Ana Mantica

Correspondent

  • Miami, Florida, USA

Ana Mantica is a correspondent who lives in Coral Gables, Fla., and covers South Florida for Forbes Travel Guide. After working on staff at various magazines in New York City, the Miami native returned home and is taking advantage of the area’s sun and outdoor fun, arts, culture and dining, especially the Latin flavor. A few of Mantica’s favorite destinations are Florida’s Marco Island, Levanto, Italy, and Kauai, Hawaii. She writes about lifestyle, health, wellness, fitness and nutrition, and has been published in Self, Fitness, Prevention, Eating Well and Cosmo for Latinas

  • On June 28, 2013
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    What are the best bars in Miami?

    Miami is flowing with spirits. Wine, beer, cocktails, pour one on and let go of your cares.

    Located at Miami Beach’sThe Standard hotel, Lido Bar & Lounge offers bayside seating in the back and retro design elements inside for a laid-back atmosphere to lounge after a day on the beach. The hotel is known for its healthy spa-like menu, which carries into the bar with wheatgrass and ginger infused shots. If you’re looking for a casual spot, The Bar has a “everybody knows your name”-like vibe with friendly service, boutique beers and extensive menu of typical bar fare like burgers and wings, and live music on Saturday nights. At newcomer Swine, you’ll find a long list of creative spins on classics, specialty cocktails, and an impressive selection of top-shelf and hard-to-find bourbons. Midtown’s Lagniappe is a “New Orleans”-style like wine house. You can select from over 150 vintage wines for sale up front, and head to the back where they’ll uncork it for you to enjoy with wine and cheese, and live music. You’ll find cocktails at Blackbird Ordinary made with homegrown lemons and limes, strawberries and oranges, basil, cilantro and mint, and freshly squeezed juices, vintage décor,  and  unassuming feel for an experience that’s anything but ordinary.
  • On June 28, 2013
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    What are the best attractions in Miami?

    There’s a reason why Miami is one of the top destinations in U.S. With year-round perfect weather, endless beaches, bustling nightlife – there’s something for everyone, so what’s not to love? And there’s much more to see than sun and sand. 

    Gardens
    Miami’s tropical climate is the perfect backdrop for lush gorgeous gardens. Take a stroll at Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, built in 1916 by agricultural industrialist James Deering, which features ten acres of formal gardens and rockland hammock, and elaborately detailed Main House built in 1916. Another site to see is Fairchild Tropical Gardens, which houses collections of rare tropical plants including palms, flowering trees and vines, and also offers concerts, festivals and garden sales. (The first Wednesdays of every month July to November are free). And if you’re already at the beach, stop by Miami Beach Botanical Gardens, an urban oasis and venue for visual and performing arts. 

    Museums
    The Miami art and museum scene offers various different cultural experiences for all ages. Miami’s Museum of Contemporary Art features more than 400 permanent installations, featuring artists such as Dennis Oppenheim, Anna Gaskel, and Mariko Mori, plus eight to ten changing exhibits annually. At History Miami, now a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate, you can learn more about the history of the region as well as take city tours by bike, boat, coach, or foot.  You can take the kids to the Miami Children’s Museum and the Miami Science Museum and Planetarium, where they can learn and play and explore art and science hands-on.

    Wildlife
    From dolphins and whiles, to flamingos and parrots, to alligators and crocodiles, you’ll find all sorts of creatures and critters here. You can head to the Miami Seaquarium, located on beautiful Biscayne Bay, and catch a show killer whale show, see sharks and sea lions, even swim with dolphins. Jungle Island has 18 acres of birds, reptiles, cuddly animals and tropical plants. Miami Metro Zoo is home to over 2,000 animals and 1,200 plants, which you can see via sky tram or “Safari” cart, or cycle through it. And, in 2014, the zoo will be opening its Florida: Mission Everglades exhibit.

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