Coming straight off the heels of November’s sobering election results, no one knew what to expect of this year’s Miami Art Basel— would the vibe be just as unsettled, anxious? The answer, we now know, is a resounding no. True to form, the international art world poured into the always exuberant city with as much enthusiasm and spirit as ever, filling the galleries, studios, streets and beaches with their usual joie de vivre.
If you’re in the mood to sunbathe without the buzz of South Beach in the background, we suggest escaping the city to Virginia Key, an 82-acre barrier island located on Key Biscayne off the Rickenbacker Causeway.
While it may be tough to tear yourself away from cocktails poolside, be sure to catch an Uber to the other side of the bridge for a little cultural stimulation in the Wynwood Arts District one afternoon. Teeming with art galleries, museums, coffee shops, bars and clothing stores too cool for school, the Arts District is the perfect escape to exercise your brain — rather than your bikini.