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Miami’s Best Instagrammable Spots That’ll Explode Your IG Feed

Miami is a beautiful city filled with beautiful people, and you can find somewhere new and interesting to capture with your camera every way you turn. Because the weather is warm year round, Miami has bloomed into a tropical paradise with no shortage of flowers, palm trees, and gorgeous design. The majority of Miami’s best Instagrammable spots listed here are located on South Beach, but South Florida is teeming with beauty every way you look.

 

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South Beach

First and foremost, South Beach itself is home to dozens of picturesque places you can snap for the ‘gram. You don’t even have to be that much of a morning person to wake up to catch the sun rising over the Atlantic—because Miami is relatively close to the equator, the sun rises around 6:30am at the earliest (during the summer solstice) and at a more reasonable 7:00ish for most of the rest of the year. This was one of my favorite times to be outside because the temperatures are still reasonable. In fact, the coldest time to be on the beach is right before sunrise, so you’ll see many locals exercising outdoors to beat the heat before going on with their day.

 

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Miami Beach Boardwalk

Another great place to walk, jog, bike, or rollerblade is along the Miami Beach Boardwalk, another one of Miami’s best Instagrammable spots. The boardwalk stretches from 23rd St. to 46th St., so it’s a little further north from the hustle and bustle of South Beach and takes you up into the quieter but ritzier Mid-Beach area.

 

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As you walk down the beach at any time of day, be sure to stop by Miami Beach’s colorfully painted lifeguard towers to snap a good shot or two. These towers are located approximately every block or so on the entire length of the beach. They also have a fascinating, uniquely Miami history—most of the original towers were destroyed by Hurricane Andrew back in 1992, so afterward, the city of Miami decided to restore them to become an icon for the city. Each tower is painted or designed by a local artist, architect, or musician, and they’re all unique.

 

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If you keep walking to the southernmost tip of South Beach and then turn around, you can snap a shot of the entire beach behind you. (Tip: this shot is particularly cool at sunrise or sunset if you can wake up that early). It’s also a great place to watch the cargo and cruise ships sailing in and out of the Port of Miami on the other side to get a sense of just how small you are in the scheme of things.

 

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Freehand Hotel

If you’re looking for one of Miami’s best Instagrammable spots to escape the heat and sand, head over to the Broken Shaker at the Freehand Hotel—one of America’s top-rated cocktail bars and a gorgeous, ‘grammable, tropical hipster paradise. (I’m not affiliated with the Freehand properties but it does happen to be one of my favorite hotel chains of all time because they’re just so adorable). Grab a gorgeous, one-of-a-kind cocktail and lounge by the pool all day and into the evening.

 

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Rooftop of the One Hotel

All of the Miami Beach hotel properties are gorgeous in their own way, but another one of Miami’s best Instagrammable spots is the rooftop of the One Hotel (open to the public after 6pm if you buy a drink), the Faena Hotel (same deal, and also home to some interesting sculptures and art pieces), the Dilido, and the W Hotel.

 

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Art Deco District

If the ritzy Miami Beach hotel lifestyle isn’t consistent with your IG style, it’s enough to just walk through the historic Art Deco District and snap some shots of the area’s unique architecture. The Art Deco District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is the largest concentration of Art Deco architecture in the world. The district is made up of 960 historic buildings within about one square mile. The iconic pastel-colored stucco buildings have been restored to their former glory thanks to the Miami Design Preservation League, and now they provide the perfect background for your Miami vacation shots.

 

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Wynwood & Miami Design Districts

Of course, there’s much more to Miami than just Miami Beach. You definitely can’t overlook the Wynwood Walls and the Miami Design District as a great place to find some unique street art, as well as some unique history. The Wynwood district was originally home to the third largest Garment Districts in the United States back in the 1920s, and has gone through several periods of decline and revitalization as the residents of the neighborhood changed, crime rates spiked, and the area suffered from urban blight. In the mid-2000s, the neighborhood began to transform into a haven for artists, culminating in the opening of the Wynwood Walls open-air art gallery in 2009 to coincide with Art Basel. It is now home to miles of street art, local breweries, and plenty to see and do.

 

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Perez Art Museum

If you love art and design, then the Perez Art Museum is definitely one of Miami’s best Instagrammable spots for you. The contemporary art gallery was designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architects Herzog and de Meuron, and visitors constantly move back and forth between indoor and outdoor spaces covered by a lush canopy.

 

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Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

If you’re looking to reconnect with nature without venturing too far out of the city, be sure to check out the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. The Vizcaya estate is the former home of James Deering, of the Deering McCormick International Harvester fortune, and is an example of gorgeous Italian Renaissance gardens and Mediterranean Revival architecture. The estate and gardens have found a spot on the National Register of Historic Places, and they appear in movies such as Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Haunts of the Very Rich, Iron Man 3, and others, as well as many popular music videos.

 

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This is by no means an exhaustive list of Miami’s best Instagrammable spots. It seems like there’s another one around every corner in this beautiful tropical paradise of a city.

Suggested next reading: Miami To Key West: The Ultimate Scenic Road Trip

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