We all know that the center of the Miami universe is Wynwood. Or Brickell. Or the Design District. Maybe even Miami Beach. (Some might even say it is Kendall, but they are nuts.)
OK, so we don’t actually know where the center of the Miami universe is. We’re clueless. What we do know is that nobody would ever say it’s in south Miami-Dade.
And that is a mistake.
The southernmost part of the county is exceptional. It’s Real Florida. (No. Wood Tavern is not Real Florida.) There is agriculture and attractions. There’s even a winery, if you’re super brave and don’t mind a little lychee in your adult beverage (some do).
We even think there are a few places you need to visit in south Miami-Dade before you die.
Carved from 1,100 tons of coral rock by a spurned Latvian romantic, this retro Florida attraction is a monument to either the perseverance of true love or the insanity of obsessing over a woman who’s way too young for you.
Coral Castle: 28655 South Dixie Highway, Homestead
Robert is Here
This produce mecca sells fruits, vegetables, jams, honey and hot sauce, relishes and marinades and every kind of edible souvenir (except that kind). But the main attraction is the crazy good shakes. We’re addicted to strawberry key lime, and there are plenty of basic flavors (pineapple, banana, coconut). But the menu also includes uncharted territory: tamarind, sapodilla and guava. Want to really get fancy? Go for the guanabana.
Robert is Here: 19200 SW 344th St., Homestead
Knaus Berry Farm
People, you can get a cinnamon roll shake. I repeat: A CINNAMON ROLL SHAKE. You can also get cinnamon rolls. You can get other stuff, too, but we can never look away from the rolls long enough to order anything else.Pro tip: Expect a long line on the weekend and remember that Knaus isn’t open on Sundays.Knaus Berry Farm: 15980 SW 248th St., Homestead
Redland Village Market
We are pretty sure there is nothing you can’t find here, from stoppers for your kitchen sink to automotive parts to fresh and cheap produce at the farmers market. Also: Churros!
Redland Village Market: 22420 South Dixie Highway, Homestead
Fruit & Spice Park
This is so old-school it’s just trees. Walk or take a tram ride.
Fruit & Spice Park: 24801 SW 187th Ave., Homestead
Schnebly Redland’s Winery
OK, so the wine isn’t made from actual grapes but tropical fruit like lychees, avocado and – shudder – mangoes. Feeling brave? Head over to the tasting room. There’s also beer.
Schnebly Redland Winery: 30205 SW 217th Ave., Homestead
Those glorious Kendall strip malls
Nobody does strip malls like Kendall.