The DEPARTURES Guide to Miami

Courtesy of Acqualina Resort and Spa

Where to stay, what to eat, and what to do in Miami.

We've pulled together the ultimate travel guide for the buzzing beach destination, featuring favorite stories from the archives as well as curated lists of the best restaurants, hotels, bars, galleries, spas, and more. 

Where to Stay

A Guide to Hotels in Miami
Old, new, grand, boutique—there are plenty of options for where to spend the night in Miami, each more luxe than the last. See the slideshow »

Miami's Top Spas
Pamper yourself with unique treatments and standout design at exceptional hotel spas. See the slideshow »

What to Eat & Drink

The Very Best Restaurants
From clever takes on the classic brunch experience to swanky waterfront venues, the top tables to book now. See the slideshow »

Top Bars and Lounges
Miami's nightlife scene is more nuanced than just dance clubs with bright lights and blaring music.  See the slideshow »

Meet Miami's Culinary Moguls
Get a glimpse of the restaurants and bars run by the city's most buzz-worthy chefs and restaurateurs. See the article »

A Celebrity Chef Takeover
Luxury hotels are teaming up with boldface names to deliver Miami's top spots for dining. See the article »

Alfresco Dining With a View
The very best open-air lunch spots for sunshine, yacht-watching, and dolphin spotting. See the article »

An Italian Invasion
Sophisticated and decadent, a new cache of restaurants are changing Miami's definition of Italian cuisine. See the article »

The Best Steakhouses in Miami
In a city famous for its steakhouses, four stand out. See the article »

The Best of Brunch
Full Japanese breakfast buffets, live jazz, and haute takes on classic brunch items are worth waking up for. See the article »

Art & Culture

Top Galleries and Museums
In Miami's flourishing arts scene, private institutions, museums, and galleries are as much a draw as the city’s beaches. See the slideshow »

A Brief History of Miami's Private Art Collections
Examining the roots of Miami's cultural renaissance. See the article »

A Stadium Saved by Graffiti
A once-legendary waterfront venue laid abandoned for decades until street art made it relevant again. See the article »

Live from Calle Ocho
Is Little Havana’s Hoy Como Ayer the city’s last great Latin Music club? See the article »

Is Lincoln Road Losing Its Edge?
A former only-in-Miami gem of a neighborhood is becoming a bland, every-city marketplace. See the article »

Things to Do

Where to Shop in Miami
From limited-edition designer threads on Collins Avenue to expertly rolled cigars in Wynwood, the places to shop for very Miami collectibles. See the slideshow »

Miami: A Local's Guide
City denizens like Gloria Estefan, Dwyane Wade, and José Andrés share their favorite places to eat, drink, shop, and pass the time in this dynamic town. See the article »

Miami Nightlife, As Told By Buzz Bissinger
The acclaimed journalist and Friday Night Lights–writer experiences bottle service at club E11even and survives to tell the tale. See the article »

A Tale of Two Shopping Hubs
The up-and-coming Design District battles Miami’s longstanding fashion institution Bal Harbour Shops for dominance over the city’s luxury high-fashion market. See the article »

How to Explore The Everglades Right
This 2,400-square-mile national park, where gators and panthers freely roam, is well worth leaving the city for—if you can plan it correctly. See the slideshow »

Miami, With Kids
A family-friendly guide to having fun in Miami. See the article »

Where to Golf in Miami
The Trump National Doral has everything a savvy golfer wants and needs. See the article »

Photo Credits: Courtesy Sunset Lounge; Moris Moreno / Courtesy NiBa