Welcome to Coral Gables
A luxurious and modern Mediterranean paradise
Located just six miles west of downtown Miami, Coral Gables is a luxurious, tropical paradise protected beneath a canopy of mature palm trees. Coral Gables residents enjoy life in quiet residential enclaves lined by Mediterranean-style homes, without having to sacrifice the many conveniences of modern urban life. The Miracle Mile, located at the center of town is one of southern Florida’s most sought-after shopping destinations, also consisting of restaurants, art galleries, financial institutions, and other businesses.
One of Miami’s first planned communities is also widely known for its strict zoning, ensuring residential zones stay just what they are: residential. Several streets were named after towns in Spain and Italy, with the community largely built in Mediterranean-revival style. Today, the Historic Preservation Board works meticulously in order to maintain the style and history of Coral Gables into the 21st century. Today, Coral Gables is a thriving, palm tree-lined paradise of culture, art, entertainment, and life.
What to Love
- Plenty of culture, art, shopping, and cuisine
- Sandy beaches, warm ocean water, and boating opportunities close by
- Strict zoning has kept residential enclaves quiet
- An architectural style synonymous with Coral Gables and South Florida
- Just six miles away from downtown Miami
Life in Coral Gables is colorful and luxurious. Residents enjoy close proximity to high-end shopping, world-class dining, a vibrant nightlife scene, and some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The Biltmore Hotel is a National Historic Landmark known for its architecture, spa, tennis courts, 18-hole golf course designed by Donald Ross, and its pool, which is the largest hotel pool on the east coast. Another popular spot for swimming is the Venetian Pool, a pool unlike any other in the world. Completed in 1924, this 820,000-gallon pool spans across four acres and is fed with spring water from an underground aquifer. Other fun in the sun is to be had at one of the city’s many other parks, gardens, or country clubs.
Dining, Entertainment, & Shopping
Miami and its surrounding neighborhoods are home to some of the best Latin cuisine, clubs, and shopping on the east coast. Days spent strolling down The Miracle Mile or through the Shops at Merrick Park are frequent, with a vibrant night out being the best way to top off a big day out in Miami.
The Miracle Mile is a half-mile strip of shopping, businesses, art, and restaurants. One favorite eatery along this famed street can be found at Hillstone. Hillstone, a Miami institution for over 20 years, has been serving up steaks, sushi, and other American favorites in sleek surroundings. The smoked salmon, coconut shrimp sushi, and housemade veggie burger are some of their best sellers.
Other upscale outdoor shopping can be found at The Shops at Merrick Park. In addition to the luxury boutiques, visitors look forward to stopping by Villagio, specializing in old-fashioned Roman cuisine. Villagio only uses the freshest ingredients and features an extensive offering of seafood options to pair perfectly with Miami’s coastal proximity.
One of the best ways to start off the weekend in Coral Gables would be brunch, and Bulla Gastro Pub is the top choice among locals. One of Miami’s best brunches is served in a prix fixe three-course menu featuring bottomless mimosas and sangria. At the end of the day, Cebada Rooftop Bar is sure to be lively and packed. Coral Gables’ first rooftop bar and restaurant features a raw bar and extensive seafood offerings.
Things To Do
Without question, Miami is best known for its endless sunny days and locals like to get out into the sunshine every chance they get. Luckily, there are plenty of parks, gardens, and clubs throughout town, like the Riviera Country Club. This famous, very private club is one of the most exclusive in the nation and is best known for its 18-hole championship course designed by Donald Ross. The general public can enjoy days at Matheson Hammocks Park, laid out across 630 acres of lush greenery, and take a dip in the park’s off-shore saltwater pool.
Coral Gables is home to some of the best schools in Miami. A few of these are:
- Alexander Montessori School, grades 1-5; AMS offers a Spanish immersion program
- Coral Gables Preparatory Academy, kindergarten-8th grade; CGPA consistently ranks near the top 10% of all schools in Florida
- St. Theresa School, prekindergarten-8th grade; an array of after-school programs are offered like sports, religious clubs, Spanish, coding, and more
- Gulliver Prep, prekindergarten-12th grade; Gulliver offers a very low 8:1 student-teacher ratio
- Riviera Schools, prekindergarten-12th grade; Riviera is Coral Gables’ oldest independent school
- University of Miami; this private research university offers over 180 undergraduate degree programs