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Miami’s 16 ultimate drone photos, mapped

Featuring some of the best aerials of Miami that we’ve ever seen

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Drone photography has taken the real estate world by storm, especially with high-end property owners and marketers looking to give their projects a little extra oomph.

It’s especially been apparent in coastal cities like Miami, where waterfront aerials often look more like sophisticated renderings than actual photos. Drone photos have also been prominent among empty residential plots, such as this $24 million chunk of dirt in Coral Gables.

We scoured Instagram for the best drone shots we could find of notable areas and buildings across Miami-Dade County. Our compilation is ordered from north to south.

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Porsche Design Tower

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One of Miami’s most expensive residential properties to be completed in 2017, the Porsche Design Tower, with a car elevator at its core, looks like a rocket awaiting launch.

Fontainebleau Miami Beach

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The most happening hotel outside of South Beach, the Fontainebleau is one of Miami’s best people-watching locations.

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Flagler Memorial Island

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Highlighting this uninhabited artificial island off Miami Beach in Biscayne Bay is a 110-foot high obelisk paying homage to Miami pioneer Henry M. Flagler.

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Island Gardens Marina

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Island Gardens Marina at Watson Island has been playing host to a ton of enormous superyachts. Luna, pictured here, is 377 feet and valued at over $500 million.

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Bayfront Park

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Likely taken above Bayfront Park, this view shows a chunk of downtown Miami along Biscayne Boulevard. From left to right is the Freedom Tower, several condos, and the American Airlines Arena, which is the home of the Miami Heat.

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MacArthur Causeway

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As one of the busiest bridges connecting Miami Beach to the mainland, the MacArthur Causeway can be a headache for many but it’s a beautiful drive if you’re present and mindful of your bay surroundings.

Southeast Financial Center

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Located in the heart of the downtown area is the Southeast Financial Center, one of the tallest buildings in Miami at 765 feet.

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Miami Tower

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The Miami Tower, which sold for $220 million in May 2016, is unique in that it changes colors frequently, such as when it honored Ichiro after his 3,000th hit.

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South of Fifth

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South of Fifth is interesting because it’s drastically different from its wild next-door neighbor, Ocean Drive. Engulfed by water views, South Pointe Park is among the most peaceful sunset-watching destinations in the city.

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Brickell Key

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Brickell Key is to Brickell as South of Fifth is to South Beach, offering a serene atmosphere with direct bay views.

Brickell City Centre

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Brickell’s new heart, Brickell City Centre, continues to evolve with its Italian food hall La Centrale set to open in December.

Brickell

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This shot of a portion of Brickell was taken from the bay facing 14th Street.

Vizcaya

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Vizcaya is one of Miami’s most famous landmarks. It’s also received plenty of screen time after being featured in a wide array of movies, like Any Given Sunday and Bay Boys II.

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Miami Marine Stadium

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The dormant Miami Marine Stadium has received a ton of buzz lately with a much-needed renovation in the pipeline.

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Tennis Center at Crandon Park

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This tennis venue on Key Biscayne serves as the home to the Miami Open. However, there is some concern the event could leave without an approval for expansion.

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Gables Club Tower

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Pictured here is a direct aerial above the Gables Club Tower in Coral Gables. Built in 2004, the property includes a 14,000-square-foot club exclusively for its residents.

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Porsche Design Tower

One of Miami’s most expensive residential properties to be completed in 2017, the Porsche Design Tower, with a car elevator at its core, looks like a rocket awaiting launch.

Fontainebleau Miami Beach

The most happening hotel outside of South Beach, the Fontainebleau is one of Miami’s best people-watching locations.

A post shared by The Flying Eye (@flye_drones) on

Flagler Memorial Island

Highlighting this uninhabited artificial island off Miami Beach in Biscayne Bay is a 110-foot high obelisk paying homage to Miami pioneer Henry M. Flagler.

A post shared by The Flying Eye (@flye_drones) on

Island Gardens Marina

Island Gardens Marina at Watson Island has been playing host to a ton of enormous superyachts. Luna, pictured here, is 377 feet and valued at over $500 million.

A post shared by The Flying Eye (@flye_drones) on

Bayfront Park

Likely taken above Bayfront Park, this view shows a chunk of downtown Miami along Biscayne Boulevard. From left to right is the Freedom Tower, several condos, and the American Airlines Arena, which is the home of the Miami Heat.

A post shared by Mr. E (@highdrone) on

MacArthur Causeway

As one of the busiest bridges connecting Miami Beach to the mainland, the MacArthur Causeway can be a headache for many but it’s a beautiful drive if you’re present and mindful of your bay surroundings.

Southeast Financial Center

Located in the heart of the downtown area is the Southeast Financial Center, one of the tallest buildings in Miami at 765 feet.

A post shared by The Flying Eye (@flye_drones) on

Miami Tower

The Miami Tower, which sold for $220 million in May 2016, is unique in that it changes colors frequently, such as when it honored Ichiro after his 3,000th hit.

A post shared by Mr. E (@highdrone) on

South of Fifth

South of Fifth is interesting because it’s drastically different from its wild next-door neighbor, Ocean Drive. Engulfed by water views, South Pointe Park is among the most peaceful sunset-watching destinations in the city.

A post shared by The Flying Eye (@flye_drones) on

Brickell Key

Brickell Key is to Brickell as South of Fifth is to South Beach, offering a serene atmosphere with direct bay views.

Brickell City Centre

Brickell’s new heart, Brickell City Centre, continues to evolve with its Italian food hall La Centrale set to open in December.

Brickell

This shot of a portion of Brickell was taken from the bay facing 14th Street.

Vizcaya

Vizcaya is one of Miami’s most famous landmarks. It’s also received plenty of screen time after being featured in a wide array of movies, like Any Given Sunday and Bay Boys II.

A post shared by Mr. E (@highdrone) on

Miami Marine Stadium

The dormant Miami Marine Stadium has received a ton of buzz lately with a much-needed renovation in the pipeline.

A post shared by The Flying Eye (@flye_drones) on

Tennis Center at Crandon Park

This tennis venue on Key Biscayne serves as the home to the Miami Open. However, there is some concern the event could leave without an approval for expansion.

A post shared by The Flying Eye (@flye_drones) on

Gables Club Tower

Pictured here is a direct aerial above the Gables Club Tower in Coral Gables. Built in 2004, the property includes a 14,000-square-foot club exclusively for its residents.

A post shared by The Flying Eye (@flye_drones) on