If the likes of Will Smith’s a massive fan of Miami, then there must be something pretty special about The Magic City. Boasting some of the most beautiful beaches in North America, Miami offers something for just about everyone. It doesn’t matter if you’re a couple, family or just a bunch of friends wanting a good time – Miami is sure to thrill.
So, without further ado, here are a few things we think makes Miami one of the must-see holiday destinations.
1- Awesome Range of Activities for All Ages
From boat tours in the Florida Everglades to the famous Venetian Pool, Miami has an infinite list of attractions that’ll no doubt keeps kids and grown-ups entertained for hours on end. Spot some gators on a Florida Everglades boat tour or take a dip in the Venetian Pool, a former quarry which was transformed into a mock-Italian villa in the 1920s. And don’t miss the Zoological Wildlife, where you’ll get up close and cosy with animals of all kinds.
2 – Sunshine… and Incredible Beaches
And the best thing about Miami? It’s sunny, whatever the time of year, meaning you’re guaranteed to bask in glorious sunshine all year round. South Beach is a surfer’s paradise (see if you can spot any celebs enjoying the sunshine and golden sands!). Or, if you’re feeling especially active, you could head out on a picturesque bike ride around Key Biscayne, taking in its enthralling white sandy beaches.
3 – Immerse Yourself in Miami’s Art Deco and Cultural Scene
Aside from its beaches, sunshine and general brilliance, Miami is home to some of the most famous museums, gardens and galleries. Wynwood is king when it comes to the art scene, boasting more than 70 galleries or there are other cities just outside of Miami, such as Ocean Drive in South Beach as well as Little Havana where you’ll find folks playing dominoes – it really is like going back in time. Another must-see is the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, a luxury villa built in honour of the Italian Renaissance.
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4 – Chow Down on Delicious Miami Dishes
Sure, when you think of America, you think Pop Tarts, deep fried chicken and greasy burgers the size of houses. But you’re in for a surprise: food in Miami is different. There’s a delicious array of Miami delights just waiting to be tried. Indulge in the iconic arepas – a flattened pancake like grilled cheese with a tasty Colombian, Venezuelan twist. Or try ceviche, which involves three parts: fish, acid, spice. This tasty treat has now become an American staple, as have stone crabs.
5 – Get Your Dancing Shoes on
If you’re the clubbing type or just someone who enjoys a good dose of late night fun, Miami is the place to be when it comes to parties and lively nightlife. For trendy nightclubs and style, head to South Beach whilst Midtown & Wynwood offer arty, unusual bars in abundance. Beer-loving historians will want to take a trip to Downtown Miami and Tobacco Roads or anyone up for a bar crawl with friends will want to visit Coconut Grove.