Amidst the traffic, tricky weather and constantly growing construction, our city can still be quite picturesque. On Instagram’s 10th birthday, we’re breaking down the top 10 most viral-worthy locations to set up a photo shoot around town. While we wait for many of the go-to spots like Faena’s Golden Mammoth to re-open, here are the ones that are open all year ’round and waiting for your shots–either by land, sea, or drone.
Did you know that in just a few short years, Wynwood has taken the crown for one of the world’s most photographed places? The easiest spot to snap those epic pics is, of course, inside Wynwood Walls. Just be sure to tag the artist!
Mural by Kenny Scharf courtesy of Goldman Properties
It doesn’t matter the angle or which causeway you get the shot from, our skyline is one of the most beautiful–particularly at sunset. One of the nation’s fastest growing skylines, a picture of it now will look significantly different every year.
Locals might love rolling their eyes at tourists who flock to Ocean Drive straight from the airport, but being the world’s largest collection of Art Deco architecture in a single place, we really can’t blame them. It really is lovely once you look past the colossal drink specials and booming mid-day music.
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While our city’s largest modern art museum might still be closed due to the pandemic, you can still get close enough to get that Instagram-worthy shot. Through Museum Park you can get beautiful pictures of the bay, the trademark steps, and of course of the award-winning architecture and living columns.
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We already mentioned our skyline, but Downtown is worth singling out for its congregated buildings that serve as a great backdrop for nighttime drone photography. Sneak in shots of the MacArthur Causeway at night, lit up in all its glory, or work in our metro mover for a true “big city” feel.
The wonderful thing about this historical landmark is that much of its beauty lays outdoors, making it an easy place to keep safe while getting gorgeous photos in. Transport yourself to the Mediterranean at Vizcaya’s villa and gardens, stage a Renaissance shoot, or just overlook the breezy Biscayne Bay.
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This one might be obvious, but South Florida has plenty of beaches to get that perfect shot. Yes, you can head to South Beach and use the colorful lifeguard towers as a charming backdrop, or avoid the crowds and head to any of Key Biscayne’s beaches for an unobstructed sand-palms-waves picture perfect for a postcard.
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This bayside hotel is easily one of Miami’s most brilliant gems, and the most magical thing about it is its ability to still feel low-key regardless of its international appeal. The Standard’s views of Biscayne Bay, it’s spacious pool deck, and hidden gardens are all great options for taking those pics–even the historical architecture upon arrival should not miss your consideration for a snapshot.
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Miami’s Latin influence is impossible to miss. Its beating heart lies deep within Little Havana along Calle Ocho’s most trafficked streets. Namely, where Ball & Chain, The Tower Theater, and Azucar form a photogenic trifecta of cultural tastes. Bonus points if you include live music or vintage cars in your shot.
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It’s easy to think that Miami is all about the sand and sea, but the truth is, our tropical greenery is even more prevalent. If driving around our verdant streets isn’t calling to you, head to Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden for a full, 83-acre oasis at your disposal.
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Shopping might not be top of mind for most of us right now, but Brickell City Centre’s modern lines are certainly worth a sniff out. Its aerodynamic waves and urban form blend seamlessly with the lush landscaping within its walls.
If you’re a fan of that funky architecture you saw all over Ocean Drive, the MiMo Historic District is definitely a next-up contender. Head up on Biscayne Boulevard for a passage through time and a dive into what Miami looked like during its golden era. Though beautiful during the day, the retro motels and angular buildings are even more characteristic at night.
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Coral Gables has much to offer for those camera trigger fingers, but its crown jewel would be The Biltmore Hotel. Both famous and infamous in many ways, it sits proudly as the historical neighborhood’s most well-known destination. Whether you head there to hit a bucket, sit down to a sumptuous meal, or spend the day in a poolside cabana, it’s hard to find a corner that isn’t Instagram-worthy.
We had to include this epic location, even though it might be the most difficult to access. Miami locals like this writer remember that getting inside the abandoned property was never too difficult growing up, but after years of adjustments, renovations, and art installations, it is well on its way to being restored to its former glory. The best way to get the shot: by boat, bro.
Photo by Diana Larrea and Steven Brooke Studios via Ocean Drive Magazine
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