- Elongated golden beaches
- Vibrant nightlife
- A shopper’s haven
- Miami Zoo
- A rich sporting culture
Miami has two of the most well known beaches in Florida, known for its beautiful people and family friendly atmosphere. The postcard image of South Beach sits in front of beachside hotels, popular amongst hotel guests and locals. A lengthy boardwalk is populated by families strolling, rollerblading, and cycling. South Beach is also known by its Art Deco District which is the largest collection of Art Deco architecture in the world, comprising of hundreds of preserved historical hotels, infused with lavish touches of sleek ship like railings and porthole windows. North of South Beach lays Miami Beach, known for its more family orientated ambiance.
Things to do
Coconut Grove is one of the city’s biggest attractions. This is Miami’s oldest neighbourhood that flourishes in vibrant shops and cool cafes that are a reflection of its Bohemian roots. For family entertainment Miami Zoo is a great choice. Widely regarded as one of the worlds most enthralling zoos; comprising of 740 acres of the world’s rarest and most endangered species. Sports fanatics will also love Miami, home to the Florida Marlins baseball team, Miami Heat basketball squad, and the Miami Dolphins American football team.
Great shopping districts can be found in much of the city, but in particular there are 3 places that should be visited. The Dolphin Mall is conveniently situated in close proximity to Miami International Airport, boasting American designer labels at attractive prices. The shops in Bal Harbour offer a haven of luxurious boutiques and fine dining restaurants. Bayside Marketplace is beautifully positioned on the waters edge, offering open air shopping and a charming selection of restaurants and trendy cafes.
Restaurants & Nightlife
South Beach is unassailably the destination to be in the evening to relax in the open air cafes with the family. Cuisine in Miami is very unique; the infusion of Cuban, Latin, and American influences are visible in the majority of restaurants. In the luxurious districts of the city there is a formal dress code, and this continues into the pulsating nightlife scene that remains open until sun rise when South Beach again slips back into its tranquil ambiance.
Miami is a city that has an outdoor culture that expands into the surrounding area with plenty of places to visit with the family. Biscayne Bay is a national park, established in 1968 and offers a great choice of water activities including diving, snorkelling, kayaking, and sail boarding; lessons and equipment are supplied on site. A few miles outside of Miami is the unique Vizcaya museum; a 50 acre estate that replicates a tropical environment and an extravagant mansion; another great place to visit with the family.
- Miami International is the closest airport
- The hours for shopping are generally 9am – 6pm
- Many residents of Miami speak Spanish