South Florida & Bimini
The Sunshine State's landscape of splayed palms and expansive beaches is complemented by iconic superyachts, famous art events, world-class dining, and pulsing nightlife. The blend of majestic Miami style, millionaire mansions, the mysticism of the Everglades, and the eccentricity of Key West captivates all who visit. From South Florida to Bimini, there's a whole world awaiting discovery just beyond the shore.Download South Florida & Bimini Guide
PALM BEACH, FLORIDA
Stately mansions, luscious golf courses and upscale restaurants hosting throngs of pearl-laden ladies set the tone for the old-money culture that defines Palm Beach. The annual Palm Beach Food and Wine Festival has attracted young culinary talent to the once-sleepy island of Palm Beach and restaurants like Chef Clay Conley's Grato, Imoto and buccan; Chef Matthew Byrne's Kitchen, or Chef Lindsay Autry's The Regional Kitchen & Public House draw locals and foodies to their tables nightly. Check out the Bohemian-inspired scene of Northwood and peruse rare finds along Antique Row. Home to the annual Palm Beach International Boat Show, Palm Beach is a yachting mecca with a decidedly carefree atmosphere.
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA
The "Venice of America," Fort Lauderdale is a sophisticated city with a growing culinary and art scene. Crisscrossed by peaceful, winding waterways lined with stately waterfront homes, Fort Lauderdale lays claim as one of the yacht capitals of the world and caters to its yachting enthusiast population with high fashion, haute cuisine and glittering gala events. Tour the Venetian-like canals and sip a bellini at the waterfront Secret Garden at the exclusive Pillars hotel, or slurp oysters and champs at G&B Oyster Bar. Enjoy live entertainment after a day of deep sea fishing, relaxing at the beach, or shopping on Las Olas Boulevard.
The epicenter of art, culture and luxurious events, Miami is the place for shopping, dining and culture. Yachts line the Miami Beach Marina and you can rub shoulders with the elite on Ocean Drive. Peruse the shelves at The Webster for iconic swimwear and dazzling accessories. For dining with a flamboyant twist, Argentinian-inspired cuisine meets contemporary art style at Los Fuegos in the Faena Hotel. Art aficionados will love the trendy Wynwood district, where hip new restaurants, edgy graffiti murals and pop-up galleries keep this creative Art Deco city at the forefront of art and design.
KEY LARGO, FLORIDA
The largest of the Keys, Key Largo inspires divers from across the globe to explore the bright and bountiful seabed formations found just off its coast. Spend your days discovering the deep blue sea or sport fishing on the artificial reef, and don't leave without succumbing to the well-earned fuss of the sharp and creamy Key Lime pie. For high class dining and entertainment after drying off, head to the prestigious members-only Ocean Reef Club.
For deep-sea fishing against a stunning island backdrop, Islamorada juxtaposes the laid-back fishing lifestyle with gourmet dining and world-class resorts and spas. Perhaps intentionally, this unassuming area could easily be missed enroute to Key West. Comprised of six tiny islands bursting with quirky shops, eateries and everything necessary for a day on the water, Islamorada is the hidden gem of the Keys, where a salty day of fishing is capped with a cigar and cognac on the porch at Pierre's as the sun sets.
KEY WEST, FLORIDA
A haven for creative types, the eclectic and colorful city of Key West is site of the home where Ernest Hemingway penned novels amidst six-toed cats whose descendants continue to roam the property to this day. Spend the afternoon snorkeling or diving amidst the coral and crevices at Rock Key. Catch the sunset and street performers in Mallory Square before diving into the never-ending celebration that is Duval Street.
BIMINI, THE BAHAMAS
The "Gateway to the Bahamas," Bimini is best known as being the Bahamas' best fishing and diving grounds. Bimini is heaven sent for snorkelers, divers and fishermen, as well as those seeking the legendary Bimini Road, a spot claimed to be part of the Lost City of Atlantis. Hours fall off the horizon when you are grazing on citrus-spiced conch salad, kayaking across the blue, and swimming in gin-colored waters with wild Atlantic dolphins. Bimini has inspired many, including Ernest Hemingway, who spent much time chasing giant marlin, throwing back rums with the locals and enjoying a simpler life.