Sunshine, soft white sand and a leisurely vacation atmosphere draw people of all ages to this exciting city on Florida’s Atlantic coast.
With glorious beaches, art deco architecture andhot nightspots, Miami, Florida, is a true “Magic City.”This nickname took hold in the 1920s, after a construction boom seemed totransform Miami overnight. Today the city’s tropical climate and easyaccess to the glistening waters of Miami Beach andSouth Beach attract everyone from honeymooners, tofamilies, to celebrities. As well as the beaches, water and warmth, you'll findhigh-end shops, fine eateries and museums, beautiful gardens and plenty ofnight life.
Stroll through the 10-acre (four-hectare)Vizcaya Museum and Gardens on Biscayne Bay. Hereyou'll find a European-inspired estate established in the 1910s that boasts abeautiful collection of rare orchids. The MiamiSeaquarium is a great family outing. Spend a day with hundredsof marine creatures and watch the spectacular killer whale and dolphin shows.Jungle Island is another winner for families.Nestled between downtown and South Beach, the zoohouses some of the world’s rarest animals and is home to Pinky, thebicycle-riding cockatoo.
Once you’ve soaked up the sun, exploresome of the city’s diverse neighborhoods, such as theMiami Beach Architectural District. Nicknamed the“Art Deco District”, it has the largest collection of 1920sand ’30s resort architecture in the U.S. Get an umbrella drink,relax, and enjoy the ocean view at one of these pastel-colored retro buildings.Take the opportunity to admire them from the inside too, as many have beenconverted to restaurants, bars and hotels.
Each winter the Little Havana area hosts one of theworld’s biggest festivals. The Calle Ocho street festival draws morethan one million people annually. If you're in Miami around the beginning ofMarch, don't miss this no holds barred celebration of the music, folklore andfood of Miami’s Latin American culture.
After you’ve ticked off thecity’s key attractions, do as the locals do. Watch the Miami Heatbasketball team play, or eat fresh crab at SouthBeach’s iconic eatery Joe’s Stone Crab,which has been serving up fresh seafood since 1913. Grab your towel and relax withsome sunbathing and swimming at Miami Beach. Atdays end, watch the sunset from South Beach, orhead out and dance until dawn at one of Miami's legendary nightspots.