The Newcomer’s Guide to Miami

Sunset over Miami

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Miami is one of the most popular vacation destinations in the U.S. This area of southern Florida is considered a cultural melting pot, chock full of places to enjoy local art, architecture, exotic fusion cuisine, and beautiful tropical beaches. If you have never been to Miami or are a return visitor looking for new and exciting things to do, here is a list of things you shouldn’t miss.

Where to Eat

Miami’s rich Spanish and Cuban heritage make it a number one travel destination for dedicated foodies. Rated by Gogobot as being a top Miami foodie favorite, Versailles has everything from hearty Cuban sandwiches to stuffed green plantains.

For the savvy diner looking for five-star elegance and an amazing menu, make sure to book a reservation at Azul. This fusion restaurant is located inside the Mandarin Oriental Hotel and offers a wide array of delicately crafted cuisine and a carefully selected wine list. Menu items include Siberian Osetra caviar, wild Maine scallops, and Wagyu short ribs.

Places to Visit

If you’re looking to get more out of your visit, be sure to visit History Miami. The tours offered provide visitors a deeper look into Miami’s history, featuring boat, walking, and coach tours for a closer look at some of Miami’s most famous landmarks.

Traditional dancing is one of Miami’s most prized arts. Ballet Flamenco La Rosa features both local and international dancers and musicians, combining classic flamenco music and dancing in a variety of settings.

The Best Beaches

Miami’s beaches are some of the most beautiful in the world. White sand and clear, tepid water make Miami feel less like a city and more like a tropical island. Haulover Beach Park is a great place to catch some rays or enjoy some of the recreational facilities the park has to offer, like biking trails, fishing grounds, and diving areas.

South Beach is the quintessential Miami beach. It is famous for its beautiful landscape and excellent location. South Beach offers visitors many amenities including concessions, access to local bars, watersports rentals, and much more.

Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park is currently rated as one of America’s top ten beaches. The natural beauty of this park allows beachgoers the opportunity to relax and enjoy the scenery. The park is outlined with restaurants, bars, and even a 19th-century lighthouse which offers excellent views of the Miami shoreline.

Helpful Tips

Miami’s airport is located about five miles from downtown. If you’re looking to venture out from your resort, renting a car is probably the best way to get around in the city, as navigating public transportation can be a bit rough. Parking for local beaches and popular attractions can be difficult, so be sure to get there early or take a cab from the hotel to make your trip a bit more stress-free.

Miami is the type of city that truly has it all. When booking your next trip to Miami, make sure to venture off the beaten path – that’s where the real Miami comes to life.

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