Miami has it all. At least it has everything we want. And I might add more. Sure the job market is saturated right now in our indsutry, but it only matters if you are looking for work. Not if you have it.
But it really does have it all.
For use it can be broken into two categories.
Do you prefer nice scenery with few people or a place where you can people watch? Food/drink preferences or none needed?
In Coral Gables theres a bunch of nice small parks also that we like to frequent.
There's one on SW 40th St. and Kinda by University Drive.
It faces a big canal and I've even seen manatees there. The park is tricky to find because the street is weird, but trust me its there.
For people watching or reflecting not in nature, Books & Books (Coral Gables or Lincoln Road. I haven't been to the others), Starbucks at Mary Brickell Village, FIU if you can nab a rocking cabana table, Panther Coffee in Wynwood.
And take a moment and enjoy South Pointe Park. Bayside park is also pretty nice, well, up until you get bombarded by homeless people asking for money..
Then there is the view of downtown from the Children's Museum at night is wonderful.
FOr more scenic locations the AD Barnes North is like a sub park that is on SW 32 terr and 72 ave that is usually empty, faces a creek and is very quiet overall.
Skip the Beach Bonfire (A word of warning)
A lot of people that aren't from around here think that they can just start a fire. Anywhere. And the beach bonfire seems like a good idea.
Most places require expensive permits or fires are just simply not allowed.
And before you decide to risk it, I will say that there are zero un-patrolled beaches where you will get away with having a bonfire. Most of them are high risk and it varries from getting hassled, ticketed, or arrested.
If it's a small fire and you're not an asshole the police officer may just tell you to put it out, but you risk a lot depending on their mood.
A big fire?
You're gonna have a bad time.
There's a spot in Biscayne National Park that allows for fires along the bay, which is what we did when I was in high school. But you still always had to watch out for the cops.
Do you like good sushi? I love it, and thankfully Miami has some great places. My personal favorite is Katana on 71 st in Miami beach is good cheap sushi.
You sit around the sushi bar and sushi comes floating around on boats. You pick up whichever you'd like. Still, be warned, if you don't time it right expect a 30-45 min wait. If you fail to get in you just need to walk around the corner, there you will find an awesome little Thai place with fantastic sushi.