AP Photo by Marta Lavandier
August 7, 2014
A popular venue for weddings and the traditional Hispanic quinceanera (coming of age party), Vizcaya is the setting for some of the most beautiful gardens in South Florida. The Italian-Renaissance-style villa and formal gardens were built in 1916, overlooking Biscayne Bay, as a winter residence for industrialist James Deering. The property is now owned by Miami-Dade County.
Vizcaya boasts 10 acres of formal gardens, a native hardwood forest and outbuildings. The villa itself is a museum featuring art collections and furnishings, some of which date back 2,000 years.
Vizcaya is easy to find: Drive south to the end of I-95 and turn left. After an afternoon exploring the gardens and museum, trot on over to Coconut Grove's main shopping district to dine in any one of dozens of fine eateries. And your garden tour shouldn't stop at Vizcaya. Ride or walk along the side streets of the Grove to enjoy postcard-perfect scenes of orchids and bougainvillea-draped cottages.
Bring your camera.
-- Bob Rountree
For more information, visit the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens web site at www.vizcayamuseum.org