If all you know about this city comes from TV's "Miami Vice", then you, my friend, are in for a terrific surprise. The only thing the 21st Century Miami has in common with the old Don Johnson show: it's just as cool today as it was back then. There's just so much to see and do today. Bienvenido a Miami.
Whether it's a living coral reef or a tropical wonderland, some hot nightlife action or the taste of a roast pork Sandwich Cubano, Miami is a dazzler - and oh, those miles and miles of glorious beaches. You know one thing for sure, that it's going to be hot, whether at the beach or at a club!
Miami likes to put on a show for its visitors - all you have to do is, enjoy it. Don't know where to go? Check out our travel guide below for some ideas.
Attractions in Miami
Looking for more ideas on what to do in Miami? Look no further.
Biscayne National Park - Called "an underwater wonderland", this is the only living tropical reef within the continental U.S. Take a glass-bottom boat or snorkel to see colorful exotic fish, turtles and maybe a manatee or two.
The Club Scene - Club hopping is a participatory sport in Miami - so jump in and dance to the rhythms of Afro-Cuban music, or maybe blues, jazz or rock. Check the links below to discover the latest emerging hot spot. Look for filled-to-capacity VIP rooms.
Miami Art Museum - A powerful collection from 20th and 21st century artists, including works by Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, Helen Frankenthaler and Louise Nevelson.
Shopping and Restaurants in Miami
Dining: Miami is a melting pot of cultures, so you can imagine the cuisine choices at your fingertips while visiting the city. Over 70% of its population is Hispanic (including Brazilian) - and many of those are Cuban-Americans. You'll find everything from exalted French cuisine to Cuban street vendor food, and just about everything in between. Try the fresh seafood, and don't miss Caribbean favorites like jerked chicken.
Shopping: Internationally known designers? Of course. Acres of outlet malls? Ditto. Places to find sophisticated sandals, guayabera shirts, and plenty of plastic pink flamingos? You know it.
South Beach, or SoBe, is a fun, pedestrian-friendly neighborhood full of boutique stores, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs. Don't expect the parties to stay indoors, oftentimes the streets are lined with people having a great time. Take a peek at Ocean Drive, which contours the beach, but find less-touristy spots where locals hang out at for a more authentic experience.
If you're into spectator sports, you'll love Miami. See the Miami Heat for basketball, the Dolphins for football, the Florida Panthers for ice hockey and the Florida Marlins for baseball.
Flights to Miami
Flying to Miami is a breeze; and it's easy to find cheap flights to Miami, too - as well as to nearby Ft. Lauderdale - if you visit FareCompare's search site to compare your fares.
Miami International Airport (MIA): This busy facility is just 8 miles from downtown Miami and is a hub for American Airlines. It's also served by most other domestic carriers, as well as numerous South American airlines and European favorites like British Airways, Lufthansa and Virgin Atlantic.
Fort Lauderdale International Airport (FLL): This is just down the road from MIA (about 20 miles); a hub for Spirit Airlines, it's also served by many international and domestic carriers including Southwest.
More Information on Miami
Check these sites for special events, indoor and outdoor activities and all things fun-in-the-sun.
Miami - Express Yourself - This official visitor site lists an array of attractions, a calendar of special events, plus the latest on dining, hotels, best beaches and more.
Visit Florida - Another good site with golf courses, art and cultural offerings, transportation options and the latest on favorite Miami sports teams.
Welcome to Miami - Includes shopping, health and fitness information plus listings of professional services; sign up for hotel deals and more.