Miami’s unique location offers visitors both a cityscape and a beach escape so get ready for fun in the sun in this Magic City in the Sunshine State!
Miami has always been known for its beaches of which South Beach aka SoBe is the most famous and popular. Visitors and locals also flock to three other beaches: South Pointe Park, Miami Beach Central, and Miami Beach North. Together, all four beaches offer sun seekers 7.5 miles of endless stretches of sand, Atlantic Ocean views and cycle/skate/board/walk paths to get from one to another.
There are more
than a dozen other beaches nearby Miami for beach lovers to explore and to
catch more rays such as Bal Harbour Beach, Sunny Isles Beach and Surfside
Key West will not disappoint. Only a 3-1/2 hour drive from Miami, this very relaxed island which Hemingway (having taken up residence there) made famous is 90 miles from Cuba and makes a great day/overnight trip. Do not even think of leaving there without enjoying a stroll on Duval Street, a slice of sweet yet tart Key Lime pie or a cast of your fishing rod.
If you have ever wanted to go on a cruise to a Caribbean island; Miami is known for having the world’s busiest cruise port, PortMiami. A cruise to Nassau or Freeport located in the Bahamas is all within reach if you so desire. Nature lovers should consider a trip to the Everglades National Park for biking, hiking and boating.
From sunrise to set; Miami inspires with its cool Latin, Caribbean and Floridian fusion vibes. More than half of Miami’s population is Hispanic and that has fostered the spicy cuisine and culture such as salsa dancing enjoyed there.
Life in Miami is best lived outdoors, on the beach or on a rooftop dining and dancing the night away. Enjoy the beaches, museums, shopping and art deco and MiMo (Miami Modern) architecture strolls during the day. Embark on fitness related water or land activities for health and wellness. Watch the sunset in SoBe or Coconut Grove over a cocktail or al fresco dinner with water views; enjoy Cuban food in Little Havana or South American cuisine in Miami.
Miami offers a wide range of art with museum collections ranging from art deco, modern, contemporary, aquatic, historical, erotic and automotive. If street graffiti is your thing; check out the outside billboard art at hip Wynwood Walls as well as the many indoor galleries in the area.
Shop away at the outdoor Lincoln Road Mall or any of the trendy boutiques in SoBe or open-air Bal Harbour stores for designer couture. A visit to Miami’s Design District might just reveal the next new thing.
Text: Caron Luteran