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Miami Travel Guide: Where to Go and What to Do

With its warm climate, white-sand beaches, art and culture, delicious cuisine, and world-renowned nightlife, Miami continues to be a popular choice for holidaymakers of all kinds.

Miami has so many highlights, that it would be impossible to do them all on a short break away. But if you are planning on going to Miami, which is nicknamed The Magic City, here are some fantastic suggestions of where to go and what to do.

South Beach

While the best things to do in Miami are numerous, no one visiting the Florida city can leave South Beach off the itinerary. Yes, there are numerous world-class beaches in Miami, but South Beach is the most iconic.

Known locally as SoBe, people not only flock to the area for the soft sands and the light blue water. The South Beach district is also the spot to see Miami’s famous Art Deco architecture at its best.

You will see lots of modern architectural designs too. And the South Beach area is full of vibrant restaurants, galleries, bars, and clubs.

If you want to soak up the sun and then head out for the best nightlife in Miami, South Beach is the place to be. SoBe it. 

Miami Science Museum

You could easily end up spending all of your time in Miami on the beach. But if you want to add some culture to your trip, Miami has a number of excellent museums and galleries.

One of the best museums is the Miami Science Museum, which features a wide variety of hands-on displays and interactive exhibits that cover the different fields of science.

The exhibits regularly change, so even if you have visited the museum before, you will find something new.

Since the Miami Science Museum opened in 1950, it has grown considerably to become one of the best science museums in the United States.

Pérez Art Museum Miami

Art lovers and fans of architecture will want to visit Pérez Art Museum Miami.

Designed by the renowned Swiss architects Herzog & De Meuron, the building integrates glass, wood, and concrete with tropical foliage.

The building itself is a sight to behold, but inside you will find a permanent collection of artworks from the last century as well as temporary shows and retrospectives.

Major past exhibitions have included artists like Julio Le Parc and Ai Weiwei.

The Venetian Pool

Just outside Miami in Coral Gables, you will find the spectacular Venetian Pool. The historic aquatic facility attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors every year.

It was built out of a coral rock quarry back in 1923 and holds 820,000 gallons of spring water.

With two backdrop waterfalls, cave-like grottos, palm trees, porticos, loggias, and a striking signature bridge, you are sure to have a memorable time at this watery delight.

Little Havana

If you cannot get to Cuba, simply head to Little Havana in Miami.

It is the most well-known Cuban exile neighbourhood in the world and is affectionately known for its colourful street life, festivals, music, restaurants, and warm-hearted locals.

You can spend hours simply walking through the distinctive Cuban atmosphere of Little Havana, but you must make sure you stop for lunch or dinner. Little Havana’s best restaurants serve the most delicious authentic Caribbean dishes you will ever taste.

A Speedboat Sightseeing Tour

One of the best ways of experiencing Miami from afar is by taking a thrilling speedboat tour.

For forty-five minutes, you will soar across Miami’s waters with the beautiful coastline and the city’s incredible skyline in view.

You can also get a great view of the famous Star Island and its multi-million-dollar mansions. The man-made island in the beautiful Biscayne Bay is home to many celebrities. Stars who own or have owned homes on the island include Gloria Estefan, Rosie O’Donnell, and Puff Daddy.

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