In reflecting on your travels past, you remark how profoundly memories are tied to certain senses. There's the visual—like the skyscrapers of Manhattan or the sunrise over the Serengeti. The sounds, such as the roar of a mighty waterfall or the joyous riot of a jazz band marching down the streets of New Orleans. The smells, like Hawaii's plumeria, or the whiff of wood-smoked barbecue on a road trip through the South. A vacation in Miami, Florida, is different. This is a city you experience in equal intensity with all five of your senses. From beholding its Art Deco architectural treasures, to inhaling the aroma of strong Cuban coffee, to the rhythms of salsa music you felt from your face to your toes as you danced the night away, your recollections of your time in Miami will bring back sensations that enveloped every inch of your being. Miami hotel deals are just a click away.
Things to See and Do
There's a long, long list of things to do in Miami, and all are sublimely bathed in year-round sunshine, while dazzling emerald waters on the horizon augment the atmosphere of festivity day and night. Stay in an oceanfront hotel in South Beach—such properties are among the top hotels in Miami—and feast your eyes on the Miami you know from the movies: risque bikinis, tanned and toned bodies, and neon lights. Don your swimsuit as well as your confidence, and join them in soaking up the warm sun. You won't soon forget the embrace of SOBE's warm water and windswept palm trees.
Explore more of Miami Beach, taking in the fashionable shopping scene along Lincoln Road and the world's largest collection of Art Deco monuments centered around Ocean Drive. The celebrated geometric lines and elegant adornments of these Jazz Age landmarks will have you pulling out your camera and snapping their impressive grace. If days of delicious, beach-based hedonism have you craving cultural enrichment, consider the excellent art, science, and history museums downtown, or stroll amid the immaculate landscaping, native forest, and grand villa at the Mediterranean-inspired Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Coconut Grove.
Miami's culinary scene naturally reflects its dynamically diverse communities, the most famous of which is the Cuban-American enclave of Little Havana. On every street in the neighborhood, coffee shops comprising little more than a window and folding table offer cups of cortadito, steaming cups of espresso with their boldness cut just a little by a swirl of warm milk. Sip and sense the surge of the caffeine that quickens your quest for another tasty treat: the salty, mustardy satisfaction of a Cuban sandwich, or the simultaneously soft-but-crispy bite of croquetas.
For a romantic evening out, al fresco dining at an elegant bistro in South Beach fits the bill, and ocean views always seem to make the seafood taste better. Why not go in search of a culinary surprise in one of Miami's lesser known neighborhoods? Restaurants and cafes on the western side of Miami span a continent's worth of Latin American cuisines, and Midtown joints ply the highly spiced, seafood-centric specialties of the West Indies and Caribbean. Bubbling pots of stews whose litanies of ingredients you need not know, jerk chicken so spicy you break a sweat with the first bite, and the tropical freshness of a conch salad all await your approval.
Party the Night (and Day) Away
If you were looking to embrace the 24-hour party atmosphere of high-energy, mega-nightclubs packed with beautiful people and saturated by pounding dance music, there would be one obvious answer to the question of where to stay in Miami—it would have to be South Beach. If there are a thousand places you'd rather be than such a haunt, know that the vibrant neighborhood's nightlife is much so more than a one-dimensional scene. This is a place where after-dark destinations range from chic lounges to tropical island-themed reggae bars, from cabaret clubs to stylish martini bars, and St. Tropez-inspired rooftop pool parties to intimate venues hosting live jazz and blues. You also shouldn't dismiss Miami hotels in Coconut Grove. It might be Miami's oldest neighborhood, but its bar and club scene take you back to the eternal revelries of your youth. If the enlivening beats of Latin America have you itching to hit the dance floor, follow the call of the music to a club where you can conga, samba, or merengue away to your heart—or hips'—content.
Day Trips from Miami
Miami sits between the Everglades and Biscayne Bay, both natural treasures that beckon you out of the city and into the wilds of the tropics. The best way to traverse the other-worldly landscapes of the Everglades—rivers of grass, labyrinths of mangrove forests, and the murky mysteries of cypress swamps—is with an air boat or kayak tour. An experienced guide will help you spy gnarly alligators, sunbathing turtles, and many of the hundreds of bird species that inhabit these remarkable wetlands. Or take to the open ocean, where such prize catches as mahi-mahi, sailfish, and tuna challenge even the most adroit of fishermen. And novices can come away with a fish tale too; if you've never handled a rod and reel before, there are few finer places to give it a try. A fish story of a different nature is all but guaranteed when you observe colorful schools in their warm, underwater world on a snorkeling or diving trip. Rent a car and journey south from Miami down the Overseas Highway. It skips along the Florida Keys like they're stepping stones perforating the perfect expanse of blue. Key Largo, just a two-hour drive away, bills itself the diving capital of the world, and its coral reefs are a submerged scene of kaleidoscopic colors whose brilliance will stay in your memory eternally.
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