Miami’s close to a perfect weather is one of the reasons why it is the ultimate destination for people who love the beach but live far from it. This southeast side of Florida Peninsula called Miami is so much more than its famous beaches and its Art Deco building.
Exciting, bustling and thriving, Miami, FL has a whole lot more to offer especially in the cultural side of things, history, ecosystem, and wildlife. Here are some examples that you may want to tick off your list.
1. Ocean Drive
Day in or day out, Ocean Drive is one of Miami’s most popular destinations especially for those who have a knack for skyline, sweeping sceneries or slow boat cruises. Lounge by the beach, meet people, stare at The Beacon all day or count all art deco buildings, you will surely never run out of things to do by the Ocean Drive.
2. Bayside Marketplace
With over 150 specialty and tourist shops and other commercial establishments, it is considered to be a one-stop shop where you can get mostly anything you want. This is where people go to drop some cash for shopping and dining too. Located along Miami’s waterfront while looking out over a view of gorgeous chaos of boats leaving the docks, is the perfect place to soak up Miami atmosphere especially during late afternoons.
3. Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
Ever so endearingly considered as one of Miami’s greatest treasures, this museum boasts a stunning architecture and a jaw-dropping courtyard more beautified by its Renaissance-style villas and not to mention the art collection that can immediately take you on a journey to the Golden Age.
This 28-acre estate is filled with European furniture and decorative arts from the 15th to 19th century. It’s definitely worth a visit when in Miami.
4. Little Havana
Not only is it the best place to sample Cuban cuisine, but it’s also the best place to get a heady flavor of Latin culture. With streets lined with Mediterranean-style houses, rocking chairs on the porch to the open air social areas leading to its many restaurants, you’d find yourself saying “Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore”.
Calle Ocho is the beating heart of Little Havana and is the perfect place to see most of the activities around the area.
5. Freedom Tower
This tower is one of the most prominent skyscrapers in the South Eastern America and it stands as a symbol to Cuban immigration as it is where the immigration processing took place in the 1960s. Built in 1925, the Freedom Tower that looks like a wedding-cake, served as a head office to Miami Daily News for many years.
6. Key Biscayne
Charmingly called “the Key” is the place to go when you’re looking for some peace and quiet time with yourself. The north area boasts pristine beaches, waterfront parks with a bicycle path and splendid view of Miami. Head east of the Key and you’ll find barbecue and picnic areas if you’re planning to bring the family with you. Head to the south of the island and go for a dip in the 400-acre Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park.
7. Miami Beach
It’s always a good time to head to the beach when in Miami. The beach is located on an island connected to the mainland by a number of bridges. This area is known for its Art Deco district and pastel buildings built from the 1930s. Find quaint shopping areas while you’re at it.
8. South Beach
When you say Miami, you already have a picture in your head with sun, sand and beach and South Beach is what it probably looks like. Crammed with swimsuit-clad people, both local and tourists, is one of the best places to take a beach walk while you have art deco buildings as your backdrop. It’s a gorgeous place to beach bum, take a lot of photos, crack open a book or people watch since you’ll be seeing models and other celebrities meander around.
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