Explore South Beach, one of the trendiest destinations in the city. Or wander around the growing Wynwood and Design districts, as well as Midtown, where the hipsters and fashion folks hang out. Take in the Art Deco District with its unique architecture, and grab a cup of Cuban coffee in Little Havana. Spend lots of time in Miami Beach, technically its own separate city, you don’t have to go far to enjoy the turquoise waters of Biscayne Bay. Miami Beach is consistently rated one of the best in the world, and you’ll likely want to spend a full day here soaking up the sun and people watching.
Places to Visit in Miami
- South Beach
- Miami Beach
- Little Havana
- Art Deco District
- Coral Gables
- Frost Art Museum
- Lowe Art Museum
Unique Things to See and Do in Miami
- Spend a day sunbathing on Miami Beach with Miami natives and visitors
- Visit the Ancient Spanish Monastery
- Check out one of the culture festivals, like Miami Fashion Week or Calle Ocho
- Go shopping on South Beach or Aventura Mall
- Attend a Miami Heat game
- Enjoy Miami’s 24-hour clubbing scene
- Eat in Little Havana, or watch the Cuban cigar rollers do their magic
Miami is definitely known for its unique architectural attractions. It’s not all Art Deco either – although Art Deco certainly makes up a large portion. But you’ll also find everything from Spanish-style homes to Mediterranean Revival to Miami Modern.
Art Deco is mostly made up of symmetrical lines, curved staircases, neon lighting, terrazzo floors, etc. Much of the architecture along the waterfront is known as Tropical Deco, which also has local influences: palm trees, the ocean, cruise ships, and more. Many of the hotels along Ocean Drive are a perfect example of this style.
Mediterranean Style includes Spanish Colonial villas with classic Mediterranean touches, like stucco walls. The former Versace mansion is an excellent example of this design. Then there’s Miami Modern (MiMo), which includes a great deal of glitz and glam: massive pools, mosaic murals, curved sofas, animal prints, etc. The famous Fontainebleau Hotel is exemplary of MiMo.
You must wonder, does Miami have any high rises or “normal” architecture? Yes, it sure does. Plus there’s the Miami Beach School of Architecture, which pumps out talented architects who are passionate about bringing in new designs. There are many architectural walking tours in Miami to help you get acquainted with it all.
Getting Around Miami
Like everywhere else in Florida, Miami and Miami Beach are incredibly sprawled out. Having a rental car will be very helpful! If you situate yourself in South Beach, however, you’ll be within walking distance to many of Miami’s attractions.
There’s a Metrorail and a Metrobus, and downtown Miami has a Metromover – a computer-driven train that’s almost entirely silent. There are also many taxis available, and a bike sharing service for those who prefer to save some cash.
Did you know…?
Miami Beach is the only city in the United States with two national parks bordering its city limits: Biscayne National Park, and Everglades National Park.
Did you ALSO know…?
Many pirates used to come to Miami to bury their treasures. Even Blackbeard made a visit to Miami’s shores!
Best time of year to travel to Miami
There’s literally never a bad time to visit Miami and Miami Beach – the weather is perfect year-round. You can hit the beaches in December and have the same experience as you would in June. Temperatures are consistently hot, but things do get more humid in the summer months. The winter months tend to get the most tourist traffic, and spring is generally considered the best time to come.
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