Life's much more than a beach in Miami Beach. The blue ocean, the palm trees, the neon lights, the Art Deco architecture of Collins Avenue (left) those are the stars of the visual show. But it's the manicured lawns that bring it all together.
The grass seems greener here, more plush and inviting. You just want to take off your shoes and walk barefoot in the grass or get comfortable relaxing on the green carpet with a friend.
Here’s why Miami Beach has the best lawns in the country:
The climate in Miami Beach is one of the reasons you vacation in Florida, right? Even during the coldest month, January, the highs remain in the mid-70s. That tropical climate gives those warm season grasses that vibrant punch of color. The key to turning your own lawn emerald green is choosing the right kind of grass. If your winters get cold and your summers are middling hot, you’re looking for cool season grasses. If you’re in the southern half of the U.S., warm season grasses are your ticket.
Miami Beach takes pride in its updated appearance. The key to looking good, of course, is taking care of the details like keeping the courtyard at the hotel monochrome green and luxury, or your Airbnb boasting an infiniti pool or a little bit of hygge.
Those gorgeous Miami Beach lawns work because they’re planned and executed with fierce attention to detail and a willingness to put in the money to do it right.
The sprinklers in Miami Beach go off on time. The guys pushing and riding lawn mowers or wielding weed whips are out there like clockwork, often shirtless. At some point, most likely at night, when tourist eyes aren’t looking, lawns here are getting fertilized, weeded, and aerated.
All that maintenance is why the lawns look good, and feel so good, in this tropical paradise. You may not put much thought into lawn care, but that’s the whole point. Maintain the backdrop, so the pleasures of Miami Beach are front and center.
The crowded 24-hour parties and popular events like Art Basel, may be on hold but the sand, ocean, and hot guys, are still waiting in Miami Beach. If you keep socially distanced (with a little of that gorgeous green grass between you), you can still enjoy Miami Beach, and the best lawns in the country.
Andres Marten is a travel and landscape writer. He’s constantly on the move looking for the best places for exploring or living near nature’s finest.