Miami, United States
Gina, 41
Founder of Moon and Jai Ritual Kits
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What are the Miami spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

South Pointe park, PAMM, PLANT Miami, Wynwood

Do’s and don’ts in Miami: (Ex: Tipping: yes/ no, public transport tips, safety tips etc.):

Tipping- 18-20%, über pool is my jam, Miami is a pretty safe place overall, of course exercise any reasonable and common sense caution. It gets HOTTTT in the Summer ( which is also a time to be in Miami that is significantly less expensive for hotels and airfare) so don't plan extensive daytime outdoor activities. Best to be outdoors before noon and after 4PM. Beach _ if you are fair skinned, you WILL burn :) So hats, umbrellas, sunscreen will be your friend. Don't be the visitor that ruins their trip by burning to a crisp on their first day. Most of South Beach and most of Wynwood is walkable, so wear sensible shoes.

What do you do and why do you do it?

My background is in production of wellness events, yoga retreats and festivals. Currently I am focusing on the company I co-founded with my partner Jai ~ Moon and Jai. We create Ritual kits that contain magical tools to help harmonize living spaces and manifest desires. We collaborate on holding workshops combining crystal medicine + manifestation magic with sound healing modalities (such as Tibetan gong and crystal bowls) mantra, breath & gentle movement. We bring Moon and Jai offerings to private and corporate events, and consult individuals on creating sacred space & daily rituals that support intentional living and personal growth.

How much do you spend on an average night out on the town?

Anywhere from $30-$150 :) Depends on the night. We see plays, dance performances, attend events, festivals and workshops, and also go out to nice dinners.

Which Miami shops do you hit up when you’re itching for something new?

FLOW at The Sacred Space Miami is a must- it's a small space, but I can browse for hours! I love Anthropolgie on Lincoln road, Intermix, OSKLEN is a Brazilian clothing line for men and women that's so beautiful and innovative! Frankie and Backroom SOBE in the Sunset Harbour neighborhood are both so awesome! For a more high-end experience check out Alchemist on Lincoln road and The Webster on Collins Avenue.

Your all-time favorite musicians:

SPAM All stars, Mayapuris, DJ Drez, MC Yogi, Gotan project, Thievery corporation, Ibey, Nahko and Medicine for the people, Nouvelle Vague, Ajeet Kaur, Sanatam Kaur, Mirabai Cieba, Krishna Das, Coldplay, U2, Odesza, St Vincent, Sade, Deva Premal, Cesaria Ever, Bebel Gilberto, Rhye

Which neighborhood is it best to experience during the day / night?

Wynwood is of course a must - day or night, and worth at least one daytime and one nighttime visit. South of fifth neighborhood is lovely in the daytime. Sunset harbor is wonderful daytime for lunch. Ocean drive, while a lot more touristy is worth a stroll. Lincoln road - a pedestrian shopping mall is nice both day and early evening. Coconut grove in the daytime

What’s the area in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

As a local, Ocean Drive is not exactly my cup of tea, as it is more touristy. But it is worth checking out at least once. It has a nice Beachwalk, often there is beautiful sandcastle art, some street musicians, and the famous Versace Mansion

What’s the one place in Miami you think is underrated?

Most visitors to Miami don't make it out to Fairchild Tropical gardens, as it is a bit of a drive ~ but it is stunning, and sooo worth a visit! Vizcaya gardens is a bit closer, and is also very much worth it. As is the little spoken about Ancient Spanish Monastery. So much history, serenity and magic in all those places!

Where would you take a date for a romantic night out?

One of my personal favorites Mignonette for stellar seafood and impeccable service for dinner. Or the gorgeous gardens at The Sacred Space Miami for a 5 star raw vegan dinner at Plant Miami. The food, the presentation, the atmosphere and the absolutely incredible desserts here make it truly an unforgettable experience, then go over to Juvia restaurant on a rooftop on Lincoln Road, or Area 31, or Sugar at East Hotel for a drink. Or for an off the beaten path experience - take them for a traditional tea ceremony at JoJo tea house and the wall cast at the Miami Symphony.

Drunk and hungry - where do you go in Miami?

Big Pink!!! La Sandwicherie - open 23 hours a day is a Miami institution and makes epic sandwiches. Hiro's Yakko San in North Miami is famous with the chefs and service industry crowd. Extensive menus and really authentic Japanese offerings.

It's freeeeezing out - what should a visitor do?

PAMM, Frost Science museum, Bal Harbour mall, Aventura Mall

Where do you take your guest when you want to impress?

Walk: Lincoln road + Wynwood. Dinner: Checconi's, PLANT Miami, Sardinia, Mandolin or Mignonette, Fun daytime or chill night time: Wynwood yard dancing: Do Not Sit on the furniture

Your go-to brunch spots:

Checconi's! Books and Books on Lincoln road, Delano, The Ritz Key Biscayne

Your perfect night out in Miami includes:

Checconi's then jazz at Eden Rock or PLANT then jazz at Lagniappe :)

Which local creators do you admire?

Espiritutara jewelry line available at Faena and PAMM museum store- full of magic! Joanne Stone - stunning crystal Jewelry by appt only. The Onika's - local ethically created line of beautiful fashion. Bhakti Baxter art

Special views that mainstream tourists don't know about:

Area 31, Juvia, South Pointe Park

Best place for a cheap bite on-the-go:

Coyo Taco, Sandwicherie sandwiches, Wynwood Yard Della Bowls

Tomorrow’s your last day in Miami. How do you spend it?

Depending on the weather :) Beach! Get lost in Wynwood for some hours, eat at KYU or Alter, grab a coffee at Panther or a snack at Miami cafe. Then dancing at Do not sit on the furniture, or ball and chain or live music at Lagniappe

You’re meeting the mayor of Miami - what constructive criticism would you give them?

Public transportation :)

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