Miami, United States Vacations


Our Opinion of Miami

Welcome to Miami. Long gone are the days where Miami was reserved for the snowbirds and boring travelers. Today's Miami is a bustling city filled with culture, fine restaurants, wonderful museums, Art Deco architecture, beautiful beaches and some of the top clubs in the world.

Miami has become a melting pot of cultures, and a warm and friendly city in one of the most beautiful spots in the world. One thing is sure, you will not be bored!

Greater Miami has numerous free beaches to fit every style. Miami Beach built a boardwalk and protective walkways atop a landscaped dune. A trip to South Beach would not be complete without going to its beautiful beach.
 
Other beaches include: Bal Harbour Beach, Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Beach, Crandon Park Beach, Haulover Beach Park, Hobie Beach/Windsurf Beach, Homestead Bayfront Park, North Shore Open Space Park, Oleta State Recreation Area, Sunny Isles Beach, Surfside, and Virginia Key Beach.

Things to know about Miami, United States Vacations

Activities & Sports
There is absolutely no shortage of activities for the restless visitor. Everything you can think of can be found here. The following is a short list of options:
  • Canoe trips, kayaking, fishing, diving and snorkeling. And everything else that can be done in water.
  • Those wanting to stay on firm ground can go hiking in national parks, rock climbing, or do bike tours.
  • Horse rides at the Tropical Park Equestrian Center.
  • Plenty of companies offering eco-adventure tours.
  • Golf, golf and more golf. There are more than 50 private and public golf courses in the Miami area, including several PGA Tour championship golf courses. A few suggestions include the Doral Golf Resort and Spa, the Fontainebleau Golf Club, the Miami Beach Golf Club and the Palmetto Golf Course.
Dining & Nightlife
Nightlife in Miami consists of upscale hotel clubs, independent bars frequented by locals and nightclubs. Most hotel bars and independent bars turn the other cheek at your physical appearance, but you have to be dressed to impress to get into a nightclub. Also remember to never insult the doormen, attempt to tip, or touch the velvet ropes...either of which guarantees you will not see the inside of the club. Popular drinks in Miami include the Cuba Libre and the Mojito.

The concentration of clubs is on South Beach along Washington Avenue, Lincoln Road Mall, and Ocean Drive. Other areas include Little Havana and Coconut Grove. Looking for something a bit quieter? Try the many lobby bars at South Beach's art deco hotels or other large hotels.

Home to some of the world's most famous nightclubs, the hip places to go include: Mansion, Twilo, Ink, Cameo, Space, and Opium Garden.

Miami is definitely known for its unique New World cuisine. Alternatively known as Florribean, this cuisine, developed in the 1990s, blends local produce, Latin American and Caribbean culinary tradition and the technical skills required in European cooking. This cuisine influences several restaurants around the city to this day.

In addition to various international cuisines - such as Chinese, Japanese, Middle Eastern and Italian - there are cafés, steakhouses and chain restaurants. Miami is known for having nightclubs double as restaurants throughout the city. Most of these restaurants, such as Tantra, BED, the Pearl Restaurant and Champagne Lounge, are located throughout South Beach.

Some says there are over 6,000 restaurants to choose from. Here is a good idea of where to go to find the best: Coral Gables business district from Monday to Friday, Ocean Drive, Lincoln Road Mall, between 67th and 75th street and Collins Avenue, and around 96th street and Collins Avenue. 
 
Shopping
Some visitors come to Miami exclusively to shop. Sometimes it is said that the main two things to do in Miami are to go shopping and going to the beach.

Some popular malls include:
  • Dadeland Mall in South Miami
  • Merrick Park in Coral Gables (exclusive and trendy stores)
  • Lincoln Road Mall
  • Bal Harbor Shops in Aventura
  • Dolphin Mall - Largest Mall in Miami.
  • Sawgrass Mills Mall - Outlet mall located in Broward County
The Bayside Marketplace, in downtown Miami, is a lovely open-air market where you can browse the artist's carts and stroll along the pier.
 
Languages: English, and other commonly heard languages include Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Chinese.
Currency: US dollar. 
Climate: Miami has a true tropical climate, with warm, humid summers, and warm, dry winters. The area owes its warm, humid climate to the Gulf Stream, which moderates climate year-round. The yearly average high temperature is of 28° C and the average low temperature is 20° C. The city does experience somewhat cooler fronts from November through March. The wet season, which is hot and humid, lasts from May to September, then gives way to the dry season. Miami receives abundant rainfall, one of the highest among major U.S. cities. The hurricane season largely coincides with the wet season.  
Electricity: 110-120V, 60Hz. 
 
Documents
A valid passport and a return or onward ticket required.
 
Note: Departure tax is usually included in your ticket price, inquire on booking.

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