Coral Gables is truly a beautiful city. Coral Gables’ founders imagined both a city of beauty with a strong natural, or garden-like, quality, with lush green avenues winding through a residential city, punctuated with civic landmarks. The city assuredly features an embellishment of detailed and playful architectural features. Known as The City Beautiful, Coral Gables stands out as a planned community that blends color, details, and the Mediterranean Revival architectural style.
From its inception, Coral Gables was designed to be an international City, and is now home to more than 20 consulates and foreign government offices, and more than 140 multinational corporations. As early as 1925, City Founder Merrick predicted Coral Gables would serve as a gateway to Latin America. To further establish international ties, the City has forged relationships with six Sister Cities: Aix-en Provence, France; Cartagena, Colombia; Granada, Spain; La Antigua, Guatemala; Province of Pisa, Italy; and Quito, Ecuador (emeritus).
Coral Gables, The City Beautiful, stands out as a rare pearl in South Florida. It is a cohesive community built on a grand scale that blends color, detail, and the Mediterranean Revival architectural style in creating harmony with the environment. Early city planners and visionaries were influenced by the aesthetics of the city that swept across America in the early 1900’s. Inspired by the works of landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead, who designed New York’s Central Park, Coral Gables encouraged the use of wide tree-lined avenues and meticulous attention to detail.
Miracle Mile, a classic avenue of the area measuring half a mile, is a long section of Coral Way between Le Jeune Road (S.W. 42nd Avenue) and Douglas Road (S.W. 37th Avenue) in the city of Coral Gables. It is the main east-west road through the city's downtown central business district, consisting of many shops, financial institutions, restaurants and arts institutions. The Le Jeune Road end of Miracle Mile is anchored by the Coral Gables City Hall. Miracle Mile and the surrounding Downtown Coral Gables area are served indirectly by the Miami Metrorail, by transferring from the Douglas Road station to the Coral Gables Trolley. The trolley runs up and down Ponce de Leon Boulevard from Miracle Mile to the Metro.
The City supports a new museum and art cinema on Aragon Avenue, across from the renowned independent bookstore, Books & Books. In addition to this cultural center, Coral Gables has the distinction of having four live theaters, as well as many fine art galleries. The 230 acre+ campus of the University of Miami also provides the community with access to lectures and performances, as well as art cinema and the Lowe Art Museum. Visitors and residents also enjoy Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, as well as festivals and performances held throughout the year, including the Tropical Baroque Festival and Beaux Art Festival. Coral Gables is one of the few cities in the area to offer a grant program supporting local non-profit cultural programming, as well as a Public Art, encouraging the investment to enhance the community. The City conducts a Farmer’s Market each spring in front of City Hall.