Miami Sunset and Best Place to Watch. Here in Miami we have some of the most beautiful sunsets in the world, and guess what? They are free :) I shot this from one of my favorite spots in Miami Beach, sunset harbor. I must say if you are are photographer or simply enjoy beautiful sunsets this is the place.
Check out my best photography spots list for the best places to shoot the sunset, and if you want a private tour, you can book one with me here.
I shot this photo with a 70 to 200mm lens to get the sun to blow up a bit. As you can see I waited for the right time to catch the sun right in the middle of the buildings. What do you like better sunsets or sunrises?
When you think of Miami, you think of sunshine, life, beautiful people, and a beautiful skyline. As a very active photographer in the city, when I am not on a paid shoot, I am always looking for the best photography spots Miami has to offer. As such, I am continually finding new places in this beautiful place we call Magic city.
Best Photography Spots Miami Has For You to Explore
Below is a list of the best photography spots Miami has to offer. These are places I often visit and have my seal of approval. I also wrote when the best times to photograph at these locations are. The best photography spots Miami has are all effortless to access. Pack light and get to work. If you hustle, you can get all these done by the time your vacation is done. The image below was shot from a friend’s balcony; that is why it did not make the list of the best photography spots Miami edition. But it’s a pretty picture. One of my favorites. I shot it with my Nikon and my Nikon 70-200.
The gear I used for all my photos: Nikon D800 with a Nikon 14-24mm and a Nikon 24-85mm. A MeFOTO tripod and a wide-angle is a must. I edit all my images with my Lightroom Presets, download them, and give them a try.
Top 30 Photography Spots in Miami Florida
1. Matheson Hammocks Park. This park is lovely. It took a beating from Hurricane Irma; however, you can still get beautiful images there. This is a popular location for engagement photoshoots as well.
2. Ocean Drive, Miami Beach. This is an iconic place where a lot of famous films and TV shows are filmed. This place is a must at sunset and or at night.
3. Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. This place is fantastic. It is full of history and epic for photoshoots. The best time to shoot is really all day as there is beautiful light all day in the gardens.
4. Miami Skyline under MacArthur Causeway. This is one of my favorite places to shoot and hang out at. This place is located right next to the Miami Children’s Museum. It is straightforward to find and a great place to catch a sunset over the skyline.
5. Miami Beach Surfers. You can find surfers in Miami Beach in the wintertime. As we get a cold front from the Bahamas, the waves get bigger, and the surfers come out. This is a very relaxed time to catch a sunrise and hang out with the chill crowd of Miami.
6. Key Biscayne Beach. This place is really excellent, and one of the only dog-friendly beaches in South Florida. The best time to shoot is at sunset. Bring a beer or a nice bottle of wine and enjoy the scenery.
7. Miami Skyline on top of the MacArthur Causeway. This is the view from the top of the MacArthur Causeway. You can access it from the Southern side of it. There is a nice long ramp that takes you to this spot—Park at the Miami Children’s Museum.
8. Sunny Isles Pier. This is a great place to come shoot the sunrise. You have to be up early to make it, but it’s well worth the short drive. There is almost never anyone here.
9. Ball Harbor Beach. Beautiful views of the Atlantic can be seen from here. The best time to come is at sunrise.
10. South Pointe Pier. I shot this photo from the top of the pier. From here, you can catch beautiful views of Miami just about any direction you look. The best time to come is at sunrise and or sunset.
11. South Pointe Park. This is one of my favorite places to come enjoy the sunset. You can see the port of Miami and watch the ships go in and out of the harbor. It’s a site to see.
12. Maurice Gibbs Park in Miami Beach. You have beautiful views of the islands from here. The best time to come is at sunset. This place is right around the corner from me. We might possibly run into each other as I come here often.
13. The Miami Skyline from the Venetian Bridge. This is another view you can get of the Miami skyline. I shot this from the Venetian bridge closest to downtown. The best thing to do is to rent a bike and ride it across. Its only 2-3 miles each way, and it is a beautiful ride. I do this bike ride twice a day just to relax and get the blood flowing.
14. Miami Beach Lifeguard Towers. These can be found all over the beach, and they are very colorful and beautiful. The best time to catch one of these beauties is during sunrise. Anywhere in Miami Beach, these can be spotted.
15. Alice Wainwright Park. This is a great park to relax and catch a sunrise—lots of palm trees and water views. You also have this cool benches that say Miami on them.
16. Bayside Mall. To get this particular shot, you have to walk up the bridge from Bayside Mall. It’s a short walk and well worth it. I recommend a wide-angle lens for this shot.
17. The rocks in Miami Beach. These rocks can be found on the beach in 30th street. The best time to come is at sunrise during low tide.
18.Brickell Key. This is shot from Brickell Key looking East towards downtown. Best time to come in at sunset and or at night.
19. The Miami River. This is the Miami River; you can find a path to walk it downtown. It is a beautiful walk with plenty of photo ops. The best time to come is at night.
20. Sunrise at the bach. This is as simple as it sounds. Head to the beach for an epic morning, kick back, and enjoy the scenery. This is Miami Beach, of course.
21. Haulover Inlet. This is an excellent spot to come for sunrise. There are lots of fishermen unless there is a storm. I captured this image during a crazy storm in the hurricane season.
22. Faena Hotel. This is the only place in Miami and possibly the world that has a golden Mammoth. Gret place to take photos, and it is right on the beach.
24. Wynwood Walls. Alone or with a model, Wynwood is a must. It is a really cool trendy area covered in graffiti full of like-minded artists. While you are there, stop at Panther coffee. Trust me, its OK.
25. Downtown-Brickell skyscrapers. There are so many cool buildings all around Miami. If you are into architecture, you need to come here at night. Remember to look up.
26. Deering Estate. This is a cool property owned by the state. You need to have permission to come here, and it is $20.00 to get in. It is not always open. Make sure you check availability before you arrive. The best time is sunrise.
27. Brickell City Centre. This is a new mall, and its all the rage. Come here to get some food and enjoy the beautiful modern architecture. The best time to come is at any time.
28. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. This is a beautiful park you can come to and relax. This is great, especially if you have a shoot to do.
29. Little Havana. Little Havana is a small taste of Cuba. There are restaurants and people playing dominoes. This is the perfect place to give your street photography a shot. It’s the closest place to Cuba you can get without actually being there.
30. Boca Chita Key. This place is just stunning. However, you will need a boat to get there unless you are an incredible swimmer (jk). Once you find a ship, head there at sunset. The best lens to use is 24-70.
That’s my list of the best photography spots Miami has. This is a comprehensive list, and I update it often. Please come back and check out the new locations. If you only want to shot Miami Beach, I also have a location list. Check it out. Please leave me a comment if this was helpful in any way and share this with your friends. That is the best way to say thank you. You can also buy me a beer ;)
These are the best photography places to shoot in Miami, Florida.
The Miami Museum of Ice Cream is as Pink as you imagine
What is this place? Its the Museum of Ice Cream. I had no idea what to expect before walking into the Museum of Ice Cream. As soon as the door behind me closed all I could see was pink, like being inside a massive cotton candy ball.
Ok ok, here is what I want you to do. Close your eyes, now imagine walking into a happy place, not just any place but a place you would read about in a children’s fantasy book. Are you there? Now paint it pink. Yes, its kind of like that. People smiling, kids laughing it is just a great time. Ok great, let’s walk through the place together.
With a massive grin on my face, I approach a fortune teller, and you guessed it, she is dressed in pink. She asks me to pick a card, and after careful consideration, the card is chosen. Like a kid at a candy store, am full of joy and I listen as she reeds my fortune. I was kind of skeptical at first but I do not want to spoil this adventure for you but let’s just say she predicted everything correctly.
We make our way to the first room, where the sprinkle pool is. It is epic but a bit crowded. There are screaming children everywhere. We wait until everyone exits and we get our shots before the next group comes in.
The Museum of Ice Cream gets cooler as you start walking through the mase of pink.
The beautiful thing about the Museum of Icecream is that the fun never ends, they have ice cream in just about every corner, and every spot is a photo op. Let me rephrase that, is an incredible photo op, unlike any photo op out there.
We spent about 3 hours there and we could have spent a lot longer. Once you make it past the first room, the crowds start to dissipate and everyone starts to go at their own pace, some slower than others.
Cameras are allowed and you can click the day away in just about every corner. The entire staff is friendly and they go out of their way to help you get your perfect shot. Overall it was a very pleasant experience.
The Museum of Icecream finishes at the rooftop of the building. A nice place to eat the last scoop of key lime pie ice cream while watching the sunset with an epic ocean view.
Here are some of the photos we shot. The model is Mercedes, you can follow her on Instagram. Scroll to the bottom of the post to watch the video.
I am living the dream! That’s what we all want to be able to say right?
I had an awesome photography workshop this morning and it was epic, to say the least. I feel like I am dreaming every time I am in the presence of the Atlantic Ocean. Feeling the ocean breeze hit my face makes me smile like a kid at a toy store.
I have always had this idea in my head, that when I was older I would move to a warm beautiful beach somewhere, live on the sandy beach where the high tide would come up to my front doorsteps. Somewhere where I would wake up in a hammock in the middle of the night listening to the beautiful waves as they draw a big fat juicy smile on my face. Somewhere touristy where I would teach people how to surf or scuba or do something cool while they are on their dream vacation.
It was not until this morning when I realized I am living my dream. The dream I have been dreaming for a long time. It is crazy to think that I am doing everything I have described above. Well, I do not have a house on the beach (not yet anyway) however I live very close to it. So close to it I can walk to it, ride my skateboard, bicycle or if I really wanted to drive for 3 seconds and be upon its presence.
The best part of the story is that I teach workshops on the beach, sunrise photography workshops. Yes, I have subconsciously created the life I have always dreamed of. Crazy to think that right? I live in paradise, and teach people something I love to do.
The universe always works its self out. If you believe in something so bad and visualize it in your head day in and day out, it will eventually come true. Do not get me wrong, I have worked my butt off to get to this point, but it is happening. I feel so blessed to be in the situation that I am in.
I just launched my new Photography Workshops website, after teaching workshops to locals for over 5 years, I have opened the door to everyone from everywhere just about every day of the week. You guys kept asking me when I was going to do this, here you have it.
My new site is called WalksofMiami.com please drop in, check out the site and the blog. Leave us a comment and book your next adventure with us. I promise it will be an unforgettable one. If you want to help us, simply share it with your friends and help us spread the word. We will be adding new tours, new photography guides and loads of new photos.
Miami Photography Workshops are finally here. I have very exciting news, over the last year I have been working really hard on my new Miami Photography Workshops and tours.
7 years ago I hosted my first photography workshop in Miami. I remember clearly setting it up and posting it on my social media. It was a shoot with a model, I ended up selling it out, the attendees had a great time and it was loads of fun. I was hooked…
Fast forward a couple of years. I decided to do all types of Miami photography workshops and more often. I decided to do this for 2 reasons, number one because I really love teaching people, and number two because I never had this type of opportunity to learn.
Miami Photography Workshops
You see, back then workshops where really non-existent, at least affordable ones that anyone could attend. Everything I would ever find was incredibly expensive. Such as 12-day African excursions for loads of cash. Don’t get me wrong, I would love to go on one, but let’s face it, not a lot of people have that kind of cash or free time to attend one of this awesome workshops.
This is when the lightbulb went on and I decided to create 1-8 hour workshops that everyone could afford.
I ran all the workshops out of my own website (and still do). Once things started to get a bit crazy I decided to build a new site, add new times and dates and create an all around fun place for people to come learn, participate and take some incredible photos that when WalksOfMiami was born. .This is the beginning of something big. I want to keep adding tours and workshops and I will also be adding new hosts (aka teachers and tour guides) all hand-picked and overseen by me.
Thank you for being part of this journey and for all your continuous support. If you are from overseas and have been asking me about my dates for workshops, guess what, they are happening all the time. Just drop in by WalksOfMiami.com and book your tour. I will see you there…
This is the view I currently have from the place I live, however, do to Hurricane Irma I have to leave my house and go find a new place to live. I was here for almost a year, and it flew by so fast. Crazy to think how fast time goes by. I never thought that I would be looking for a new place to live due to a hurricane. Now that is the case. It is bittersweet, I really like where I live and loved catching the sunsets here nightly. It is going to be hard to beat.
I am a full believer that everything happens for a good reason, and I know good things are going to come out of this. Moving is one of the most stressful things you can possibly deal with, and I can’t wait until it’s over.