Coral Gables was developed by George Merrick in the 1920s during the Florida land boom and is known for its sweeping tree-lined streets. It was one of the first planned communities and has maintained its beauty throughout the years. The city’s architecture is primarily Mediterranean Revival style. By 1926, the city covered 10,000 acres and had netted $150 million in sales, with over $100 million spent on developments alone.
The natural lush tropical foliage fills the city with a relaxing atmosphere. Downtown Coral Gables was meticulously designed by Merrick and is now lined with charming boutiques, jewelry stores and lavish home decor shops. The city has a free trolley system that was initiated in 2003 which runs down Ponce de León Boulevard.
Coral Gables is home to the University of Miami, which spans 240 acres of land just west of U.S. Route 1 and approximately two miles south of downtown Coral Gables.
Dine out at the finest restaurants in Coral Gables. Bulla is one the best Spanish Gastrobars in town with an energetic vibe and impressive wine list. Chef Diego Solano has traveled the world and cultivated his craft learning from talented chefs and working in Spain’s most prestigious restaurants.
Enjoy a stay at the iconic Biltmore Hotel. It is the centerpiece of George Merrick’s vision of Coral Gables as an elegant, stately suburb, which he called “The City Beautiful.” Combining his deep affection for lush South Florida landscape with a high regard for Italian, Moorish and Spanish architectural influences, Merrick realized his dream in the construction of his masterpiece, The Biltmore Hotel.
Swim in the 820,000 gallon Venetian Pool which is fed with spring water from an underground aquifer. In the spring and summer seasons, the pool is filled and drained daily. The pool was created in 1923 from a coral rock quarry, where much of the original coral rock was used to border and further accentuate the pool. It also features two large historic lookout towers with views of the city.
The Coral Gables Art Cinema was named the theater as “Miami’s Best Art-House Cinema” by the Miami New Times. It is a state-of-the-art theater that opened in October of 2010 and is one of the best, most comfortable and highest grossing art houses in South Florida, presenting first-run and regional premieres of quality American independent and international features, both fiction and documentary, in addition to classic films, special programs and film festival events, which speak to the multilingual and multicultural diversity of the region.
Explore the many parks of Coral Gables especially Matheson Hammock Park which spans over 500 acres with a mile of frontage on Biscayne Bay. A picnic area, beach access, restaurant, fishing pier, kite-boarding and more can be found in the park.