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Get to know Coral Gables

Coral Gables is a paradise of tree-lined streets, conveniently close to Miami’s metropolitan advantages yet marvelously self-contained for times when a little more peace and quiet is in order. It was one of Florida’s first planned communities, but don’t fear that it’s a cookie-cutter suburb. Instead, this is a preservationist’s dream of Mediterranean Revival and Spanish Renaissance architecture. Coral Gables — known as Our City Beautiful after a city planning movement from early last century — has a dignified beauty, a full canopy of palms and banyans, lush city parks and public areas, and a healthy taste for public art. It’s the home of the University of Miami, and so has a host of educational and artistic benefits close at hand. It’s not a beach town — and it has no beach crowds — but it’s convenient to boating, golfing, and other outdoor pursuits.
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Commerce & Culture

Coral Gables’ main commercial district is known as Miracle Mile. It’s an easy walk to a vast assortment of South Florida’s legendary boutiques and restaurants, and people come from all over to do a lot of both on the boulevard. More than 120 restaurants are downtown, from Spanish cafés to world-renowned fine dining. Shopping downtown offers boutique after boutique of high-fashion goods for body and home, plus art galleries that are a vital part of the Miami scene. At nearby Merrick Park, luxury department stores anchor an architecturally stunning outdoor shopping center with more than a hundred shops and restaurants. Those interested in the architectural history of the town can learn more at the Coral Gables Museum, which features exhibits on design and planning and offers tours (by bike and canoe!) of the surrounding neighborhoods. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden hosts notable art exhibits along with an amazing collection of tropical plants. Two theaters host productions year-round with a mix of nationally known actors and some serious local talent.

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