Black Point Park and Marina sits in that perfect sweet spot between beachside marina and the kind of natural forested park that is endemic to South Florida. Located at the mouth of Black Creek in Homestead, the boat launch feeds directly into Biscayne Bay, and the park itself is adjacent to Biscayne National Park. Vessels large and small leave from the marina daily, mostly manned by locals and vacationers looking to take advantage of one of Miami's most beautiful vistas. But whether you're in a boat or on foot on Black Creek Trail, you're looking out on a beautiful ocean bordered by lush green treetops. For their part, the creek and walking trail are bordered by natural species of trees and plants along small waterways that keep you connected to Florida's roots; you'll also find plenty of good fishing spots along the way. Keep the chill vibe going at Black Point Ocean Grill, which offers waterfront dining for more of that gorgeous view.

Best Place to Take Out-of-Towners
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The long stretch of road that winds through Little Havana in Miami affectionately known as Calle Ocho (Eighth Street) has undergone a change over the years — not the kind of change that makes you want to avoid it, but rather a kind of beautiful metamorphosis. Calle Ocho will always retain its Cuban flavor — you'll find some of the city's best Cuban restaurants here — but its evolution has attracted visitors from near and far. Think of it as Miami's very own picturesque Main Street. It's a great place to take out-of-town friends and family for a foolproof Miami experience. Forget South Beach. Take your visitors to Calle Ocho and watch their eyes widen and their mouths drop. Take them to dinner at chef Michelle Bernstein's Cafe La Trova before heading to Ball & Chain for specialty cocktails and a night of dancing. During the day, walk around and take in the street art and the viejitos studying their games at Domino Park. For a well-rounded Cuban-themed tour, stop by the Cubaocho Museum, then enjoy a cigar from one of the many vendors along the way.

Black Archives Historic Lyric Theater
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Built in 1913, the Lyric Theater was the heart of a bustling entertainment district in Overtown known as "Little Broadway," where such legendary artists as Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, and B.B. King graced the stage. As the sole surviving symbol of that district, the theater has undergone extensive renovations over the years to cement its place in Overtown's history. In addition to still hosting talent, Miami's oldest theater also houses an extensive archive of historical records, photos, and artifacts related to South Florida's Black history. The theater was acquired by the Black Archives, History and Research Foundation of South Florida in 1988 and added to the National Register of Historic Places the following year. We may not be able to sit in for a live performance right now, but the foundation launched a #SaferAtHome virtual series with various speakers and fun events like "Jeopardy Noir" to put your knowledge of Miami's Black history to the test.

Best Dolphins Player
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Heading into his fifth season, DeVante Parker was a bit of a mystery for the Miami Dolphins. Although he'd shown glimpses of dominance on the field, he was often hampered by injuries, bad coaching, bad quarterback play, or a combination of all three. But then Parker took off, demonstrating why the Dolphins had picked him so high in the first round of the 2015 NFL draft. He caught 72 passes for 1,202 yards and nine touchdowns last season, earning himself a new contract and a chance to continue proving that he's a Pro Bowl-caliber player. Having dealt with so many changes since his 2015 start, he's sure to benefit from stability in both the coaching staff and the quarterback room this season. If his stellar 2019 is any indication, the sky is the limit for Parker.

Best Heat Player
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With Dwyane Wade hanging up his sneakers after a long and fruitful career, the Miami Heat needed a new franchise cornerstone to step into the fold. Most believed that man would be Jimmy Butler after he signed with the Heat in free agency during the offseason. No one expected Bam Adebayo to be an NBA All-Star so soon, but that's exactly what happened. Bam has averaged 16 points, ten rebounds, and five assists in his third NBA season, far surpassing expectations for a team with so many offensive options. He's already one of the best centers in the NBA, and he's barely old enough to legally buy a beer. It's become nearly impossible for the Heat to replace what Bam brings to the court when he's missing from the lineup or in foul trouble. He's quickly become the team's rock and, undeniably, its best player.

Best Hurricanes Football Player
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In his third season at Miami, DeeJay Dallas transformed from part-time weapon to full-time leader. Throughout his career with the Hurricanes, Dallas was one of the best players on the field, but in 2019, he truly stood out. Ten total touchdowns and a combined 800-plus yards from scrimmage in ten games doesn't tell the entire story. Dallas came up big in the clutch more often than not; from sealing games when the Hurricanes needed it to breaking a big run against Florida State, he was Miami's own "Mr. Dependable." His play didn't go unnoticed by the NFL, either: Dallas was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL draft. Whenever the Hurricanes next take the field, DeeJay Dallas will be missed.

Best Hurricanes Basketball Player
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The Miami Hurricanes basketball team had its ups and downs last season, which made the efforts of senior guard Dejan Vasiljevic even more essential. Vasiljevic averaged 13.2 points and 4.2 rebounds per game in 2019, his final season in Coral Gables, and led the team as they fought and clawed their way against ACC competition. The Australian native might not be the flashiest player who's ever stepped on the court for Miami, but he's one of the most dependable leaders the Canes have seen in recent years. And while his college career is at an end, his playing days aren't: Vasiljevic signed a three-year deal in July with the National Basketball League's Sydney Kings.

Best Inter Miami CF Player
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Inter Miami was a blip on the radar in 2020, coming and going in the blink of an eye. Before the season was even a handful of games old, the coronavirus ended it. Then the MLS resumed in Orlando for a tournament that gave Inter Miami little chance to grow together as a team. Looking ahead, Rodolfo Pizzaro will undoubtedly be a part of that growth, as he was the best player in Inter's inaugural season. When Pizarro left Mexico's Monterrey, his club team, for Inter Miami, he was an instant star. He lived up to that status when he scored Inter's first goal in a 2-1 preseason loss to the Philadelphia Union. Pizarro would also score Inter Miami's first official goal in a 2-1 loss to D.C. United in the club's first real game. Not winning a game in 2020 was a tough pill to swallow for Inter fans, but knowing that a player of Pizarro's caliber plays professional soccer in Miami now makes it a lot easier to be patient.

Best Marlins Player
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Brian Anderson rakes, which is why Miami Marlins fans call him as "The Groundskeeper" — and in 2019, Anderson definitely cleaned up. The Marlins third baseman swatted twenty home runs and drove in 66 runs, all while batting a respectable .261 in 459 at-bats. For a team that struggled to find its way in the win column for much of the season, Anderson gave the Marlins a fighting chance on many nights with his timely hits and stellar play, and he quickly became one of the team's leaders. After trades and roster turnover, the Marlins needed some familiar faces to step up and show the younger players how the pros do it. In 2019, Anderson was the Marlins' best player, but even more important, he taught the team's future stars how to play the game right.

Best Panthers Player
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Native Canadian Aaron Ekblad is undoubtedly one of the few bright spots in an otherwise underachieving Florida Panthers franchise. Since 2014, the defenseman the Panthers selected first overall in the NHL draft has led the team both on and off the ice, conducting himself as the sort of professional the floundering franchise desperately needs. Ekblad notched a career-high 41 points in 2019, making him one of fewer than a dozen defensemen in NHL history to reach double digits in goals in each of their first four seasons. Ekblad rarely misses a game: In 2017 and 2018, he appeared in all 82 games for the Panthers, and during the 2019-20 season — shortened by the coronavirus — he played in 67 games. The Panthers need more players like Ekblad; he'd shine on any team in the NHL.

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