Suzette has lived in Miami since she was 5 and embraces its constantly warm but often finicky weather (hello, random afternoon rain showers). But even given that, she prefers to be outdoors, exploring Miami one park and neighborhood at a time.
Where I live:
Miami Shores, a suburb 15 minutes away from downtown, Wynwood and Miami Beach. This tree-lined neighborhood on the shores of Biscayne Bay is often called “the Village Beautiful.”
Best way to get around the city:
Miami isn’t known for its public transportation. There are Uber and Lyft, but to get a more intimate feel of the city, search for bike sharing and rentals. Many of the surrounding cities, like Coral Gables and Miami Beach, offer buses or trolleys.
Don’t leave Miami without having:
A cafecito from a ventanita (walk-up window) at one of Miami’s Cuban coffee stops. Don’t forget a croqueta or a sweet cheese pastry.
But the local favorite is really:
Crandon Park, in the northern part of Key Biscayne. Cross mainland Miami on the Rickenbacker Causeway for spectacular water views before stopping at this urban park, full of bike trails, tennis, grills for a barbecue and perfect beach spots.
If I moved, I’d most miss:
The proximity to the Florida Keys. It takes about an hour to get to the northernmost key, and four to reach Key West, at the southernmost tip of the United States. But the drive alone, over marshes and crystal-clear water, is an escape.