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A Place Under the Palms - Your Guide to Miami

 

What to Do - Where to Stay - Where to Eat - What Events are Happening

 

Welcome to “A Place Under the Palms,” your ultimate Guide to Miami! I’m Roldan, a lifelong resident, and a commercial photographer for over 25 years. My work has taken me across Miami and South Florida, capturing everything from major events, to boardrooms, to concert stages, and to families.

All this has giving me a unique perspective on the best our city has to offer. I’ve been to so many beaches, hotels, attractions, and restaurants that sometimes I feel like I’ve seen everything. The amazing thing is that every week another hotel or restaurant opens. New attractions pop up as do new events. There is always something new to explore.

 

Matheson Hammock Atoll Pool - Coral Gables

This blog is my platform to share my discoveries and experiences with you. Whether you’re a local seeking new adventures or a visitor planning your dream vacation, “A Place Under the Palms” is your insider’s guide to everything Miami.

Planning a weekend escape? Looking for the best Cuban sandwiches, the trendiest rooftop bar, or a secluded beach spot only locals know about? You’ll find all that and more here. But this isn’t just a blog—it’s a community. I encourage you to share your own discoveries, tips, and experiences.

Drop me an email and let me know what you want to see more of. Together, we’ll explore the best of Miami. So, grab your sunscreen and flip-flops, and let’s see where the road takes us!

Your Ultimate Guide to Miami

Things to Do in Miami | Attractions you love and the places you didn't know were here 

 

Boating on the Miami River with the downtown skyline in the background
©Roldan Torres-Moure - Miami

When people hear "Miami", most think of the beaches or the Miami Dolphins. But there is so much more here. South Florida is home to a booming art scene, gilded age mansions, a Buddhist Temple, and the legendary Criteria recording studios.

There is an abandoned rocket test facility deep in the heart of the EvergladesWe have a Spanish Monastery built in the twelfth century, then dismantled and rebuilt here.

There is a monolithic limestone "Coral Castle" with stones weighing as much as 30 tons built by a secretive man working alone over many years.

You can catch a Miami Heat game, visit a Theravada Buddhism temple, or take about tour in Biscayne Bay on a speed boat. There really are so many amazing places to visit.  

Events & Festivals | South Florida's major international events

 

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©Roldan Torres-Moure - A Place Under the Palms

The selection of events in Miami is endless. You can sample a foodie's paradise at the Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival. Each year chefs and culinary artists bring their talents to star-studded events in South Beach.

Visit the Miami Book Fair International - the nation's largest book fair bringing hundreds of authors to Miami to discuss their works.

Art Basel brings together exhibitors from all over the globe. There are hundreds of galleries and artists, both established and emerging, showcasing their work to art lovers. 

The Wynwood Art District, with its world-famous murals and galleries, is a must see. There are gallery walks and open house events to enjoy regularly. 

Events of all types are happening year-round, from Carnival Miami to Miami Fashion Week to the Miami Ultra Music Festival. 

 

Places To Stay | South Florida's greatest hotels & resorts

Mid-Beach Hotels
Mid Beach Hotels - The Fontainebleau -- Courtesy of Greater Miami Conventions & Visitors Bureau

South Florida boasts some of the nation's finest hotels. Ever since Henry Flagler extended his railroad down to South Florida, there have been magical hotel experiences for tourists vacationing here or locals looking for a weekend getaway.

The Breakers in Palm Beach, the Four Seasons Hotel at the Surfside Club, the Fontainebleau in Miami Beach, the Biltmore in Coral Gables, the Acqualina Resort & Spa in Sunny Isles, the Boca Raton Hotel, the Mandarin Oriental in Miami are a few notable examples. There are also great boutique hotels that offer unique experiences on a smaller scale.  

 

Use A Place Under the Palms to Plan Your Day

Courtesy of the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau
Courtesy of the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau

Start Your Day Right . . .

Start the day with a bike ride or open-air Yoga class on South Beach. Enjoy a morning run along the shores under the palms or instead try some paddle boarding. Then its off to breakfast on a sunny sidewalk café overlooking the beauty of the Atlantic. This wraps up your perfect morning, but you are just getting started.

Grab the Sunscreen We're Heading to the Beach!

Which beach is perfect for today? Well, with so many beaches that depends on whether you are out for a swim, people watching, looking for a sandy, child-friendly beach, or reading under an umbrella with relaxing waves in the background. We will help you find that perfect stretch of beach.

Courtesy of Greater Miami Conventions & Visitors Bureau
Courtesy of Greater Miami Conventions & Visitors Bureau
©Picture Works Inc / Roldan Torres-Moure - Miami
©Picture Works Inc / Roldan Torres-Moure - Miami

An Afternoon Flying Through the Everglades . . .

Let's spend an afternoon exploring our "River of Grass". The Florida Everglades flow South from Lake Okeechobee into the Florida Bay. Fly across the the surface of the marsh on an airboat with the wind in your face. Spot the alligators, birds, or maybe some deer. In any direction there is nature stretching to the horizon. You'll forget that you are only 20 miles away from a booming urban landscape.

Dinner Overlooking Biscayne Bay or the Miami River tonight?

Time to find the perfect place for dinner. Meet your friends for dinner at a riverside yacht club. Take in the amazing views of downtown and watch the boats drift by. After dinner you'll head out to a club on South Beach to dance the night away!

Courtesy Greater Miami Conventions & Visitors Bureau
Courtesy Greater Miami Conventions & Visitors Bureau
Courtesy Greater Miami Conventions & Visitors Bureau
Courtesy Greater Miami Conventions & Visitors Bureau

A Place Under the Palms | Everything Miami