Miami is a city of many flavors. You’ve got the cultural influence of Latin American countries, the delicious flavors of sunset cocktails in South Beach, the luxurious feeling of many high-class resorts and clubs — and much more! With so much to experience in Miami, you may not have time to sample it all, but you can definitely get some of these must-do experiences in on your next trip to this vivacious city!
Have Café con Leche in Little Havana
Enjoying local delicacies is the way to understand the true roots of the city. Since the mid-20th century, Cubans have been migrating to Miami and have made their mark. Not only do they have a neighborhood named after their capital city, but they have created a cult culture for a simple drink. Coffee with milk sounds simple enough, but you’d do well to not underestimate the delicious uniqueness of café con leche — just getting the drink itself is well worth the trip to Miami. Head to Little Havana, where you shouldn’t spend more than $5 for the traditional drink, and fuel your day so that you can dance the night away later in the evening!
Get Lost in the Vizcaya Museum & Gardens
We get it — you don’t want to hit all the tourist traps on your vacation. The Vizcaya Museum & Gardens is anything but. It is a timeless and essential spot to visit. The European Renaissance design in its architecture recalls its earlier days, when it was used as a winter getaway for a famous industrialists — you shouldn’t be surprised that this palatial place was designed for the likes of royals. Explore Italian villas and gardens, French-inspired designs and views that can only be found in Miami.
Explore the Art Deco Historic District
While New York City has its many highly-regarded districts and Europe has its famous cobblestone streets, Miami has something altogether different. We’re talking, of course, of the quirky and famous Art Deco Historic District. After the Roaring Twenties, Miami became the hotspot for this lovely, ultramodern style. Today, it is retro and fabulous with all its bright colors, geometric patterns and trademark signs that catch your eye. Take an Art Deco History tour or simply see the sights for yourself by walking down Ocean Drive or Collins Avenue.
Feel Luxurious at Fontainebleau Resort Miami South Beach
When you think about Miami, you can’t help but imagine celebrities mingling and enjoying their stay at luxury hotels. You don’t even have to pay the expensive hotel price tag to party like them — many of Miami’s hotel pools are available for an added fee so you can enjoy a few drinks and much-needed pool time. The Fontainebleau Resort Miami South Beach is one of the best: it features a lagoon shaped pool, VIP Cabanas and comfy sunbeds.
Get Your Tan on at South Beach
What is a trip to Miami without visiting its famous shoreline? South Beach should be high on your list for many reasons. Once nicknamed the American Riviera, tourists keep coming back for the turquoise waters, golden sand, and the quintessential beach experience. You can always find a spot to lay your towel and people watch (as long as its not Spring Break)! Surfers can catch some waves at designated locations while sunbathers can simply enjoy the cabana life.
Is there anything we missed on the list? Let us know you Miami must-dos in the comments!