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The Ultimate Florida Beach Road Trip

The beach at the Boca Grande Resort.

Photo: Paul Costello

Spotlight: Florida Neighborhood Report

Eclectic, artsy Wynwood is Miami’s most unexpected cultural hot spot—and a good contrast to the glossy south beach scene.

The Northwest Second Avenue main drag is packed with cutting-edge galleries and high-design restaurants. The best way to take it all in? Hop on a Vespa for a Roam Rides guided tour (888/760-7626; $125).

Butter Gallery: Contemporary art space whose eye-catching exterior (a wall of painted eyeballs) could easily pass for a nightclub. 2301 N.W. Second Ave.; 305/303-6254.

Cafeina Wynwood Lounge: Gathering spot that serves as a brunch destination, gallery, and late-night lounge. 297 N.W. 23rd St.; 305/438-0792; brunch for two $22.

Joey’s Italian Café: The neighborhood’s flagship restaurant. You can’t go wrong, whether you sit indoors or on the action-packed patio. Dinner for two $30.

Lester’s: Coffee and wine bar created by a former artist and chock-full of obscure books and literary journals. 2519 N.W. Second Ave.; 305/456-1784; drinks for two $11.

Panther Coffee: Its orange, green, and white façade is as vibrant as a Missoni print, but the paint job isn’t the only thing that’s buzzing at this temple to specialty java. 2390 N.W. Second Ave.; 305/677-3952; coffee for two $5.

Plant the Future: Argentina-born Paloma Teppa eschews traditional cut flowers in favor of sculptural compositions of orchids, succulents, and even butterfly cocoons. 2511 N.W. Second Ave.; 305/571-7177.

Wynwood Kitchen & Bar: Chef Miguel Aguilar puts his stamp on the Latin-inflected menu, but the art-filled interiors are as much of a draw as the food. 2550 N.W. Second Ave.; 305/722-8959; dinner for two $70.

Wynwood Walls: It’s part free outdoor gallery, part Disney World for grown-ups at this open-air art park next to Wynwood Kitchen & Bar. —Eleni N. Gage

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