12/05/2011 07:46 am ET | Updated Feb 04, 2012

Exploring Miami, A Designer City

It's approaching the time of year that we look for any excuse to migrate to Miami. We've rounded up our picks for where to sleep, eat & drink and play in sun city.


Go retro Art Deco at Soho Beach House. Rooms are over sized and offer plenty of views from the bay windows and terraces. Chill by the pool in the garden, unwind at the Cowshed Spa, or mingle with stylish locals over a cocktail at the members only club.

If you follow the less is more approach to life, check into the laid back Standard Miami and take in all of what Miami offers from this bayside retreat. Known for its spa, equipped with a hammam, Mud Lounge, and Roman Waterfall hot tub, you'll also find stylish rooms with a minimalist touch.

You won't compromise style for price at The Angler's Boutique Resort. The property has a residential vibe that can be felt in the ample sized rooms and the conveniences of a modern home. Night owls will appreciate the VIP access for guests at some of the local night clubs.


Ask anyone about the best place to eat in Miami and Michael's Genuine Food & Drink is mentioned. Located in the Design District, the modern American menu never disappoints.

Although considered as the place for meat lovers, the menu at Prime 112 in South Beach offers a variety of decadent options that more than satisfy many palates.

For a taste of the local catch, head west on Lincoln Road to Altamare. In addition to the well prepared seafood, the pasta's and wine list are noteworthy as well.

Another Design District hotspot, Sra. Martinez, whips up inventive,seasonal cocktails from fresh, local ingredients and if you're hungry, the tapas is good too.


With dozens of galleries, museums, a performance space and graffiti murals to boast about, the Wynwood Art District is a destination in itself. Located between 20th and 36th streets on the east side of Miami, the once industrial neighborhood is the go-to place for art and culture.

Graffiti murals have become a part of the commissioned art of the district. Over 250 local and international artists to date have made their mark on the façade of the galleries, restaurants and shops that line the neighborhood streets. Wynwood Walls is a project dedicated to bringing more attention and respect to graffiti art and curates work for the walls and doors in Wynwood and beyond.

A fun and enlightening way to see the murals is on the back of a Vespa. Let a local artist spin you around on a two hour tour while you stop to take in the art and learn about graffiti culture.