Thanks to its stunning landscapes, blue skies, unique Art Deco architecture, and vibrant energy, Miami has long been a frequent character in books, film, and music. A visual feast for the senses Miami has all of the elements that make it the perfect creative muse. Whether you’re planning your trip to the 305 or have already booked your Zurfers’ exchange, here are some of our favorite songs, books, and film to help get you in the Miami Mood:
Probably the most famous song about Miami, this rap classic by one of the world’s biggest stars is an ode to South Beach and all of its glorious offerings. Even though the song was released over twenty years ago, it’s still a crowd favorite and its lyrics ring as true as ever. Whether you’re planning your first Miami vacation or coming back for a repeat visit, get ready because “This the type of town I could spend a few days in. Miami the city that keeps the roof blazin.”
We love anything and everything by this legendary crooner, but “Moon over Miami,” is one of the most romantic and sweetest songs ever released. The lyrics and magical piano notes transport you to the Miami shore. We recommend stealing away with your love and slow dancing by Miami moonlight against the backdrop of one of Mr. Charles’ most iconic songs.
Set against against a vivid South Florida background, this novel has all of the elements of a perfect beach read. Ideal for getting you geared up for your Miami escape or packing in your suitcase to read while catching your tan, this fiction novel is a bittersweet portrait of marriage and romance. Hailed as an “an elegantly crafted work of art and a great read” by Curtis Sittenfeld (American Wife, Prep), Amazon noted this as a choice for “anyone enchanted by the sultry magic of Miami.”
Starring the indomitable Frank Sinatra as a Miami private investigator, the film was shot at the legendary Fontainebleau Hotel, which still exists as one of Miami’s most iconic resorts and destinations. Now home of the legendary LIV nightclub and an array of acclaimed eataries, Frank Sinatra would finish his filming at the Fontainebleau during the day and perform at night.
The classic crime series that was filmed all around the city has been credited with helping put Miami on the map and spotlighting Art-Deco preservation. The name of the series has become synonymous with Miami itself and was such an icon, it had its own movie reboot in 2006 starring Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx.
The second film of our series to take place at the legendary Fontainebleau, this installment in the wildly successful James Bond series opens with 007 himself inside the historic resort, which is considered by many as one of the most luxurious resorts in Miami Beach.