Weekend in Coral Gables, Florida

Are you looking for a warm weather getaway?  Perhaps a nice place to relax poolside, choose from a wide variety of cuisines, even a bit of shopping, in a bike-friendly and very walk-able community?

Throw in a dazzle of 1920’s vintage charm, and you have Coral Gables.

Located within the Miami-Dade county of Florida, and a short drive from the Miami International Airport (MIA), Coral Gables was the perfect relaxing weekend getaway.

Here are 8 great activities to enjoy in Coral Gables

  1. Ride a bike around the greenbelt and enjoy the beautiful shade trees throughout the community. Our hotel offered complementary bikes for guests.  We rode down and around the entire area of town, taking in most of the sites below.  The bikes allowed us to cover far more ground than we could comfortably walk in a single day.

    Bike Ride around Coral Gables
    Perfect day for a bike ride
  2. Visit the luxurious Biltmore Hotel, the very definition of old world glamour and elegance. While we were not fortunate enough to stay at the Biltmore overnight, we included a couple beverages at the Biltmore lounge on our bike tour.  It is worth stopping into the lounge, indulge in a spa service, or take in a round of golf at this stunning National Historic Landmark.

    Coral Gables Biltmore Hotel
    Coral Gables Biltmore Hotel
  3. Cool off at the Venetian Pool, a fresh water oasis from the 1920’s complete with grotto and sizable waterfall. The perfect stop during a bike ride around the neighborhood.  The admission fee is lower during off season, and according to the locals, far less crowded.

    Coral Gables Venetian Pool
    Coral Gables Venetian Pool
  4. Spa salons, nail salons, and barber shops are on every street in Coral Gables, as well as greater Miami is full of world famous spa facilities and budget friendly wellness treatments. After all that biking, we treated ourselves to a late afternoon pedicure!
  5. Wine and dine at the variety of restaurants and bar scene. Not just confined to the Miracle Mile section of Coral Gables, there are fantastic restaurants along Ponce de Leon, Coral Way, and each of the side streets surrounding Miracle Mile and beyond.  Some of our favorite meals were at Giardino Gourmet Salads, Miss Saigon Vietnamese, La Casita cuban, Swine Southern cooking, and The Local craft food and drink.
  6. Ride the (Free) Trolley around the community, with extended hours on the first Friday of every month for Gallery Night of Art and dining.

    Coral Gables Trolley Bus
    Coral Gables Trolley Bus
  7. Enjoy live theater at the Actor’s Playhouse at Miracle Theatre, which is currently featuring one of my favorite children’s stories.
  8. Shopping opportunities abound with boutiques galore along Miracle Mile and the nearby Shops at Merrick Park.  Budget, luxury, big box, boutique, and every shop variety in between is found within Coral Gables.  We stocked up on a few necessities, and a couple more items that I did not realize that I needed (whoops).

Bonus Activities

  • Merrick House is the 1920’s home of the Coral Gables master planner George Merrick. Tours are only offered twice a week, so this requires a bit of planning or perfect timing. We missed out, but it looks like a beautiful estate.

    Coral Gables Florida Merrick House
    Merrick House
  • Get Married or at least pick out the perfect Wedding Dress. Miracle mile has a dazzling display of bridal gowns in “Bridal Row”.
    Bridal Row along Miracle Mile in Coral Gables, Florida
    Bridal Row along Miracle Mile in Coral Gables

    The perfect dress is waiting for you in one of these stores and the staircase at the Hotel Colonnade is the perfect photo op for the occasion.

    Pre Wedding Ceremony photos at the Hotel Colonnade in Coral Gables, Florida
    Pre Wedding Ceremony photos at the Hotel Colonnade in Coral Gables, Florida

Whatever activities you choose, Coral Gables is a delightful location to recharge and relax in a charming community of Great Gatsby era luxury.

Great Activities in Coral Gables, FloridaWe left Coral Gables feeling refreshed and ready for our next adventure!

11 thoughts on “Weekend in Coral Gables, Florida”

  1. Coral Gables looks like a great base for visiting Miami. I’d definitely take a few rides on that trolley. And I love theatre so I’d see a show at the Actor’s Playhouse at Miracle Theatre for sure.

  2. I totally love these kind of places where I can make a quick escape to relax myself. Nothing like indulging in luxury and pampering yourself up. Not been to Florida yet but whenever I will make sure to get myself here

  3. To be honest, I didn’t know much about Coral Gables prior to reading this post. And it sounds like such a charming town with so many things to see or do. I love that the hotel offered complimentary bikes to make it easier to get around. Plus, I love that the community is bike-friendly too, if that is the case. The Merrick Estate looks so hauntingly beautiful – too bad you missed out!

  4. Beautiful–nice to read about one of the quieter towns near Miami. Oddly, I always associate Coral Gables with the show Burn Notice lol–they used to mention it on there. That Venetian pool looks incredible–would love to visit!

  5. This looks so cute!!! I’ve never heard of the Coral Gables or has been fortunate enough to go that far south in Florida, but I definitely think I’ll have to add it to the list for next time I head over that way. Great suggestions.

  6. I would love to go for such an amazing get away. I haven’t cycled since long and Coral Gables looks like a great place to get back into practice, also a great escape from tough city life.

  7. Coral Gables in Florida is perfect place for relaxation during weekends. As this place has a nice blend of nature and amenities, it becomes desirable location. Venetian Pool looks nice place to chill out and biking around this place would be fun. Stopping at Biltmore hotel for casual drinks, is also beautiful stop in between.

  8. I’ve never heard of Coral Gables but it looks great. The Biltmore Hotel sounds like my kind of place. Thank you for the tip on wedding dresses! I’ll remember it if I ever get married!

  9. Coral Gables looks like a wonderful location in Florida. The Venetian pool could be a good place to spend a whole day, the green color of the water is unreal. The free trolley sounds perfect for getting around, it photographs well too!

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