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(MIAMI) – If ever there was a place made for romance, it’s Miami.
Since its fame as a romantic oasis during hard times in the late 1930s, Miami has inspired couples to escape their routines and reignite their passion. Miami arouses the senses, with its warm, sultry breezes, white sandy beaches, azure waters, fragrant tropical flowers and gently swaying palm trees. Fueling the fire are our dreamy hotels, delectable restaurants, stimulating arts and culture and steamy nightlife – all presided over by a golden tropical sun and the infamous Moon over Miami.
Whether you’re newly enamored lovebirds or long-term partners, Greater Miami and the Beaches offers many ways to dial up the romance. Here are the top ten:
1. Settle into a Sexy Suite
– From grand historic resorts to chic boutique hotels, Miami offers lovers every style of lodging. Each February hotels offer special deals during Miami Romance Month (www.MiamiRomanceMonth.com), but there are also great year-round packages for every budget.
There are many romantic properties in Miami, but several stand out among the sexiest, some including spacious suites where couples can indulge in sweet captivity. The Setai, a tranquil, stunning Asian-inspired resort in Miami Beach, has 50 spacious suites which set the stage for love, with features such as in-room tubs for personal spa treatments, "rainfall" showers and baths clad in granite, teak and silk and mood lighting. Located in the heart of South Beach but far removed from the party scene vibe, the ultra-luxury resort offers intimate retreats, from secluded beachside sitting areas to the sunken pod in the outdoor courtyard, to the passion-inducing Love Bath at the Spa, complete with “Love Potion” bath oil, champagne and canapés.
Another Asian-themed favorite is the Mandarin Oriental, Miami, an iconic luxury hotel which holds the coveted Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Award for the hotel, and The Spa for the fifth consecutive year. The hotel was also recently awarded the title of “#1 Hotel in Miami” by U.S. News after they analyzed more than 24,000 hotels in North America and the Caribbean. Blending a cool Asian design with sexy touches that reflect Miami's diverse cultural influences, Mandarin Oriental offers couples a secluded private island setting with jaw-dropping views of downtown Miami’s colorful skyline and sparkling Biscayne Bay. Lovers can languish on the private beach under the steamy tropical sun while being tended to by beach attendants who pamper guests with cool towels and fruit kabobs. A deluxe three-level waterfront spa offers the ultimate escape with 18 private treatment rooms that each use natural textures such as bamboo, rice paper, and natural linens. Book the Couples Suite for a “Time Rituals” date, where couples can book time rather than specific treatments so that they can customize their experience in the moment. The Mandarin Oriental, Miami also features fine and casual dining outlets. La Mar by Gaston Acurio offers a taste of Peruvian cuisine with both indoor and outdoor seating as well as three bars. MO Bar + Lounge, offers lovers a variety of drinks at the 14-seat bar or in the 76-seat lounge. Sexy live music is provided on Friday and Saturday nights to get guests in the mood.
Located just five miles away on a laid-back island known for top-rated beaches, the spectacular Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne resort features 450 well-appointed guestrooms and suites overlooking lushly landscaped gardens and the Atlantic Ocean. The hotel also features an enormous ocean view spa with wellness classes, an 11-court Tennis Garden and nearby golf at Crandon Golf. The resort also offers modern-coastal fare with a distinctly local undercurrent. Lightkeepers Restaurant is the hotel’s oceanfront eatery that brings Key Biscayne island history to life. Couples can enjoy a lively locale with a unique design inspired by the Cape Florida Lighthouse, while enjoying the bountiful cuisine of the Florida coast.
Those who want an even more private island getaway can book the Fisher Island Hotel & Resort, located at the former winter estate of the Vanderbilts and only accessible by air or water. Located a stone’s throw from South Beach, this romantic retreat offers the best compromise between getting away from it all and being part of it all; those who want to groove in the nightclubs can head to the nearby Art Deco District while those who want seclusion never need to leave as everything they need is on the island. Island amenities range from cottages, suites and villas, six restaurants and bars, 18 tennis courts with three types of playing surfaces, a nine-hole golf course to a full service spa and health club, plus an array of shops and services.
Offering this same sweet compromise is the trendy Standard Spa Miami Beach, tucked away on a small island along the Venetian Causeway in South Beach. Although removed from the busy streets, the hotel offers a communal, social vibe, inviting guests to rub elbows at the hydrotherapy playground, outdoor waterfront yoga lawns, aroma steam room, huge infinity sound pool (featuring underwater music), an arctic plunge and mud lounge. Set amidst peaceful tropical gardens, the breezy, soothing guestrooms feature private terraces, many with outdoor soaking tubs. The Spa encourages the communal rituals of ancient bathing traditions and serves as a hub for sessions by some of the world’s top yogis and treatments by expert practitioners. The Lido Restaurant & Bayside offers great water views along with deliciously prepared organic Mediterranean cuisine.
Just 30 minutes north of South Beach, the more secluded Sunny Isles Beach awaits with the Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach. This recipient of the coveted Forbes Travel Guide Five Star Award and the AAA Five Diamond Award boasts 54 guest rooms and 44 suites offering heightened levels of elegance, service and an award-winning Acqualina Spa by ESPA with its 20,000-square-foot pampering space, the acclaimed Il Mulino New York restaurant and three oceanfront swimming pools. Those who want to spoil their sweetie with a little retail romance can visit two of the hottest luxury malls in America – Bal Harbour Shops and Aventura Mall. Across from the Bal Harbour Shops is the St. Regis Bal Harbour, a peerless haven of oceanfront elegance, refined luxury, and anticipatory service. Awarded the coveted Forbes Five-star and AAA Five-Diamond Awards for 2017, the exclusive hotel has a rejuvenating space for the body and spirit at Remède Spa and a flavorful Greek restaurant at Atlantikós, the hotel's most recent culinary destination. Rooms features wide balconies perfect for sunsets, private royal cabanas and presidential cabana suites with personal pool retreats for newlyweds or couples looking for that extra bit of privacy. The signature St. Regis butler service allows for any request to be fulfilled making every fantasy come true, with private wine tastings at the lobby bar.
For those whose idea of romance means reveling about town, there are many hot properties in and near South Beach’s main strips to choose from. Notables include the Confidante Miami Beach, an upscale lifestyle hotel which combines the glamour of decades past with the sophistication of modern day. The high-end designer rooms and suites as well as the indoor-outdoor spa offer a welcome respite, while a lively Deco-era cocktail den and ultra-lounge fuels the social scene. Signature dining includes American-inspired cuisine at Bird & Bone or The Backyard menu with casual cuisine and specialty cocktails in the gardens, poolside or on the beach. There is also a curated event calendar with Backyard pool parties and happy hour with live music making The Confidante one of the best Miami Beach resorts for entertainment!
Located on bustling Washington Avenue, The Kimpton Angler's Boutique Hotel features understated elegance in its 45 suites surrounded by deep landscaping. This Kimpton property breaks away from the Art Deco design with classic Mediterranean Revival architecture, and was once a haunt for the likes of Ernest Hemingway. The suites feature 455 square feet of living room space with a full-size sofa, two armchairs, a coffee table and books; 400 thread count Egyptian cotton bed linens; an entertainment center and surround sound system including state-of-the-art audio-video system. The hotel has plans to expand their space in mid-2018 and will offer a brand new wing featuring new guestrooms – each with private balcony or terrace, a rooftop pool with a sun deck, culinary highlights including a new restaurant concept and lobby bar.
When walking along the world-famous Ocean Drive, one hotel stands apart from the Art Deco landmarks with its stately British Colonial architecture. The Betsy – South Beach is a refined, beach-side haven located in the heart of South Beach, committed to timeless luxury and service, while offering incredible ocean views, exquisite amenities, world-class cuisine, and a unique commitment to the arts. Included as one of only three Florida hotels on the 2017 Condé Nast Traveler Gold List Award, the Betsy is considered one of the world's best hotels. The Betsy Hotel offers 61 serene rooms and suites with all the appropriate upscale amenities. The rooftop sundeck offers dreamy views as well as a Zen-like Wellness Garden and Spa with private cabanas. Artsy types will enjoy the hotel’s sponsorship of visiting poets, writers, artists and musicians, evident in the curated soundscapes and cutting edge visual art as well as visiting thought-leaders who lead fascinating conversations while guests enjoy artful eating at LT Steak & Seafood. Couples can head downstairs to the speakeasy-style B Bar to catch the latest reading or viewing from an artist-in-residence as well as the occasional jazz performance.
The Mondrian South Beach, located on the western edge of South Beach, offers sweeping views of the Biscayne Bay, Atlantic Ocean and downtown Miami and is a short ride from the popular pedestrian-friendly Lincoln Road Mall. The spacious suites and sky terrace apartments are furnished with the kitchenettes, ergonomic chairs and designer toiletries. Down below, revolutionary Dutch designer Marcel Wanders’ whimsical and visionary style for the hotel pays homage to “Sleeping Beauty’s Castle,” with its décor and soaring “see-and-be-seen” lobby floor-to-ceiling windows and an iconic, signature floating staircase. Couples can get pampered at the GUYANDGIRL spa, or enjoy an alfresco meal at its Mondrian Caffe or a cocktail at Mondrian Bar. Couples can sail to and from the hotel at the private marina.
The modish set enjoy the Raleigh Hotel, whose stunning pool is the set for many photo shoots and fashion shows, and once featured many swim scene film shoots with Esther Williams. Although the hotel is currently undergoing a full renovation to solidify its legendary status on Miami Beach and around the globe, Mr. Tommy Hilfiger, Dogus Group, and sbe are committed to the complete reimagining. Architect L. Murray Dixon will bring back the hotel’s double-tier lobby, alluring Martini Bar and stately Tiger Room to their original glory. In addition to the preservation of art deco elements, the hotel will feature luxurious rooms conceived by celebrated interior designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard, two new restaurants, a fitness and wellness center, a spa and a private members’ club aimed at locals and hotel guests alike (as of February 2018 hotel is still under renovation).
Formerly the historic retreat of the “Rat Pack,” the Fontainebleau Miami Beach was reimagined in recent years, and now features a modern-luxe design and pulse-pounding LIV nightclub. The all-suite hotel tower is ideal for couples who want to spend quality time in their room, combining spacious sitting areas and kitchenettes with sweeping vistas overlooking Biscayne Bay. Down below is a beautiful pool and beachfront boardwalk perfect for sunrise strolls.
Over in downtown Miami, sophisticated urbanites will love Kimpton’s Epic Hotel, recognized by Condé Nast Travel magazine and its Gold list as one of the World's Best. The high-rise hotel’s rooms all have private balconies overlooking Biscayne Bay, Brickell Key and Downtown Miami. Scene seekers will love the hotel’s proximity to neighborhoods, such as the Brickell, Wynwood, Midtown and Design Districts, as well as the Adrienne Arsht Centre for the Performing Arts, Frost Museum of Science and Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM). If they prefer to stay at “home,” the hotel’s swanky lounge carries on downtown’s entertainment renaissance, featuring live music Tuesday through Saturday evenings, craft cocktails, Champagne cart and epic views of the Miami River. The hotel offers guests exclusive amenities such as a 16th floor roof-top pool deck, top-rated restaurants such as seafood-focused Area 31 and Zuma, and exhale spa. Also located in the Brickell area – Miami’s “Wall Street of the Americas” – The W Hotel Miami boasts 148 residentially appointed guestrooms, suites and one- and two-bedroom residences with fully equipped kitchenettes or full kitchens. Couples enjoy fine dining as well as a 28,000-square-foot spa and fitness center, 300-foot infinity pool on Biscayne Bay, poolside bar and fireplace, and life-size chess set.
Couples looking for Old World charm far away from the South Beach scene retreat to Coral Gables Icon The Biltmore Hotel. The ornate Spanish Mediterranean architecture oozes romance and grandeur, which is likely why the National Historic Landmark has been the overnight choice of presidents and royalty. Lovers can lounge by the pool – considered one of the largest hotel swimming pools in the continental United States. Those who love shopping head to the nearby Village of Merrick Park’s upscale retail offerings nestled in a lush sanctuary of foliage, fountains and sculptures. The world-famous Sunday brunch at the Biltmore’s Fontana restaurant, as well as the French-inspired Palme-D’or restaurant, are wonderful indulgences, as is the elegant spa.
2. Dive into Miami’s Cocktail Culture
The mixology movement has made its way to the Magic City, kicking the couture cocktail culture up a notch. Mixologists, inspired by local ingredients and cultures, shakes it all up with exotic top shelf liquors and original recipes to create over-the-top beverages, which guests sip in hip lounges and bars. On Lincoln Road patrons can come across any number of bars, which offer some of the best people-watching in South Beach. At Smith & Wollensky in Miami Beach, couples can watch an endless parade of cruise ships passing through the Government Cut against the magnificent backdrop of the downtown Miami skyline. Couples looking for the epitome of cool in their cocktails have many trendy, romantic hotspots to choose from. The Confidante hotel’s historic bungalow The Backyard combines a fashionable lounge with casual ambiance, complete with DJ, and full bar. The Shelborne South Beach features an Art-Deco-inspired Drawing Room where guests can browse literary tomes while sipping cocktails. The liquid masterpieces are crafted with local ingredients and botanicals which blur the line between chemistry and art. Further up the beach is the Bleau Bar at the Fontainebleau, which serves classic favorites and new world libations as well as a wide selection of wines – perfect for setting the mood before dancing at LIV nightclub.
Over in the hipper-than-hip Wyndwood Arts District, the Wynwood Kitchen and Bar features more than 40 international craft beers, six beers on draft, 20 wines by glass and an extensive list of vintage wine served in a beautiful indoor/outdoor setting decorated with urban contemporary art. The bar also offers an excellent selection of singles malts, whiskeys and vodkas, as well as creative dishes by Chef Miguel Aguilar.
3. Take a Table for Two
A full-fledged culinary hot spot, Miami offers a breathtaking array of romantic restaurants. Perhaps the ultimate for lovers is Tantra. Based on ancient Indian spiritual philosophy, the Miami Beach restaurant and lounge serves international "aphrodisiac" cuisine and beguiles its patrons with an entranceway paved with fresh grass, a softly lit marble water wall, sleek ultra-suede banquettes and walls lined with sunset-hued silk. Looking to impress your sweetie? Head to Juvia, a penthouse level restaurant with soaring water and city views at 1111 Lincoln Road. The bohemian-chic space features a vertical garden, designed by internationally acclaimed botanist Patrick Blanc, which invokes the lushness of the Amazon rainforest.
Much like the restaurant’s design, the menu embraces the gorgeous bounty of nature, with the finest ingredients sourced locally and globally. SoHo meets South Beach at Lure Fishbar at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel, where New York City restaurateurs John McDonald and Joshua Pickard, along with the chefs serve an array of raw bar, crudo and sushi bar offerings, as well as Miami-inspired appetizers and entrees. Another warm and romantic spot is the Habitat Restaurant new to the 1 Hotel family, which offers a menu of New Traditional, International Cuisine. Chef Jose Mendin fuses masterful Michelin-star techniques with farm-fresh ingredients to craft a menu that respects the elements and honors simplicity. He applies modern techniques to create a new flavor profile that draws from Spanish, Latin and Asian traditions for a complete sea to table experience.
Another sure way to get your lover’s heart to beat faster is the Sensory Odyssey dinner at The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami, which presents a five-course aphrodisiac-infused dinner served by a private butler in an idyllic, secluded oceanfront gazebo bathed in candlelight and filled with scattered rose petals. The Redfish Grill in Matheson Hammock also oozes romance. Its beachfront patio has tables decked out in crisp white linens and crystal beneath towering palm trees encircled by twinkling white lights. Beyond the lagoon-shaped beach, the Miami skyline glistens like a diamond necklace. After a day of treasure hunting at Bal Harbour Shops, couples can dine at sleek Makoto, where they will taste variations on traditional Japanese dishes playfully crafted by James Beard winning Chef Makoto Okuwa. Shoppers at the luxurious Village of Merrick Park will savor Sawa, which offers contemporary Mediterranean and Japanese fusion dishes merged with an innovative sushi menu and a memorable ensemble of tapas and entrees.
In downtown Miami, lovers can rekindle the flame at ultra-romantic favorites such as the Peruvian-inspired La Mar in the dazzling Mandarin Oriental Hotel and Cecconi’s at the Soho Beach House. Located on the 16th floor of the EPIC Hotel, Area 31 features breathtakingly romantic views of Biscayne Bay and Miami River, paired with delectable sustainable dishes. Couples can mingle with locals at the innovative cocktail bar, a lively hotspot for happy hour and nightlife. Romantic partners may even spot a celebrity at the hotel’s award-winning Zuma, an internationally acclaimed Japanese restaurant frequented by notables including Shania Twain, Janet Jackson, Lebron James, Will Smith, Lenny Kravitz and Rafael Nadal, among many others. Verde at the Perez Art Museum Miami, which offers amazing waterfront views, is a great place to dine after viewing some of the best contemporary art in the region. Over at the spectacular Biltmore Hotel, the Palme d’Or brings a taste of France to Coral Gables with an über romantic setting with seasonal dishes ranging from simple, yet sublime to expertly exotic. Foodie couples can splurge by customizing their dining experiences around more than 20 offered tasting plates and five-course tasting menu with wine pairing.
4. Party the Night Away
With some of the hippest nightclubs on the planet, Miami offers something for everyone. Mokai, LIV, Icon Miami and Electric Pickle are four of the hottest dance clubs, while always-in-style favorites include Ocean Drive hotspots such as the Clevelander, Mango's Tropical Café and The Betsy lobby bar. For those looking to heat things up with a Latin beat, dance the night away at Hoy Como Ayer (Today, Like Yesterday) in Little Havana, featuring live bands and top DJs. Or step into Little Havana’s storied past with Ball and Chain, a reimagined version of the historic gambling den and bar from the 1930s through 1950s which today features Cuban-themed live music with Cuban style food and drink. Couples in town on the last Friday of each month can tap into the passionate Latin attitude with Viernes Culturales an art, music, food and cultural festival which celebrates the city’s Hispanic flavor. A few minutes northeast in the Wynwood Arts District, couples can hit the streets every second Saturday of the month with Wynwood Art Walk, getting inspired with visits to colorful galleries, art institutions and art-centric retailers.
Nightlife in the downtown Brickell area has also heated up considerably in recent years. Novecento, the Miami sibling of the decade-old restaurant in SoHo, has a great ambiance and intriguing food with live DJs Wednesday through Saturday in a hot bar scene. Barsecco Brickell exudes the warmth and charm of Miami by hosting a towering indoor tree, classic chandeliers, draping vines, a mural by local artist Juan Rozas, three indoor and outdoor bars, and a canopied terrace. And while international cuisine, craft cocktails and Prosecco fuel Barsecco’s post-work crowd, night owls will get to dance until 3 a.m. to a live DJ while chowing down on late-night bites. The party lives seven days a week. Lilt Lounge at Brickell’s Epic Hotel is a swanky hotel lounge with a horseshoe-shaped bar pouring cocktails that highlight booze-infused ice. This glossy marble-steel-and-wood lounge plays fun music and has a dynamic vibe. TuCandela at Mary Brickell Village is another nightclub/bar with cool instruments adorning the walls and playing live Latin music & sports on TV till the wee hours of the night and morning. The Blue Martini also at Mary Brickell Village is a lively nightspot equally chic, with an outdoor patio bar serving 25 different martinis, wine and spirits, "stage room" with live entertainment and VIP room. The village is also home to Taverna Opa, where couples can dance on the tables, as well as Fado Irish Pub, which is popular with the happy hour set.
5. Pack a Picnic
Although dining in one of Miami’s sensational restaurants, where it’s all about the scene as much as the cuisine, is a must, it’s also great to take your plate outdoors in tropical splendor. From picnics on the beach, to Miami’s beautiful parks, there are many ways to enjoy a romantic picnic. One of the best places is Fairchild Tropical Garden, featuring 83-acres of exotic plants and flowers – the perfect place to spend the day eating chocolate-dipped strawberries and other treats from a well-stocked picnic basket. Couples can sit under the shade of ylang-ylang trees and inhale the sweet scent of their blossoms, the primary ingredient in Chanel No. 5 perfume. The nearby Deering Estate offers great spots to picnic, as well as a romantic Valentine’s Day concert and beautiful bayview historic homes perfect for proposing. Those looking for an urban picnic can enjoy one at the New World Symphony Center, which occasionally offers free New World Symphony concerts outdoors on their soaring 7,000-square-foot projection wall.
6. Pamper Together at a Spa
There's no better way to relax with your partner than to pamper yourselves at one of Miami's sexy spas. Recognized as one of the best spas in America, The Ritz-Carlton Spa in Key Biscayne is an oasis of tropical splendor, offering more than 60 natural therapies based on luscious botanicals. The St. Regis’ Remede Spa in nearby Bal Harbour offers seductive couples treatments, while down south The Standard Spa is a holistic and hydrotherapy-oriented spa is inspired by global bathing cultures, self-teaching and healing. Nearby Heed Organic Day Spa is an organic day spa in Miami Beach – perfect for eco-conscious lovers looking for pampering. Heed is an urban sanctuary with a non-toxic and eco-friendly environment. The highly regarded spa treatments use only 100% natural, organic and cruelty-free products with a technological and contemporary edge. Their spa experiences meld the sacred traditions of Ayurved, (the holistic system of medicine from India), the arts of European Aromatherapy, ancient treatment practices from Australian, African, Asian, Native American and Amazon Indigenous cultures.
The two-level, 40,000-square-foot Lapis Spa at Fontainebleau Miami Beach harnesses the natural qualities of water to create a shared experience that is both restorative and renewing for couples looking for age-old techniques with the latest contemporary technology and design. One of mainland Miami’s most renowned award-winning sanctuaries, the Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Miami, offers several split-level treatment suites with floor-to-ceiling windows with stunning views of the bay. The spa uses bamboo, rice paper, glass and natural linens to achieve an ambiance of total harmony.
Located at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami, Hotel Beaux Arts Miami and Equinox at the Four Seasons Miami, couples can have it all from highlights and high heels to delectable facials and side-by-side massages. Kimpton’s Epic Hotel boasts exhale, the renowned lifestyle mind body spa brand, which features 12,000-square-foot oasis on the 15th and 16th floors with many awe-inspiring city and waterway views, well-known spa therapies and transformational mind body fitness experiences. Couples visiting in July and August can find special offers at www.MiamiSpaMonth.com.
7. Romance under the Stars
Known as The Magic City, Miami is well known for its romantic moon- and star-lit skies, which can be enjoyed year-round with our sensual, balmy breezes. A great way to create some magic is to take a guided evening tour of the breathtaking renaissance-inspired gardens of Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, a National Historic Landmark estate on Biscayne Bay. Take a moonlight canoe trip or kayak tour along the Coral Gables Waterway, the historic Oleta River or through the hidden waterways of Key Biscayne. Take a walk on South Beach’s South Pointe Park, which features beautiful views of Fisher Island and the waterways leading into the Atlantic, or walk hand in hand on the Miami Beach boardwalk, which hugs the shoreline from mid Miami Beach to South Beach. For a more spiritual high, lovers can take a moonlight yoga class at a variety of hotels.
8. Attractions for Lovers
With the right person, just about any activity or place can be romantic. But Miami lets you take it up a notch with places like the World Erotic Art Museum, home of the largest collection of erotic art in America and featuring paintings, tapestries, sculptures and art objects from various times and cultures devoted to love. Built as a Valentine to a lost love, Coral Castle is the perfect place for remind you not to take your love for granted. Mysteriously constructed under the cover of darkness between 1923 and 1951 by Latvian immigrant Ed Leedskalnin, no one knows how he was able to move and sculpt 1,100 tons of coral rock into a modest but stylish monument to love. The aforementioned Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, an Italian Renaissance-style mansion built facing Biscayne Bay in 1914, transports lovers with its elaborate art, serene statue-lined gardens and European ambiance. Sweep your sweetie off his or her feet with Miami Seaquarium’s swim with the dolphins experience, or on Miami Balloon Rides, whose sunrise flights over the amazing Everglades, Biscayne Bay and Atlantic Ocean climax with a post-ride picnic celebration with champagne. Private rides for two as well as “Will You Marry Me” banners are available for in-flight proposals. For those who like their romance with a Mr. & Mrs. Smith edge, Lock and Load in Wynwood offers an adrenaline-pumping shooting range. Those who prefer to woo each other in a more creative fashion will enjoy Painting with a Twist, Bottle & Bottega or Art and Wine Miami, where a professional guide takes guests step-by-step through painting their own masterpiece while they sip their own beer and wine. For a walk on the wild side, nature lovers can check out the area’s two national parks: Biscayne National Park for snorkeling and scuba diving; and Everglades National Park for wildlife viewing and a thrilling airboat ride across the River of Grass.
9. Get Inspired by Performing Arts
Miami boasts a wide variety of performing arts, but the top diva is the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, which houses heart-stirring shows by the Florida Grand Opera and the Miami City Ballet. Keep your emotions high with a soulful dinner at Brava, where prix fixe farm-to-table fare takes center stage at the Ziff Ballet Opera House.
10. Tropical Wine Tasting
Perhaps no beverage is more associated with romance than wine. Although Miami is known more for fabulous cocktails at nightclubs, there is one winery in the region which is also the southernmost winery in the U.S. Schnebly Redland's Winery & Brewery in the Redland agricultural region is drawing attention with their innovative wines and beers crafted from tropical fruits unique to South Florida – a hidden gem for wine lovers looking to taste on a new frontier. Enjoy unique blends and brews while listening to local bands in a lush tropical setting.
For more information on romantic hotspots and activities, check out www.MiamiRomanceMonth.com.
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