Located south of Miami, part of Florida State and Miami-Dade district, Coral Gables is a town with an obvious beauty, that hosts about 50 000 souls. Precisely for this reason, it received a nickname to match, The City Beautiful. I can’t disagree with this suggestive name, especially since the town has captivated me since the first time I stepped on its picturesque streets, shaded by the huge crowns of the banyan trees. I was twice in Coral Gables, but my first visit it was in an organized, guided tour that included Little Havana, Miami Beach and a tour boat in Biscayne Bay, which I recounted in a previous article.
If we make a quick foray into the history of the community, we find that the city’s name had been given by its founder, George Merrick, inspired by his childhood home, built of coral stone. Some of the city’s buildings are really made of this material, which, if I consider the information provided by our tour guide, its use is forbidden today. George had influenced even the architecture of the future town of Coral Gables and wanted to build it in Mediterranean revival style. It seems that the plans went perfectly, and Coral Gables has been transformed into one of the most beautiful cities in the United States and certainly the most beautiful I have ever seen.
Among the main attractions of the city include Miracle Mile, a boulevard full of restaurants, boutiques and institutions, Venetian Pool, Biltmore Hotel and Merrick Park. Also, Coral Gables is home to the famous University of Miami. Oh, how nice would be to study here! : D
For me, Coral Gables means gorgeous luxury residences, with fountains and towering palm trees, just like the ones we know from the Mexican soap operas, but also some of the most beautiful trees I’ve ever seen, Banyan Trees. These trees are special for their branched stems that make you feel like you are in a jungle, but also for their rich crown, with branches that can easily reach a few tens of meters in length. Although I also saw them in downtown Miami and Key West, the density of the Banyan Trees per square kilometer is much higher in Coral Gables. They seem ideal for the high temperatures of Florida and is a real pleasure to walk the streets shaded by them. But as a picture is worth a thousand words, I invite you to look at the photos below:
- Did you visit Coral Gables? If not, would you like to wander the streets of this beautiful town?
What is the most beautiful city you have visited so far?