Florida, United States
Though its palm-lined pools and beachfront art deco hotels are legendary, Miami doesn't spend all its time working on its suntan. Decorators trawl for finds in the Design District, star chefs devour Cuban pulled pork sandwiches in Little Havana, artists work on creative breakthroughs for December's blockbuster Art Basel Miami fair, and no one sleeps in the NE 11th Street club district.
Getting Around Miami
The best way to get around Miami is by public transportation (bus/metro) or by car, depending on where you are staying. If staying downtown, public transit is a convenient option. In downtown Miami, the Metromover runs every 90 seconds to 3 minutes depending on demand and operates from 5 a.m. until midnight every day.
Nearby Airports
  • Miami-Dade International Airport-MIA
Airport Taxis
  • $22
Things to Do and See in Miami
  • South Beach
  • Seaquarium
  • Zoo Miami
  • American Airlines Arena
  • Marlins Park
  • Villa Vizcaya
  • Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
  • Miami Science Museum
  • Freedom Tower
  • Venetian Pool
  • Miami Art Museum
  • Key Biscayne
  • Venetian Islands
  • Stiltville
  • Little Havana
  • Wynwwod
  • Miami Design District
  • Downtown Miami
  • Calle Ocho
  • Coral Castle
DowntownBrickellDesign DistrictCoral GablesMidtownCoconut GroveLittle HavanaKey BiscayneSouth Beach
Downtown Miami is the city's cultural center, home to most of Miami's museums and entertainment venues. The Miami Art Museum and the Historical Museum of Southern Florida are both located in Miami Cultural Plaza, and offer visitors the option of buying one-day passes to both museums. The city's sports centers are easily accessible from the area's free light rail system (the Metromover). Nearby is Miami's largest performing arts venue, the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. Downtown is also known for its parks, especially Bayfront Park, which hosts Miami's weekly DWNTWN concert series and Bayside Marketplace, an outdoor mall and popular tourist destination. Nightlife in downtown is centered around "Club Row" on NE 11th Street, where admission is less exclusive and pricey than the club scene on South Beach.
Miami's major financial district, Brickell is sometimes referred to as "little Manhattan." From its humble beginnings as a trading outpost, Brickell has grown into an international banking hub surrounded by the luxury hotels and condominiums that define the Miami skyline. Brickell is also a high-rise residential neighborhood hosting dozens of restaurants, including famous steak houses like Porcao and Capital Grille. At the heart of the neighborhood is Mary Brickell Village, an open-air shopping, nightlife, and dining hub appreciated by locals for restaurants like Rosa Mexicano.
After decades of urban decay, Miami's Design District experienced urban revival in the early 2000s and is now packed with contemporary art galleries, furniture showrooms, and hip designer boutiques. The area's monthly Art & Design Night packs crowds into local showrooms. Every December the Design District also hosts events for the annual Art Basel Miami fair, an international, citywide exhibition of contemporary art that has become the world's premier art fair.
Home to the University of Miami, Coral Gables also hosts family-friendly attractions like the Venetian Pool, the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, and Zoo Miami. Coral Gables was designed by real estate developer George Merrick, and still lives up to its reputation as "the City Beautiful" with many buildings evoking Merrick's Mediterranean-style architecture. A notable example of this style, the 1926 Biltmore Hotel is a National Historic Landmark. Miracle Mile is an open-air stretch of boutiques and restaurants along Coral Way, and The Village of Merrick Park is an elegantly landscaped luxury shopping center.
Next to the Design District is Midtown, which includes the arty Wynwood and Edgewater neighborhoods. At the heart of Midtown is the Shops at Midtown, an outdoor shopping district designed to resemble SoHo in New York. Although grand plans for Midtown were derailed by the recession, the area is still known for galleries and restaurants, including the local Mexican favorite Mercadito. Landmarks include the two buildings of the former Barcardi headquarters, which are classic Miami mid-century modern design with a Latin twist. During the December Art Basel Miami festival, Midtown hosts the Art Midtown art fair.
An upscale tourist destination just south of Brickell, Coconut Grove has a wide variety of restaurants serving cuisines from around the world. Although the Grove isn't far from the center of Miami, its quiet, residential atmosphere makes for a refreshing change of pace. The Grove's signature attractions include the Miami Science Museum, the CocoWalk open-air mall and the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, an early 20th century estate preserved as a park. Coconut Grove hosts several cultural events each year, ranging from the classic open-air Coconut Grove Arts Festival to the idiosyncratic Great Grove Bed Race, where participants race beds decorated as pirate ships, cars, and rockets.
Some cities have a Chinatown, Miami has Little Havana. A historic cultural center for Cuban exiles, Little Havana has a lively Latin art and music scene that revolves around Eighth Street (Calle Ocho" in Spanish) and Domino Park. The neighborhood is also famous for its cigar factories
Key Biscayne is a tiny island village where residents drive around on golf carts. It is bordered on both sides by parks and beaches. Drivers approaching from the mainland pass through Crandon Park, home of popular Crandon Beach. On the other end of the island is the Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Recreation Area, where visitors can enjoy an afternoon at the beach, a bike ride along the park's paved trails, dinner in a waterfront restaurant, and a guided tour of the Cape Florida Lighthouse. Key Biscayne is also home to the Miami Seaquarium, where marine life enthusiasts can swim with the dolphins. Bike paths on the bridge from the mainland make the Key a popular destination for weekend bike trips. Located along the same road that leads to the mainland, Virginia Key also offers a mountain biking trail for more adventurous travelers.
The quintessential Spring Break destination, South Beach is packed with bars, bikini boutiques, and clubs catering to hard-partying college students. Ocean Drive is also the heart of SoBe's Art Deco District, which draws architecture and history enthusiasts alike. At night, partiers flock to the famous nightclubs along Washington Avenue, the source of SoBe's nonstop buzz. During the day, visitors hit the open-air mall on Lincoln Road and shops lining Ocean Drive. South Beach is the main waterfront attraction, but local beaches also include predominantly gay and lesbian 12th Street Beach and clothing-optional Haulover Beach. The perennial party atmosphere of South Beach provides a fitting home for the World Erotic Art Museum. Visitors looking for a more traditional cultural experience can explore the Bass Museum of Art or the Jackie Gleason Theater.
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The River Oyster Bar
At The River Oyster Bar, you'll find seriously good seafood by David Bracha with no attitude and reasonable prices. A seasonal menu packs 'em in on a nightly basis, especially during daily happy hours when working stiffs, foodies and hipsters flock there to indulge in the restaurant's namesake--the freshest oysters south of the Puget Sound.
db Bistro Moderne
Daniel Boulud's restaurant at the JW Marriot in Brickell brings a taste of exceptionally refined French fare to Miami. Renowned for their charcuterie, especially the pate, and their namesake sirloin burger filled with braised short ribs, foie gras and black truffle, db Bistro Moderne also has been praised for its vast selection of premium wine labels.
Rainer Becker's modern Japanese inspired by traditional, informal Izakaya-style dining may seem almost oxymoronic, but the sleek, chic crowd of culinary mafia, celebrities and scene-chasers who eat and drink here don't care. After all, it is the first Miami restaurant whose London and Hong Kong siblings made the Top 100 listing of The S.Pellegrino World's Best Restaurants.
The Hoxton
Cool, calm, and collected. That's how summers in The Hamptons were spent and that's the vibe at The Hoxton. Brickell's newest addition at The Axis, this urban beach house brings a taste of New England to Miami with plenty of seafood.