If you are looking for the stunning locales, the splendid beaches, the awe-inspiring attractions, and the deep-rooted cultural & traditional elements, Miami (Florida) should be on the top of your travel list. Nestled between the Everglades and the Atlantic Ocean, this holiday destination features famous tourist attractions including the South Beach, stylish diners, budget-friendly luxury Art Deco hotels and bustling nightclubs. Currently, it is experiencing a dynamic transformation owing to a profound cultural renaissance, an ultra-cool art scene, and a local foodie movement not to mention the radical urbanization of neighborhoods such as Wynwood and the Design District.
History of Miami
Miami’s Cuban heritage and Pan-Latin American culture are reminiscent of its rich historic values. These can be seen in landmark sites like Pérez Art Museum Miami, street art, art galleries and places like Havana and Everglades. Its history is an interesting blend of Cuban diaspora and pan-Caribbean communities including popular former residents like Muhammad Ali and artistic movements reflecting brazen and intricate street art.
Places to visit
Aside from exploring the popular Little Havana, have fun checking out contemporary art from the American perspective by visiting the spectacular Pérez Art Museum Miami, also known as PAMM. This is located in Downtown Miami on Museum Park at the bayfront. The museum reflects brilliant architecture resembling the famous Stiltsville homes designed offshore in Biscayne Bay during the 1930s. It is a wonderful place to check out the international art of the 20th and 21st centuries. Do not forget to check out other cool places like The Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science in Museum Park Downtown, the Gulf Stream Aquarium at Frost Science, Island Queen Cruises, Fisher Island Condos, HistoryMiami Museum, and Metromover College Bayside Station.
Things to do
I would suggest taking the Art Deco landmarks walking tour organized by the Miami Design Preservation League to learn more about the art styles and architectural paradigms of Miami. You will love this 90-minute trip. It will shed light on the Art Deco movement, the architecture and its historical elements along with the Mediterranean Revival and Miami Modern (MiMo). Enjoy watching the sunset and Rent a kayak or stand-up paddleboard at South Beach Kayak to experience the natural beauty like never before. Pass the Belle Isle to get to Flagler Memorial Island for a nice swim and visit The Wolfsonian – Florida International University. It houses a museum, library and research center including an impressive collection of art pieces, photographs, and artifacts.
Where to Eat
You will really enjoy dining at some popular places in Miami. At Los Fuegos by Francis Mallmann, you can make your own customized meals and enjoy the famous A la parrilla with chimichurri. The A la parrillada platter at Los Feugos includes wagyu NY strip, lamb chops and sweetbread topped with charred kale, crispy potatoes, and pickled onion. Imperial Shellfish Tower is a famed gourmet item at Stripsteak. The Steakhouse also features luscious delicacies that you can nosh on including lobster mac ‘n cheese, the handmade burrata, and the heirloom tomato starter.
Travel Tips to Miami
Advance planning will save you from lots of troubles. Start with the right accommodation; rentals are cheaper than hotels here. For transportation, you have plenty of options including rent a car, bike, scooter, Segway, train, bus and trolley, taxis, Uber, and Lyft. Make sure you install mspy phone monitoring and tracking app on every phone you and your family carries, so you can track the location of your loved ones in this bustling city. You must also know what’s the weather like during your visit and pack accordingly. Of course, there are some things you would definitely need in Miami such as flip flops, comfortable walking shoes, multiple stylish swimsuits, sun hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, lip balm with sunscreen, swimsuit coverups, beach bag, and so on. Also, you must know the alcohol and beach laws in Miami for a hassle-free tour. Stay informed, stay safe!