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Miami is one of the hottest holiday spots in America (and we don’t just mean the weather!) World-famous beaches, beautiful people, trendy nightlife and shopping galore – it’s got everything even the most discerning traveller could want and a whole lot more besides.
Family-friendly Miami Beach is also for the young, bursting with Latin flavour. South Beach is another quintessential resort with a long stretch of golden sand and streets lined with bars, cafes, restaurant and shops.At Biscayne Bay, the northernmost island in the Florida Keys, the lure is nature, namely more gorgeous beaches, waterfront parks, a fantastic cycling path and stunning Miami views - ideal if you want a serene base to retreat to at the end of a busy day or night!
Must See and Do
With so many different and vibrant districts, Miami is wonderful to simply walk around. The Art Deco District is world famous for its glorious 1930’s architecture transporting you back to a golden age of glamour. Coconut Grove is good for strolling too featuring a tree-lined waterfront neighbourhood with outdoor cafes and trendy boutiques. Coral Gables is known as ‘The City Beautiful’ and boasts a wonderfully Mediterranean feel. It is also home to the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, a definite must see with its Italian-Renaissance style and extravagant and opulent interiors. In Little Havana, you will think you have been transported to Cuba. Wander along Calle Ocho, soaking up the sights and sounds, a ‘cafecito’ from a side-walk vendor keeping the illusion going. Last but not least, the Design District is a hotbed of art and design, head to the Living Room Building for a fantastic photo opportunity in the surrounds of its gigantic living room, complete with oversized couch.
Miami is home to a whole host of bars, cafes and restaurants, from sidewalk food vans to fine dining. We recommend the hot malted waffles and breakfast burritos at Big Pink on Collins Avenue, a fun eatery with a lively vibe. For lunch, Barton G in South Beach serves delicious popcorn shrimp or head to Joe’s Stone Crab, something of a Miami institution. Gloria Estefan also has a restaurant here, Larios on the Beach as does Michael Caine, the South Beach Brasserie, we recommend you reserve well in advance. Guests staying at the Howard Johnson Plaza Dezerland Beach, are in for a treat too. Their 1950’s American Classic Restaurant not only serves some of the best food around (including some amazing burgers), you get to eat it in converted classic cars under neon lights.
The hottest clubs in America, maybe even the world, are yours for the taking in Miami. And, particularly in South Beach, they’re conveniently close together, making club hopping a fun and easy option (just remember to take some flats with you!). Club Space is one of the top nightspots, situated in Miami’s downtown Warehouse District with an oversized dance floor and playing everything from house and trance to techno and hip hop. Mango’s Tropical Club in Ocean Drive is also a popular place to admire some of the best Jazz and Blues musicians in the area at Jazid. Clubs aside, you will also find Las Vegas Style gambling houses open 24-hours a day, Broadway-style shows at the Jackie Gleason Theatre and outdoor movie shows at Bayfront Park. For something a little historical, try a former speakeasy and hangout of Al Capone’s and head to Tobacco Road.
It would be very easy to spend your entire holiday shopping if you wanted, there is so much choice that awaits you in Miami. For glamour, head to Bal Harbour, it’s where the wealthy shop for essential items such as jewellery and ball gowns! Ocean Drive also offers an eclectic choice of boutiques and galleries or head to Lincoln Road, dubbed the ‘Fifth Avenue of the South’ with national chains as well as more homegrown retail outlets. Bayside Marketplace is an amazing 16-acre, open-air complex with offers over 150 restaurants and shops. Bargain hunters, may prefer Dolphin Mall, where clearance centres offer goods at hugely discounted prices. Coco Walk is a 3-storey architectural wonder – admire high end boutiques, chain stores, restaurants, nightclubs and cinemas. Also look out for the ‘Parrot Guy’ who’ll take your picture with one of his colourful, cheeky birds.
Feb – Homestead Rodeo
Feb – Miami Film Festival
Mar – Eriksson Open Tennis Tournament – Cranden Park Tennis Centre
Apr – South Beach Film Festival
Aug – Reggae Festival – Jamaican Independence Day celebrations
Please note: all events listed are for helpful information only and many are subject to entrance fees and/or prior reservation, and may be cancelled at any time. Please check with the relevant tourist office if you need further information on these or any of the other events in this region.
With so many hotels to choose from, finding the right accommodation for your Miami Holiday can be tricky. We offer hotels for the budget minded to those who want to splash out and spend their time in more luxurious surroundings. From personnal boutique style hotels to famous named hotel, from 3 star to 5 star luxury. We can arrange all types of accommodation, here is a selection to get you started. For more information please call our USA Team on 0207 580 5000.