5 awesome views of downtown in Miami

1) Rusty Pelican

Soaring sea birds. Boats whose sails fly just as high. And an encapsulated view of downtown Miami. That’s what you see when you perch at Rusty Pelican, which underwent a 7 million-dollar renovation in 2011 and later unveiled a wine menu featuring more than 300 bottles. Sip, stare and sink into bliss.

view over the water from The Rusty Pelican

3201 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne

+1 305 361 3818


2) Sugar

This rooftop lounge and garden puts the ‘scene’ in scenic. Crowning the 40th floor, it features 360-degree views of the downtown region and the water – although you’ll have to tear yourself away from the lush landscaping and Asian tapas in order to take it all in.

Sugar rooftop at the East Miami hotel

at: East Miami, 788 Brickell Plaza, Brickell

+1 786 805 4655


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3) Matheson Hammock Park

Sit on the family-friendly beach and watch your little ones wade in the atoll pool. Behind them, kite boarders soar against the pinks and golds of late-afternoon sun, striking off the skyscrapers of distant downtown Miami. You couldn’t ask for better Instagram snaps.

view of colorful sunset at the Matheson Hammock Park

4) Venetian Causeway

The sights from these low-rising bridges, located northeast of downtown, are outstanding during the day. But thanks to the architects who built Miami and their penchant for adding neon hues to various skyscrapers, some of the coolest illuminations of the scene are at night.

cars driving over the venetian causeway in Miami

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A series of 12 bridges (10 fixed, 2 bascule) connecting 11 islands from Downtown to South Beach


5) Vela Sky

When the sun is high in the sky, so should you be, swimming in the rooftop pool and gazing over the skyscrapers toward Biscayne Bay. And when it starts to set, sip on a cocktail, snack on some light bites, and channel the neon rays while vibing to some beats. There’s no better way to experience Miami.

Rooftop of Vela Sky at Yotel

at: YOTEL Miami, 227 NE 2nd Street, Downtown

+1 786 785 5700


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