Where to stay:
The Setai, 2001 Collins Avenue, South Beach, Miami
Where to shop:
Much like the city itself, shopping in South Beach is a diverse experience. Whether you’re looking to find that perfect cocktail party dress at Armani, or channeling bohemian chic a la Sienna, the "Fifth Avenue of the South" (as it is continually referred to as), has a mix of everything sure to please even the most discerning fashion maven.
For all things designer, head to the shops at Bal Harbour (9700 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL.) An immaculately landscaped open-aired mall, this area is home to some of the world’s best-known labels: Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Prada all have boutiques located here. After an afternoon of flashing your Platinum, head to the oft-celebrity visited Jose Eber salon for some post-shopping pampering.
The Village of Merrick Park (358 Avenue San Lorenzo Coral Gables, Florida), mere minutes away from South Beach, is the latest development in the city of Coral Gables. Catering to a clientele who appreciates couture over vintage (the city is one of the nation’s most affluent communities with a greater percentage of millionaire households under the age of 35 than any other community in the U.S.), the best of the best is offered here from Hugo Boss to Burberry and Sonia Rykeil. Sip champagne and people watch at the 5-star Palm Restaurant or take a stroll to Via Quadronno for more relaxed fare.
Where to eat:
For fine dining, look at no other than 510 Ocean (510 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach, FL.) Located in the heart of the entertainment district, this chic abode to American cuisine is a great place to enjoy a sumptuous meal whilst lounging in their garden patio. Mouth-watering appetizers include gazpacho ceviche with fresh-from-the-sea lobster, shrimp and calamari or the beef tenderloin skewers with gorgonzola crust. Follow with either their blackened Mahi Mahi or grilled lamb t-bones for a truly gastronomic experience.
After a night of dancing, head to the 11th Street Diner (1065 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, FL.) Open 24-hours this authentic diner replete with neon, chrome and plastic booths is a haven for comfort food lovers looking to indulge in some good old-fashioned home cooked cuisine. Boasting a menu of everything under $10, feast on their traditional steak and eggs breakfast combo with fresh farm eggs grits and Canadian bacon or opt for the Southern fried chicken and french fries.
What to drive:
Forget the bling, the Honda CBR125R is your next must-have accessory. Rip around the city in style with this sexy bike specifically designed for female riders in mind (it is a lighter model than other Honda bikes). Best part? You have 3 colour options (red, black or white) so you can coordinate with your outfit!
If riding the open road is new to you, then you have to check out Honda’s program for beginner motorcyclists. Learn about classes, how to get your license and more at www.honda.ca/go
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