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Miami is one of Florida's, and the world’s, most popular vacation spots. The city offers destinations and multiple enticements for everyone. The trendy nightlife of South Beach, decorated by visuals of the Art Deco district. The bustle of Calle Ocho and the high energy of Little Havana.
The plush hotels of Miami Beach and the historic hideaways of Coral Gables. Endless shopping opportunities in modern, colossal malls. Quiet, personal attention offered by the family-owned shops of Coconut Grove. Major league football, basketball, hockey and baseball. Golf and tennis. Boat shows and auto racing. Art festivals and wine extravaganzas. An international airport and the world’s busiest cruise port. Miami offers all of this - and so much more.
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South Beach is the quintessential Miami beach experience. It’s the place to see and be seen and show off the product of months in the gym. South Beach isn’t clothing optional, but topless bathing is permitted. Visitors also love to run on the paved jogging path that borders South Beach. The beach is located on Ocean Drive, across the street from many of Miami Beach’s famous nightclubs (left).
Virginia Key Beach is one of the most interesting beaches in South Florida. It’s located near the Miami Seaquarium. Some areas of the beach become crowded, but there are plenty of secluded spots if you’re willing to explore a bit. Dog lovers love can take their pets for a walk or swim here, on the only beach that allows leashed dogs (right).
Bill Baggs State Park, located on the south end of Key Biscayne, is home to the famous Cape Florida lighthouse. The park provides sunbathing, swimming and history in the same spot. You can spend some time on the beach and enjoy a guided tour of the lighthouse. Fishing is also allowed from the seawall. The park also hosts Boater’s Grill, a full service restaurant (left).
Haulover Beach, located on Miami Beach between Sunny Isles Beach and Bal Harbour, is known around the world as Miami’s only legal 'clothing optional' nude beach. If you’re skittish about shedding your swimsuit, never fear. The beach offers traditional sunbathing as well and the nude beach is clearly marked to avoid accidents. Haulover Beach is also a fantastic surfing spot (right).
Homestead Bayfront Park is a great option if you’re looking to avoid the tourist scene. Located in the southern portion of Miami Dade County, Bayfront Park offers swimming and boating options with a full-service marina (left).
Whether you’re looking for a Collins Avenue grande dame, something less splashy away from South Beach, an architectural masterwork or luxury on a budget, you will find the best and most memorable places to lodge
in Miami. Choose from endless options in romantic, indulgent, beachside or practical hotel settings. If you're looking for oceanside hospitality that is modern, romantic and stylish, check into Faena Hotel Miami Beach. Carillon Miami Beach on North Beach is an all-suite wellness-focused hotel with more than 40 daily fitness classes and workshops, as well as Miami’s biggest spa. For a breath of fresh air with rooms awash in white, unpack at the Nobu Hotel Eden Roc or the Nautilus, a Sixty Hotel. The Hall offers an Olympic-size pool, a casual courtyard restaurant, and an outdoor cocktail bar with live music. The Euro-leaning crowd will love the Villa Bagatelle with fashion-inspired rooms, adorned with mocked-up magazine covers. The well-priced rooms at the AC Hotel Miami Beach features high ceilings, prime sea views and a rooftop pool scene. For visitors who enjoy familiar and cost-effective hotels, you will find the best in relaxation at the Hampton Inn or the Comfort Suites.
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THE BEST IN MIAMI RESTAURANTS
Miami offers many options and broad diversity in dining that will indulge your tastebuds and appeal to your cultural appetite. Featured below are recommended restaurants, bistros and eateries for visitors in search of the ultimate gastronomic experience.
db Bistro Moderne brings a taste of exceptionally refined French fare to Miami. Renowned for their charcuterie, pate, foie gras and black truffle, db Bistro Moderne also has been praised for its vast selection of premium wine labels.
French Restaurant, $$$$
The River Oyster Bar serves up seriously good seafood at reasonable prices. A seasonal menu packs 'em in on a nightly basis, especially during daily happy hours. Indulge in the restaurant's namesake - the freshest oysters south of the Puget Sound.
Seafood Restaurant, $$$
Pubbelly, an Asian-inspired gastropub in Miami, is for food fans who desire fusion at a great price. It is the perfect setting for families or for those who would like to enjoy a savory, but casual dining experience.
American Restaurant, $$
MC Kitchen, a sophisticated and buzzy restaurant, features addictive modern Italian dishes with a twist of Americano. This is one of Miami’s never-disappointing dinner spots.
Italian Restaurant, $$$
Mandolin Aegean Bistro, serves the best Greek and Turkish food and is tucked away in the intimate courtyard at Mandolin. This menu offers the best of elegant small plates or entrees like lamb and exceptionally grilled octopus with refreshing Greek wine to complete a great meal.
Mediterranean Restaurant, $$$
Bombay Darbar serves up some of the best Indian food in the city, and this Coconut Grove staple is always packed . You will indulge in some of the restaurant's signature dishes like crab samosas, lamb vindaloo, tandoori chicken and mango lassi.
Indian Restaurant, $$
Zuma, a modern Japanese restaurant, inspired by traditional, informal Izakaya-style dining is loved by the sleek, chic crowd of culinary mafia, celebrities and scene-chasers in Miami. Afterall, it made the Top 100 listing of The S.Pellegrino World's Best Restaurants.
Japanese Restaurant, $$$$
Azul is one of Miami's few five-star restaurants, Known to be Miami's top in culinary talent offering eclectic cuisine of modern American with Asian influences. Expect whimsical dishes like Warm Alaskan King Crab with umeboshi butter and Grilled black angus short rib served in one of the city's most elegant settings.
Chinese Restaurant, $$$$
El Palacio De Los Jugos offers inexpensive Cuban food, fresh fruits, veggies and a bakery known for it's fresh-squeezed sugarcane, tamales and perfectly salty chicharones cut to order. Sort of like Miami's version of Grey's Papaya - high on pork fat.
Cuban Restaurant, $
Ortanique on the Mile's seamless blend of Latin, Caribbean and Asian cuisines translates into an exceptional culinary experience. Boozehounds praise the place for their mad mojito making skills, too.
Caribbean Restaurant, $$$$
La Mar by Gastonnn Acurio,
located in Brickell at Mandarin Oriental, is a restaurant that offers a combo of well-executed upscale novo-Andean fare and Asian-Peruvian fusion dishes. Think classics like lomo saltado, local offerings like yellowtail snapper and several ceviche options.
Peruvian Restaurant, $$$
La Sandwicherie, a South Beach staple, offers some of the most authentic and fresh French sandwiches and salads around, topped with the restaurant's signature sauce that people go crazy for. It's also the perfect after hours spot, staying open until 5AM on weeknights and 6AM on weekends.
Sandwich Place, $
You could stay up every night of your vacation and still just barely skim the surface of Miami’s club scene. Beyond the velvet ropes are spaces blasting the trendiest music, by the coolest DJs and brimming with visitors and locals,
dressed to the nines, dancing until the sun rises. Like any trendy scene the coolest place to see and be seen is always changing. A few of today's hottest new spots you should know about are Mansion, LIV, Mynt and Wall. Story, Crown Room, Mokai Lounge, Bongos Cuban Cafe and Living Room. Every area in Miami has bars and lounges that stand out in their own right. You won’t have to look very hard to find a nice place for a happy hour or late night cocktail.