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#SunshineSpotlight: Coral Gables/Miami Travel Guide

#SunshineSpotlight: Coral Gables/Miami Travel Guide

Headquartered in in Florida, Cabana Life is shining a light on the areas you live in & love all across the Sunshine State that inspired our 2023 prints! From locals-only finds to popular spots, check out our insider’s guide to these iconic destinations from fellow Cabana customers & our crew.

We’re in Coral Gables, FL for our next sunshine-filled adventure. From studios & beaches to elite properties, many of our photoshoots have taken place across beautiful Miami. Nicknamed “City Beautiful” for its lush green avenues and playful architecture, Coral Gables is the inspiration behind our new coral print. The tile patterns of this print collection were influenced by the Mediterranean Revival style homes. 

Here’s our guide for what to do, where to stay and what restaurants for your next trip to the Miami area. 

What To Do

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

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When the sun is shinning in south Florida, head to the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden! This 83-acre botanic garden holds an extensive collection of rare tropical plants. Learn all about the flora & fauna of Coral Gables on your own walking tour or book any of their guided tours

Want more outdoor fun? See the Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park Matheson Hammock Park

Coral Gables Merrick House

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Step back in time to the Roaring Twenties & visit the Coral Gables Merrick House, a landmark on the National Register of Historic Places. View 14 rooms on your docent-guided tour. Stroll the 1.3-acre grounds to see the historic grotto filled with 10 species of fish, the Heritage Garden & the lily pond. The expansive wraparound porch is set amongst the flora creating a beautiful backdrop for photographs. 

Coral Gables Art Cinema

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See classic films or explore new indie movies at the Coral Gables Art Cinema

Coral Gables Art Museum 
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Explore exhibits at the Coral Gables Museum to learn more about art, history & science. With workshops for both kids & adults, it’s perfect to entertain the whole family!

7 Merrick Villages in Coral Gables
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Real estate developer George Merrick is the man behind Coral Gables! He created & built 7 unique “villages” with his Spanish and Mediterranean style scattered throughout the city. Take yourself on a tour of the town by walking or biking through the villages to admire the beautiful architecture & history. 

Where To Stay

The Biltmore Miami Coral Gables

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With rich history, gorgeous architecture & tons of amenities The Biltmore Miami Coral Gables is THE place to stay. Originally opened in 1926 this hotel has hosted everyone from celebrities to politicians, to Royalty! It was also made a national historic landmark in 1986. Spend your days swimming in the 23,000 square foot pool, golfing on the USGA specified greens or dining at one (or several) of their many on site restaurants! And did we mention they also have an 12,000-square-foot spa?

Hotel Colonnade Coral Gables

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If you want to stay right in the city center, the Hotel Colonnade Coral Gables is perfect for you! Newly-redesigned, this luxury hotel flaunts an ideal location along Miracle Mile. It’s near the area's most popular destinations including University of Miami, Watsco Center, Marlins Park as well as Little Havana.

Where To Eat (& Drink!)

Breakfast at Threefold Cafe

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Start your day with breakfast at Threefold Cafe! Order a latte & take a bite of their amazing apple crumble french toast – you won’t regret it. 

Banana Berry Miami

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And if you’re craving acai bowls & fresh juices go to Banana Berry Miami! They also have burritos & bowls for lunch. 

Peacock Garden Resto Bar & Grill

Cabana Life crewmember, Elisa, highly reccommends Peacock Garden Resto Bar & Grill for dinner! “It’s my favorite spot for al fresco dining. Surrounded by flourishing plants & flowers, the lush setting makes you feel like you’re in a tropical secret garden.”

Dog at Peacocks Gardens

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“Plus, this pet-friendly spot even has a menu for dogs including wagyu beef tartare & puppyccinos for desert! I recommend the seafood risotto & hibiscus martini for humans.” 

People eating at Luca Osteria

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Owned & run by award winning chef Giorgio Rapicavoli, Luca Osteria is the perfect place for timeless Italian dishes with a refreshing twist. Their Pasta al Tartufo is beyond creamy & dreamy! With a motto like good pasta, good people, you simply can’t go wrong. 

Bulla Gastrobar

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For tapas & late night drinks with friends, Bulla Gastrobar is the place to be! Their Spanish inspired dishes & classic cocktails will make it a night to remember. 

Coral Gables is the perfect escape when you need a sunny getaway. Thinking of heading to Miami for your next vacation? We’ll help you pack! Every piece we design is made to keep you sun safe & stylish! Check out our Coral Gables Collection & learn more about this bright beautiful print. Plus, shop new arrivals now for easy to pack & wrinkle-resistant styles. 

Want a sip of Coral Gables sunshine from home? Try this cocktail for your Valentine’s Day festivities and beyond. 

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