Sizzling, sun-drenched Miami is hot again — the place to be seen and to make a scene. Its heavy Latin American influence, glitterati-infused party scene, delightful art deco architecture, contemporary art boom, and beaches of white-as-bleached-teeth sand make this a city like no other. Miami’s large Cuban community adds to the atmosphere in the sultry neighborhood of Little Havana.
By Rail – Metro rail is a single-line elevated rail system serving Miami and surrounding areas. It serves many tourist areas including downtown Miami, Dadeland Mall, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Lowe Art Museum, Miami Museum of Science, Village at Merrick Park and many other nearby shopping areas.
Metromover – Downtown Miami is served by a free elevated people mover system known as Metromover, which connects to Metrorail at two stations at Government Center in the central business district and at Brickell Station in Brickell. Metromover is free of charge and is the most efficient way to move around Downtown Miami. It is a great way to take a rest when walking around downtown, and a great time to take pictures of the skyscrapers and growing Miami skyline from above.
By Taxi – Taxis are generally expensive
Downtown Miami – The heart of the city and edged by the Port of Miami, it is recognizable by its skyscrapers, government buildings and cultural centers. Brickell Avenue is where most of the businesses are located and some high-end restaurants and buzzing nightspots. The Bayside Marketplace on the water-front is a popular shopping and entertainment arcade and the starting point of many boat tours.
South Beach – Glitzy, glamorous South Beach is undoubtedly the trendiest part of town, the place to see and be seen and a magnet for celebrities and fun-lovers who thrive on its cosmopolitan atmosphere, designer shopping, upbeat restaurants and fastpaced nightlife. Pointe Park at the southernmost tip great for surfing, fishing and sunsets.
Little Havana – After Fidel Castro took power in 1959, refugees fleeing Cuba settled just west of downtown Miami, in a neighborhood known as Little Havana. Today, with its 800,000-strong Cuban-American community, this colorful district has a distinctly Latin atmosphere with its Spanish signs, Cuban coffee bars and restaurants, small cigar factories and street side food stalls, selling such delicacies as baho (Cuban stew) and freshly squeezed juices. This is the venue for the
Calle Ocho Festival, a famous annual spring carnival – America’s largest street party.
Key Biscayne – Linked to the mainland by the Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne combines traditional Florida-style houses with ostentatious mansions owned by Miami’s wealthiest residents. The beaches rank among Florida’s best – their fine sand and relatively calm seas make them a popular choice for families. Other top attractions include two beautiful parks (Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park and Crandon Park) both with magnificent beaches, bike trails and nature walks.
Located on the edge of Biscayne Bay, south of downtown Miami, Coconut Grove is one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods, with bohemian roots. Today, it is a trendy district with a bustling village atmosphere, full of colorful galleries, theatres, nightclubs, fine restaurants, hip sidewalk cafés and shops. The main attraction is The Gallery at CocoWalk, a stylish shopping mall packed with restaurants, bars, shops and a cinema. It is also home to the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens.
Other places of attractions are: Vizcaya Villa, Lincoln Road Mall, Coral Gables, Miami Metro Zoo, Monkey Jungle, Jungle Island, Miami Science Museum, Spanish Monastery Monkey Jungle, Miami-Dade Cultural Centre.