Miami Airport Neighborhood Guide


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In a city where beaches predominate, Miamians like to focus on looking good and feeling their best. The EVEN Hotel Miami-Airport helps you fit in with that wellness attitude with “In-Room Fitness Zones” that include workout regalia and trainer-led videos for self-tailored workouts, spa-style showers and naturally made eucalyptus linens. Guests can also take classes at the Flex Room, then follow with made-to-order smoothies and health-oriented grab ‘n’ go goodies at the Cork and Kale Market & Bar. Ready to explore the area?

Here are some nearby places to work out, take a class, grab a healthy bite and refresh the soul.

Great Gyms

At Rush 365 Training, the motto is, “Your body was made to move.” But while this cross-training facility is a knuckles-to-the-mat kind of joint, it’s also family- and service- employment friendly, with teachers, teenagers, military, fire and rescue personnel, and even FedEx and UPS workers receiving discount rates.

Go for a spin or drop in for a pose at SAY Fitness Studio. Cycling and yoga classes welcome guests for only $10. Whether’s it’s your first class or you’re a veteran, you’ll feel comfortable getting your wellness on at this peaceful place.

At Enso Yoga & Smoothie Bar, it’s double the pleasure: First a salute to the solar system, then a salute to your system. When the weather is fine, yoga classes are held in the Zen Garden. And concoctions at Zen Juice Café taste vibrant on the palate and help ward off disease.

Must-Try Classes

From mind-body makeovers to ThetaHealing to Pilates, Forrest Energy offers an array of self-help that promises to help break through any number of mental or emotional blocks. Classes, certification courses, events and workshops are all available.

Tennis is de rigeur in Miami. If you want to amp up your game — or learn how to swing a racket for the first time—visit Miami Springs Tennis Courts. That’s where U.S. Professional Tennis Association-certified teaching pro Manny Fabian will fit you with a private instructor suited to your needs.

Embrace your inner ’80s child and perform water aerobics at the Miami Springs Aquatic Center. A lovely way to exercise and enjoy the sunny outdoors, the classes are easy on the joints — former impact sports athletes will rejoice — and spiritually beneficial.

Healthy Eats

Bike up to Harvest Moon Gourmet Bistro, a café in downtown Miami Springs run by a husband-wife team. Casual, friendly and health-oriented, the restaurant specializes in salads, wraps, sandwiches, fresh-pressed juices and smoothies. Consume them under the sun in the garden for extra Vitamin D.

A mainstay in Miami Springs, and for good reason, Suvi Thai Sushi Restaurant serves classic Thai and Japanese favorites. The place is especially well-known for its many vegetarian options, including Thai soups, tofu dishes, curries and tempura.

The name of Quinoa Corner says it all: Everything on the menu, from tamales to macaroni and cheese with carne asada, features the super grain. The quinoa even turns up in pancakes and pasta.

Local chain El Palacios de los Jugos, which has a location less than 10-minutes’ drive from the EVEN Hotel, began as a tropical fruit market and evolved into a Cuban restaurant known for its fresh juices and batidos (smoothies) made from mango, papaya, coconut, sugarcane, Key lime, mamey sapote and other tropical fruit.

Amazing Trails

The Westward Drive Bike Path is a mile-long trail in Miami Springs, stretching from the library to the recreation fields. Paved and landscaped, it will eventually connect to the well-known Ludlam Drive Bike Path, a greenway beloved by local cyclists. You can rent a bike through the dockless SPIN bike program.

The Village of Virginia Gardens was established in 1947, when a wealthy, horse-focused community broke off from Miami Springs. Today, the village of 2,300 residents no longer keep farms and barns, but its green spaces and old shade trees make it a delightful place to run, bike and walk. Start and end your path at Village Hall so you don’t get lost.

Located just five minutes from the hotel, International Links Melreese Country Club is a 135-acre golf course that features five lakes and 97 bunkers, as well as cypress wetlands and elevation changes.

About the Author

Jen Karetnick's work has appeared in TheAtlantic.com, ForbesTraveler.com, Miami Herald, Racked.com Southern Living and USA Today . Her 16th book, The 500 Hidden Secrets of Miami(Luster), was published in November, 2017.