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Miami Beach, Florida

June 2022

Kimpton Angler’s Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida, June 2022

Staying in

South Beach

The Kimpton Angler’s Hotel was a perfect location for a family with young children. Despite Miami Beach’s rightfully earned reputation as a party destination, we were able to escape into our quiet room and enjoy the lush and shady gardens. Our room was in a smaller building located above the Sewell Fish & Oyster restaurant. A morning coffee bar, complimentary happy hour drinks, and a beach bag with towels and umbrellas were all included with our stay. The “mermaid pool” next to our room was a quieter option midday, compared to the busy rooftop pool.

The beach was two blocks away and we chose to splurge on a full-day rental of two chairs and umbrellas. Although there was a lot of seaweed in the surf and on the beach, just past it the water was clear with many shallow sandbars. We easily saw fish (and one stingray) swimming around us.

Miami Beach, Florida, June 2022

Afternoon drinks at the Carlyle Hotel
Miami Beach Botanical Garden, Florida, June 2022

Miami Beach Botanical Garden

The Miami Beach Botanical Garden was an unexpected oasis in the middle of the city, filled with quiet, hidden pockets with benches and tables. The garden is free to visitors and many people were enjoying Sunday morning coffee in the shaded gardens. The small gift shop offered local art, honey, jewelry, and garden-related gifts. And, just in time for pollinator week, were hundreds (maybe thousands) of Hairstreak butterflies.

Miami Beach Botanical Garden, Florida, June 2022

Miami Beach, Florida, June 2022

Art Deco

One of the biggest draws to Miami Beach is the prominence of Art Deco in the building design. Most of South Beach was rebuilt when the movement was popular, and they’ve continued to use the design for the lifeguard stands along the public beach. A small welcome center on Ocean Avenue offered us a summary the history of the architectural style. The Wolfsonian-FIU Museum is also located in South Beach, but their permanent collection of Art-Deco style furniture was off-exhibit due to construction. We did enjoy the Shameless exhibition by Dutch artist Bas van Beek, which will be on display through August 7, 2022. Most of the hotels had public restaurants on the first floor and were heavily promoting to tourists as they passed by. We enjoyed lunch on the patio of the Carlyle Hotel, popularly known as the exterior for The Birdcage film.

Ocean Drive in Miami Beach, Florida, June 2022

Wolfsonian-Florida International University, Miami Beach, Florida, June 2022
Miami Beach, Florida, June 2022

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