Things to do in Miami
From the glittering coast to the gator-filled swamps, Miami has a wide range of attractions and landscapes to experience. Not to be missed is Little Havana, a beating cultural hub of Miami and a place to experience a taste of Cuba complete with music, spicy cuisine and Mediterranean-style architecture.
Then there is the Everglades, an area spanning millions of hectares of swamps, subtropical jungle and home to the region's most famous inhabitant - the gator. Located west of downtown Miami, the Everglades National Park tropical wetlands area is best seen by tour. Raw, wild and slightly hillbilly, the Everglades is just another of Miami's contrasts where preconceived notions ring true. Make sure you take an airboat ride across the river of grass, and check out the critters at the Everglades Alligator Farm - don't miss feeding time at midday!
Another Miami must-see is South Beach or SoBe where wannabe gangsters rub shoulders with moneyed it girls in ritzy clubs and amid pastel-hued architecture. Of course, while Miami is a popular year-round destination, the infamous spring break is when college students from around the USA converge and let loose on this South Florida hotspot to partay - which could be a reason to go or a reason to avoid visiting! Your choice!
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For the Miami of bronzed bodies, beaches and luxury resorts and bars, South Beach or SoBe is where you need to be. The beachside hotspot is where the beautiful, rich and famous come to play, swim and party. But just because it looks glitzy, doesn't mean is isn't budget friendly. It costs nothing to enjoy the stretch of sand.
Taking its name from the capital and largest city in Cuba, Miami's Little Havana is a popular Cuban-centric neighbourhood where many Central and South Americans reside. With such a unique mix of cultures, the area is commonly regarded as the social and cultural centre of Miami.
Nicknamed 'River of Grass', the Everglades are a natural region of subtropical wetlands that begins near Orlando and flows south to the southern end of Florida. Much of the natural landscape, spanning swamps and sawgrass prairies, can be found west of Miami within Everglades National Park.
Take a breather in the peaceful surroundings of Miami's Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. Formerly belonging to agricultural industrialist James Deering, the early 20th-century, Italian-style estate is now a public museum and garden beloved for its preserved beauty.
Home to Flipper and a host of marine animals including killer whales, sea lions, sharks and manatees, Miami Seaquarium is the oldest oceanarium in the States. Head here for a close encounter with aquatic life plus the chance to pucker up with a sea lion!
For more creatures great and small, the tropical-themed Zoo Miami has everything from giraffes and elephants to teeny tarantulas, all in a naturalistic, cageless setting. Go on, go wild!
For high art in a picture-perfect setting, you can't go past the world-famous Art Basel Miami event held on Miami Beach. The who's who of the global visual art world descend on the city for one of the hottest shows on the international art calendar.
With a Puerto Rican flavour, this Miami neighbourhood is also home to Wynwood Art District and Wynwood Fashion District. Tastemakers will love the one-off pieces and boutique spaces by up-and-coming creatives, and your taste buds will love the spicy Latino cuisine!
Dubbed Miami's leisure playground, get amongst the great outdoors at Key Biscayne, which boasts beautiful beaches, recreational facilities, watersports galore and expansive parklands to play or relax in.