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Turn the Beat (of Your Vacation) Around!


Will Smith rapped about it, Gloria Estefan sings about it and hot celebrities like Matt Damon, Julia Roberts and Shakira call this place home. There is obviously something hot about Miami, and we’re not just talking about the weather. Miami is that place you must experience at least once for its nice weather, diverse appeal and city-like vibe.
Shop ‘till you drop on Lincoln Road Mall
Welcome to Miami, a place so nice you’ll probably want to dress up for the occasion. Miami seems to be home to beautiful people wearing the latest styles and why not when have some of the greatest shopping districts. One of them includes Lincoln Road Mall, an outdoor pedestrian mall filled with clever shops, cafe’s, clubs and cultural venues. It’s glamorous, but not over the top; you can still find the perfect South Beach bikini for under $50.
Get Latin in Little Havana
Find your inner Latino/Latino and get a taste of Little Havana, Miami’s cultural playground. The name stems from the mass migration of Cuban immigrants that populated the area in the 1960s. With them, they brought delicious culinary treats like café con leche (Coffee with milk), Cuban cigars and salsa music. The main attraction is Calle Ocho- SW 8th Street with restaurants, shops and venues that resemble life back in Cuba.

Art Deco Historic District

Oh just imagine what Miami was like in the 1920s- a careless time when we didn’t worry about iPhones and Instagram, but just about the joy of having a good time. The Art Deco district stems from this golden era of architecture that still stands today. Ocean Drive is home to bold color hotels and flamboyant signs that capture this lively era. Make sure to explore Ocean Drive at night when it truly lights up. Sights include South Beach Hotel, The Claridge and Colony Hotel for classic examples.
Miami Beach – South Beach
Miami is actually a big city which is technically part of the Miami-Dade County. The metro area is home to about 5.5 million people and there is actually a lot to see, even if most tourist attractions are concentrated in South Florida. You can’t miss the typical luxury of South Beach- where palm trees and turquoise waters invite you to relax. This American Riviera is where you can tan during the day and party at night, and repeat this itinerary every day that you are in Miami!
Vizcaya Museum & Gardens
Enjoy a quiet day in Miami exploring an Italian Renaissance-styled villa and gardens. This home that once belonged to industrialist James Deering is now a tourist attraction, due to its grand splendor. This property is absolutely stunning in its interior and exterior; and it’s a nice change of pace from the fun in the sun and partying in nearby South Beach. No words can truly express how nice this place is, so you have to see it to believe it.  It’s also been used in many films like “Any Given Sunday” and “Bad Boys II.”
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