This guy can teach us all a thing or two about how to travel in style

Sexton Garcia is general manager of The Meridian Hotel in South Beach. Photograph by Felipe Cuevas.
Sexton Garcia is general manager of The Meridian Hotel in South Beach. Photograph by Felipe Cuevas.

Sexton Garcia knows travel. The general manager of Urbanica’s The Meridian Hotel in South Beach has visited every country in the Caribbean and Europe and seen most of the United States. He digs London, and he’s very much looking forward to spending Christmas in Jamaica. He loves Miami Beach’s South of Fifth neighborhood, where Urbanica is opening a new boutique, Sofi Hotel, in 2018.

These are his seven top gift picks for frequent travelers. Click here to see all of our experts’ suggestions

1. Ahol Sniffs Glue jewelry

Ahol Sniffs Glue silver studs
Ahol Sniffs Glue.

Ahol Sniffs Glue is a very good friend of mine, and he’s quintessentially Miami. I love all his pieces.”

Jewelry from $175. Pérez Art Museum Miami, 1103 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami; 305-375-3000; and

2. The Meridian Hotel

Urbanica Hotel
The Meridian.

“You don’t need to travel far to get away. At The Meridian, we are experts at truly pampering our guests and making them feel at home. If a couple is celebrating something, we know how to make it memorable.”

From $140. The Meridian, 418 Meridian Avenue, Miami Beach; 33139; 305-763-8934;

3. Whisky Tasting Collection

Tasting Collection.

“The Whisky Tasting Collection is a great and unique gift. You get to taste several different high-end whiskies, and they come in a gift box.”


4. Shwood Sunglasses

Shwood sunglasses

“These Shwood shades are made from real wood and look cool. They are perfect for the beach or wherever your travels take you.”

From $109.

5. Shaving Essentials 

The Art of Shaving – Beard Balm Brush
The Art of Shaving.

“I’ve had my beard for eight years. It was a bet to see who could grow it out the longest. I won. So now I never leave home with my Art of Shaving tools.

From $30. The Art of Shaving at Aventura Mall, 19501 Biscayne Boulevard, Aventura; 305-937-1877;

6. Rimowa Suitcase

Rimowa suitcase

“I love my Rimowa Suitcase. These cases are secure, light and water resistant – really ideal for those who travel often.”

From $495. Bloomingdale’s at The Falls, 8778 Southwest 136th Street, Miami; 305-252-6300;

7. Veuve Clicquot Rosé

Veuve Clicquot Rose
Veuve Clicquot Rose.

“We are never without Veuve Clicquot Rosé at our home. I have been drinking it for years and love it. Great for the holidays.”

From $60. Total Wine & More, 1139 Fifth Street, Miami Beach; 786-276-6545;

The Expert: Sexton Garcia

Sexton Garcia at The Meridian Hotel in Miami Beach. Photograph by Felipe Cuevas.