Coconut palms sway in the tradewinds as you sink your toes in warm sand and sip a cold mojito. Welcome to “Magic City.”

If we asked you to imagine a place where a modern metropolis combines with breathtaking beaches as naturally as peanut butter and jelly, the picture you paint in your mind would probably be of Miami. But this town wasn’t always glitz and glamor. Before the rich and famous made Miami their offseason playground, Biscayne Bay Country, as it was once known, was nothing more than plots of land producing citrus fruit. Luckily for you, those times are long gone, and the streets of Miami are now lined with award-winning restaurants, fashion boutiques, hip nightclubs, and so much more. From the stunning grounds of Villa Vizcaya and the Perez Art Museum to the eye-dazzling scenery of South Beach, there’s no shortage of things to do in Miami.

Speaking of South Beach, no trip to this part of South Florida is complete without paying homage to this strip of sand. Of all the free things to do in Miami, certain activities top the list—laying out under the blazing Florida sun and strolling along Ocean Drive among them. And if you’re looking to double your Instagram followers, a few selfies under the blue neon sign in front of the Colony Hotel should do the trick.

The nightlife in Miami is about as famous as the city itself, and where to go and what to do is all up to you. The clubs and bars attached to the hotels of South Beach are legendary for their pool parties—even after the sun sets. The downtown neighborhood of Brickell has plenty of chic and hip bars right next to each other, making a bar crawl an easy task.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re visiting for business, pleasure, or a combination of both; the Miami vacation packages we offer can’t be beat. Oh, the fun you’re going to have.

Frequently Asked Questions about Miami

Where do locals eat in Miami Beach

Miami Beach locals have a deep appreciation for flavorful ethnic fare. Check out the raw bar at Monty's Sunset, or head to Jimmy'z Kitchen SoBe for Mofongo, a garlicky Puerto Rican dish made from plantains. Cheeseburger Baby is a longtime local joint that never fails to deliver great tunes-'90s hip-hop-and divinely greasy cheeseburgers in a setting where you can chat up the cooks while they prep your food.

What is Miami known for?

Miami is a melting pot with a distinctive Cuban influence. While you'll find plenty of cigar shops and Cuban cuisine, Miami is also teeming with other international flavors. The city is picturesque by day, with calm, crystal blue waters lapping white sand beaches, and a backdrop of vibrant art deco architecture. Come nightfall, Miami's famous party scene takes off, with trendy nightclubs and late-night pool parties to keep you moving.

What to do in Miami with kids?

Miami may have a reputation as a mecca for hard-partying hedonists, but there's plenty to do when you've got the kids in tow. Have a picnic at Bayfront Park, where the little ones will go nuts over the sea creature-themed playground, then head to Biscayne Nature Center, where the whole family can enjoy catching sea urchins and marveling at the tide pools. Don't miss the vintage carousel and seahorse fountain at Crandon Park!