I moved from New York City to Miami 15 years ago for the warm, sunny weather and for the city’s cosmopolitan, international flavor. The opportunity to go to the beach was, of course, a major plus. My children were young, and I had moved my business down here, so there wasn’t a lot of time to do much more than garden—a novelty for someone who’s come from New York—and spend time with friends. In any case, at that time the cultural and entertainment offerings, the shopping, and the restaurant choices were limited.

Has that ever changed! Now there’s so much to do off the beach that there’s never enough time to go everywhere—especially from November through April (though many of these activities happen year round as well). Here’s a crib sheet of my picks for visitors as well as for those thinking of moving south:


Art Exhibitions

15194774222_22252ccec7_zJorge M. Pérez Art Museum (Image by Dan Lundberg via Flickr)

Everyone knows about Art Basel, “the world’s premier international art show for Modern and contemporary works,” which attracted 73,000 visitor last year and which will take place this year from December 3 through 6. But there are other art fairs and world-class museum exhibits all winter. To give you an idea of the quality of the exhibits and my museum picks, here’s what’s going on now: a retrospective on the works of contemporary Spanish artist Antoni Tapies at the Pérez Art Museum; the complex compositions of Vik Muniz, at the Lowe Art Museum, which also has an outstanding collection of art glass in a separate wing; 140 works of contemporary art, part of the collection of überarchitect Peter Marino, at the Bass Museum; and, at the Frost Art Museum, the third in a three-part series of contemporary Chinese artists: works by Xu Bing, who did the Phoenix that you might have seen at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York.


Tours: Home/Garden, Street Art/Food

10472771_10152599499801712_7989716515251349607_oGarden Tour:  Chihuly at Fairchild: A Garden of Glass (Image via)

There are home and garden tours throughout South Florida, from Miami to Palm Beach.  Interested in street art? Miami Culinary Tours has a street art and food tour of Wynwood, the “hot” area often compared to New York’s Lower East Side.


Clothes and Accessories by Latin American Designers

Miami’s the place to find original choices from South of the Border designers that you won’t find your neighbor wearing back home. Designers range from Venezuelan Filomena Fernandez and Colombian Silvia Tcherassi (she makes wedding dresses too) to Pineda Covalin (“Mexico’s Hermès”) and Venezuelan Irene Zingg, of Salzingg, for stunning jewelry and gifts.


Art Cinemas

5449161629_c631c7579d_zThe Tower Theater, Calle Ocho, Miami (Image by Phillip Pesar via Flickr)

Would you believe that there are more than a half a dozen art cinemas in Miami? They’re small and intimate, located in different areas throughout the city; they screen the latest indie and foreign films. The Miami Herald has a column in its Weekend section that lists all of these theaters and the features they’re presenting. They include The Tower, Miami Beach Cinematheque, O Cinema (several branches), Cosford, and Coral Gables Cinema. If you go to the Tower in Little Havana, nip across the street to Azúcar, an ice cream shop specializing in tropical flavors and a fab dulce de leche.


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  • sgombero gratis milano December 14, 2015 at 11:03 am

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