explore miami, usa

Explore Miami, Usa

Explore Miami a major city in the south-eastern United States and part of the largest metropolitan area in Florida. 

Downtown is the cultural, financial, and commercial center of South Florida, home to major museums, parks, education centers, banks, company headquarters, courthouses, government offices, theaters, shops and many of the oldest buildings in the city.

North (Midtown, Overtown, Design District, Little Haiti, Upper Eastside), this vibrant section of the city includes the hip, artsy Design District, fast-growing Midtown, the immigrant community of Little Haiti, and the historic “MiMo” district of modern architecture in the Upper Eastside.

West and South (Little Havana, West Miami, Coral Way, Coconut Grove, Kendall). These neighborhoods have some of Miami’s biggest attractions, from the Cuban culture of Little Havana to the lush vegetation and history of Coconut Grove.

Although tourists generally consider Miami Beach to be part of Miami, it is its own municipality. Located on a barrier island east of Miami and Biscayne Bay, it is home to a large number of beach resorts and was one of the most popular spring break party destinations in the world.

Because of its low latitude Miami has a subtropical savannah climate. There are two seasons in Miami, a warm and dry season from November through mid-April, and a hot and wet season from May through October.

Little Havana Miami has the largest Latin American population outside of Latin America. English however remains the predominant language.

Miami International Airport is located just west of the city in an unincorporated suburban area. It’s an important hub for traffic between Europe, North America and Latin America. The international traffic makes MIA a large and congested place.

Places of interest

Star Island, Biscayne Bay, Miami. Star Island is an artificial island within Miami Beach. The houses are colossal and the architecture is worth taking a look at. Most of the houses are gated. The island looks exclusive because there is a guard house, however, it is a public neighborhood and you are able to go on the island and check out the houses.

Frost Art Museum, 10975 SW 17th Street (FIU-Maidique Campus). Open Tu-Sa 10AM-5PM, Su 12PM-5PM. Located at Florida International University, the Frost Art Museum has a large variety of 1960’s and 1970’s American photography, pre-Columbian artifacts dating back from 200 to 500 AD, ancient African and Asian bronzes, and a growing number of Caribbean and Latin American paintings and artwork.

Lowe Art Museum, 1301 Stanford Dr. With many antique art, ceramics, pottery and sculptures ranging from Greco-Roman times, Renaissance, Baroque, Art of Asia, Art of Latin America, and ancient potteries, the Lowe Art Museum offers a great range of art through the centuries. 

Venetian Pool, 2701 DeSoto Blvd (in Coral Gables). Open 11AM-5PM every day, but call to verify hours. In the 1920s Denman Dink transformed this limestone quarry into a pool with a waterfall, an area for kids and an area for adults. The water in this pool comes from a spring and is drained daily. In addition to the swimming facilities there is a snack bar (you cannot bring outside food into the Venetian Pool) and lockers. Swimming lessons are also offered here.

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, 3251 South Miami Ave. European-inspired estate. Includes a main house filled with art and furnishings and ten acres of gardens on Biscayne Bay.  Admission is free for children 5 years of age or younger.

Oleta River State Recreation Park, 3400 N.E. 163rd St. Daily 8AM-sunset. The largest urban park in Florida has trails for biking, a beach for swimming, picnic areas and a playground for kids. Get a canoe or kayak to row to a mangrove island within the park. Several animals such as eagles and fiddler crabs also make their home here. Fourteen cabins with air conditioning are also on the premises, but bathrooms, showers and grills are located outside the cabins and guests should bring their own linens.

Miami City & Boat Tour. Experience the sights and sounds of Miami and become acquainted with the city as well as learn about the interesting history.

Dolphin Mall Shopping Tour. Experience the best Miami has to offer.

Everglades Airboat Tour. Discover the Everglades National Park and discover the park as you travel across the swampland on an airboat with a professional park guide. You will encounter the fascinating wildlife as you glide through the world famous river of grass in the Everglades National Park,

Zoo Miami, 12400 SW 152nd St Miami. Open daily 9:30AM-5:30PM. Largest and oldest zoological garden in Florida. It houses over 1,200 wild animals and is a free range zoo. Its climate allows it to keep a wide variety of animals from Asia, Australia and Africa like no other zoo in the country.

Jungle Island, 1111 Jungle Island Trail, Miami. Lush tropical garden that features animal shows and exhibits. Great outing for the family to enjoy.

Miami Seaquarium, 4400 Rickenbacker Causeway. This 38 acre tropical island paradise features marine shows and marine life exhibits. Expect to stay around two to three hours touring the large aquarium. Just ten minutes from downtown Miami.

Matheson Hammock Marina. Grassy Park with a man-made atoll pool, which is flushed naturally with the tidal action of nearby Biscayne Bay. The park has a full-service marina, snack bar and restaurant built into an historic coral rock building, picnic pavilions and nature trails.

Ancient Spanish Monastery 16711 West Dixie Highway (near Sunny Isles). M-Sa 9AM-5PM, Su 1PM-5PM (unless there is a wedding scheduled; call ahead or check the website for wedding dates). Originally built in Segovia, Spain in 1141, this monastery was originally to be a part of William Randolph Hearst’s property in California. Partly because he ran out of money and partly because the United States would not allow the monastery to be built in California, the monastery remained in New York Harbor until 1954, when a couple of businessmen bought the property and assembled it in Miami. Parts of the monastery have not been assembled because the government removed the pieces from numbered boxes and then placed the wrong pieces in the wrong boxes. Today the monastery is a church as well as a popular marriage location.

Of course, if you’re in Miami, you’ll want to spend some time on the beach. Miami Beach is on a barrier reef across Biscayne Bay, and its sandy, sunny beaches from party-hearty South Beach continues all the way north along the coast of Florida. As Miami has pretty temperate weather, the beaches will be active all year round. Topless sunbathing is tolerated, if not strictly legal, in Miami Beach and South Beach. If you want to take it all off, go to Haulover Beach Park in North Beach.

Events – festivals in Miami

Shopping in Miami

Foodies and chefs alike herald Miami for its unique New World cuisine. Created in the 1990’s, the cuisine alternatively known as New World, Nuevo Latino or Florribean cuisine blends local produce, Latin American and Caribbean culinary tradition and the technical skills required in European cooking. This cuisine influences several restaurants around the city to this day.

Miami may be known for its Latin cuisine, especially its Cuban cuisine but also cuisines from South American countries such as Colombia, but there are other different kinds of restaurants to be found around the city.

Miami’s dining scene reflects burgeoning diversity, mixing exotic newcomer restaurants with long-standing institutions, often seasoned by Latin influence and hot winds of the Caribbean. New World cuisine, a culinary counterpart to accompany Miami’s New World Symphony, provides a loose fusion of Latin, Asian, and Caribbean flavors utilizing fresh, area-grown ingredients. Innovative restaurateurs and chefs similarly reel in patrons with Floribbean-flavored seafood fare, while keeping true to down-home Florida favorites.

There are several Peruvian restaurants at SW 88th Street and SW 137th Avenue in Kendale Lakes.

Nightlife in Miami consists of upscale hotel clubs, independent bars frequented by locals (including sports bars) and nightclubs. Most hotel bars and independent bars turn the other cheek at your physical appearance, but you have to dress to impress to get into a nightclub

The best way to gain admission to the best clubs is to have your hotel’s concierge call the club and get on the guest list.

Get out

Miami Beach – Popular vacation destination minutes away from the city proper.

The Port of Miami is a major cruise ship embarkation port.

Biscayne National Park – The largest marine park in the National Park System.

Everglades National Park – Third largest national park in the contiguous United States (excluding Alaska and Hawaii), home to several animals native to Florida.

Boca Raton – Wealthy South Floridian neighborhood.

Delray Beach – In addition to the beach, there’s a buzzing nightlife scene.

Official tourism websites of Miami

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