With its sunny, palm-tree-lined beaches and beautiful resorts, Miami makes for an ideal vacation spot. Adding to its getaway appeal is the city’s thriving cultural scene, including plenty of live music, top-notch restaurants, scores of art galleries in the Design District, and the popular Art Basel festival. The important event, which presents works from leading artists and emerging talent, runs from December 1-4, but even if you don’t have tickets, with our latest City Guide you can still explore Miami like a VIP. In this installation of BNY City Guide, we’ve tapped designers, curators, artists, and local insiders to share the city’s best hotspots.

Looking for a fun night on the town or the ultimate poolside relaxation? Our new Miami section showcases the best hotels, spas, bars, and more. You’ll find Miansai founder and Miami resident, Michael Saiger, frequenting the pool at Soho Beach House and designer Tomas Maier taking in the historic architecture at Vizcaya. Discover where to grab a bite to eat as recommended by restauranteur Anastasia Koutsioukis, or note the must-see exhibitions loved by expert curators Ellen Salpeter and Franklin Sirmans of the ICA and Pérez Art Museum Miami respectively. Famed photographer, Gray Malin, of the best selling book Beaches, definitely knows the city’s best views and many stunning destinations are included.

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As always, you can dress accordingly for your Art Basel itinerary or Miami stay with colorful “What To Wear” picks by our Fashion Office. There are plenty of neighborhoods to explore, especially if you are an art/design lover, and with our latest City Guide you’ll feel like a local when booking your next trip.