When you think of Miami, you probably think of the glittering Atlantic Ocean, warm sunshine, palm trees, pastel-neon Art Deco architecture and pulsing nightlife, all with a sizzling Latin flavour. There’s a reason Miami is a world-class destination for travel year-round: the gorgeous weather, stunning skyline and international energy make it eternally appealing.
In recent years, Miami has also developed into a prime destination for cultural tourists and foodies. New neighbourhoods are taking shape all the time as creative locals open restaurants, bars, boutiques and art galleries, adding to the excitement of this cultural moment.
A big part of the fun and excitement of a Miami holiday is checking into your hotel. These lavish retreats are designed to feel like a world unto themselves with gorgeous oceanfront swimming pools, tranquil spas, restaurants helmed by celebrity chefs and buzzy nightlife venues. Whether it’s a revamped Art Deco retreat or a brand new tower designed by a star architect, you’ll find the Miami hotel that’s right for you. Along with an influx of lifestyle hotels, limited service concepts and design-forward hostels, there are also plenty of affordable hotels to check into without sacrificing style and a great location.
Nightlife in South Beach is legendary for its megaclubs and celeb-splashed soirees. You’ll also find low-key hideaways specialising in craft cocktails, craft beer and stellar wine lists. If it’s live music you’re looking for, you’ll find everything from salsa to merengue and jazz clubs in Little Havana, Downtown and Midtown. Miami is also an exciting destination for foodies with both celebrity chefs from around the world and beloved homegrown talent. Whether it’s a fine-dining tasting menu, a casual pop-up by a local chef, food trucks or artisanal donuts, the city is bursting with flavour.
Miami has stepped onto the international stage as a world-class destination for contemporary art. Explore the Wynwood Arts District and the gallery scene in Little Haiti or spend a day at the Perez Art Museum Miami and the newly opened Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami. You’ll also find a thriving performing arts scene with ballets, musicals, theatre and symphonies at venues like the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts and the New World Center.
There are also more neighbourhoods in Miami to discover than ever before — each with its own distinct vibe. Head to Wynwood for captivating street art, trendy boutiques and hipster hangouts. The Design District is a luxury shopping mecca with delightful public art and new restaurants opening every day. For a taste of Old Florida, visit Coconut Grove and its idyllic setting along the bay with fantastic sidewalk cafes. Explore Miami’s multicultural heritage in historic neighbourhoods like Little Havana, Little Haiti and Historic Overtown.
There are many exciting annual events that draw a crowd to Miami. Art lovers and scenesters should make a point to visit in December for Art Basel, North America’s largest contemporary art fair. The South Beach Wine & Food Festival is a foodie’s dream in February with celebrity chef tasting events held throughout the city. March welcomes international DJs and electronic dance music fans to Ultra Music Festival, while tennis aficionados arrive for the Miami Open. Miami is a welcoming destination to the LGBT community year-round and April’s Miami Beach Gay Pride festivities are always fabulous. In November, the literary set enjoys its day in the sun with the Miami International Book Fair bringing hundreds of award-winning authors to the city.
With the newly renovated state-of-the-art Miami Beach Convention Center, as well as unlimited options for meetings facilities and unique venues throughout the city, Miami is a prime destination for conferences and special events.
Miami is often considered the gateway to Latin America with Miami International Airport acting as a major hub to South America and the Caribbean. With 107 domestic and international carriers serving Miami, there are more than 1,100 arrivals and departures daily. It is also known as the Cruise Capital of the World with more than five million passengers embarking on cruises to Caribbean destinations and beyond from PortMiami annually.
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