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Quiz: Where should you holiday in Miami?

Published August 1st, 2014

A veritable slashie of a city, Florida’s Miami has its finger in every key lime pie. There’s the glamorous clubs, the high-rollers, the beautiful beaches, the spring break party scene and the lurking gators of the Everglades - just for starters. Equally iconic are the multicultural, multi-lingual, multi-everything enclaves of Miami from glitzy South Beach to outdoorsy Key Biscayne, Little Havana to Little Haiti and Downtown, Midtown and Overtown in-between. So, where to base yourself while on holiday in Miami? Take our quiz to find your Miami neighbourhood match.



The typical Miami resident (Miamian) is...

A)  A Latino gangster

B)  A forensic expert

C)  A spring breaker

D)  A Jewish retiree



Your favourite song about Miami is...

A) “I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)” by Pitbull

B) “Miami” by Will Smith

C) “I’m in Miami Bitch” by LMFAO

D) “Conga” by Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine



What Miami food most appeals to you?

A)  A frita (a Cuban hamburger sandwich topped with fries and spicy ketchup) with a batido de trigo (Cuban puffed wheat milkshake).

B)  Key lime donuts from Mojo Donuts.

C)  Fried chicken and other deep-fried hangover food.

D)  Sicilian meatballs like Nonna used to make.



Your favourite TV show set in Miami is...

A) Miami Ink

B) Dexter

C) Kourtney & Khloe Take Miami

D) The Golden Girls



What’s your ideal dress code for a holiday in Miami?

A) Bling, grills, new kicks and a tan.

B) Pastel tones, a forensic kit and a tan.

C) A fluoro bikini, flip-flops and a tan.

D) Pressed slacks and sensible shoes. And a tan.


If you scored:



Mostly As – Little Havana is your homebase, esé. Head to the Cuban-centric neighbourhood of Little Havana – the stomping ground of none other than Mr 305 himself, Cuban-American rapper Pitbull. Calle Ocho is the ‘hood’s main drag and the place to pick up a Latino record, guayabera shirt and chow down on all the chicharrónes (fried pork rinds) you can handle.



Mostly Bs – Downtown is Miami’s CBD where skyscrapers rub shoulders with colleges and the popular Bayfront Park hangs out with the touristy Bayside Marketplace and marina. It’s a spot where anything could happen with the financial district south of the river in Brickell and the dodgy end of town above NE 5th street. Make sure you’re packing Miami Heat!



Mostly Cs – Spring break forever! South Beach or SoBe to the locals, is where you need to be to catch the rays, play beer pong and have a totes awesome vacay, OK? The iconic neighbourhood of South Beach is where you’ll find all the pastel-hued Art Deco architecture to Instagram, clubs to get your selfie on and hostels for a lie-in (yeah, right!).



Mostly Ds – Miami’s oldest enclave, Coconut Grove, abounds with landscaped gardens, historic buildings and pretty pockets of tranquilty by the bay. But don’t be fooled by the chain store veneer, the Grove was Miami’s counterculture capital in the ‘60s and still rocks a boho vibe with creative types and arty venues. Don’t miss the annual Great Grove Bed Race for freewheeling fun!


Cassandra Laffey

Consumed with unrequited wanderlust, I get my fix in 24/7 cities and hippie retreats. I'm still looking for the ultimate combo of secluded beach and major metropolis, and my happy place is a 5-star hotel room all to myself - sigh.