Miami is definitely not for everyone. You either love it or you hate it. The lifestyle can be a lot to handle if you’re not a local and even more so if you’ve relocated from a quieter scene. That being said, there are some quietly serene spots all around Miami for anyone that’s looking to get away from the flashing lights and bass of the house music that somehow seems like it’s always on repeat. Here are some of my favorite spots for a tranquil day in the city of nonstop over-stimulation.
South Point is a huge park and I really mean huge! This 17-acre estate is a wonderful place to kick back, relax and read a book. The part of the park runs parallel to the ocean, which means incredible views and soothing ocean wave white noise. The park also features fitness courses for those that may not want to run on the streets or through the tourist packed Ocean Road. South Pointe is one of my favorite places to recommend to anyone that wants a quiet date. Throw away the conformist idea that dates have to be at a bar or restaurants, pack a lunch and go for a picnic and I assure you, the date will be unforgettable!
Botanical Gardens of Miami Beach
You’ve just met your tinder date at Wet Willies for some frozen goodness and you can’t hear a thing they’re saying. The beach is packed with tourists and the bars are all slammed and super loud, so what are your options. You slam your drink (brain freeze!) and take your date to the Botanical Gardens. Right in the middle of SoBe is a garden oasis. The gardens really make you forget that you’re in Miami in the first place, and offer gorgeous views, a quiet serenity and now that the threat of Zika is gone, we can once again stop to smell the flowers.
This past year has been eye opening to say the least. Many people feel as if we’re losing our humanity, and with the way things are heading politically, the climate seems to reflect that sentiment. Although we all struggle with our own separate issues in life, I recommend visiting the Holocaust Memorial and Museum if you’re feeling quiet and especially reflective. Open to the public until 10pm, the peacefulness here can be enjoyed while reading a quiet book or bringing a friend or your family to experience a part of our history we should never forget. If you do choose to visit this woeful, yet moving place, please remember to keep your pictures tasteful.
Beach north of 23rd Street
Technically, South Beach becomes Miami Beach at 23rd street and unless it’s Spring Break, you can tell. The boarder between the two areas becomes particularly obvious where the crowds of tourists and beach bunnies start to drop off. Some parts of Miami beach even have boardwalks for walking or running. If you’re in SoBe or downtown Miami, opting to go more towards Miami Beach will give you more space, less people and an overall quieter experience. It’s the best of both worlds.
While Miami might be the city that seldom sleeps, we also have those few hidden gems waiting to be discovered for a little bit of tranquility and peace.
Veronica "Wildchild" and her sister Alyson are the writing duo behind Wildchild Society's blogs..