Our social media feeds may be filled with tips on staying sane amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, but no form of self-care really beats getting outdoors. Social distancing doesn’t have to look like a singular fight for motivation, isolating yourself inside and taking back all those times you wished you could work from home. Instead, it can mean an opportunity for rejuvenation, a search for inspiration or a chance to simply take a breath. Even with the spiral of closures and cancellations, there’s one thing we can rely on day-in and day-out. It brings a since of normalcy and serenity, while reminding us to take solace in the beauty of our magnificent city. The sunset. Below, find some sweet escapes. Just remember to maintain your six foot distance.

Fate Bridge on Lake Osceola, University of Miami

With students sent home for the remainder of the semester, the University of Miami campus has never been so still. Take advantage of the quiet and find a spot to soak in the sunset along Lake Osceola. The curved grassy hills are an ideal spot for a solo picnic. Or, watch from the Fate Bridge for optimal sunset-viewing results: cotton candy skies, reflection on the water and the feeling of a subtle breeze from up above the water.


Hobie Island Beach Park

Beaches may be closing at 5 p.m. to prevent spread of the virus, but this little pitstop on the way to Key Biscayne remains a great place to catch the sunset against a water-meets-city backdrop. Right off the Rickenbacker Causeway, this is a surprisingly tranquil spot that usually doesn’t get crowded even on the best Miami day. Not to mention, the drive over to Hobie Island might just make this destination worth it before the sun even sets.

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Museum Garage

Local Miamians know that this isn’t your typical parking garage, but not just for the whimsical art that adorns it. This Design District gem comes highly recommended as one of the absolute best spots to catch the sunset in Miami. It stands seven stories tall, offering a sweeping view of the city, and the playful colors splashed across the roof compliment the ones you’ll find painted across the Miami sky at sunset. What’s more, here you can really enjoy the sunset from your car if you’re especially serious about social distancing.

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David T. Kennedy Park

Overlooking the Biscayne Bay, David T. Kennedy Park is the perfect place to catch the sunset, especially if you’ve got a furry friend tagging along. The park’s wide-open spaces making social distancing a breeze. Part of the park is gated, so you can let your dog run loose and expend all of their pent-up energy. Picnic tables and benches provide great places to either rest or exercise. Finally, the dock along the water is simply an idyllic way to wrap up your day and remind yourself of all that’s left to be grateful for despite all of the surrounding chaos.


Cover photo by Christian Santiago.