generally a higher quality of beach. Places such as Haulover Beach Park are pretty enough to serve as your screensaver (miamidade.gov/parks/parks/h aulover_park.asp).
Celebrity sighting in South Beach
South Beach is all about glamour, in its original, Old English meaning: a spell. Magic. So many celebrities come to South Beach that their lifestyle
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