With all the things that 2020 has given us, you’d think it would give us a break on the heat. Not even that could be taken care of, SIGH. But now that Miami is slowly re-opening, there are some ways to take advantage of the last not-so-scorching days before summer rears its ugly head in a month from now. We got 30 days to make up for lost time. While a lot of our go-to activities are off the table right now, here are some ways you can still take advantage of a Miami spring:
We’re not talking about the actual sand, that’s a little too soon in our eyes. The City of Miami Beach has actually closed two high-trafficked streets in order to allow restaurants to compensate for the 50% capacity decrease by using the streets as pedestrian walkways and outdoor dining. Enjoy a nice stroll or meal along Ocean Drive (5th ST – 15th ST) and Washington Ave. (7th ST – 16th ST). Here’s a list of businesses to support.
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Not all of us have the luxury of owning or knowing someone with a boat we can take advantage of, but if you pooled your resources together, we bet you could find someone with a paddleboard/SUP/Kayak etc. There are quite a few places you can launch from (i.e. Edgewater in the Grove or Coco Plum) or you can schedule some sessions with trust-worthy outdoor retailers like Miami Kiteboarding. More water sports spots here.
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Spring is a great time of year to start working on that green thumb. In fact, many tropical plants are happy to be taken care of during this season as things begin to warm up. Whether you’re looking to start small with herbs (Basil is so hot right now) or want to level up with flowers and citrus, now’s a good time as any to start. Head to the Redlands or pop into a nursery like Galloway Farm and get planting.
Everyone is hankering for their daily dose of outdoor exercise while being cooped up for so long but the heat is proving a problem once again. Great way to hit both those birds with one stone is to hop on some wheels and let the breeze of a good bike ride soothe your soul. Some places like Key Biscayne and Coral Gables might already be crowded with similar-minded riders, but secluded areas like Old Cutler, Coconut Grove and Little Havana are still up for grabs.
Okay, this one’s probably the most risky. But how can you celebrate spring without a refreshing drink to wash down the day’s activities? Bars may have re-opened to a smaller capacity, but there’s a general low-key welcoming vibe in the air around some of our favorite watering holes. Coconut Grove’s OG spots like Barracudas and Taurus are still slinging great beverages and you can hang in your isolation pod around the charming streets for a nice NOLA feel. If that’s too much for you, order from a favorite brewery or bar and have the drinks delivered to your door instead.
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Taking a drive down to Homestead and The Redlands might quench your thirst for seeing green and getting out of the house, but there’s nothing quite like being surrounded by nature. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden has re-opened to members by appointment only which makes it all the more magical since you feel like it’s just you and the garden. More info.
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