Places to Visit in Miami
Miami, the Magic City, has long been a dream destination for travelers seeking the perfect blend of sun, sea and vibrant city life. From the iconic shores of South Beach to the bustling streets of Little Havana, this tropical paradise offers a kaleidoscope of experiences to captivate your senses. Having lived here for over twenty years, I will tell you some of my favorite places to visit in Miami to get the most of your experience. Whether you're a beach enthusiast, an art lover, a nature explorer or a cultural connoisseur, Miami's eclectic offerings will surely satisfy your wanderlust.
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Where to stay in Miami
Fontainebleau Miami Beach
The Miami-Modern anchor to the South Beach scene, this vast hotel has the square-footage to cater to all travelers—party lovers, romance seekers and families welcome.
Nobu Hotel Miami Beach
Japanese zen meets Miami luxury at the beachfront Nobu hotel.
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Carillon Miami Wellness Resort
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Things to do in Miami
Undoubtedly, Miami’s number one iconic place to visit in Miami is South Beach. Boasting pristine white sand, turquoise waters and a lively atmosphere, South Beach is a must-see. Take a leisurely stroll along the iconic Ocean Drive, lined with art deco buildings or soak up the sun while people watch on the sandy shores. South Beach's blend of art, culture and beach life epitomizes the Miami experience. Close to South Beach, you will see Lincoln Road, a bustling pedestrian mall located in the heart of Miami Beach. This popular destination is known for its upscale shopping, dining and entertainment options. The street is also home to various art galleries and cultural events, making it a perfect spot to explore the arts and culture scene in Miami. You have a plethora of dining options on Lincoln Road. I suggest you make your way up to Lincoln Road after a morning out on South Beach. If you are looking for amazing food, I recommend you visit Mila Restaurant.
Back on the mainland, if you're in the mood for street art and vibrant creativity, head to the Wynwood Neighborhood. I love spending a Saturday afternoon strolling around the trendy district known for its colorful murals, galleries and hip cafes. Wynwood Walls, an outdoor art museum, features ever-changing murals by renowned artists, making it a dynamic and exciting place to explore the local art scene. It's a testament to Miami's commitment to celebrating culture and innovation. Make sure you check out Smorgasburg Miami if you are visiting Wynwood during the weekend. Other standout spots are: Kush, 1-800-Lucky and Beaker and Gray.
No trip to Miami would be complete without experiencing the cultural richness of Little Havana on Eighth Street. This neighborhood is a slice of Cuba right in the heart of Miami. Stroll through the streets, savor authentic Cuban cuisine and listen to the sounds of salsa and Latin music filling the air. Don't forget to visit the famous Domino Park, where locals gather to play dominoes and socialize, providing an immersive cultural experience. For an authentic Miami experience, you must go to Cafe La Trova. This popular spot has been named one of the Top 25 Bars worldwide.
For those of you who are hoping to see Florida’s wildlife and nature, you must visit the Everglades. This unique ecosystem, just a short drive from Miami, is a sprawling wetland that's home to diverse wildlife. Visitors can take airboat rides to explore the marshes and encounter alligators, birds and other creatures in their natural habitat. The Everglades offers an extraordinary contrast to the urban allure of South Beach and Lincoln Road, making it an essential stop on your Miami itinerary.
Just a stone's throw away from Miami, you will find the Florida Keys. if you want to visit this amazing area, you will drive south along the scenic Overseas Highway, with the azure waters of the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Gulf of Mexico on the other creating a mesmerizing panorama. Key Largo offers fantastic snorkeling and diving opportunities, while Islamorada, known as the "Sportfishing Capital of the World," beckons with its angler's paradise. Further down, Marathon provides a relaxing atmosphere and the chance to explore the historic Seven Mile Bridge. Finally, reaching Key West is a must, where the lively atmosphere of Duval Street, the iconic Southernmost Point, and the vibrant sunset celebrations at Mallory Square await. The Florida Keys, with their laid-back charm and natural beauty, it is a perfect place that offers a contrast to the dynamic energy of Miami, it is a wonderful choice for a day trip.
Places to eat & drink in Miami
Cafe La Trova: Cuban food with amazing ambiance. Voted on the Top 25 bars worldwide.
Joe's Stone Crab: a Miami staple open since 1913. It is only open from October to May, this famous spot features stone crabs and key lime pie.
El Carajo International Tapas & Wines: You would never guess that this Miami staple is nestled inside a gas station. Serves traditional Spanish tapas and wine.
Amara at Paraiso: a chic atmosphere that offers upscale Latin food. Located on the water with the most amazing views.
Rusty Pelican: perfect for weekend brunch or dinner while enjoying a gorgeous sunset over the city of Miami. This is a spot well-known by tourists and locals alike.
Zak the Baker: arguably Miami's most famous bakery featuring gourmet baked goods in a laid-back atmosphere.
Havana 1957: Cuban food with an atmosphere resembling Cuba in the 1950s. This Ocean Drive restaurant is perfect for lunch after hanging out at the beach.
Jaguar Sun: hip spot featuring amazing cocktails, pasta & small dishes in an intimate, cozy interior.
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