Where to Go in Miami for Panoramic Views

Miami Skyline
Miami Skyline | © Gunther Hagleitner/Flickr
Aisha Moktadier

If you’re in the mood to discover a beautiful view of the entire city of Miami lit up at night, or just before sunset, here is a list of great spots to visit. From places where you can drink and dine, to destinations where some crazy good photos can be snapped, check out the best places to find amazing panoramic views of Miami. Did you know – Culture Trip now does bookable, small-group trips? Pick from authentic, immersive Epic Trips, compact and action-packed Mini Trips and sparkling, expansive Sailing Trips.


Enjoy delicious cuisine and excellent views at Juvia

Juvia is a great spot to grab lunch and see a gorgeous 360-degree view of Miami’s skyline, or you can come here at night and savor a refreshing drink. Whether going during the day when the sun is shining bright, or visiting at night when the city is ablaze with colored lights, visitors will love this view. Located on roof of the Lincoln Road garage, it definitely offers one of the most stunning vistas of Miami Beach.

Area 31

This restaurant is located in the EPIC hotel and sports a beautiful waterfront view. Located in Brickell and right near the water (and very close to Bayside!), this spot offers a romantic and stunning view, perfect for impressing your sweetheart. Visitors will get the view of all the twinkling high-rise buildings sprinkled across downtown and over the bridge on the beach. You’ll also get to see tiny boats sprinkled throughout the water, making this view even more magical.

Crazy About You

This romantic restaurant is positioned right on the bay and is the perfect place for an intriguing evening. The ambiance is beautiful, and on a cool night you’ll enjoy sitting outside, catching the breeze, and hearing the soothing sounds of the water. The city is lit up at night and makes the whole backdrop look as if it’s made up of little stars. You’re in the heart of Brickell, which means you get the view of high-rises sparkling with lights, as well as the view of boats bobbing on the water and the reflection of the lights across the bridge on the beach in the soft, tranquil waves as you sip on a glass of wine.

The Rusty Pelican

This gorgeous restaurant is a popular spot for special days such as Mother’s Day, birthdays, and Valentine’s Day. Visitors can get a picture-perfect view of the ocean and the skyline here, as the restaurant boasts huge windows where guests can sit back and relax with some great food while watching a magical sunset.

The W Miami

The W Miami has the longest rooftop infinity pool in the city

If you find yourself at one of the W’s rooftop parties, you’ll catch a glorious view of Miami lit up at night. Whisper Cocktail Lounge at the W hotel in Miami has a gorgeous view, some great tunes, and kick-ass drinks. It’s definitely a place to “see and be seen”, so you’ll want to break out your best threads. You’ll see a wonderful view of the water, with the city’s buildings lit up in multitudes of colors, as well as the twinkle of Miami’s constant traffic. The skyline is a breathtaking backdrop to W’s Saturday rooftop parties, and will seriously make you feel like you’re in a dream you don’t want to wake up from.

Il Gabbiano

If you’re a fan of Italian food (and who isn’t?) and are looking for a romantic spot with a breathtaking view of Miami, this is your place. If looking for the best time to head here, you’ll want it to be near sunset so you can see Miami’s sky burst with pinks, purples, and golds. The view here is seriously surreal and the food will convince you to come back again and again. You might catch a boat zipping through around the golden hour, and can see the way the sunset breaks apart and glitters in the water as you enjoy a gin and tonic.

Bayside Marketplace

Market, Street Food

Bayside Marketplace, Miami, USA

Bayside is a lovely, classic go-to if you’re looking to snap some photos with a beautiful backdrop while visiting Miami. Even natives flock here for New Year’s Eve events and a fantastic fireworks show. It’s located on the waterfront, and visitors can watch boats as well as sit back and breathe in the bay breeze. At night, the city lights resemble twinkling stars—the perfect scene for a romantic eve. Catch the boat show during the winter for a beautiful display of boats decked out in all kinds of Christmas lights and decorations, against the backdrop of Miami’s twinkling nighttime scene.

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