Offering more than just its iconic beach culture, Miami is made up of a diverse collection of neighbourhoods that harmonise to form one fantastic city of creativity, style and fiery late-night energy. A patchwork of different cultures, from chilled surfers to creative artists to wild partiers, you’re bound to find your place in Miami.
Things to do
It’s easy to get to know Miami simply by relaxing and people watching on Miami Beach, with the white sky-scraping buildings of the centre behind you. A long, picturesque beach stretches into Biscayne Bay, the perfect spot for an evening stroll where golden sunsets light up the pathways of rollerblading locals.
Miami enjoys showing off its appreciation for the finer things in life where you can always find a place to splurge, from the high-end boutiques on Lincoln Road to its range of luxury spas. In the business district is Miami Art Museum, which showcases the city’s prominent and vibrant art scene with a focus on local artwork and pieces from Latin America.
To escape the bustling centre, head to Coconut Grove a quiet, offbeat area home to Barnacle Historic State Park. You can also visit Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, a beautiful waterfront Renaissance-style villa with 14 hectares of lush landscaping with 34 ornately decorated rooms filled with vintage art and antiques.
The nightlife is buzzing throughout Miami, where you can dance all night in a Cuban Cafe, listen to Jazz in Little Havana or head to the lively clubs in South Beach. With over 150 ethnicities in Miami, food lovers are spoiled for choice, where you can choose from Caribbean jerk chicken, Cuban sandwiches and Spanish tapas.
Most travellers explore Miami by private vehicle, although parking can be a challenge in the downtown area. For more direct journeys, you can use the Metrorail, which has a connection to the Miami International Airport.