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5 must-see sights in Miami

Published February 11th, 2015

From the golden beaches to the alligator-infested mangrove swamps and everything in between, Miami is one big adventure waiting to be discovered. If you want to know where it’s at in the ‘Magic City’, check out our 5 must-see sights in Miami. And if you want to stay and play in Miami - we’ve got you covered there too!

 

South Beach

To experience the Miami of the movies, make like a Kardashian on camera and strut your stuff quick smart to South Beach a.k.a. SoBe. This is the place to be where ritz and glitz mingles with sun and sand in a melange of bronzed oiled skin, luxury resorts and trendy cocktails.

Sun yourself on the beach alongside the rich and the famous by day and by night, strap on those heels and dance the night away at one of SoBe’s many bars. Aside from the glamour of this infamous hotspot, take the time to admire the elegant, colourful Art Deco buildings that fringe the white sand beach too.

 

Little Havana

If you can tear yourself away from gilded SoBe, Little Havana will impress with its seductive Cuban charm. Widely considered as the cultural heart of Miami, the vibrant neighbourhood of Little Havana is the place to head for sensational Latin feasts and beats.

Take a stroll down Calle Ocho and check out the huge painted roosters and the Walk of Fame honouring South Florida Latinos and Latinas who’ve hit the big time, like Gloria Estefan. The people watching in Little Havana is hours of entertainment in itself with old Cuban expats sitting around playing dominos while drinking coffee and smoking cigars.

 

Everglades National Park

After dancing the night away in SoBe and experiencing the heady culture of Little Havana, get your nature fix, Florida-style. The huge ecological expanse that makes up Miami’s ‘River of Grass’ is home to those infamous scaly Florida residents, the alligators, alongside thousands of other species.

To experience the magic of the Everglades in all its glory, take an airboat cruise through the wetlands and get up close and personal with the wildlife. The Everglades is located an hour to the west of Downtown Miami.

 

Design District

High-end fashion, designer furniture and boutique art galleries fuse with swanky eateries and bars in this oh-so-stylish neighbourhood, located to the north of Wynwood and Midtown Miami. Every second Saturday of each month, the Design District is the place to be with most of the 130-plus art galleries and showrooms welcoming visitors with music, drinks and nibbles in a community-wide Art & Design night.

Check out the local creative talent and street murals and let your mind wander while window-shopping the likes of Versace Home, Cartier, Louboutin and Louis Vuitton - it doesn’t hurt to dream!

 

Vizcaya Museum & Gardens

For a dose of Renaissance culture, Miami-style, spend the day at the magnificent waterfront mansion within the Vizcaya Museum & Gardens. At this Italy-meets-Miami villa in Coconut Grove, you can lose yourself in the breathtaking four-hectare gardens and admire the mansion house complete with grand art and furnishings.

Take an audio tour before indulging in a yummy treat at the Vizcaya Café and Shop afterwards.

 

Amy Dalgleish

Wanderlust pommie, currently living the dream in sunny Byron Bay.