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Soak up the South Beach lifestyle, dine on ‘Floribbean’ cuisine and explore Downtown Miami.
Relaxed and dedicated to uncomplicated pleasure, Miami embodies the spirit of Florida and adds a Latin twist. Though you could be forgiven for spending most of your holiday unwinding on the spectacular beaches, golf courses and spa centres, there is no shortage of things to see and do in the city and surrounding area.
If you’re in Miami at a weekend, hang out around the quieter end of South Beach from 5th Ave near the lifeguard station. You’ll need to stay until around six in the evening but you’ll be treated to people drumming, which was fun to watch, as well as a yoga class which you can get involved in.
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Downtown Miami and Coconut Grove are two of the trendier places to explore, with Downtown Miami bedecked with shops, restaurants, bars and spas, while Coconut Grove offers an enticing mishmash of haute boutiques and touristy shops all set on the waterfront.
Miami Beach is split into three – North Beach, Central Beach and the iconic South Beach. North and Central are both beautiful areas with an array of nearby amenities and are generally quieter than their southern counterpart. South Beach – or SoBe as it is known locally – is where the beautiful people are and also one of the trendiest spots in Miami. It’s also home to the Miami Beach Architectural District or the Miami Art Deco District as it also know, where 960 beautiful historic art-deco buildings can be found.
The Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Beach offers a quiet scenic stretch of beach on the southern tip of Key Biscayne and is ideal for those looking to relax away from it all. Also on Key Biscayne, Hobie Beach is the place for windsurfers and a variety of watersports equipment can be rented along this stretch.
On Miami North Beach is a genuine, ancient Spanish monastery that was dismantled, shipped over and rebuilt, allowing you to glimpse inside this beautiful building and wander its lush gardens. For Cold War enthusiasts the Bay of Pigs Museum, with its collection of memorabilia and artefacts, is a fascinating insight into the region’s recent history. You can also take a walk around the Cape Florida Lighthouse.
Full of eccentricity and freedom, the city’s art scene is thriving. Visit the Miami Design District, the Miami Art Museum and the many art galleries and street artists that are scattered throughout the city. The Miami botanical gardens and Lincoln Road boutiques are also well worth a visit.
If it’s retail therapy that you’re after, Miami is home to many malls and shopping streets, bursting with shops and entertainment options. Some of the best known are the Dolphin Mall just west of the airport, The Falls in Miami-Dade, CocoWalk in trendy Coconut Grove and Lincoln Road on Miami Beach.
Miami is a diverse city filled with Latin spirit and Caribbean flair and this is reflected in its food. Blending these flavours, the city has created a unique style of cuisine known as “Floribbean”, which you’ll find in countless restaurants and cafes all over Miami. However, if you’re looking for a touch of Cuban cooking, then Little Havana is your destination and Miami is also well known for its deliciously succulent seafood including the local favourite, stone crab.