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Once you’ve been to Miami, you’ll understand why Americans fly south for the winter – permanently! “Magic City” offers year-round suntans, sands like sugar icing, a cuisine influenced by its Latina culture, and the sweet taste of a Cuban molasses espresso. Too good to be true? Sure is.
What used to be dubbed “Miami’s front porch,” is now park of reclaimed coastline. You’ll find plenty of quirky activities to partake in amidst the palms, twisty trails, and tropical almond trees. Take a break from your flying trapeze class or athletic boot camp to nosh on a gourmet food truck lunch – or check out the rotating rounds of beer festivals and art shows.Accommodations near Bayfront Park
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This Arena brings the HEAT. Literally. It’s home to the Miami Heat, NBA’s super-darling of sports teams. When 3-pointers and free throws swish through the hoops, the auditorium booms with claps and caws of approval. Grab a foam finger and a hotdog and feel right at home. Not a sport fan? Catch a concert, and dance your heart out.Accommodations near American Airlines Arena
Picasso once said that art washes the dust from the soul. PAMM’s edgy installations and international collections are the perfect place to purify yours. Grab your sketchbook and line up with other budding artists and culturephiles. This utopia of contemporary sculptures, prints, paintings, photographs and films are spread both indoors and out.Accommodations near Pérez Art Museum Miami
Animal lovers, look no further. This wildlife habitat, bird sanctuary and botanical garden is for you. Inside the gates you’ll open up a treasure trove of parrots, pink flamingos, potbelly pigs and pygmy goats. Opt in for the VIP tour and learn to love up a lemur up close. Or choose to roam the grounds, specked with sausage trees, cycads, and coconut palms.Accommodations near Jungle Island
Picture this most elegant of landscapes. Manicured lawns, sun-kissed fountains, limestone statues, and Italian-style villas topped with terracotta roofs. Sound good? Peruse the preserved mansion nestled in beautiful Biscayne Bay, which was once the summer estate of business tycoon James Deering. The garden’s European influence might make you forget that you’re in still in subtropical Florida.Accommodations near Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
Time to unlock your inner Einstein. There’s a host of activities inside this science museum. Explore marine environments at the Sea Lab, learn basic coding at Teen Tech, and stargaze for days at the Planetarium. Older geeks can drop by Scientist Sundays for schooling on the field’s latest research in climate change, marine biology and the like. Can you feel your IQ elevate?Accommodations near Miami Museum of Science
There’s no place quite like Florida to learn about the sea. At this oceanarium, you’ll watch dolphins eat lunch, be dazzled by killer whale acrobatics, explore vast coral reefs, and swim alongside seals. The Seaquarium’s prime goal is to raise awareness about endangered species, conserve marine ecosystems and rehabilitate animals. So splash around with a clean conscience!Accommodations near Miami Seaquarium
Miamians will always vouch for Miracle Mile as the city’s best place to shop. The buildings showcase Mediterranean Revival style at its finest, with designer boutiques, famed restaurants, live shows, endless stores, and cute markets inside. Stay long enough and you might hear the local phrase “It’s so Gables!” – in reference to the surrounding ‘hood.Accommodations near Miracle Mile
More than just a pool. It’s a springwater oasis that overflows with lush palms, tropical gardens, small islands, rock quarries, and storybook bridges. This mini-paradise garnered inspiration from the real Venice, giving the aquatic complex an Italian village vibe. The turquoise hue of the artesian well water will quench your thirst for luxury. Sunbathe in style.Accommodations near Venetian Pool
Lions and tigers and bears – oh my! The usual suspects reside at Zoo Miami. However, what makes this “Noah’s Ark” extra special is its tropical environment – it’s the only tropical zoo in the USA! Line up to feed parrots, but don’t be surprised if a bird perches on your arm. Next door, the giraffes are also a peckish bunch. Don’t forget to feed them, too.Accommodations near Zoo Miami
Before asking what you can do downtown, ask what downtown can do for you. Downward dog your way through a free yoga class in Bayfront Park. Drop by a farmer’s market and peel back the skin on one of the world’s juiciest oranges. Catch a concert at the AmericanAirlines Arena, or practice your Spanglish by ordering a taste bud-slaying Cuban.Accommodations in Downtown Miami
Brickell is Miami’s only district where the ties outsell the swim trunks. The office scene is one of breezy-board meetings, where high rollers in pin-striped suits sip one too many cups of espresso. After hours, follow the 9-5ers to happy hour at Blue Martini Bar and imbibe on your choice of martini, served with a side of swanky vibes.Accommodations in Brickell
Coconut Grove: the name conjures images of afternoons laying in a hammock, sipping juice beneath the palms. Sounds nice, right? Add a heap of University of Miami students, a dash of laidback artists, a sprinkle of Florida-fresh markets, some banyan trees and you’ve nailed it! Head to LoKal and try the sinful combo of a burger between two donuts.Accommodations in Coconut Grove
Coral Gables is what happens when “cosmopolitan” collides with “casual” living. This must-live area for wealthy Miamians brims with gourmet Palm d’Or and glittery nightlife, plus the luxurious Venetian Pool. Miracle Mile is a palm-filled pedestrian walk edged with hundreds of specialty shops, art galleries, and teeny boutiques. When can we move in?Accommodations in Coral Gables
The 9th hole called and it wants its balls back. But there’s more to Miami Springs than teeing off. It’s an easy drive to the 1001+ beach escapes that put this city on the map. After a day seaside, unlock your inner foodie, and take your taste buds on a flavour-ride of empanadas, fried plantains, or tres leches in Miami’s lauded Caribbean restaurants.Accommodations in Miami Springs
Art, art and more art. Wynwood buzzes with creative types, vivid paintwork and lively events. Amid the stunning graffiti, beats waft on the air and street food aromas entice taste buds. Experience the essence of Wynwood at R House – this restaurant combines local DJs, an integrated art gallery and fine dining. This area really is hipster heaven.Accommodations in Wynwood Art District
Orlando resident Marilyn eats and shops her way across Miami every chance she gets.
On any given night, a stroll through Bayfront Park and Bayside open-air mall can include free live Brazilian music or salsa dancing along the Intracoastal Waterway. Enjoy a meal out on the terrace with a stunning view of passing yachts, then browse through the funky little souvenir shops.Accommodations nearby
Tony grew up in South Florida and still visits Miami regularly to enjoy the shopping and dining.
Some of my favourite stores, boutiques, and restaurants line either side of Sunset Drive in South Miami. You can spend the morning people watching while sipping coffee, then head to Sunset Place open-air mall for a shopping spree. You can also catch a movie, play arcade games or go bowling.Accommodations nearby
A perfect day for Kion is spent on the beach, where he fosters a spiritual bond with the water.
I enjoy taking day trips to Hollywood Beach, about 20 minutes north of Miami. It’s used mostly by locals, and, in my opinion, is the most beautiful beach in South Florida. Restaurants and local shops line the boardwalk. On Fridays, you can catch live reggae music at the amphitheatre.Accommodations nearby
Booking.com asked travelers...What was the most entertaining thing you saw in Miami?
There for The Kiss Kruise so we had three pre parties to attend and catch up with old friends so really not about Miami but entertainment provided courtesy of The Kiss KruiseSee all 5 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...Describe what other people like you would like about shopping in Miami.
Trinidad and Tobago
Easy of access to and from the malls as free bus service is provide - drop off at 10am and pick up at 4pm. Very good if you are staying for more than one night.See all 14 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...Where should people go if they don't want to eat in a tourist trap?
Wynwood (North Miami), Little Havana (East Miami), and Miami Beach near Lincoln Road Mall for unique bistros.See all 10 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...What's the secret to sampling all the diverse food Miami has to offer?
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Make the trek to little Havana. Find a highly rated deli. Look for a food-truck event during your stay.See all 7 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...The beach means different things to different people. What did the beach in Miami mean to you?
Wide beach, great for yuppies. Lots of young people. Difficult parkingSee all 15 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...How could the beaches in Miami be made better for walking?
more affordable parking spaces near the beaches.See all 5 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...Is there more to shopping in Miami than just brand-name stores?
Yes, there are many things to do in Miami.See all 18 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...How do you fit in some sightseeing when you're in Miami on business?
Hop on Hop off bus, highly recommendeSee all 4 answers
The easiest way to get to and from Miami International Airport (MIA), and around Miami in general, is by car. The MIA Mover located on level 3 of the airport takes passengers to the Rental Car Center’s customer service lobby. The most affordable transport from MIA is the Orange Line on the Metrorail (USD 2.25) which connects to key points in the city. You can also order a flat-rate taxi on the lower arrival level. Most city trips cost between USD 17–46.
Fort Lauderdale Airport is about 35 minutes north of Miami. The most economical way to reach Miami is by Shared Ride service, which departs every 10 minutes or so. Shared Ride service costs USD 21-45, depending on your destination. Alternatively, a Taxi costs about USD 40-85, and a Luxury Sedan can be hired for USD 55-100. Each transportation service can be found outside of baggage claim areas on the lower level. Expect up to a 90-minute commute during rush hour.
The Tri-Rail system connects Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Tickets must be purchased in advance at the stations' ticket machines. Fares vary according to length of trip, with the longest one-way trip costing USD 6.90. Most trains run from 04:00–23:30 on weekdays, but be sure to check the schedule online. Two-wheeled bicycles are allowed on board.
The Metrobus connects to the Metrorail, Metromover and the city’s main business, shopping and entertainment centres. One-way trips cost USD 2.25 and must be paid on board (exact change required). Bus stops are marked with a green sign with a route list. Some routes run 24/7, while others provide overnight services. The Miami Beach Airport Flyer costs USD 2.65 and connects the airport to Miami Beach between 06:00–23:40 daily. Most buses only run every 30 minutes.
Miami’s ten free trolley services cover the following routes: Biscayne, Brickell, Coral Way, Allapattah, Health District, Stadium, Overtown, Coconut Grove, Little Havana and Wynwood. Hours of operation vary per route so be sure to check the schedule beforehand. The green and orange trolleys are air conditioned and come equipped with a bicycle rack at the front of the vehicle. Routes and real-time tracking for the trolleys are available through the city’s app.
Driving in Miami is tricky, but it’s the most efficient way to get around. Use of a GPS is suggested as there are numerous intersecting highways, and streets stop following a grid pattern once I-95 ends and becomes US-1. Avoid driving during rush hour (07:00–10:00 and 15:00–19:00), especially on US-1, the 826 and the 836. Parking can be hard to find and parking garages can be pricey, particularly on weekends and by the beach. Most street meters take credit cards.
Flat-rate yellow taxis are available on the lower arrival level of the airport. Rates vary according to zones. A trip to downtown will cost USD 21.70, while a ride to South Beach, USD 35.00. The normal starting tariff is USD 2.50, with an additional USD 0.40 per 1/6 mile. Several taxis can be found around South Beach, but if you need transport in other areas, it’s best to call and pre-book; hailing one on the streets may be difficult.
The Metromover is an above-ground transport system that loops around downtown Miami and Bayside, and branches northward to the Adrianne Arsht Center. The route may be limited, but use of the Metromover is free and provides connections to the Metrorail. It runs from 05:00–00:00 daily. A digital display in the platform’s centre shows each car’s destination. The Metromover runs every 90 seconds during rush hour, and every 3 minutes during off-peak hours.
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