Developed in the 1920s by George Merrick, Coral Gables was originally a planned community built during the Florida land boom. On 29 April 1925, the City of Coral Gables, commonly called "The Gables" by locals, was officially incorporated. The city soon grew fast, and today is home to 46,994 residents (2010 census), the largest botanical garden in the continental United States, and the famous University of Miami.
Today, Coral Gables boasts beautiful homes, high end shopping malls, lovely nature areas, historic landmarks, and many local hotspots. Additionally, The Gables is home to 175 multinationals, 26 consulates and trade offices and more than 30 fine art galleries. It is also known as the fine dining capital of Florida and has the highest concentration of live theater in Dade County.
The city supports both the residential and business sectors with excellent city services, having attained the highest possible standards in every field. In fact, Coral Gables is the only city in Florida and one of only two cities nationwide to have a class 1 fire department, a fully-accredited police department, and the highest awarded building and zoning department rating. In addition, Coral Gables has been named a "Tree City USA" for 29 consecutive years, has an award winning communications division and offers one of the most comprehensive parks and recreation programs in the state.
The nearest airport is Miami International Airport. Airport taxis to the the Gables from the airport are available, but costly. If you can brave the dirty, crazy homeless folk and shady characters, try taking public transport. Alternatively, you can always rent a car, the best way for a tourist to get around in greater Miami.
Miami-Dade Transit runs buses around Coral Gables and to nearby MetroRail stations.  There is also the Coral Gables trolley which runs within the city, connecting to the Douglas Road station.  As mentioned above, you can also always go by car.
Former home of George Merrick, founder of Coral Gables, dating from 1907. (907 Coral Way, Coral Gables, Florida)
Open daily from 6am to sunset. Man made atoll with scenic walks, boating and picnic area. (9610 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, Florida)
Public pool in a Venetian architectural style, with natural grottos and a sunbathing area. One of the best public pools in all of America. (2701 DeSoto Boulevard, Coral Gables, Florida)
Campus landmarks include the Lowe Art Museum, Cosford Cinema, Gusman Concert Hall, Jerry Harman Ring Theater, John C Gifford Arboretum, Lake Osceola, and the iconic Rathskeller restaurant and bar. Nice place for a daytime stroll. (1320 South Dixie Highway, Coral Gables, Florida)
The largest botanical garden in the continental USA. A must visit for those who want to get up close and personal with the world of tropical plants.
The downtown area of Coral Gables. Home to a wide variety of high end shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues such as the iconic Miracle Theatre.
A very small neighborhood of authentic 1920s homes built in Chinese style.
A small neighborhood of authentic 1920s homes built in French Normandy style.
A very small neighborhood of authentic 1920s homes built in Dutch colonial style.
A beautiful colonnade style building made using coral rock. On the front lawn, giant oak trees overgrown with Spanish moss wave around in the breeze while a large statue of George Merrick stands perfectly still amidst the rush of passing cars. (405 Biltmore Way, Coral Gables, Florida)
Out of a vast field of golfing green rises a gigantic, spanish style tower named the Biltmore Hotel. A nice place to look at even if you can't afford the hefty price. (1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables, Florida)
Historic Moorish style water tower next to the Alhambra golf corse. (Alhambra Circle, Coral Gables, Florida)
A beautiful and iconic street in The Gables. Walk, run, bicycle, or even drive past the streets unending rows of oak tree canopies, complete with historic homes, air plants, and spanish moss.
A neighborhood of historic 1920s homes built in authentic Italian style.
A small neighborhood of historic 1920s homes built in southern colonial style.
A neighborhood of historic 1920s homes built to resemble the French countryside.
A small neighborhood of historic 1920s homes built to resemble urban France (think Paris).
The main shopping district in Coral Gables, complete with bookstores, boutiques, clothing stores, fine dining, and more.
A shopping mall in The Gables, just a little bit south of Miracle Mile. Merrick Park is one, if not the, most high end shopping center in Dade County. Anchor establishments include Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus.
One of three Ortanique restaurants (the other two are located in Washington DC and Las Vegas). The food has a mixture of Caribbean and French influences. Reservations are requested. $19-$36 per person, per meal. (278 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, Florida)
Respectable authentic French restaurant serving such dishes as frog legs, escargot, and steak tartare. (266 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, Florida)
A Casual restaurant selling heavenly, home cooked American foods with a twist. Dishes include macaroni and cheese with truffle, pancetta and parmesan crumbs, mash potatoes with parsley and slow roasted garlic, and creamy French chocolate mouse. (1533 Madruga Avenue #3, Coral Gables, Florida)
Open until 1 AM. A hotspot for adult locals and UM collage students alike, and has good food, good beer and good atmosphere. (5813 Ponce De Leon Boulevard, Coral Gables, Florida)
Open until 2 AM. Has daily drink specials every night of the week, and boasts some of the best bar food around. (172 Giralda Avenue, Coral Gables, Florida)
Beautiful, old spanish style hotel adjacent to a golf coarse. Arguably the nicest hotel in all of Dade County. (1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables, Florida)
Nice, mordern hotel in Downtown Coral Gables. While it does not have the beautiful design and views of The Biltmore, it does save you a good amount of cash. (180 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables, Florida)
Another nice, cheaper alternative to The Biltmore. (50 Alhambra Plaza, Coral Gables, Florida)
There are hundreds of attractions in greater Miami. See the Miami guide to read more about nearby points of interest.