Warm weather and a melting pot of cultures make dynamic Miami lively and exciting
No visit to Miami is complete without a stroll through super trendy South Beach. In addition to some prime shoreline for beach bums, the neighborhood’s colorful art-deco buildings and hip dining and nightlife make it an even cooler place to see and be seen. Though it’s a little more of a field trip, a bus or boat tour of the Everglades is a great way to get a look at Florida’s most famous eco-scene. Those with the time may consider renting a car to visit Key Biscayne, an island connected to Miami by bridge that is home to a lovely beach at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Recreation Area.
Local Hot Spots
Other great places to explore include the historic neighborhoods of Little Havana, Coconut Grove, and Coral Gables. In Coconut Grove, be sure to visit the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, a palace built in the Italianate style and surrounded by gorgeous gardens. The palm-lined streets and posh estates of Coral Gables offer another area for exploring – the Miracle Mile is a great spot for fashionable boutiques and restaurants. Meanwhile, Little Havana is a great place to experience the heavy influence of Cuban culture in Miami.
Dining & Nightlife
Hot and heavy nightlife in Miami is centered in South Beach and spreads across the city. Latin influence is big here, though jazz and rock can also be found, especially at the Carnival Performing Arts Centre. For cocktails, you’ll find plenty of swanky lounges and bars on Lincoln Road and in the Design District. As for dining, some of the city’s best restaurants can be found in South Miami, Kendall, and Coral Gables, though most areas are home to tons of eateries. A few bites to sample? Try Cuban arepas, Brazilian churrasco (grilled meat), or even alligator nuggets.