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Miami’s 14 best people-watching locations, mapped

Enjoy your Black Friday in a more entertaining fashion

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If you think there's a better place in the world for people-watching than Miami, you're mistaken because no city offers a better combination of diversity, warm weather at all times, and interesting people amid a gorgeous tropical landscape littered with Palm trees and views of the water.

Lift your gaze from your smart phone for a second and you just might walk away entertained.

Here are the 14 best people-watching locations in Miami, ideal spots to hang out during the weekend or take visiting family and friends. Our locations are arranged on the map from south to north.

Did we miss your favorite spot? Please let us know in the comments.

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Matheson Hammock Marina

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If you're the type of person who giggled during the scene in Big Daddy where the rollerblader tripped on a stick at the bottom of the hill, then perhaps people-watching at Matheson Hammock's marina is for you.

Not only do you get to see boats of all shapes and sizes but occasionally you'll witness some raucous behavior. I once saw a captain chuck a chicken finger at the guy in the boat ahead of him for taking too long to get his boat out of the water.

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Nixon Sandbar

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If you're fortunate enough to have a boat in your circle of friends or family, you won't find a more entertaining atmosphere than Nixon Sandbar off Key Biscayne during the middle of the afternoon on a holiday or weekend. Prepare your eyes for boats with two or three engines too many and ears for a heavy dose of reggaeton.

#vandutch Sandbar time

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Green Street Cafe

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Pull up a chair at Green Street Cafe or Lulu in Coconut Grove for solid food, a happening sidewalk, and some scenic views.

Starbucks or Balans at Mary Brickell Village

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Mary may not get as much love anymore with Brickell City Centre's arrival, but she'll always have a place on our people-watching short list, whether it's via grabbing a cup of coffee at Starbucks, catching a game on the big screen outside at Brother Jimmy's, or hitting happy hour at Balans. Brickellites are a fun and lively crowd.

Just hanging out. #SMS #ForLife #GorinBros #MissingSam #Instagay #PartyLikeARockstar #BrickellLiving

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Bayside Marketplace

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This dated mall along Biscayne Bay in downtown Miami features live music, shopping, and restaurants at one of Miami's top people-watching destinations.

Bayside

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Miami Heat games at American Airlines Arena

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The mecca of Miami's people-watching universe is American Airlines Arena, home of the three-time champion Miami Heat. It's actually quite difficult to focus on the game at times with the swaths of audacious people swirling around you.

Lincoln Road

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Lincoln Road in the heart of South Beach is probably the most popular pick and for good reason. Somewhere is always Happy Hour and you'll get an efficient dose of wild clientele that includes sunglass-wearing dogs. There is no better people-watching spot on the planet than Lincoln Road on Halloween Night.

#deadlySchoolGirl #Halloween2016 #LincolnRoad #SouthBeach

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South Beach

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Pick a beach, any beach, preferably on Miami Beach.

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Bleau Bar at the Fontainebleau

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If you're big on the club scene then by all means head to LIV. But if head-rattling house music isn't your thing but you want a vibrant atmosphere, Bleau Bar just outside will do just fine.

FRIDAYYY!!! #miamistyle #miami #miamibeach #dancing #happyhour #tgif #friday #howifeelonfridays

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Domino Park

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There's nothing quite like Calle Ocho and Domino Park. Named after Maximo Gomez, a soldier who fought for Cuban independence from Spain, it's a popular hangout for vets, locals tourists, and dominos of course.

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The Wynwood Walls

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The hipster capital of Miami can also be the most interesting. Once a warehouse district, it's now a vibrant art, shopping, and restaurant scene with a growing residential sector as well. Art Walk, taking place the second Saturday of each month, is the place to be.

Sleeping beauty.

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Lummus Park

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Encompassing over 70 acres of space between South Beach's ocean sand and Ocean Drive, this is the mecca. Toss a blanket down somewhere between fifth and 15th Street, pop a squat, and observe all the wonderful wackiness Miami has to offer.
Miami and Beaches

Zoo Miami

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Animals count too, right?

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Hard Rock Stadium

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While you may not be experiencing much winning these days at Hard Rock Stadium (the Canes' final home game of the season was last weekend), there's plenty of Dolphins fans who play halloween each week.

Matheson Hammock Marina

Jimmy Baikovicius/Flickr
If you're the type of person who giggled during the scene in Big Daddy where the rollerblader tripped on a stick at the bottom of the hill, then perhaps people-watching at Matheson Hammock's marina is for you.

Not only do you get to see boats of all shapes and sizes but occasionally you'll witness some raucous behavior. I once saw a captain chuck a chicken finger at the guy in the boat ahead of him for taking too long to get his boat out of the water.

Jimmy Baikovicius/Flickr

Nixon Sandbar

If you're fortunate enough to have a boat in your circle of friends or family, you won't find a more entertaining atmosphere than Nixon Sandbar off Key Biscayne during the middle of the afternoon on a holiday or weekend. Prepare your eyes for boats with two or three engines too many and ears for a heavy dose of reggaeton.

#vandutch Sandbar time

A photo posted by Wanderlust (@180unlimited) on

Green Street Cafe

Pull up a chair at Green Street Cafe or Lulu in Coconut Grove for solid food, a happening sidewalk, and some scenic views.

Starbucks or Balans at Mary Brickell Village

Mary may not get as much love anymore with Brickell City Centre's arrival, but she'll always have a place on our people-watching short list, whether it's via grabbing a cup of coffee at Starbucks, catching a game on the big screen outside at Brother Jimmy's, or hitting happy hour at Balans. Brickellites are a fun and lively crowd.

Just hanging out. #SMS #ForLife #GorinBros #MissingSam #Instagay #PartyLikeARockstar #BrickellLiving

A photo posted by Gary Wolf (@style_by_g) on

Bayside Marketplace

This dated mall along Biscayne Bay in downtown Miami features live music, shopping, and restaurants at one of Miami's top people-watching destinations.

Bayside

A photo posted by O seu perfume Importado (@importi_perfumes_manaus) on

Miami Heat games at American Airlines Arena

The mecca of Miami's people-watching universe is American Airlines Arena, home of the three-time champion Miami Heat. It's actually quite difficult to focus on the game at times with the swaths of audacious people swirling around you.

Lincoln Road

Lincoln Road in the heart of South Beach is probably the most popular pick and for good reason. Somewhere is always Happy Hour and you'll get an efficient dose of wild clientele that includes sunglass-wearing dogs. There is no better people-watching spot on the planet than Lincoln Road on Halloween Night.

#deadlySchoolGirl #Halloween2016 #LincolnRoad #SouthBeach

A photo posted by Vivian (@vbam33) on

South Beach

Pick a beach, any beach, preferably on Miami Beach.

A post shared by J.m. McCaffrey (@zerohypeguy) on

Bleau Bar at the Fontainebleau

If you're big on the club scene then by all means head to LIV. But if head-rattling house music isn't your thing but you want a vibrant atmosphere, Bleau Bar just outside will do just fine.

FRIDAYYY!!! #miamistyle #miami #miamibeach #dancing #happyhour #tgif #friday #howifeelonfridays

A video posted by @livinginmiami on

Domino Park

There's nothing quite like Calle Ocho and Domino Park. Named after Maximo Gomez, a soldier who fought for Cuban independence from Spain, it's a popular hangout for vets, locals tourists, and dominos of course.

A post shared by Kathy Knight (@fineknight) on

The Wynwood Walls

The hipster capital of Miami can also be the most interesting. Once a warehouse district, it's now a vibrant art, shopping, and restaurant scene with a growing residential sector as well. Art Walk, taking place the second Saturday of each month, is the place to be.

Sleeping beauty.

A post shared by Steve C. (@steveo_c8) on

Lummus Park

Miami and Beaches
Encompassing over 70 acres of space between South Beach's ocean sand and Ocean Drive, this is the mecca. Toss a blanket down somewhere between fifth and 15th Street, pop a squat, and observe all the wonderful wackiness Miami has to offer.
Miami and Beaches

Zoo Miami

Animals count too, right?

A post shared by Rick Apseloff (@asauce329) on

Hard Rock Stadium

While you may not be experiencing much winning these days at Hard Rock Stadium (the Canes' final home game of the season was last weekend), there's plenty of Dolphins fans who play halloween each week.