Romantic Miami

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Romantic Miami
Miami is one of the world’s sexiest cities. Lay poolside, in a cabana, on the sand, or in the water. And stick around for sunset—you can find the perfect setting to sip champagne and dine while the sun goes down.
By GiAnna Wyatt, AFAR Local Expert
Photo courtesy of Conrad Miami
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    Sip the Night Away
    Miami is home to some exceptional wine bars. Take the elevator up to the 25th floor of Conrad Miami to the aptly-named Level 25, which has panoramic views of Biscayne Bay and downtown Miami. It's the perfect spot for a romantic night out. Also check out Cibo Wine Bar on Miracle Mile, a contemporary take on an Italian winery that offers 4,000 bottles of premium wines. Cibo is known for its "wine fairies"—women who are hoisted into the air in a kind of sling to grab your wine of choice from the towering and extensive racks of bottles.
    Photo courtesy of Conrad Miami
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    Romance on the Water
    Charter one of the many boats along Key Biscayne, Biscayne Bay, or South Beach and get out onto the water to enjoy some of downtown Miami's and the beaches' best sights. Cruising down the bay past Star Island with a company like Island Queen Cruises is a fun way to see Millionaire's Row and the gorgeous Miami skyline. You'll also see the lovely islands of Brickell Key and Fisher Island, and the big cruise ships leaving the Port of Miami. Pour a glass of champagne and enjoy a light meal as the sun sets along the bay. The cool breeze and sparkling ocean set the scene for a special date night.
    Photo courtesy of Island Queen Cruises
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    Beaches to Relax with Your Loved One
    Some days you just want to stick your toes in the sand and enjoy the view. Popular spots include The North Shore Park, a well-kept park along the northern section of Miami Beach. This is a local spot that features luxurious strips of sand, spectacular picnic areas, and some of the best lifeguards in the city. Matheson Park is located along Biscayne Bay and is a fun spot to relax after a day of shopping downtown. Oleta River State Park is a great place to view incredible birds and wildlife. Make sure you watch for the endangered West Indian manatee in the waters of the river.
    Photo courtesy of Bruno Frontino/GMCVB
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    Movie Night in Miami
    There's nothing boring about an old-fashioned “movie and a dinner” date night when you're in Miami. Head to Miami Beach Cinematheque, a small boutique theater housed in a historic art deco building where every seat—there are only 50 of them—is close to the screen. There's a cool, intimate vibe here with a quality food and beverage service that you won’t find at a commercial theater. Another fun retro-themed option is Blue Starlite, a drive-in movie theater in Wynwood. Miami Soundscape on South Beach is ideal if you want to cozy up on a blanket under the stars with your special someone, sip wine, and watch a movie projected onto a huge screen.
    Photo courtesy of Mike Butler/The Miami Beach Cinematheque
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    Dancing and Snuggling and Strolling
    Some of the world's best dancing spots are within a few blocks of each other in Miami Beach. To begin, head to LIV, where the lines are long, but the VIP scene is worth it. You'll see celebrity DJs and famous faces on any given night. Be sure to dress to impress here. A few blocks away is W Hotel Miami, where you cross the romantic poolside deck and enter Wall, an intimate space that is perfect for snuggling on comfy couches. The bars usually play a great mix of music and you can enjoy a night of dancing with your special someone. Afterwards, take a stroll on the beach, which is just outside the club doors.
    Photo courtesy of GMCVB
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    Sunday Is Brunch Day
    Al fresco brunch isn't a trend in Miami Beach: It's part of the locals' lifestyle. Most good brunch spots offer bottomless mimosas, and if you're looking for a particular type of food, you'll have plenty of options. Tongue & Cheek is good for chicken and waffles; Yardbird serves good old Southern favorites and creative cocktails. A Sunday hotspot is the Icebox Cafe, off the Venetian Causeway along the beach. You serve yourself delicious waffles with goat cheese and there are plenty of baked goods to take home. Looking for a more upscale spot? Check out Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne.
    Photo courtesy of Tongue & Cheek
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    Rocking Love Ballads
    The Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts features cultural performances by world-renowned artists from a variety of genres. Apart from shows, the theater is an architectural and design gem, with its grand staircase, sculptures, and statues by local artists. The theater features hundreds of famous performers, especially Latin American musicians, each year. If you prefer rock 'n roll, check out who's playing at The Fillmore in South Beach. Other options include Grand Central, the old train station, which hosts special concerts on the ground floor. Afterwards, follow everyone upstairs for drinks at The Garret.
    Photo courtesy of GMCVB
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    Curl Up in an Exotic Hotel Garden
    The water may be a bit chilly in the fall and winter, but the cool breeze in some of Miami Beach's exotic hotels gives couples a good reason to cuddle up after a romantic dinner. Head to Hotel Victor to check out the beach cabanas and the scenic overlook of Ocean Drive. The best garden scene is at Standard Hotel, which features outdoor baths, secret hideaways, and hammocks. Also, Raleigh Hotel has a long back courtyard with plush seating and twinkling lights to get you in the mood. The Shore Club has double king size daybeds for a group of friends to listen to smooth tunes and sip wine.
    Photo courtesy of Raleigh Hotel
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    Gallery Hopping
    The art galleries in Midtown, Downtown, Wynwood, and South Beach feature contemporary art as well as traditional fine art, glass art, paintings, sculpture, fine art photography, prints, and other types of visual art. Notable spaces include David Castillo Gallery, and The Wolfsonian Museum at Florida International University, which displays art by local students. Britto Central Gallery and Avant Gallery both have abstract pieces and modern art. Regardless of whether you are a collector or not, it's fun to browse the works of local artists with your loved one and compare tastes.
    Photo courtesy of GMCVB
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    Drink in History
    Some of the best venues in Miami have been around for years, and even though the historic Tobacco Road finally closed its doors in October 2014, there are still plenty of other venerable options for a low-key night on the town. Bougainvillea’s Old Florida Tavern is hidden away behind lush greenery in South Miami, where it has served up South Florida favorites since 1929. The vibe is welcoming and there is often live music. Van Dyke Cafe has been a popular restaurant and bar for the past 20 years. Its upstairs section is known as the destination for live jazz aficionados to gather.
    Photo by Angelo Cavalli/age fotostock