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Issue 11: Miami

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  • The state park's lovely lighthouse is the oldest standing structure in Miami-Dade County. Photograph by Claudia Uribe.
    The state park's lovely lighthouse is the oldest standing structure in Miami-Dade County. Photograph by Claudia Uribe.

    Issue 11: Miami

    Don’t believe in heaven? Cape Florida State Park might change your mind. A long, white sand shoreline dotted with swaying palms, a historic lighthouse, and an array of appealing waterside restaurants make the park an ideal fun-in-the-sun day trip and a picture perfect slice of South Florida.

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    Curl up in style in a chic white cabana. Photographs by Claudia Uribe.
     
     
    Whole free-range chickens are slow-roasted on the rotisserie daily.
     
    Bamboo details.
    • A riotous portrait of Basquiat by Brazilian artist Eduardo Kobra. Photograph by Claudia Uribe.
      A riotous portrait of Basquiat by Brazilian artist Eduardo Kobra. Photograph by Claudia Uribe.
    • A mysterious trio of women is the star of this installation by Miss Van. Photograph by Claudia Uribe.
      A mysterious trio of women is the star of this installation by Miss Van. Photograph by Claudia Uribe.
    • Mural by Greek painter Stelios Faitakis. Photograph by Claudia Uribe.
      Mural by Greek painter Stelios Faitakis. Photograph by Claudia Uribe.
    • The Wynwood building packs a graphic punch. Photograph by Claudia Uribe.
      The Wynwood building packs a graphic punch. Photograph by Claudia Uribe.
    • Wild murals adorn every wall. Photograph by Claudia Uribe.
      Wild murals adorn every wall. Photograph by Claudia Uribe.

      Issue 11: Miami

      This low-key 2 hour guided tour, held on alternate Saturdays, leads walkers through street art installations and small galleries that dot the vibrant and up and coming Wynwood Arts District, a former industrial neighborhood that’s recently been reborn as a creative hub. Full of hip restaurants, coffeehouses, bars, galleries–and literally a mile of buildings covered top to bottom in cutting-edge murals–it’s a must-stop for graffiti buffs or anyone with a passion for the arts.

    • A visitor admires a colossal yet delicate piece called "Boat" by Chinese artist Zhu Jinshi. Photograph by Claudia Uribe.
    • The pristine grounds are home to thousands and thousands of species of tropical and sub-tropical plants. Photograph by Claudia Uribe.
      The pristine grounds are home to thousands and thousands of species of tropical and sub-tropical plants. Photograph by Claudia Uribe.

      Issue 11: Miami

      Named for David Fairchild, the Jazz-age globetrotter who was one of America’s great plant “explorers,” this lush 83 acre park is a treasure trove of rare and exotic plants like cycads, cacti,  palmettos, and orchids, not to mention more than 100 species of birds. The short tram tour is fun–but if you’re more the DIY-type, a relaxing meander among the giant bromeliads and baobabs is also a horizon-expanding escape.

      • Hop in an airboat to explore the mysterious "river of grass." Photograph by Claudia Uribe.
        Hop in an airboat to explore the mysterious "river of grass." Photograph by Claudia Uribe.
      • 10-ft long alligators are common in the Everglades. Photograph by Claudia Uribe.
        10-ft long alligators are common in the Everglades. Photograph by Claudia Uribe.
      • An airboat glides gracefully over the water. Photograph by Claudia Uribe.
        An airboat glides gracefully over the water. Photograph by Claudia Uribe.
      • Today more than 300 species of birds make the warm, shallow waters of the Everglades their home. Photograph by Claudia Uribe.
        Today more than 300 species of birds make the warm, shallow waters of the Everglades their home. Photograph by Claudia Uribe.
      • Sunsets over the sawgrass are colorful and dramatic. Photograph by Claudia Uribe.
        Sunsets over the sawgrass are colorful and dramatic. Photograph by Claudia Uribe.

        Issue 11: Miami

        Miami is known for its party scene–but leave the city glitz behind for an afternoon in the Everglades, and you’ll discover its other wild side. For the best introduction to this unique ecosystem–home to hundred of species of exotic birds, alligators, eagles, and even panthers–put yourself in the knowledgeable hands of the hosts at River of Grass Adventures, a family-owned airboat outfitter that offers afternoon and sunset excursions through miles of the area’s secluded canals and riverways.