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Best (Beach) Escapes From South Beach, Miami

Everyone knows South Beach. Hollywood films, TV and MTV (not really TV) makes sure you don't forget it. Poor Fort Lauderdale used to get all the attention for Florida beach life until geriatrics became their number one industry. South Beach soon skyrocketed to fame and scandily clad socialites flocked like flamingos to its white sanded shores and neon lit nightclubs. So basically, you don't need another travel and entertainment company telling you about South Beach. You already know.

Instead, in true YAHglobal.Com fashion, we're here to report on the lesser known, but worthy of praise, beaches in Maimi that don't receive rants and raves from tabloids stalking celebrities for clips of suprising cellulite and bikini top slip ups, although we do realize that these visual headlines help you pass the time while stuck in line at your local Grocery store.

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Bill Baggs State Park

1200 Crandon Blvd,  Key Biscayne, Florida

 

Key Biscayne is one of the most beautiful areas near Miami with a definite laid back caribbean vibe that takes you away from the insanity (if a beach can in fact ever really feel "insane") that can be South Beach. A quick trip further south with put you into the loving arms of Key Biscayne. Head to it's southern tip to Bill Baggs State Park Beach where you will see a palm tree bookended path leading you right to the historic lighthouse over looking the prestine Atlantic. Take your prerequisite photos then head left over to the beach front and pick a spot along this magnificent shoreline. Bill Baggs feels secluded but has all of the amenities that puts unprepared beach goers at ease; concession stands, picnic tables and grills, beach rentals, lifeguards, restrooms/showers and rain shelter. This beach is also an excellent location for a variety of watersports, walking/hiking trails and fishing. Bill Baggs has plenty to brag about.

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Crandon Beach

4000 Crandon Blvd, Key Biscayne, Florida

 

Many Miami beaches differ in scenery from so many U.S. based beaches in that they have palm trees growing right out of the golden white sands, whereas most of us are accustomed to seeing this type of tropical growth along the grassy pathways of beach front property, servng more as background decoration. Hardly anywhere is this natural phenomenon so prominent than at Crandon Beach, also found in Key Biscayne. Not only do these sand protrusions serve as amazing postcard photos, they make for the perfect hide out spot when the hot southern sun takes its toll on your own sensitive "hyde". Crandon Beach has all of the amenities as our number one spot Bill Baggs beach. It feels a little more family oriented than Bill Baggs, so its subjectively up to you if that makes it into the plus or minus column, either moving Crandon Beach up to the number one position, or keeping it right here in a close second.

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Haulover Beach Park

10800 Collins Ave, Miami Beach

 

Haulover Beach, in particular the smaller northern end of this otherwise spacious stretch of sand, is considered to be one of the world's best nude beaches. But aside from the human biological attractions, Haulover has other natural attributes that make it one of the best alternatives to South Beach. Perfectly sculpted sand dunes create makeshift lounge "chairs" and offer seclusion for those weary of the public eye. The ocean here accommodates surfing on a good day and provides excellent conditions for swimming and snorkeling. Pedestrian tunnels connect to the park and marina along Biscayne Bay as well as a 9 hole golf course, tennis courts and a fun for all kite flying area/shop. All of the standard beach amenities are at your disposal at Haulover Beach.

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North Shore Beach

North Shore Open Space Park, Miami

 

North Shore beach feels very secluded, even romantic at times, especially at sunset. The green park and walking trails make it perfect for strolls, be it on your own in contemplative thought or over conversation with a loved one, and even as a place to stop and meet a stranger-soon-to-be-friend. North Shore beach also has a Vita (live) Course, a popular term to the region, refering to a pit stop recreation area along a beach pathway.

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Bal Harbour Beach

 

Although Bal Harbour is a trendy area, with its nearby luxury shops and resort hotels, the beach in itself stays quite secluded due to its lack of amenities. There are no lifeguards, no bathrooms, no showers and no concessions. Perfect. Palm lined jogging paths make cardio seem like a pleasant experience and a jetty marks one end of this mile long beach where fishing is permitted. Bal Harbour could easily skyrocket to the top of this list, depending on your tastes for beach escapes. Feel free to adjust and do with this itinerary as you please, it's written in the sand, not stone.


Best Places For Women To Drag Their Men For Punishment

 

Sorry to say, but this list is not about S&M. We're pretty much rated PG here at YAHglobal.Com, most of the time. Instead, this itemized list represents the places that women can drag their boyfriends, boys who are friends, or husbands when they have misbehaved. Now we don't intend to be sexist towards the guys in this here list. We do acknowledge the fact that there are those XY chromosones out there that can shop til they drop with the best of them. Plus, there is a growing trend that finds the Mani-Pedi no longer belonging to the fairer sex. However, for the most part the average male, the "man's man" or even the horribly monickered "Joe 6-Pack" (created by hopefully soon forgotten Vice Presidential Ex-Candidate) cringes at the thought of spending more than 3 hours at any retail venue that does not involve items that require multiple 3 pronged powerbar plug ins. Nor do they put their feet up for anything other than placing them on a sofa or makeshift ledge as chair of some sort.

This list is for the women that have to suffer through that lack of "support" day in and day out. So if he's been a bad boy, or its your birthday, or just a Tuesday and you've got torture on the mind, drag him along to these fine establishments. You never know, he might like it...especially the Mani-Pedi.

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Bal Barbour Shopping District

Bal Harbour, Miami

 

With an advertisement saying "For The Material Girl" on it, in regards to the shops in Bal Harbour, guys know whats "in store" for them. Nothing. Bal Harbour shopping is all about the ladies and proudly so. Sure there are a few options for the fellas, but thats most likely for legal reasons. Those few stores are akin to the decorative plastic bowl of fruit in a home decor retailer, its there only for show. Check out our listing under the "shopping" section for Bal Harbour to learn more.

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Village of Merrick Park

358 San Lorenzo Park, Suite 3000, Coral Gables, Florida

 

Yet another shopping haven/heaven in the Miami area, the Village of Merrick Park is a beautiful outdoor shopping center with lush gardens, serene fountains, and tropical flora abound, enough to lull anyone into a state of shopping euphoria with no regard for credit card limits. Ladies can take their time and toy with their boy toys by walking them through this maze of a mall and even mess with their heads by following this itinerary, if they've been especially bad;

 

1. Shock therapy - Start them off by browsing "Pea in the Pod" (maternity) or "Janie & Jack" and "Liapela Modern Baby" (children's apparel), especially if the thought of children has not been set anywhere near the table. "Wait, what is she trying to tell me???" they will think to themselves.

 

2. Light at the end of the tunnel, or not - Pretend to give them hope by taking them to La Perla, a ladies luxury undergarment boutique shop. They will perk up immediatetly with dizzy thoughts of the afterwards fashion show and fork over the credit cards with a quickness. However, when they see the bill from this extremely high end (and very high priced) lingerie store, they will faint for whole different reasons.

 

3. False hopes - Drag him along for refreshment to Nordstrom Bistro Cafe or Nordstrom ebar. "Finally, time to eat and drink" they think, but given the locations within one of the most popular department stores in the country, the bites will be of the "to go" variety as you browse within the walls of this large scale retail store. There is after all, no time to waste when on a shopping mission.

 

4. Pottery Barn - No explanation needed.

 

5. Bring the leash - No, this isnt some metaphorical shot at the guys who may or may not be coined as being "kept on a short leash". Village of Merrick Park is pet friendly, so that means the ladies can bring along their real best friends and let the guys hold onto, and pick up after, Fido while gals fill their own bags with other goodies. See photo on left.

 

5. Bayview Financial - Because he'll have to make another withdrawl.

 

6. Let him do the rest - Time for some down time, for the gals. Head over to Elemis Day Spa for a mani-pedi and give him a "pick up" list to complete. It should read something like this: Tiffany & Co., Victoria's Secret (sending him in alone is a perfect "punishment"), Gucci, Coach, etc.... You get the idea.

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Haulover Beach

North Haulover Beach (Nude Beach Area)

 

OK, so how does taking your guy to a nude beach punish him for anything? Well, this tactic is a little more underhanded and somewhat devious than the above. Bring him along to the north end of Haulover Beach, where nude sun bathing is commonplace, and make sure he "misplaces" his sunglasses ahead of time so that he can't scan the perimeter inconspicuously. For most guys, taking them to a visual buffet without being allowed to take a peak is pure torture. He'll spend hours trying not to look like he's looking at some of the "perkier" passerbyers, an exhausting practice to say the least. Now here's the catch; he WILL slip up for certain at some point. Make sure you are ready with a sharp eye, giving him the "penalty box" glare, even if you don't care at all. Then, guess what? He's back in trouble again, which means another bankable trip to one of the above two "Best Places Women Take Their Men For Punishment." Well played girlfriend, well played...


Coolest Architecture In Miami

Not only is Miami a naturally scenic phenomenon with its photographically stunning coastline and palm tree laden sandy shores, it is also home to some of the coolest architectural creations inspired by a combination of sources; caribbean, latin american, pop-art-deco, post modern contemporary mumbo jumbo, etc.... What this all means is that you the sightseer will be treated to a visual symphony at every corners turn, be it in the form of a hotel/resort, lifeguard tower, bridge or business district. For the casual observer, Miami's concrete, plastered and painted erections (Warning: there is a pun en route in the next sentence) are inspring. For those with a keen interest in architecture and engineering, the experience will be nothing short of orgasmic.

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7 Mile Bridge - Miami To Key West

 

The 7 Mile Bridge is one of the most famous landmarks, attractions, and architectural creations in all of Miami. It is also a necessity for anyone wanting to get to Key West without flight or boat options at their disposal.

 

The 7 Mile Bridge is the one you see in every movie or TV show based in Miami. The camera pans out when either introductory or closing credits appear on the screen or at some point in the film while our protagonist is chasing the antagonist along this freeway over the sea. At some point a vehicle will flip over the side and into the ocean and a high speed catamaran style boat will zip by under the water legs of this elongated roadway. Awesome.

 

The scenery along the drive from Miami to and from Key West is second to none in Florida, with the bright sun illuminating the coral reef, further accenting the turqoise tones of the ocean. Head next door to the old 7 Mile Bridge, an architectural achievement in it's own right that was damaged beyond repair during the Labor Day Hurricane of 1935, to walk out and enjoy this view without whipping by at 55 miles an hour on the current Keys connector that tops this list of the "Coolest Architecture In Miami".

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Colony Hotel

736 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach

 

The Colony Hotel makes for yet another one of those "I've seen this before but don't know where"  photographs and is a part of what makes Miami so visually legendary. Renovated to its art deco glory in 1939, Colony Hotel gives guests the luxury boutique experience, a nice departure from the big box resorts in the area, while keeping them grounded on the white sands of South Beach. We can't recommend a better place to see and stay to get the real deal Miami feel.

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14th Street Lifeguard Tower

14th Street (ocean front...obviously), South Beach, Miami

 

As made clear by the existence of this "Coolest Architecture In Miami" list, Miami is home to world famous structures, right down to the smallest detail. One of the said small details is the design applied to Miami (South Beach) lifeguard towers. Apparently the damaging impact of Hurricane Andrew of 1992 created a reimagining of these coast front hubs of public beach safety. A consistent theme here lends to the suspicion that the contractors, architects, engineers and interior designers of Miami have some sort of deal going with the variously named hurricanes of the Florida coast.

 

Nonetheless, since 1992, lifeguard towers along this admired 8 mile stretch of Miami sand are renowned for being the most creative in the country, even if its a simple pastel colored paint job that makes it so. Our personal favorite is the supposedly retired (although we did see activity within) 14th Street lifeguard tower. Eitherway, we can think of no better way to do a tour of architecture in the area to pick your favorite.

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Port Of Miami Bridge

 

The award winning designed Port of Miami Bridge is yet another passage way ranked as a top architectural wonder in Miami. This one takes the cake for it's lighting scheme that screams "Miami!". Visit the Port of Miami Bridge at night to witness 60 flood light fixtures and metal halide lamps, just under 200,000 and 1000 watts respectively, illuminate the bridge in purples and blues from all angles and enhance the Miami skyline. Roll down the windows, or take the top down, on your vehicle, select the "Miami Vice Soundtrack" playlist on your i-Pod (you know you have it downloaded somewhere) and feel the warm breeze against your skin. You are so cool, never forget it.

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Vizcaya Museum & Gardens

3251 South Miami Avenue, Miami

 

For a moment, forget the whole art deco movement so prominent in Miami and take a time machine to Italian Renaissance with the 1914 creation, the Vizcaya Museum & Gardens. This villa/museum boasts 34 rooms decorated with unique art spanning from 15th to 19th century inspirations while the gardens are lush and maze like making for quite the tour of the exterior. The Vizcaya is a pleasant break from the neon and pastel that makes up most of Miami.