|Coral Gables, officially known as the City of Coral Gables, despite being within Miami’s city limits, is also the home of the University of Miami. The city and the university grew together, as the site for the school was chosen at the same time that the layout of Coral Gables was being planned.|
About Coral Gables
Coral Gables is known as a very pedestrian friendly city, thanks in part to this trolley system. There are many very scenic roads that wind through the city. Many of the original homes still stand and it is a great place to go to see fine examples of Mediterranean Revival architecture.
The city is a short distance from Miami International Airport, making it easy to reach by any number of modes of transportation. Once you are there, you will find over over one hundred restaurants and gourmet shops to fuel you up for a day of exploring City Beautiful, as Coral Gables is sometimes known. Many well known international retailers maintain shops with Coral Gables and the trolley system makes all of them very accessible.
There are several landmarks which you shouldn’t miss on your trip to Coral Gables, the first of which is the Venetian Pool. Included in George Merrick’s original plan for the city, this pool is made out of an abandoned rock quarry. It includes a beautiful waterfall, a bridge leading out to an island, a cafe and sunbathing area, and a 2 foot kiddie pool manned by lifeguards. Nearby grottos stretch 12 miles back into the hills surrounding the city.
Another site to visit is the Douglas Entrance, a historic ballroom located at the junction of Douglas Road and Tamiami Trail. This beautiful spot is one of the most desirable wedding locations in all Miami. Even without a big event, the bell tower and fountains are spectacular to visit any time.