The Best Things To Do In Miami

Written By: Kristen Cook

From the white sandy beaches and sunny weather to the art deco architectural influence and Cuban vibe, there is no wonder why Miami is always on the top travel lists in the United States. As a playground for the rich and famous, million dollar high-rises and homes dot the entire coastline — not to mention it’s a prime destination for college students looking for somewhere high energy and fun for spring break.

The location and temperature also means that visitors are flocking to Miami all year long — famous South Beach is a popular location for those who want to spend the holidays soaked in sunshine and saltwater! The possibilities in Miami are endless, too. Whether you want to head into the warm Atlantic waters for scuba diving or snorkeling or you prefer to lay out and tan, the city is perfect for everyone. The warm Latin American vibe — especially from the nearby islands of Cuba and Puerto Rico, influence a good portion of the music and food in this Florida city! The best times to visit Miami are during spring, where the weather is not too cool and not hot or humid as it tends to get in the summertime. Aside from avoiding Miami during the summer months to avoid that thick humidity that permeates the south, there is always a chance for thunderstorms or the possibility for a hurricane — which can really make a dent in your plans to say the least.

During your stay, create an itinerary that blends culture with entertainment so you get a good idea of what Miami has to offer. The Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is one of the top points of interest in the city and is a historic villa reminiscent of the Italian Renaissance — it contains a number of antiques and artwork dating back to its early 1900s creation and surrounded by beautiful, lush gardens. Indulge in art and culture with the Wynwood Art Walk and start or end your day with some amazing Cuban food — ropa vieja and a cortidito are two essentials to get your day off to a good start!


South Beach

Join the party at South Beach – the fun never stops here! Of course, you can stroll the 16 kilometres of magnificent beach, but South Beach is famous for its day, and its night life – so try to make the most of both! With the perfect mix upmarket stores and trendy bars, take a seat, and have a meal and a few drinks while you people-watch and admire the bright colours of the surrounding art deco buildings!


Little Havana

Head to Calle Cocho and find yourself in Miami’s hub of Cuban culture, Little Havana. From the Cuban coffee to the art galleries, soak up the fun and culture as you stroll past the vibrant restaurants and listen to the lively music that never seems to stop. Sit for a while in Maximo Gomez Park and watch the locals play dominoes, and if you’re a smoker, try a cigar!


Miami Beach

Miami Beach is – not surprisingly – famous for its beaches and fun! For trendy non-stop entertainment, South Beach is the place to go! For a more family-friendly beach area, head north to 53rd Street and 73rd Street. No matter where you go, the shopping and food will be great!


Bayside Marketplace

Hugging the shores of Biscayne Bay in Downtown Miami, you will find the Bayside Marketplace. Full of shops, restaurants and bars, it’s a great place to book a tour or pick up a memento from your trip, and if you’re having a night out, it’s the perfect place to start, with its live music and proximity so many things to do and see.


Art Deco Historic District

Take a break from the glitz and glamour of South Beach and stroll the neighbourhood, exploring the famous Art Deco Historic District. You will find stunning and unique art deco architecture, which is so prevalent in this part of Miami. With magnificent use of terrazzo tiles, pastel colours, port hole windows, and curved walls, there are 900 unique buildings which are so impressive, in the late 1970’s it was designated a U.S. Historic District!


Biscayne National Park

One of the top scuba diving areas in the United States, Biscayne National Park covers 181,500 acres (73,450 hectares), 95 percent of which lies underwater. In fact, divers and snorkelers from all over the world come to explore its extensive reef system. Above water, you can explore the park’s small mainland mangrove shoreline and Keys by boat. Biscayne National Park consists of 44 islands, but only a few of them are open to visitors.


Everglades National Park

One of the most precious wetlands on the planet, the 1.5 million acres of the Everglades National Park is “must-do” for anyone visiting Florida. Of course, there are alligators, but the variety of wildlife and plants is amazing, and it’s so much fun to explore!

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