About Miami, Florida
Miami brings 101 delightful ways to have fun under the sun. And with its year-round sunshine, be prepared for a tremendous range of leisure activities. The city bursts with multicultural flavors painting sections of Miami with rich influences of the Caribbean, Cuban and Mexican cultures. Architecture is just as diverse as the people living in Miami, where you’re bound to see Art Deco or Italian Renaissance buildings dotting the streets. Families find much amusement from tropical attractions like the Miami Seaquarium, Dolphin World and Monkey Jungle. Lastly, beaches in Miami are not just sandy playgrounds but more like trendy lifestyle havens frequented by purveyors of fine taste.
Exploring the City
Once a vast swampland, Miami is now a cosmopolitan metropolis composed of fascinating districts and communities. The Art Deco District in Miami Beach boasts over 800 buildings that date back to the ‘Roaring 20s’. A more lavish ambience pervades at Vizcaya Gardens in South Miami Avenue, which is marked by the Italian Renaissance-style mansion within the estate. Little Havana is filled with Cuban cigar factories, flamenco nights in clubs and delectable Cuban cuisine from the area restaurants. Take a cruise around Biscayne Bay to get a good look at the chic villas and high-rise condominiums inhabited by celebrities and Miami’s affluent set.
Shopping poses good prospects as Miami’s retail prices are lower compared to those found in other big cities in America, thanks to minimal rental fees on commercial space and low sales tax. The downtown hubs of Coconut Grove, South Beach and Coral Gables are popular areas for shopping. Bal Harbor Shopping Mall presents top designer labels and houses the largest Neiman Marcus store in Florida. Open-air malls are a norm in Miami’s retail scene with the presence of Streets of Mayfair, Downtown Miami Shopping District, Prime Outlets at Florida City and Bayside Marketplace.
Restaurants and Dining
After all the activities and shopping in Miami, you will need to refuel to take on more exploits in the city. Local cuisine is a fusion of Caribbean and Latin flavors creating a sizzling combination reflective of Miami’s fiery spirit. Sink your teeth into the juiciest morsels of meat served in steakhouses. Have your fill of fresh bounty from the sea or let your senses take a wild ride with restaurants specializing in Asian and European cuisines. If there’s Little Havana for Cuban cuisine, make your way to Little Haiti north of downtown Miami for some honest-to-goodness Creole and French cooking.
Best Hotel Accommodations
To no one’s surprise, the best hotel accommodations that money can buy in Miami are found in oceanfront properties such as W South Beach Hotel, The Betsy Hotel and Mandarin Oriental Miami. But if you’re not prepared to give up your life’s savings, the mid-range hotels offer a little bit of luxury at sensible rates. You can check out Dream South Beach hotel and The Angler’s Boutique Resort hotel. The most affordable options are located in the hotels and motels around Miami Beach, specifically on Washington Avenue and Ninth Street.
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