The Art Deco District was built in Miami Beach around the 1930s, at the height of architectural movements and with embellishments of exotic geometric motifs. As the 800 buildings have been restored, this complex is the largest grouping of Art Deco architecture in the world.
Known as SoBe, South Beach is Miami's place to be, and also widely known as the hottest nightspot in the world – Ibiza, here, can barely even really compete. With quite a few hotels, restaurants, bars and clubs, this scene lies at the tip of Miami Beach, fringed with a wide belt of white sand and enriched by the beautiful sound of the ocean that creates a wonderful atmosphere.
The Everglades, an UNESCO world heritage site, is the only subtropical wetland in North America, and the only place in the world where alligators and crocodiles live side by side. As there is no public transportation to the park, the best way to get to this wildlife experience is by renting a car or by joining a organized boat or bus tour.
Miami Seaquarium delights its visitors with a manifold profile of residents that – from bottlenose dolphins over crocodiles to sea lions – amazes both young and old. While the Salty's Pirate Playground and the stingray touch pool already promise big adventures, a walk underwater at the Sea Trek Reef Encounter will give you an authentic feeling for real sea wildlife.
Parrot Jungle Island feels like a tropical island in the North Atlantic Ocean, with lush plants and trees, colourful parrots, waterfalls and exotic animals. With more than 80 years of history, this park attracts thousands of visitors each year, by showing off its breathtaking scenery with our most beautiful nature.
Surrounded by breathtaking Europe-style gardens, this beautiful Italian style mansion at Biscayne Bay will take you back in time. While a breakwater, carved out of Florida limestone and studded with decorative sculptures, is a must see, the hosted exhibitions and events should also not be missed.
Little Havana is the Cuban heart of Miami, and especially by walking the Calle Ocho, you can really feel the Latin spirit. While the last Friday of each month turns this district into a street party called ‘Viernes Cultural’, with music, dancers, food and theatre, do also experience the El Credito Cigar Factory (on 11th Street), where cigars are rolled in the very same way as on the island of Cuba itself.
Key West is the westernmost of the Florida Keys islands, about 240 miles south of Miami and 143 miles north of Havana. While riding down over all the bridges through the Florida Keys, you will already pass some of the world's most magical beaches, but you should also visit the Ernest Hemingway house that now hosts a museum.
For enjoying Miami in a very unique way, take a ride on a private yacht from Downtown Miami into the sunset. With Miami Sailing, a family company that specializes in private day tours, you can go on romantic cruises with sailing boats that accommodate and cosset up to 12 people.
The AmericanAirlines Arena is a stadium in Downtown Miami that hosts different sports and entertainment events. When visiting Miami, do take the chance of seeing an NBA game with the Miami heat on their home turf, but also check the arena's program for other events as well.
PAMM is Miami's first truly world-class museum, and it indeed now proves itself against some of the most major museums in the globe's top cities – with exhibits focused on multicultural art from the 20th and 21st centuries, As everything is designed most carefully and up to perfection, this museum satisfies both modernist and regionalist architectural tastes as well as from both in- and outside.
This guided walking and tasting tour takes you on a three-hour adventure, experiencing culinary treats in South Beach of Miami. While the tour combines delicious food and drinks by passing five different restaurants and cafes, it also gives you a first (and lasting) impression of the city itself.
This impressive arts centre hosts an opera house, a concert hall, a theatre and an outdoor plaza that all together present a constant flow of world-class shows and performance. While top Broadway musicals, concerts and ballets already promise best art performances, complimentary tours of the centre do also offer great experiences.
This beautiful state park on Key Biscayne is a favourite among both locals and visitors, as for its lovely beaches listed among America's Top 10 beaches, and for its historic lighthouse, which is the oldest structure in whole South Florida. While paths allow hiking and cycling with quite stunning views of downtown Miami's skyline, fishing and picnicking also offer both adventure and rest alike.
Located between Northeast 25th and 26th streets, the 80,000 square feet warehouse walls have become a hot spot for street and graffiti artists. As showing off masterpieces attracts locals and tourists alike, neighboring establishments have also begun to turn their walls into spaces for local artists.
Known as Domino Park also, Maximo Gomez Park is a Little Havana landmark, and a meeting spot for mainly elder members of the Cuban community for over 35 years already. Within this vibrant atmosphere, it is tremendously exciting to watch it all happen over a coffee while talking about everything, from political matters to neighbourhood gossip.
As this park is mostly known among locals only, it is a great place for experiencing an authentic Miamian way of life. While the beach is the biggest draw for swimming and kite-boarding, a boardwalk trail, a playground and a golf course also invite you to enjoy a warm and sunny day best.
Located among the Bal Harbour shops, this popular Italian restaurant serves – as the name already implies – different varieties of carpaccio, made of veal, venison, salmon or tuna. By also serving other traditional dishes such as calamari, sea bass, pizza and pasta, every expectation of authentic Italian food will be met, and every taste bud will be happily served.
On the southernmost tip of Miami Beach, this steak restaurant has it all: superb location, great views and excellent food. Known for its extraordinaire steaks, this establishment is both known and popular across the whole country and it already opened nine different venues.
Matador Room is a quintessential Miami restaurant, as the fusion of Spanish, Caribbean and Latin American cuisine combined with a wide and diverse wine selection will blow your mind. Set right on the beach, with a luxurious and elegantly designed interior, this restaurant will always stay in your mind.
With heavy emphasis on local and organic ingredients, this restaurant offers sophisticated American gastronomy. Dishes are labelled as small, medium and large, allowing diners to mix and match different tastes so that you can really explore quite a lot of what the restaurant has to offer.
Zuma is an Asian restaurant that has spread modern Japanese cuisine around the world, and with locations in major cities around the globe, it truly is an international sensation. Right in the heart of the city, Zuma now serves Miamian gourmets with its world-class food and an impeccable design style.
In this brightly decorated restaurant, named after the traditional pickup truck taxis, Miami's important Haitian influence comes to life (again). On the menu, West African, Caribbean and French influences get mixed all together, and they are usually accompanied by mayi moulen, a typical side of cornmeal and bean sauce.
As another exquisite fusion restaurant, combining elements of American, Asian and Latin American cuisines by serving dishes such as dumplings or udon 'carbonara', this restaurant greatly enriches your stay here in Miami. If you crave another Asian specialty on top, do visit Pubbelly Sushi right next door.
As "You don't have to understand it. You just have to like it.", this hip restaurant focuses on Catalan cuisine, with creative, sometimes unexpected but always delicious results. As Catalan dishes also depend on the wine, the in house selection will complement this unforgettable dining experience quite perfectly.
When a pair of best friends from Argentina and France open up a cafe with South American and Moroccan influences, the motto of "Eat Good, Feel Good" reflects the concept excellently. Located in the heart of the multicultural Buena Vista neighbourhood, this cafe serves various treats, both savory and sweet, and also a delicious brunch on the weekends that you do not want to miss out on.
This Italian bakery is a sweet tooth's paradise, as it takes every gourmet and every gourmand onto a trip through the admirable art of Italian bakery. Serving many a sweet treat, and also many savory delicacies, this venue cares most about both best ingredients and a cosy environment.
This family-run cafe is meant to spread the Cuban culture, and it has long established itself as a bustling spot where locals and tourists alike experience both known and unknown flavors. Rooted in the old Gondalez family tradition, this venue focuses on caffeinating and socializing, and you'll catch the spirit the moment you enter.
Eternity Coffee Roasters' smooth and artfully-roasted coffees are the perfect start into your day of sightseeing and adventures. While enjoying a cup at their cafe, you can also take beans home or order them online, for truly indulging yourself in this great coffee experience.
While its restaurant is open all week long, Sundays brunch at the beach is a weekly highlight and, within Miami, probably still unrivalled. With its all-you-can-eat brunches, including every treat from sushi over omelettes to desserts galore, this is a St. Tropez with an American twist.
Founded and set up as a jazz club between the 30s and 50s, the Ball & Chain still focuses on music but also includes modern influences in food, beverage and entertainment: while Latin and Caribbean music does capture the menu, the cocktails remain as colourful and tasty as always.
Hoy Como Ayer revives Cuban culture by featuring every characteristic from dancing and mojitos to boleros and cigars. While this humble place is favoured by local Cubans, due to its authentic atmosphere, the vibrant live music on top let you best enjoy an authentic way of life.
The current king of clubs in Miami is Liv, hosting an ultra exclusive lounge and a high-energy nightclub for all those who want to dance the night away. In this home to celebrities, VIPs and Miami's local party crowd, DJs spin everything from rock and hip hop to house and electro, making it onto Reuters "Worlds’ Top 10 Nightclubs" list.
This award-winning bar at The Freehand Hotel offers an ever-evolving selection of cocktails that are all refined with freshest garden herbs, spices, and other exotic ingredients from all around the world. The outdoor courtyard, with a fountain and the pool area, makes this venue to the perfect place to enjoy and relax out in the open during day and night.
Miami Design District is known for its art interior design, and it not only offers over 130 galleries, shops and antique shops for purchasing both bargain and collector's items but also insights into the art of interior behind. Alongside the venues, restaurants and bars will enrich this unique experience, by serving different dishes and also every taste bud.
This open-air shopping centre offers more than 100 high-end shops as well as cafes, bars and restaurants to indulge yourself into the perfect shopping environment. Street performers, live music and even boat tours will enrich this experience, and thereby make up to a quite perfect day.
Miami Beach is a shopper's paradise, and a must-shop spot after spending the day at the beach already awaits you nearby Collins Avenue, as to its upscale cosmopolitan stores and unique designs. Once known as the Fifth Avenue of the South, Lincoln Road Mall – a ppedastrian-only street mall – in South Beach is another heaven for shoppers, as international, local, and one-of-a-kind shops are blended among cafes, restaurants, and several art galleries. Other one-of-a-kind shops can be found on Washington Avenue and Española Way.
Taking a break from the American way of shopping is worth the try, as heading straight into Cuban culture on Calle Ocho opens up a whole new experience. With a variety of shops and gift shops full of goods imported from Latin America, this neighbourhood offers both unique designs and great impressions.
In this area, well-known American and European designer shops offer exclusive shopping experiences with great designs and high quality. Do take a break and enjoy some refreshments at the tropical garden, after admiring art work to the Bal Harbour Gallery, and before getting pampered at a beauty salon.
Dylan's Candy Bar is a sweet tooth's paradise, as it offers 7,000 types of candy in every shape and every colour. Although impossible to imagine, they even transform savoury dishes into sweet little treats, so make sure to try their chocolate pizza alongside with a candy inspired cocktails for grownups.
The Falls is one of the largest open air malls in the country, with over 100 stores and restaurants, and even a fresh market and a movie theatre. Meeting all expectations of having a great shopping day on the outside, this mall does also pleases by appearance, due to its outdoor fountains and a waterfall.
Aventura Mall is a central establishment in the beautiful city of Aventura and, as right between Miami and Fort Lauderdale, only a few minutes away from beautiful beaches. While offering over 300 fine retailers, this is the home for some of the most popular fashion brands, and also for a variety of culinary delights that you should not miss out.
Sawgrass Mills draws nearly as many annual visitors as Disney World, due to its 2.1 million square feet of space that is all shaped like an alligator. Housing over 350 stores and outlet shops, more classical brands meet even more luxury ones, as Crate & Barrel lies next to both Burberry and Barneys.
TASCHEN is a publisher well known for its high-quality, and also for its visually stunning books on art, photography, design, fashion and cinema. Having some very unique but very pricey collections on display, there is no better place to find one-of-a-kind coffee-table books that visitors will shamelessly admire.
Citizens of the Schengen countries, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and the Kingdom of Brunei can visit the United States for up to 90 days without applying for a visa (as well as citizens of Andorra, Lichtenstein, Monaco and San Marino). Citizens of these countries must obtain an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) before traveling. All other travelers must obtain a visa before visiting the United States. International travelers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the country.
As Miami has a long and beautiful season of summer all year long, deciding on when to visit Miami mainly depends on what you are looking for and what you expect: while spring is ideal for enjoying outdoor activities and venues, the summer gets quite hot and somewhat deserted – keep in mind that these seasons have the highest threat of hurricanes. During the fall, Miami comes to life again with its many events such as the Miami Art Week, while the winter attracts most visitors with its ever lasting sunshine and many events and adventures that are yet to come.
Miami International Airport (MIA), located about 9 miles (14 km) northwest of Miami, is one of the busiest airports in the world. An Info-Center can be found on level 2 in Concourse E, which also hosts a bank, post office, pharmacy, baggage storage, ATMs and several car rental companies. Before planning routes to and from the city, ask at your hotel reception about whether they offer a shuttle service from and to the airport. For leaving the airport, taxis are available just outside the baggage claim, and there is also a 24-hour ‘Super Shuttle’ van service at the very same spot, while bus services link the airport to all areas of Miami-Dade County. The ‘Tri-Rail’ train can be reached on the Airport Station just east of the airport.
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FFL) is located 40 kilometres from downtown Miami, and yellow cab taxis are available on demand at all times, as in general, the four terminals in the Fort Lauderdale Airport also offer the same amenities as Miami International Airport. At the transportation podium located outside the baggage area on the lower level at the curb of each terminal, you can find rate comparison charts posted on the wall. While Feeder buses take you from the airport terminals to the Tri-Rail commuter train to Miami, there is also a car rental centre with many of the major car rental companies.
Miami still has huge offer in public transport opportunities although taking the car or a cab is still most common and popular. The Metromover is an excellent way of moving around in downtown Miami, and it is free and runs from 5am until midnight every day. Metrorail runs from the north to the south of Miami across downtown, and the service runs every day from 5am until midnight. The Metrobus service covers all of the Greater Miami area, and several buses operate 24/7. Fares can be paid with small change either on board of the bus or before entering the Metrorail – in addition, the EASY Card can be bought in certain specified outlets across the city and loaded with money or for a period of time. The South Beach Local is the cheapest and most scenic way to travel along South Beach. The shuttle comes to numerous bus stops every 12-20 minutes.
Cabs can be hailed from the street but also met at several taxi stands. Make sure to take licensed one, and the easiest way to check is by spotting the words "taxi", "cab" or "taxicab" displayed on both sides of the car, as well as the driver's license and rate card inside the car. One of the licensed cab companies is Central Cab but there are several other ones across town: Taxi Miami +1 305 444 444 4 Flit Cab Miami +1 855 710 091 5
Post offices can be found across the whole city: while smaller shops and kiosks sometimes offer selected services only, United States Postal Service (USPS) and Miami Postal Service (MPS) offices serve in every district and for every need. A main office of USPS is located at NW 72nd Avenue but there are several other venues: Miami Postal Pack & Ship 12864 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami +1 305 899 819 0 Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9am-6pm. Sat 10am-2pm United States Postal Service 1101 Brickell Avenue, Miami +1 800 275 877 7 Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
Pharmacies can be found across the whole city, and they are normally marked by individual logos. A quite known pharmacy chain is Walgreens pharmacy, and a central venue can be found at Alton Road, but there are both other chains and other shops of varying size and with different opening hours: CVS Pharmacy 690 Northwest 57th Avenue, Miami +1 305 264 348 5 Opening hours: 24/7 VH Pharmacy 1000 Southwest 1st Street, Miami +1 305 324 877 7 Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8:30am-5pm. Sat 8:30am-2pm