Miami, Florida is one of the most populous cities in the US due to its climate and all around vibrancy. Sandwiched between the Everglades and the Atlantic Ocean, Miami has countless gems to offer to its residents and visitors alike. It's a capitol of commerce, culture, and entertainment, but despite the bustle, it is an extraordinarily clean city. The fresh air blows through the city and its beaches, stirring excitement and drawing in both tourists with their families and college students with their friends looking for a hot vacation spot.
To orient yourself in the city, first hop on a boat tour of the city and surrounding beaches, or go on a tour of the Everglades to engage with wildlife. Miami has great beaches up and down the coast, including some novelties such as the Star Island. Miami Beach is the most popular spot to snag some towel space. The Port of Miami is a major cruise port, so for a luxury side trip, look there. South Beach is the place for shopping and epic nightlife activities. Bringing the kids along? Miami Zoo and the Seaquarium are two attractions that will make them go crazy, without driving you crazy.
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Downtown Miami is the central business district with impressive views of the Biscayne Bay to the east. Coconut Grove is Miami’s oldest neighborhood, south down the coast from Downtown Miami. Little Havana is a vibrant, multicultural neighborhood where you can experience Cuba in Florida. The Design District is a smaller section of the Buena Vista neighborhood, just south of Lemon City (Little Haiti).
"Downtown" Miami is often used as an umbrella term for a couple of smaller neighborhoods. In general, the name refers to the area just north of the Miami River along Florida’s eastern coast. The majority of Miami's historic buildings are located in Downtown, as well as the majority of government offices and courthouses. That's not to say Downtown Miami is the base for all work and no play. Flagler Street is the main shopping street, and you'll find a number of museums, restaurants and newfangled developments in Downtown. Think wine bars, high-end fitness centers and renovated lofts. Biscayne Boulevard is lined with top-notch restaurants a wide range of accommodations.
History Miami is a museum on West Flagler Street that will give you a sense of the city's multicultural history. You'll find a cluster of shops along East Flagler Street, from Miami Avenue to Biscayne Boulevard. There's a varied selection of eateries as well, from upscale Japanese at Kone Sushi, to counter-serve Caribbean chicken at Pollo Tropical. For an all-in-one waterside attraction, the Bayside Marketplace on Biscayne Boulevard has shopping, good eats and spectacular views.
Home to CocoWalk, a sprawling entertainment complex that’s as popular to locals as it is to tourists, Coconut Grove is a constant source for things to do and sights to see. The trendy neighborhood has earned its reputation as an entertainment hub. Even places such as the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens or the national tropical botanical garden called The Kampong serve as venues for festivals, live concerts and other events throughout the year. Coconut Grove is a go-to area for students at the University of Miami, given its proximity and hip factor. You’ll find Mr. Moe’s, Tavern in the Grove or Sandbar Grill the best places to mingle with the younger crowd.
A cluster of restaurants span out from the point where Grand Avenue, McFarlane Road and Main Highway come together. From all-American eats at Greenstreet Café to authentic Cuban cuisine at Las Culebrinas, Coconut Grove has restaurants to meet every taste. You’ll also find some of the best shopping right along the streets. For a centralized shopping, eating and movie-going experience, CocoWalk and The Shops of Mayfair are the main malls in Coconut Grove.
Little Havana has a high concentration of immigrants who’ve decorated the neighborhood with local flair. With a high concentration of Cuban immigrants, Little Havana is named after Havana, the capital city of Cuba. Landmarks include Plaza de la Cubanidad, Domino Park and the Tower Theater. Calle Ocho, SW 8th Street, is a famous street where the Walk of Fame is located. Think of it as Miami’s version of the Hollywood Walk of Fame, but in recognition of famous Latin personalities. In addition, the Calle Ocho festival, reminiscent of a Caribbean carnival, attracts over a million visitors to the street each year.
This multicultural neighborhood is also home to residents from Central and South America. Viernes Culturales, or Cultural Fridays, is a celebration of the area’s ethnic diversity. Through music, arts and activities, Viernes Culturales is held on Calle Ocho the last Friday of every month. While you’re on Calle Ocho, grab a meal at Versailles Restaurant, a landmark restaurant that has been around since 1971.
This neighborhood covers only a few blocks, but it’s a trend-setting area with a wealth of shopping and design. The region is between North 43rd Street and North 36 Street (north to south), and West First Avenue and Biscayne Boulevard (west to east). The Design District is the creative playground of the artists, designers and culinarians of Miami. From innovated workshops to groundbreaking restaurants, the Design District is where visitors can pick up on new trends.
There are over 130 businesses packed into just a few blocks. Abandoned warehouses falling into disrepair were converted into galleries, cafes and retail spaces. Once you’re done exploring the area, The Design District is the perfect crossroads to choose your next destination. For more arts, there’s Wynwood to the south; Lemon City, or Little Haiti to the north; and wealthy upper east side-type neighborhoods to the east.
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