Shop till you drop or dance till you flop - the beaches of Miami are there for you to relax on, before you get going again... Read more
You can spend your days on the beautiful Miami beaches, visit a number of museums and shop in many exquisite malls, markets and shops that are peppered around the area, then dance the night away to the sound of Latin music. Miami is a sunny place year-round with an average annual temperature of around 24C.
Besides trips to the beach, visitors should try to see the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Everglades National Park, HistoryMiami, Ancient Spanish Monastery and Coral Castle Museum. If you're travelling with children, Jungle Island, Seaquarium and the Miami Children's Museum should make everyone in the family happy.
The best shopping can be found in Bal Harbour, Bayside Marketplace, Aventura Mall and Coral Gables' Miracle Mile. There are also many other markets, malls and shops in the Miami area.
Visitors who come to Miami love to explore the labyrinth of the Everglades and to experience the glorious beaches, including Miami Beach, Surfside Beach and Sunny Isles. There is also an array of water sports, charter fishing boats and outdoor parks to try out.
If you have a keen interest in the arts and culture, there is no shortage of museums. These include: the Wolfsonian (decorative arts), Bass Museum of Art (Art Deco) and the Museum of Contemporary Art (mainstream art). If you are feeling bold, the World Erotic Art Museum is an option for adults.
If you are interested in theatre and music, the Jackie Gleason Theater, the Colony Theater and The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts have a large variety of performances to choose from.
Little Havana is worth visiting as it is steeped in Cuban-American culture, especially on the last Friday of the month for Viernes Culturales, which also has free walking tours.
The Ancient Spanish Monastery is a must for history buffs, as well as The Barnacle Historic State Park. The Art-Deco buildings that have been re-purposed for new businesses are also a link to the past.
Whether it's Cuban food in Little Havana, five-star cuisine on Lincoln Road in South Beach, an eclectic selection in Downtown Miami or Haitian food in Overtown, the choice of restaurants is as diverse as Miami itself.
Miami-Dade sprawls across a mixture of land and waterways and is broken up into grids. It is a good idea to carry an up-to-date map and check your routes before you set off each day. It is best to carry a good amount of change, as there are a number of toll roads. If you are spending more than a week in the area, investigate a SunPass. There are also charges for parking in some areas. There are bus services in the Art Deco District and South Beach. Walking is the preferred method of transport for the beaches and there are also pedestrianised areas in Espanola Way, Lincoln Road and Ocean Drive. There are many charter boats, speed boats and cruise ships available if you want to see the area from the water. A sunset cruise is something all visitors to Miami should experience once in their lives, as a Florida sunset is very special.