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With its bright sunshine, sparkling white-sand beaches, historic Art Deco District, and a snazzy international art scene, few destinations are as beautiful and photogenic as Miami, FL. The city’s famed South Beach remains high on the list if you want to see or mingle with the rich and famous. Stars from around the world are continually posting glamorous shots of Miami on their Instagram accounts.
You don’t have to be an international superstar to build a superstar Instagram account. Miami is loaded with photo ops where you can say “cheese” and post on Instagram for your friends and family members to see. From the beach and historic areas to off-the-beaten-path stops, here is a list of Instagram-worthy photo spots that can make you look like a star.
1. South Beach
Where better to get the ultimate Miami shot than on spectacular South Beach! From the amazing white sand to the aqua blue water, you’ll never look better than when surrounded by this masterpiece from Mother Nature. Or pose in front of the colorful and iconic lifeguard stands found up and down the beach.
Art Deco is one style that will never go out of style! Looking for that hip and trendy shot...Miami’s famed Art Deco district features over 800 historic structures built between 1923 and 1943. These colorful buildings reflect a unique and interesting flavor of the times and the intricate structural features make for an ideal focal point. For starters, check out the Essex House Hotel, Senor Frogs, the Colony Theatre, The Breakwater and The McAlpin.
Photo By: Jason Eppink
The Miami Design District is the place to go for home goods and home decor. And for the perfect instagram post. Built in 1921, The historic Moore Building was originally a furniture showroom. Now the 4-story space is home to special events. The centerpiece is the central atrium featuring the “Elastica,” a creation of the late architect Zaha Hadid, which stretches from floor to floor across the atrium’s elegant white railings.
Fancy designer goods and fancy instagram posts. Miami’s red hot Design District features every designer label imaginable. The district is filled with stylish buildings, one of the most stylish being the Fendi Colonnade. In addition to its many boutiques, The Fendi also offers a stunning colonnade. The walkway tunnel, which leads to the “Myth Fortuna Sculpture” inspired by the image of supermodel Kate Moss, is orange by day and purple by night.
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Located in the Miami Design District, and inspired by the eye of a fly, the dome was originally designed by architect Buckminster Fuller as an affordable and portable home of the future. The windows and openings were designed to hold solar panels and water collection systems. Three prototypes (12’, 24’ and 50’) were initially hand-built by Fuller prior to his death in 1983. This new version of the Fly’s Eye Dome stands 24-feet tall and was built in 2014, under the guidance of the Fuller Institute. Pro tip: for your best shot, stand in Palm Court facing the Sou Fujimoto building facade.
Since opening in 1954, the Fontainebleau has maintained an iconic status as a playground for the rich and famous. In fact, the huge, 20-acre oceanfront resort property once hosted the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra and even Elvis. Today, the upscale stars still come around and post their own photos highlighting the Fontainebleau style. You’ll want to pose near the resort’s famous “staircase to nowhere” - a grand staircase in the Chateau lobby that only led to a small coat room. Or get other amazing shots of the resort’s curved facade created by original architect Morris Lapidus or the iconic bowtie-shaped swimming pool.
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Located in the middle of one of Miami’s hottest neighborhoods - Wynwood - you’ll find an astounding and colorful collection of street art. This outdoor museum plays host to a rotating collection of large scale artwork. Explore the creations at this urban graffiti art museum featuring more than 35 original murals and sculptures created by world-renowned artists.
Originally created for the Design Miami fair in 2016, “Flotsam & Jetsam” is an award-winning art piece that now resides in the Design District’s Jungle Plaza. The artwork is one of the world’s largest 3-D printed objects and is made from biodegradable bamboo. Flotsam and jetsam refer to types of ocean debris, and these special pavilions feature patterns similar to jellyfish and diatoms. The photogenic structures are further accented by a colorful wall mural of tropical flora and fauna, making for a truly epic photo op.
Photo By: Paul Sableman
Yet another photo op in the Design District, Netscape also gives you a chance to rest your weary feet! This amazing design features a colorful canopy of intertwining vines that offer bright and beautiful blooming flowers. Underneath the canopy is a web of 24 hanging chairs suspended to form a series of hammock style swings. So sit back, relax, and get that truly amazing picture.
Photo By: Rob Olivera
10. Museum Garage
If you’re going to park in Miami’s Design District, why not park in the most colorful garage around - The Museum Garage. The amazing 7-story retail and parking structure features five astoundingly different and diverse facades created by five different international designers and architects, plus a painted mural. The design concepts range from metallic cars in a vertical traffic jam and a large-scale ant colony to a cartoon style mural combining anime and Baroque paintings.
Photo By: Edgar Zuniga
11. Big Pink
Since you’re working so hard to create the perfect Miami instagram, chances are you’re also working up a big appetite. At Big Pink, you can enjoy the best of both worlds - a great shot and a great meal. Located in the heart of South Beach on bustling Collins Ave, Big Pink features a beautiful pink facade and even a pink Volkswagen Beetle outside. Start your day with a breakfast omelette. Or choose anything from a huge menu that includes burgers, steak, fresh salmon and more.
12. The Biltmore
Few buildings in Miami are more recognizable and iconic than the stunning Biltmore Hotel. The only hotel in town designated as a National Historic Landmark, the Biltmore in beautiful Coral Gables is a haven for wedding photo shoots. Opened in 1926, the 271-room resort features stunning Mediterranean architecture with Italian and Spanish influences. From the statues around the swimming pool to the tropical landscaping to the spectacular tower, you’ll find a never-ending array of amazing photo ops at the Biltmore.
Located a mile south of Cape Florida in Biscayne Bay, you’ll find an odd site - a series of pastel-colored, wood-framed houses on stilts in the shallow waters. The houses stand on wood or concrete pilings in an area called Stiltsville. The first stilt shack was built back in 1933 by “Crawfish Eddie Walker.” Eventually 27 houses were built, though today only six remain - most destroyed by hurricanes. No one lives in the houses, but the owners (caretakers) can continue to improve and fix them.
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