Our Neighborhood

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Integral to the city’s founding, the University of Miami is located in Coral Gables – known as “The City Beautiful” by its residents – in sunny South Florida.

UV AwardThe Miami metropolitan area offers conference guests with a variety of things to see and do once the meeting is over. From its cultural neighborhoods and historical sights to its sandy beaches and vibrant entertainment centers, Miami is the perfect conference destination for planners who hope to give their participants an experience like no other. That's why the University of Miami was named as a runner-up for Unique Venues "Best Venue when the Meeting's Over" in 2017.

Coral Gables

Integral to the city’s founding, the University of Miami is located in Coral Gables – known as “The City Beautiful” by its residents – in sunny South Florida. One of the first planned cities in the region, Coral Gables offers conference guests a variety of cultural, historical and entertaining activities for when the meeting is over.

From the centrally located Miracle Mile shopping district and many other upscale dining and shopping centers to the historical Biltmore Hotel or Venetian Pool, Coral Gables alone provides enough activities for conference guests both young and old to have a well-rounded conference experience.

Cultural Neighborhoods

Coconut Grove is a short 15-minute drive from campus but feels as though you’ve transported to a tiny city reminiscent of Key West. With block after block of local eateries and artisan shops in addition to the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens or Barnacle Historical State Park, Coconut Grove provides visitors with both activities both day and night.

Moving slightly further away from campus but no more than a quick drive by car or public transit, lies many cultural neighborhoods that makeup the diverse city of Miami. Little Havana’s “Calle Ocho” hosts many street festivals and other cultural events – including frequent games of dominoes. Little Havana is also home to Marlins Park for when the local Miami Marlins are in town.

Guests also have the option of traveling farther north from campus and visiting Miami’s city-center – known as Downtown Miami – to visit Bayside, a waterfront shopping and dining venue where visitors can also book a dinner cruise in Biscayne Bay. The Perez Art Museum Miami and the Frost Science Museum are centrally located in Downtown Miami and offer visitors a way to beat the heat while discovering many exciting topics of art, history, culture and science.

Brickell, located just 20 minutes north of campus, comes alive at night with a variety of restaurants and other nightlife venues. 

Beaches

Who could come to Miami and not want to get a taste of South Beach. With its historic art deco architecture and infamous restaurants and hotels, “SoBe” is a must-see locale for any visitors.

But for those looking for a quieter day at the beach, a quick drive to Key Biscayne offers conference guests the ability to unwind after a busy conference agenda. There, visitors can spend a day at the Miami Seaquarium or rent a bike and explore Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park.

A 90-minute drive to the Florida Keys is also the perfect getaway after any meeting or conference is over. There, visitors can snorkel in the clear waters, take a kayak or paddle board through the mangroves or dine at one of the many waterside restaurants.