The Ten Best Places to Play Pokemon Go in Miami

Are you playing Pokémon Go? Chances are you answered yes. The app, which shot to the top of the App Store charts upon its release, has taken over social media feeds, media coverage, and, if you're among the 7.5 million U.S. players, possibly even your social life.

To play, you simply open the app and wander the streets in search of PokéStops, gyms, and randomly appearing creatures scattered across the city. But to play like a pro? Head to these Miami locales that have become hotbeds of Pokémon activity. Here are the ten best spots in the Magic City to become a real Pokémon master. 
Books & Books in Coral Gables
How do you catch Pokémon while supporting local business? Grab some friends and a seat at the Books & Books on Aragon Avenue, buy some food or drinks at the café, and let the Pokémon roll in. There’s a PokéStop right inside the store, so you’ll constantly be able to refresh, and setting a lure brings the Pokémon right to you. Other shops, very smartly, have begun placing lures as part of deals to draw customers. Best of all, if you’re with a group, you can walk to either corner of the block and get any number of stops on the way there (at least three next to the Coral Gables Museum and more on the opposite end). If you get bored, there’s a multitude of other spots in the area, especially the long walk down Miracle Mile to raise those eggs.

The Fountain at Florida International University
If you’ve been on the FIU campus in the past few days, you've probably seen the beautiful fountain area outside the Graham Center. Not one or two, but four PokéStops are at this location, and if you sit in just the right spot, you can hit all four without having to move an inch. Plus, there’s typically anywhere from one to four lure modules going at once, so you’re set if you’re willing to sit in the heat during the daytime or lounge around at night. The Pokémon that hang around there aren’t always the highest quality (though useful for excessive evolving and easy XP), but there are a few gems in the surrounding areas: a Dragonair at the library (where there’s also a stop if you want air conditioning), a Kabuto by the gym across campus, and a Koffing somewhere near the nature preserve. Heck, there was also a Gyarados that popped up suddenly and prompted a mass chase outside some classrooms, so hop to it.
University of Miami
Wander around the whole campus. Yes, that sounds ridiculous, and UM is a well of wonders. As with FIU, a large population of students means a lot of lures at a lot of stops, and UM is no exception. But while the variety of Pokémon you’ll find at FIU is limited, UM is different. One of the lakes holds a Dratini and a Dragonair; about five Magikarp appeared at once while crossing a bridge; and other players have spotted Ponyta, Snorlax, Oddish, Slowpoke, and Jigglypuff. Basically, you’ve got options. Maybe stop by the library to see if you can get a Ghastly while you’re there.

Town & Country
Players in Kendall, far from where all the good stuff in Miami typically happens, need some love too. They’ve got it at the Palms at Town & Country. You know that beautiful bridge over the lake there? PokéStops galore! People drop lures like crazy in that area and hover together for the sake of collecting more. Head over during happy hour to pair your Pokémon playing with an evening buzz — just don't get too trashed to swipe those PokéBalls successfully. 
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Juan Antonio Barquin is a Miami-based writer who programs the queer film series Flaming Classics and serves as co-editor of Dim the House Lights. Barquin aspires to be Bridget Jones.