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Miami’s 14 best people-watching locations, mapped

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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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1. 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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2. 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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3. Green Street Cafe

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3468 Main Hwy
Coconut Grove, FL 33133
(305) 444-0244
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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.

4. Starbucks or Balans at Mary Brickell Village

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901 S Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33130
(305) 381-6130
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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5. Bayside Marketplace

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401 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33132
(305) 577-3344
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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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6. Miami Heat games at American Airlines Arena

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601 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33132
(786) 777-4328
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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.

7. Lincoln Road

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Lincoln Rd
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 389-3767
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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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8. South Beach

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1 Ocean Dr
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Pick a beach, any beach, preferably on Miami Beach.

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9. Bleau Bar at the Fontainebleau

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4441 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33140
(800) 548-8886
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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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10. Domino Park

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801 SW 15th Ave
Miami, FL 33135
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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11. The Wynwood Walls

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167 NW 25th St
Miami, FL 33127
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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12. Lummus Park

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Ocean Dr.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
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

13. Zoo Miami

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12400 SW 152nd St
Miami, FL 33177
(305) 251-0400
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Animals count too, right?

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14. Hard Rock Stadium

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347 Don Shula Dr
Miami Gardens, FL 33056
(305) 623-6100
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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.

1. Matheson Hammock Marina

Coral Gables, FL
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.

2. 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

A photo posted by Wanderlust (@180unlimited) on

3. Green Street Cafe

3468 Main Hwy, Coconut Grove, FL 33133
Pull up a chair at Green Street Cafe or Lulu in Coconut Grove for solid food, a happening sidewalk, and some scenic views.
3468 Main Hwy
Coconut Grove, FL 33133

4. Starbucks or Balans at Mary Brickell Village

901 S Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33130
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

901 S Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33130

5. Bayside Marketplace

401 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132
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

401 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33132

6. Miami Heat games at American Airlines Arena

601 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132
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.
601 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33132

7. Lincoln Road

Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139
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

Lincoln Rd
Miami Beach, FL 33139

8. South Beach

1 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Pick a beach, any beach, preferably on Miami Beach.

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

1 Ocean Dr
Miami Beach, FL 33139

9. Bleau Bar at the Fontainebleau

4441 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140
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

4441 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33140

10. Domino Park

801 SW 15th Ave, Miami, FL 33135
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

801 SW 15th Ave
Miami, FL 33135

11. The Wynwood Walls

167 NW 25th St, Miami, FL 33127
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

167 NW 25th St
Miami, FL 33127

12. Lummus Park

Ocean Dr., Miami Beach, FL 33139
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.
Ocean Dr.
Miami Beach, FL 33139

13. Zoo Miami

12400 SW 152nd St, Miami, FL 33177
Animals count too, right?

A post shared by Rick Apseloff (@asauce329) on

12400 SW 152nd St
Miami, FL 33177

14. Hard Rock Stadium

347 Don Shula Dr, Miami Gardens, FL 33056
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.
347 Don Shula Dr
Miami Gardens, FL 33056