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Things to do in Miami: Beaches, Attractions & Culture

  • By Christian Armond
  • Published 13 June 2016
  • Revised 12 September 2017
Things to do in Miami: Beaches, Attractions & Culture
  • By Christian Armond
  • Published 13 June 2016
  • Revised 12 September 2017
Things to do in Miami: Beaches, Attractions & Culture
  • By Christian Armond
  • Published 13 June 2016
  • Revised 12 September 2017
Miami is situated on Florida’s southeastern tip, this vibrant and sultry metropolis has something for any type of traveler to enjoy. The ‘Magic City’ of Miami is a city of many guises, with its spectacular beachfront location that is home to turquoise waters, gorgeous white sand beaches, world-class architecture, beautiful people and vibrant culture.

Whether you are heading to Miami for a family holiday, couples getaway or a trip away with friends - you will find plenty of attractions to enjoy and things to do in the mystifying, yet glamorous city of Miami. There are things to do in Miami to satisfy everyone’s desires, whether you want to party all night on the glamorous South Beach, explore the wonders of the Everglades or simply lay back and relax on one of Miami’s spectacular beaches.

Here we give you a guide to some of Miami’s best beaches, attractions, restaurants and hotels - for holiday inspiration to this sub tropical wonderland.

Discover the beauty of Miami Beach

Miami BeachThis glamorous resort city is situated on a beautiful barrier island just off the coast of Miami. Miami Beach is a world famous location, home to miles of gorgeous white sand beaches, spectacular architecture, delicious restaurants and of course its vibrant nightlife.

Miami BeachMiami Beach is home to the incredible Art Deco District, that contains over 800 buildings dating from 1920-1940, during your trip take a stroll along Ocean Drive to admire these fascinating, colourful and iconic buildings in all their glory.

Spend time on the glamorous South Beach

South Beach, the quintessential Miami hotspot, is famed for its beautiful range of colourful Art Deco buildings, white sands, trendy nightclubs, indulgent restaurants, world-class shopping and crystal waters.

shutterstock_120751549No holiday to Miami is complete without a visit to the infamous South Beach, where life is one big party and a fashionable luxury escape for many. Situated at the southern tip of Miami Beach island, this is trendy and quirky beach is a fun spot for all to enjoy.

South BeachAlthough South Beach is famed for attracting the rich, famous and youthful - the area is also now recognised as a place for everyone to enjoy. Spend your days relaxing on the beautiful beach or exploring the unique Art Deco architecture, once the sun goes down take your pick of indulgent world class restaurants, and finish your night with a cocktail in a beachfront bar on Ocean Drive.

Explore a piece of Cuba in Little Havana

If you’re seeking a day filled to the brim with culture then take a trip to Little Havana, Miami’s vibrant Cuban community. Little Havana is comprised of a 3 square mile area in Miami’s downtown, although this area is small, it is jam packed with culture.

Little HavanaCalle Ocho is at the heart of Little Havana, a place famous for its wonderful Cuban restaurants, shops, sights and culture. Take a guided tour to experience all that this cultural gem has to offer. Here you can experience authentic Cuban culture, food, music and history. A great day out for all the family to enjoy, experience a bit of Cuba in the U.S.

Miami’s Attractions

Miami has many attractions available to entertain visitors during their stay. Spend your time in Miami exploring its history, city, museums, wildlife and nature. There is a big misconception that Miami is a cultural wasteland and only for the young that enjoy partying, however this is not the case! Miami has a thriving arts and cultural scene!

Downtown MiamiSpend your time in the beautiful city of Miami exploring the world class museums, arts, entertainment and attractions - head to Downtown Miami to find this.

If you’re seeking innovative architecture, design and fashion then head to the Miami Design District, this neighborhood in Midtown Miami is fast becoming a centre of ‘haute design’. The area is home to over 130 funky galleries and showrooms, creative and unusual art, high end shopping with the likes of Prada and Hermes, and incredible restaurants.

Wynwood artsThe neighborhood of Wynwood is another must see for all arts and cultural lovers out there. This former warehouse district of downtown Miami has recently become an art hub of South Florida. Today the neighborhood is home to more than 70 art galleries, museums as well as dozens of restaurants and bars. Its art scene began with graffiti, street art and murals, that quickly became one of the largest and must see outdoor art exhibitions in the world.

Take a stroll through these neighborhoods, hop from gallery to gallery to admire the artwork, or simply roam the streets to enjoy the outdoor street art of Wynwood, be sure stop off at some of the funky bars to experience all that these neighborhoods have to offer.

Miami’s Unique & Diverse Wildlife

EvergladesDuring your stay in Miami we suggest that you venture out to the Florida Everglades, its only a short drive, for the chance to get up close and personal with the likes of alligators, crocodiles and Florida panthers. This 1.5 million acre national park is made up of an interconnected network of wetlands that provides a habitat for a diverse range of wildlife and plants. Take a walk on the wild side and enjoy an exciting boat ride or airboat tour through this spectacular World Heritage Site.

EvergladesAlongside the world famous Everglades, Miami offers plenty of other wildlife attractions to entertain the whole family. Check out Monkey Jungle in South Miami Dade, where you’ll find over 30 species of monkey living freely on 30 acres of reserve land. If you’re looking for a fun filled day out with the family during your stay in Miami head to Zoo Miami to visit over 2,000 mammals, fish, birds, reptiles and amphibians.

Miami’s Delicious Cuisine

In recent years Miami’s restaurant scene has exploded, with new restaurants emerging every few weeks. Due to Miami’s ‘melting pot’ of culture it is no surprise that the city is home to an array of tasty cuisine and delicious flavours.

If you’re after delicious Cuban cuisine then head to Little Havana, for fusion cuisine eat out in Miami Beach. The Downtown district of Miami, Wynwood and Midtown are Miami’s locals favourite hot spots for restaurants.

shutterstock_156098495Eating out in Miami is part of its trendy nightlife, be warned that dinner don’t usually start until 8pm, giving you plenty of time for a pre dinner drink in one of the trendy bars.

Ensure that you take time out of your jam packed holiday to enjoy and indulge in Miami’s enticing array of cuisine that is so delicious it will tantalize your taste buds!

Where to stay in Miami

Miami is home to some of the finest hotels in the world, whether you are looking for a South Beach boutique hotel with spectacular views, or a sophisticated hotel in Downtown Miami there is something for all to enjoy.

Miami hotelsThe best area to stay in if you’re travelling with the family is definitely Miami Beach, for groups on the other hand head to South Beach - where you will find one of the largest concentrations of boutique hotels in the U.S and where the nightlife never ends.

Enjoy Retail Therapy in Miami

Miami is renowned for its high-end shopping, from designer boutiques to sprawling malls and even endless streets of glorious shops. Miami is a fantastic holiday destination where you can combine retail therapy with a beach and city break.

Miami shoppingFor those fashionistas out there you’ll love Miami’s palm lined streets that are filled with designer boutiques, vibrant bars and delicious restaurants. If you’re seeking world-class shopping head to Downtown Miami where you can find hundreds of outlets and huge department stores, or South Beach’s Ocean Drive for designer boutiques and large designer brands.

Filled to the brim with activities, culture, art, nightlife, sun and sand - Miami offers something for all ages to enjoy! Famous for its year round sunshine and beautiful temperatures, it is a great spot to enjoy city living in the sunshine.

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