Miami is a coastal city in the United States, a world-class financial and cultural centre located in southeast Florida. It is the headquarters of Miami-Dade County and is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean. Its inhabitants are called the Miamians.
A city of leisure and entertainment, Miami is also a world-renowned seaside resort that is part of a string of resorts from Key West. Its tourist port is the leading cruise ship port, with a third of the world’s fleet. Latin American culture is well established in this city (salsa spaces, smells of Cuban folk dishes and Negro Frijoles).
Miami is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world. Although destinations are often known to offer something for everyone, the Miami region offers multiple incentives for everyone:
- South Beach’s trendy nightlife, enhanced by the beauty of the Art Deco district.
- The excitement of Calle Ocho and the highly caffeinated energy of Little Havana.
- Miami Beach and the historic Coral Gables refuges.
- Infinite shopping possibilities in modern and sprawling shopping centers, the personal and silent attention of Coconut Grove’s family shops and many other corners of the region.
- Deep-sea fishing, golf and tennis lures.
- Miami major league football, basketball, hockey and baseball.
- Boat shows and motor races.
- Art festivals and outdoor extravagances.
- An international airport and the busiest cruise port in the world, and many other surprises are waiting for you.
- South of Miami, Coral Gables, an exotic place with romantic stone bridges and waterfalls for lovers of Latin American culture. Graceful Spanish colonial-style houses line its winding streets.
This incredibly festive city, especially design and trendy, is always at the forefront of artistic trends. Every year in December, a contemporary art fair entitled “Art Basel” is held to bring together some 250 prestigious galleries from all over the world and attracts more than 50,000 visitors. Two other major events are held in Miami: Spa Month and the Spice Restaurant Program.
Art is omnipresent in Miami (the rest of the year). Art galleries, specialized museums (MoCA), design hotels, major shows (Miami Symphony Orchestra, Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Alvin Alley Dance Company), and some neighborhoods (Design District, Wynwood District known for its graffiti). You’re definitely going to love one of the following:
- The Bass Museum of Art (known in particular for its works by very promising contemporary photographers);
- South Beach (SoBe) and Ocean Drive, very pleasant with lively cafés all day long, clubs and bars that stay open all night.
- The must-see Wolfsonian Museum is the city’s Art Deco Museum.
- Collins Avenue (along the Golden Mile of Miami Beach) is worth a walk. Sunny Isles and Haulover Park are also places to visit, with luxury hotels and many attractions.
If you want to windsurf and sail, head for Key Biscayne Island, which also has very lively marinas and magnificent beaches along the turquoise waters of the Atlantic. Every year in January, the ING Marathon is also held there, attracting 22,000 runners.
Another key activity in Miami is shopping, which takes place in the old Coconut Grove district (an area to visit with its many bungalows and 20th century Mediterranean-style grounds) and in Bayside.
The region at its southern end, in Homestead, became agricultural. There are two extraordinary national parks: Biscayne National Park, which can only be reached by boat, and Everglades Park, unique for its subtle beauty.
In Miami, many activities are dedicated to them especially for children such as:
- Miami Children’s Museum,
- Monkey Jungle,
- Jungle Island,
- Miami Seaquarium,
- Miami Metro-zoo and many others.