Located at the strategic intersection of the famous Miami Beach and downtown Miami, Bayside Marketplace is a great shopping center a few hundred meters from the port. Originally built to accommodate the many visitors who arrived on huge cruise ships, it is now also frequented by locals. We loved the small souvenir shops and the pleasant food court on the first floor, where you can relax while enjoying a breathtaking view of Miami harbor.
A small part of Cuba, in the center of Miami. The truth is that I was a little bit disappointed, I expected more movement and activity. At the moment of truth, there are only Spanish shops, a restaurant .Maybe I overlooked the best part and didn´t realize it.
Miami airport is about half an hour from Miami Beach by taxi or car. It is not very well organized. This is the same for almost all of the country's airports, which are a bit chaotic. Queues are common and it is a little weird. But hey, it does its job and there are places to have a drink while you wait.
Lincoln Road Mall is the essence of Miami because it is the street that never sleeps. You will find restaurants and shops open till late in the morning and from very early in the morning. If you've ever seen this city in photos or movies I have no doubt that what you saw was this street. This is a pedestrian street where life is concentrated in South Beach, where you will find not only tourists but also the residents of Miami, found on Lincoln Road whenever they want to have lunch, a coffee, or just a walk around. It is best to come and enjoy the terraces of restaurants, outdoor dining, something one can do in Miami 365 days a year. Among the restaurants you can find Thai, Italian, Cuban, American ... It is impossible for a family or group of friends to not find something they enjoy because here is where you can find anything.
This unique museum covers modern and contemporary art from the 20th and 21st centuries. Designed by the winners of the Pritzker Prize, Herzog & de Meuron, it is located in downtown Miami close to the financial district. Its design is really striking, with gardens of tropical plants juxtaposed with columns like a kind of indoor park, and the wooden roof allows plenty of light to enter. Inside, there are around 20,000 square meters of galleries and exhibitions, as well as a restaurant and a terrace. I had never heard of the museum until a friend invited me to go with her. I was lucky as she is studying for her masters in Interior Design, so she had more of an expert's perspective and could help me understand things a bit better.
We visited an installation by the artist Leonor Antunes on the first floor. It featured a number of spiral bamboo structures hanging from the ceiling, along with other structures of different materials and shapes. Another work that caught my eye was the video by Shahzia Sikander, The Last Post, a digital animation of a series of drawings that appear, disappear and even erupt, fracture the presentation. I was surprised to find a portrait by a photographer whom I admire, Cindy Sherman, to be among many other interesting works. A great way to spend a day.
Located north of Coconut Grove, the Renaissance-style Villa Vizcaya was built in the early twentieth century. The interior, where you can take pictures, is very well-preserved, with spectacular gardens filled with statues, fountains, and nooks where you can stop and rest for a moment. And from one of the windows of the cafe you can enjoy the view of the pool, half indoor, half outdoor. And stepping onto the terrace, you'll feel like you're going back in time. There's more to Miami than beaches and shopping!
The financial heart of the great city of Miami is definitely worth a walk through. The last street is specifically magnificent and you´ll see the most spectacular buildings of the city here. Don´t miss the opportunity to see them!
Now known as Zoo Miami, this is an incredible zoo to visit while in Miami. There are tons of animals here for you to see including big species like giraffes and big cats. You can even feed the giraffes if you want a really unique experience.
This zoo is very big and can be very tiring to walk the entire thing. However, they have carts that you can rent for the day to get you around much faster.
Pricing seems normal for a zoo, $16 for adults and $12 for kids. It's open 9-5:30 and try to go as early as possible as many of the trails are not shaded and it can get hot in the summer months.
This is one of the most well-known areas in Miami. It's the shopping center and it has restaurants, and, above all, nightlife. It's pretty far away from Miami Beach, but if you're in the continental part, don't miss passing by here. If you're going to be here a few days as a tourist, try to see it.
This is a wealthy suburb of Miami. There are many great restaurants and the area is definitely worth walking around to see. My hotel was located here so I really enjoyed it. It was also perfect for running.
Peter Tunney is an amazing artist who has done some fantastic stuff with street art. His work is phenomenal, using recycled junk, bits of old cars, airplane parts and old planks. Definitely worth seeing!
In 1925 an American millionaire visited Spain, saw an abandoned monastery near Segovia that he liked the look of, and decided to buy it and take it home with him! It ended up in Miami where it was rebuilt stone by stone and is today one of the oldest buildings on American soil. It's not anything special for European tourists, but it's funny to visit a Spanish monastery surrounded by the rainforest!
If you want to see some hot bods, everyone knows that South Beach is the place to go. Specifically, Lummus Beach. This is a beautiful beach with a lovely boardwalk for anyone with roller blades or a skateboard. You can get some exercise while still enjoying the salty beach air. The main reason people go here is to show off what they've been doing in the gym. Wear some sunglasses so people can't tell you're staring if you're going to look!
Along the Lummus Park is Ocean Drive, a street filled with hot night clubs and restaurants. If you're needing a bite to eat or want to see those hot bods in action in the club, that is where to go after a relaxing beach outing.
The best mode of transport for the Everglades are hydrofoils or airboats, boats with a huge fan that makes it feel as if it is flying over waters and vegetation. This company offers visits to the park, with encounters with alligators. My experience was good, seeing many different landscapes of the Everglades, and finding ourselves with alligators. The part I liked best was to go on these vehicles, which can reach a speed of up to 70km / hour. A fun and noisy experience. So bring ear swabs. The tour for adults is $ 22, a price that is fair and right for the duration of the trip. A good introduction to the Everglades. I found them much larger than the ones I saw on the tour a few meters from the Tamiami Trail.
Tired of shopping at Bayside? If you want to go for a bit of a walk, head to Bayfront Park, a beautiful green space nestled among the skyscrapers. Here you'll find flower beds, palm trees, a large circular fountain and statues dedicated to Christopher Columbus and the founders of Miami, Senator Claude Pepper and Mrs Julia Tuttle. Walk among the fast-moving businessmen shouting into their cell phones, the joggers, and the people just sitting quietly and enjoying the view of Biscayne Bay...ah, Miami!
There are so many things to do in Miami, but you must begin with its famous beaches. Miami Beach is one of the most popular places to visit in Miami and is divided into three beaches: North Shore, South Beach (one of the most urban areas) and South Pointe Park, a more friendly and quiet stretch. Bill Baggs and Crandon Park Beach are also some of the more popular Miami attractions.
Other things to see in Miami are its two most famous neighborhoods: the Art Deco District (with Ocean Drive as the undisputed attraction) and Little Havana, the heart of Miami's large Cuban community. But still there are many attractions in Miami city itself, like the downtown skyscrapers, the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, or Bayside Marketplace.
There are also tons of great Miami activities revolving around art and culture. You can choose from the Bass Museum of Art, MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) or Love Art Museum of the University of Miami. And if you get tired of the city, the 1,700 islands of the Florida Keys are awaiting your visit!
If you're still curious about what to do in Miami, have a look at these recommendations from real minube travelers and find all the best stuff to do in Miami.