The Ultimate Summer Bucket List from ‘Ocean Drive’ Staffers

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Members of the Ocean Drive staff share what’s at the top of their summer to-do lists—covering everything from their favorite eats to snorkeling in Key Largo’s clear waters.

Snorkeling at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park.

Deputy Editor Bill Kearney suggests a snorkeling tour at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park.

Day Trip to Wynwood

“I drive through it all the time to check out new walls and murals and look at some of my favorites, but I really need to park, grab a coffee at Panther (2390 N.W. Second Ave.), and hit the ground.” -Jared Shapiro, Editor-in-Chief

Snorkeling in Key Largo

“I’m dying to go snorkeling in Key Largo at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park (102601 Overseas Hwy.). Summer, with its light winds, is when water visibility is at its best and the water temp is perfect.” -Bill Kearney, Deputy Editor

Food Truck Tuesdays

“I pass the blinking sign for this event all the time. Every Tuesday from 5:30-9 p.m., approximately 10 food trucks pile into Haulover Beach—it’s like being back in New York City, only with a beach and clear skies.” -Jared Shapiro, Editor-in-Chief


“Catch H2OMBRE at the Adrienne Arsht Center’s Ziff Ballet Opera House (1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami) before it closes August 31. This summer show has become a much talked-about event, with its interactive, multisensory experience.” -Cristina Parra, Event & Marketing Manager

PAMM’s Summer Exhibits

“Go to Pérez Art Museum Miami (1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami) pronto. Four exhibits, including the vibrant and stirring “Caribbean: Crossroads of the World” and “Edouard Duval-Carrié: Imagined Landscapes,” close in August.” -Bill Kearney, Deputy Editor

Dwntwn Art Days

“I’m excited for Dwntwn Art Days—the three days (September 19-21) when over 100 artists, galleries, and institutions participate in showings and exhibits all over Downtown, some of them right smack in the middle of public spaces.” -Jared Shapiro, Editor-in-Chief

Miami’s Summer Menus

“Toast to the last days of summer with a tour of some great summer menus throughout the city. We’d kick it off on Wednesday (because it’s summer) at The Palms Hotel & Spa (3025 Collins Ave., Miami Beach) for their Flourish event, which includes a yoga class followed by Essensia‘s farm-to-table plates.

“Thursday, you’ll find me at Radio Bar (814 First St., Miami Beach) for a refreshing whiskey cocktail at Bourbon & Beats night, and on Friday, I’d head over to Danny Grant’s 1826 (1826 Collins Ave., Miami Beach) for the Flavor of the Month—gin, lemon juice, and grapefruit-basil shrub.

“We’d conclude the week on Saturday night at Oak Tavern (35 N.E. 40th St., Design District) to enjoy the tasty late-night menu while listening to live music from the Under the Oak summer series. -Julia Ford-Carther, Assistant Editor

PB Steak

PB Steak (1787 Purdy Ave., Miami Beach) was the first restaurant I ate at upon moving to Miami Beach—when Sunset Harbour was really getting hot—but now it’s closing. I have until Sunday, August 3 to make it happen.” -Jared Shapiro, Editor-in-Chief

Medical Cocktailing

“I’m going to treat myself to a weekly Liquid Beauty medical cocktail from Vitasquad.” -Cristina Cabielles, Sales Associate

The Standard’s Tuttle Punch Pitcher

“I plan to head to The Standard (40 Island Ave., Miami Beach) to soak up the Miami sun while sipping on an uplifting Swedish cider made from fermented pears. This, have no doubt, is more Miami than it sounds.

“The South Beach retreat’s Tuttle Punch Pitcher features Rekorderlig strawberry-lime cider, white rum, fruit slices, fresh lime juice, and mint sprigs. It’s a tribute to Julia Tuttle a.k.a. the “Mother of Miami,” a pioneering businesswoman who made this city magical more than a century ago. -Galena Mosovich, Contributor

SUP at The Standard

“Take a stand-up paddleboarding class at The Standard Spa (book at 305-704-3945), followed by a glass of rosé at Lido Restaurant & Bayside Grill at sunset.” -Michelle Petrillo, Assistant Distribution & Social Media Manager

Neon Paddleboarding

“Do the neon sunset tour from Miami Beach Paddleboard before summer ends.” -Michelle Chala, Account Manager

Miami Spa Month

“After getting through the madness of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim, I plan to kick back and relax during Miami Spa Month by booking spa days at Acqualina Spa by ESPA (17875 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach), The Standard Spa, and Lapis, The Spa at Fontainebleau (4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach).” -Shana Kaufman, Event & Marketing Coordinator

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