Offbeat Travel: Discovering Miami’s Hidden Gems
Miami is a popular tourist destination, and for good reason. You have all of the vibrancy, things to see and attractions of a big city, but it’s right on the coast giving you stunning beaches and ocean views. But while millions visit every year, there are a few locations you can go to that are a little further off the beaten path. Check out these hidden gems if you want to do something different on your trip!
El Fresco Courtyard
El Fresco Courtyard is a cool, outdoor hang out that even a lot of the locals don’t know about. It’s filled with the artwork of Daniel Fila (known as ‘Krave’) who also maintains and runs the spot. It’s filled with picnic tables, interesting plants and a mini stage which comes in useful for impromptu performances. There are food vendors and a bar so you can eat, drink, relax and enjoy the performances. It’s located on the outskirts of Little Havana, so something to check out if you’re in the area.
There are a number of gorgeous botanical gardens in Miami, which are great for checking out the incredible Floridian plants and flowers. The Kampong is a little different though, it’s inspired by Spanish and South East Asian influences, and home to one of the largest saltwater mangrove forests in the area. It’s completely detached from the rest of the city giving it a quiet feel, perfect if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. And best of all, it provides you with the best views of Biscayne Bay.
Caladesi Island State Park
Caladesi Park island is one of the few relatively unknown islands along the Gulf Coast, accessible only by boat or a ferry. It’s one of the few untouched islands along the Gulf Coast, and is well worth the extra effort to get there. The journey offers you a amazing views of the the white sandy beaches and clear blue waters, something you could do if you were looking to rent a boat in Miami. Otherwise, there are lots of boat trips you could hop on to take you over to the park. There you can take a walk along the island’s pristine beaches or a kayak trip through the bayside mangrove forest.
Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park
Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park is less crowded than other popular Miami beaches. This is mainly due to the location, to reach it you need to drive across the Rickenbacker Causeway to the end of Key Biscayne, but again it’s worth the extra effort. You can go on a tour of the lighthouse and keeper’s quarters at Cape Florida Light. You can go fishing, and do all of the other fun beach activities that you could enjoy at the more popular beaches. Water sports, snorkeling, swimming and kayaking. You can enjoy some sports and games on the beach, or kick back on a lounger and soak up the amazing Florida sunshine!
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