Then: Quiet and quaint, the Coral Gables has always been more of a residential area with huge mansions (much like Tony’s, even though that one’s actually in Santa Barbara, California) and tree-lined streets. Inspired by the Mediterranean architecture style, the “City Beautiful” is steeped in a rich history with historic landmarks like the Biltmore Hotel and historic places like Coral Gables Merrick House, Venetian Pool and Coral Gables City Hall.
Now: In the past three decades, the city has experienced much growth thanks in part to international folks and businesses such as Baccardi taking up shop in the area creating a booming business district. The downtown Miracle Mile has some of the best fine dining around Miami and at the new Merrick Place outdoor mall you’ll find the likes of Burberry, Gucci and Thorneau.
Eat/See/Do: Azucar Cuban Restaurant/Biltmore Hotel/Miracle Mile