The Bride's Guide to Miami: Top Attractions and Activities

There’s so much more to this city than South Beach. Joshua Wagner, director of culture for The Miami Beach Edition hotel, gives us the inside scoop.

Bridal Guide: Why is Miami a fabulous destination for honeymooners, bachelors, and bachelorettes?
Joshua Wagner: Visitors can have a new adventure. Miami is a great place to get pampered and the food and beverage scene is excellent, not to mention the everlasting draw of sun, sand and spa. And there are so many neighborhoods to explore — the Design District, Brickell, Downtown — that have limitless options for entertainment, culture music, fashion, and art. The city is constantly evolving.

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Photo courtesy of Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau

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Photo courtesy of Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau

BG: Where’s the best party scene?
JW: For great dancing, live Cuban music and excellent mojitos go to the Ball & Chain in Calle Ocho in Little Havana. Downtown, E11 is a mega disco that’s open 24 hours, 365 days a year, and El Túcan in Brickell is a modern Copacabana experience with dinner and a show. For a more casual night away from the clubs, head to Mid-Beach. The Broken Shaker bar and its garden lounge in the Freehand Miami hostel is a hipster scene that often has live music, and there’s the basement at the Edition, which has a skating rink, bowling alley, dancing and great drinks. In South Beach, I recommend Sweet Liberty near the Bass Museum of Art for its excellent bespoke cocktail menu.

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Photo courtesy of Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau

BG: What are your recommendations for daytime?
JW: Watch the sunrise at the beach — just make sure you leave your valuables in your hotel room, or go for a run on the boardwalk. Head to South of Fifth, or SoFi, where the beach is a local favorite and there’s no scene, but it’s very cool. Take a walk around Wynwood and check out the amazing murals and street art, plus there are excellent restaurants and some small museums in the neighborhood, too. Or check out Crandon Park in Key Biscayne — it’s a huge park, with a beach that feels a world away. In the evening see what’s on stage at the Adrianne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.

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