What to Do
Coconut Grove's Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
Although the travel from Miami Beach to Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is only around 30 minutes, give or take, you'll feel worlds away. The property was previously owned by James Deering, a guy who took antiques as seriously as he did establishing his successful businesses. The enormous waterfront home (finished in 1923) appears to be a mash-up of Mediterranean Revival and Italianate Villa components from the outside. It is brimming with imported European art and decorative arts from the Renaissance through the Rococo periods and beyond. Then there are the gardens, which are a synthesis of the best ideas from Italy and France. Outside on the bay, the pièce de résistance is a carved limestone barge resembling a sunken ship. Everything is gloriously extravagant and opulent—what could be more Miami?
Miami's Pérez Art Museum
The Pérez Art Museum Miami (or PAMM) is located steps from the glistening Intercoastal. The expansive area, which features over 2,000 works by artists such as Olafur Eliasson and Frank Stella, attracts both connoisseurs and art novices.
Collection de la Cruz, Design District
If you're looking for a more intimate experience than what PAMM has to offer, visit de la Cruz Collection. Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz's erstwhile private collection allows the cultured visitor to examine pieces by Salvadore Dali, Alex Katz, Félix González-Torres, and Rashid Johnson, among other contemporary masters.
Miami Beach's The Webster
While The Webster currently has locations throughout the United States, its 20,000 square foot flagship is located on Collins Avenue in a magnificent turquoise and pink Art Deco edifice. It is a must-see for every luxury enthusiast or architecture enthusiast.
Miami Beach's Tierra Santa Healing House
Tierra Santa Healing House is amazing at The Faena, and Tammy Fender's holistic spa in West Palm Beach is well worth the travel from Miami. It is her sole independent studio.
Miami Design District Public Art
Miami's Design District, in my opinion, features the country's top public art pieces. To name a few, there's GT2P's "Conscious Actions" (basically a teal swing set), Virgil Abloh's "Dollar a Gallon," and Daniel Toole's "Jade Alley." Here is the official list—take an afternoon, get an iced coffee, and stroll over to Paseo Ponti.