MIAMI (July 2019) – As alluring a destination as ever, Greater Miami and the Beaches continues to evolve and enhance tourism infrastructure, investing millions in cruise lines, airlines, hotels, restaurants, nightclubs, family attractions and a new $620M reimagined Miami Beach Convention Center.
Here is an update on the latest news in Greater Miami and the Beaches:
Visitors and residents can enjoy a relaxing staycation in one of many alluring hotels in the destination. During Miami Hotel Months, June 1 through September 30, resorts throughout Greater Miami and the Beaches are offering special discounts on rooms, packages, amenities, and inclusions. These appealing offers include discounted stays, resort credits, complimentary meals and more.
Greater Miami and the Beaches is renowned for luxury spas that rank among the “Best Spas in America,” and are beloved by spa connoisseurs around the world. Miami Spa Months, starting July 1 until August 31, are comprised of the destination’s top luxury spas offering locals and visitors up to 50 percent off treatments. Indulge in the highest standards of pampering and relaxation and book rejuvenating special treatments for as low as $109.
The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) is ramping up for the 18th year of its beloved Miami Spice Restaurant Program. Since its inception in 2001, an estimated one million Miami Spice meals have been served. As the 2019 season approaches, all signs show a projected record-breaking year in terms of participating restaurants. The two-month long program – August 1 through September 30, 2019 – showcases Greater Miami and The Beaches’ diverse and ever-evolving culinary scene and celebrates the amazing restaurants and talents that make Miami & Beaches one of the nation’s most delicious destinations. The 2019 Miami Spice Restaurant Program sponsors are ABSOLUT ® JUICE Strawberry & Apple – brought to you by Planet Earth’s Favorite Vodka and Stella Artois. Visit www.MiamiTemptations.com for more information on all of the temptations programs.
A record number of 6,013,746 cruise passengers traveled through PortMiami in 2018 – more than any port in the world. Over twenty cruise brands offer itineraries to the Caribbean, South America and beyond.
New Ship Arrivals to PortMIAMI
[if !supportLists]· [endif]MSC Meraviglia, MSC, November 10, 2019
[if !supportLists]· [endif]Norwegian Encore, Norwegian Cruise Line, November 17, 2019
[if !supportLists]· [endif]Scarlet Lady, Virgin Voyages, April 1, 2020
Miami international Airport (MIA)
MIA welcomed 22.8 million passengers in 2018 (11.2 million international arrivals and 11.6 million domestic arrivals). MIA continues to attract new airline carriers as well as introduce new international routes through existing airline partners. MIA is home to more than 100 airlines, more than any other U.S. airport.
[if !supportLists]· [endif]Norwegian, voted Europe’s best low-cost carrier the past six years in a row by the SkyTrax World Airline Awards, began first-ever service at Miami International Airport on March 31, 2019. The launch gives travelers a daily nonstop option between MIA and London Gatwick Airport, aboard Norwegian’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft that seats 344 passengers in a two-class configuration.
[if !supportLists]· [endif]French airline Corsair will launch service at Miami International Airport on June 10, 2019, with four weekly flights to Paris Orly Airport, giving South Florida travelers another option to one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations.
New scheduled services in 2019/2020:
Europe:LOT Polish Airlines: Warsaw, Poland (June 1, 2019)Norwegian Airlines: London, England (Gatwick) (March 31, 2019)Corsair Fly: Paris, France (June 10, 2019)
Latin America/South America:American Airlines: Cordoba, Argentina (June 7, 2019) Emerging Markets:
Royal Air Maroc: Casablanca, Morocco (April 3, 2019)
COOL CUISINE AND NIGHT LIFE
This summer, Wynwood Kitchen & Bar is changing the way locals and tourists see the Wynwood Walls. WKB is now offering a Grab & Go bar on their patio, where guests can purchase beverages and food while they roam the works of renowned artists, including Shepard Fairey, Kobra, and Ron English. From 12:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, sightseers can purchase handheld bites like Tacos, Avocado Fries, Mango Fresco and Elote for $5 and under. Drink specials also include beer, wine, water and sodas for $12 and under. Elevate the Wynwood Walls experience with a guided walking tour, where you can learn about the 10-year history of Wynwood Walls, the ever-changing murals by some of the most legendary graffiti writers and street artists, and the evolving neighborhood. Private tours are also available daily for groups of all ages and sizes. For more information, visit WynwoodKitchenandBar.com
Without leaving Miami, whisk yourself away to the French Riviera and indulge in Bagatelle Miami Beach’s latest decadent menu. Paying homage to the French Mediterranean, Bagatelle’s new menu won’t disappoint – think truffle galore (Pizza à la Truffe Noire and Poulet Rôti Entier à la Truffe), a full crudo bar, French delicacies with a twist and more. Guests can also enjoy Bagatelle’s latest summer programming, the Bagatelle Bacchanal. Every Wednesday, Bagatelle does BYOB (Bring Your Own Bottle) the right way with a no-corkage fee, as well as half off their entire wine and champagne lists. For more information, visit BagatelleMiami.com
Inside the 18,000 square-foot space you’ll find 17 eateries and three bars at the new Time Out Market. Many of the restaurants are helmed by familiar faces in Miami’s culinary scene, including Jeremy Ford, winner of Top Chef season 13, Giorgio Rapicavoli, and Norman Van Aken. Time Out Market is ideal for those who can’t decide what to eat, as you’ll find a bit of everything under one roof! For more information, visit TimeOutMarket.com/Miami
The food hall craze doesn’t end with Time Out Market – Lincoln Eatery, the 9,600 square-foot space, features 16 artisan grab & go concepts. Headlining the group is an outpost of popular Thai eatery Cake Tai Kitchen and Gai-Jin by Cake by chef Phuket Thongsodchaveondee aka “Cake”. Local liquid nitrogen ice cream concept ChillN also has an outpost, along with coffee spot XO Espresso Bar and more. For more information, visit TheLincolnEatery.com
Hai Hospitality, the Austin, TX-based restaurant group, announced the location of its forthcoming Uchi in Miami, the company’s eighth restaurant. Owner and Executive Chef Tyson Cole’s Uchi will be located at 252 NW 25th Street in Wynwood 25, a new mixed-use development in the heart of Miami’s Wynwood Arts District. Uchi Miami will mark the first time the group has opened a restaurant in Florida and its second restaurant outside of Texas. The menu at Uchi, which translated from Japanese means “house”, will include hot and cool tastings, makimono, yakimono, tempura and, of course, sushi and sashimi. Most dishes are designed to be shared by the table. For more information, visit HaiHospitality.com
ATTRACTION ACTION AND SPECIAL EVENTS
The Secret World Inside You, a new special exhibition at the Philip and Patricia Frost Museum, will be on view from Saturday, May 25 through Sunday, September 8, 2019. Presented locally by Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, The Secret World Inside You, organized by the American Museum of Natural History in New York, uses larger-than-life models, computer interactives, videos, art installations and a live presentation to explore the rapidly evolving science that is revolutionizing how we view human health and understand the inner workings of our bodies. Discover the human microbiome – the vast community of bacteria, viruses, and other microbes that call our bodies home – in this new special exhibition at Frost Science. Although many of us think of microorganisms as “germs” that cause diseases, only a tiny percentage of them actually make people sick. This interactive exhibition takes visitors on a journey through the human body to explore the microbiome. Find out what these are, where they are found, how they interact within us and how incredible new discoveries are redefining notions of human health. For more information, visit FrostScience.org
Paraiso Miami Beach is officially taking over what was known as Miami Swim Week for over a decade. Bringing over 30+ runway shows and activations by top brands in swimwear and a consumer-driven pop-up double decker overlooking Miami Beach, Paraiso will have something for everyone! For the first time ever, Paraiso Miami Beach brings fashion to the streets of Miami, inviting consumers to a multi-day pop-up space, the Paraiso Bungalow, where attendees can shop collections, accessories, jewelry while meeting designers behind some of the industry’s most reputable brands, all under one roof. Paraiso Miami Beach channels the core values of innovation, originality and discovery through must-see events, imaginative activations, exclusive launches, runway presentations and collaborations in design, music, wellness, art and social media. For more information, visit ParaisoMiamiBeach.com
Miami Off Road, specialized in off-the-beaten-path tours of Miami in French, is excited to announce its exclusive tour of the Everglades for French speakers. After meeting their guide in Miami Beach, visitors will cross Magic City towards the Everglades, viewing landmarks such as Art Deco buildings or the Freedom Tower along the way. Once in the Everglades, they will embark on an amazing 1.5 hour eco tour. No caged animals, only the beauty of the famous Florida Everglades. The guide and pilot will take them to various islands and canals to get them as close as possible to birds, turtles, and plants, as well as the famous American Alligators! This unique tour in French is available year round, in small collective groups of up to 9 people ($149/adult, $129/children 6-12 years old, free under 6 years old, including airboat ride and transportation), or in a private tour (prices upon request). For more information, visit MiamiOffRoad.com
Once a staple in Miami Beach, Fritz’s Skate, Bike & Surf originally opened on Lincoln Road in 1989, selling and renting inline skates, before relocating from the promenade. In February 2019, Fritz’s was welcomed with open arms as it moved back to its original home on Lincoln Road. Fritz’s Skate, Bike & Surf has grown into South Beach’s hometown favorite store to rent bicycles, rollerblades, skateboards, longboards and scooters. For more information and rentals, visit FritzMiamiBeach.com
At the intersection of Euro pop and Miami’s Wynwood scene comes forth Lulu Laboratorium, one of the newest retailers to return to Lincoln Road. Lulu Lab brings together artists and designers who have a commitment to true self-expression. Meshing bold contemporary style with a youthful vigor the gallery takes on electro-eclectic elements for a fun fresh look that draws from fashion and art. For more information, visit LuluLaboratorium.com
The Dog Bar is an internationally-renowned destination that has recently reopened on the pet friendly Lincoln Road. For those who seek the ultimate lifestyle for their beloved pets, Dog Bar is a must, with services that include pet grooming, training, pet food consultations and more. For more information, visit DogBar.com
Founded in 1985 by artists and for artists, in a former industrial Art Deco-era bakery, Bakehouse Art Complex provides coveted studio residences, infrastructure, and community to enable the highest level of artistic creativity, development, and collaboration for the most promising talent. Currently, the Bakehouse is the largest studio complex in Miami and houses approximately 50 studios of varying sizes, two galleries, and shared artists’ facilities. Bakehouse is now positioned for its next stage of development, seeking to play a critical role in the collective efforts to build a strong and sustainable ecosystem in Miami in which artists and their art can thrive. A master plan is currently underway to determine the highest and best use of its impressive 2.5-acre campus to better serve the needs of Miami’s cultural community. For more information about current and upcoming exhibitions, artists-led classes and workshops, and community programs and events, please visit Bacfl.org
Make a splash! Daring drops, turns, and twisting spirals await when you make a splash at Tidal Cove! Conquer a gravity-defying raft ride, thrill to a freefall loop, meander along a lazy river, and make a new friend in the Kids Cove. Whether you’re relaxing beneath one of 25 breezy cabanas, enjoying a bite to eat at their two dining outlets, or experiencing the ride of your life, you’re sure to find it at Tidal Cove, located within JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa. For more information, visit TidalCoveMiami.com