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What You Should Know More About Miami

  • Travel Advice

    ·         Miami is considered to be relatively safer however it is still advisable for you to avoid carrying excess cash with you in the public areas.

    ·         Do not flaunt your cash or valuables in the public areas.

    ·         Do not leave your important documents or valuables in the hotel room.

    ·         Make sure you book a hotel only where there is a facility of room safe available.

    ·         Do not let anyone deceive you.

    ·         Carry at least one proof of your identity with you at all times.

    ·         Do not leave your VISA or passport carelessly.

    ·         Do not entertain the touts.

    ·         Make sure you check for the quality of the street food before you begin eating it.

    ·         Do not try and get over friendly with the strangers.

    ·         Keep yourself away from all forms of drugs.

    ·         Do not indulge in physical or verbal fights with anyone.

    ·         Make sure you adhere to the local rules and traditions.

    ·         If you buy bottled drinking water, make sure you check for the seal.

    ·         Do gather enough information before you travel to any new destination.

    ·         In case you are going to a restaurant, check online for the dress code applicable.

    ·          Make sure you negotiate the fare before booking a cab or a taxi. 

  • Drinking Law

    The legal age for drinking in Miami is 21 years.

  • Our Recommendations: What you can’t afford to miss

    Miami Beach


    Miami Beach is majorly a distinct municipality in Miami. Nestled on an island, the beach is connected to the mainland by a series of bridges. This area is majorly known for its prominent beaches as well as the Art Deco District that has the pastel buildings which have been around from the 1930s and sport classic neon signs. It is an expensive tourist district which features a couple of hotels, shops, beach front restaurants and an array of sunbathing opportunities. The most prominent street in the area is the Ocean Drive which is section of the road that lies along the oceanfront and is home to some of the most beautiful Art Deco buildings. A block inland and parallel to the Ocean Drive is Collins Avenue. Here the visitors can find a couple of high end restaurants, hotels and shopping arenas.


    Art Deco District


    In the Miami Beach lies the Art Deco District. The district clearly brings back the memories of an earlier time in Florida given its magnificently restored Art Deco buildings that have been around since 1930s. The pastel hued ancient structure here displays awnings and the signs which cover the outdoor dining section. Majority of these, lies on front the Ocean drive which overlooks the beach and the ocean.


    South Beach


    South Beach lies at the southern end of the Miami Beach. It is the place, where the Art Deco buildings line the waterfront road. South Beach is also regarded as the most popular and famous section of the beach. During the summer months, the beach is major draw for both tourists and locals. If you visit during the winters, taking a stroll around the place is a great thing to do. 


    Ocean Drive


    The Ocean Drive runs in Miami Beach’s ocean front. It passes through the historic buildings of Art Deco along with the renowned sandy strips which are known as the South Beach. The place is popular both during day and night for some drive and a slow cruise by sightseeing. For those of you who have a major interest in the magnificent pastel colored Art Deco buildings which have been around since 1920s and 1930s, the most notable structures include the Breakwater (940 Ocean Drive; by Anton Skislewicz in the year 1939), the Cavalier (1320 Ocean Drive; by Roy F. France in the year 1936), the Beacon (732 Ocean Drive built by Henry O. Nelson in the year 1926), Waldorf Towers (860 Ocean Drive built by Albert Anis in the year 1937), the Colony Hotel (736 Ocean Drive built by Henry Hohauser in the year 1936) and the Cardozo (1300 Ocean Drive built by Henry Hohauser in the year 1939).    


    Bayside Marketplace


    Bayside Marketplace is a huge outdoor style mall. It has over 150 tourist and specialty shops which have a number of restaurants and cafes coupled with enough live entertainment. Visitors can be assured to find some renowned chain stores along with several one of a kind unique places. This marketplace tends to lure both tourists and locals.

    As evident from the name, the mall is nestled alongside the Miami’s waterfront which looks out over the boats and docks. People usually come here to soak up in the atmosphere. Several tour boats leave from here to visit the locations around the Biscayne Bay. There is also a water taxi service to the downtown hotels and the Miami Beach which is located around the area.


    Bayfront Park


    The Bayfront Park is located on the eastern side of the Biscayne Boulevard. The boulevard was redesigned in the year 1980s. One attractive feature of the park is the electronically controlled Pepper Fountain found here. Besides this, there are other highlights too which may seem attractive here. One such highlight is amphitheatre which is often used for the conduct of different types of musical performances of just about every kind and type. Besides this, there is a tower for laser illuminations, three important monuments -  the Challenger Memorial, the Torch of Friendship which symbolises the relationship of Miami with the countries of South and Central America and the the World War II Memorial.  


    Vizcaya Museum and Garden


    One of the greatest of the Miami’s treasures is the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. The artwork, the grounds and the architecture, everything here makes it worth a visit.  This estate once used to be the winter home of James Deering who was an early 20th century industrialist. Constructed in the year 1916, the mansion comprises of 34 rooms that are neatly arranged around a central courtyard. This Italian Renaissance-style villa along with its 28-acre estate is brimming with decorative arts and the European furniture that has been around since 15th to 19th century. For the construction of this garden, over 1100 craftsmen and workers were in action to finalize the Vizcaya project. Many of these workers were brought over from Europe to ensure the authenticity in design. The gardens comprise of a variety of French and Italian fountains, sculptures and pools. Towards the base of the steps is the breakwater which leads you to the Biscayne Bay which is carved out in the form of female figures. Vizcaya is basically a Basque word which stands for an elevated place. This estate has hosted a variety of world leaders as well as a number of historical events which includes the meeting between the erstwhile president Reagan in 1987 as well as the Queen Elizabeth II during tour to America in the year 1991 and Pope John Paul II.


    Little Havana and Calle Ocho


    Little Havana is a Cuban district of Miami. It is not prominently known for its wealth of tourist attractions but is rather known for its distinct cultural flavour. It has restaurants, Latin music drifting through the air and specialty food shops. Calle Ocho is the main thoroughfare which runs through the district and is home to a couple of activities to do. However, the district spreads way beyond into the surrounding avenues and streets. When it comes to people watching, this place offers a great deal of entertainment. There are a number of open air areas where people can come around and socialize. Murals on the side of the walls depict quintessential figures from Cuba dealing with the scenes from daily life. This is also the place in Miami, to come around, especially if you wish to try some Cuban cuisine. 

  • What you will like there

    Wonderful weather


    The tropical climate of Miami with extremely hot summers makes it an incredible holiday destination. Average temperature of the year is usually around 60 degree Fahrenheit however the temperatures can go up to around 90 degrees during the warm months of summer.   


    Loads to do


    In case you are making a visit to Miami for the very first time then you’ll definitely wish to spend time at the beach. However, there are a number of things to do here. You can make a visit to the Frost Art Museum which houses a vast variety of American photography from the 1960s and 1970s. Archaic Asian and African bronzes can also be found here. The water in this pool comes from a spring and is drained on every day basis. You can also plan a visit to the oldest and largest zoological garden in Florida. Another place to see is the Miami Sea Aquarium that is spread over a vast area of 38 acre tropical island which features exhibits and marine shows.


    Fabulous food


    Whatever you desire, Miami has it on offer. Food lovers love Miami for its vast array of cuisines. The Caribbean and Latin American culinary traditions influence the restaurants all across Miami. It is also known for its Latin food especially when it comes to Cuban cuisine however there are a couple of different kinds of restaurants spread across the different corners of the city. In case you wish to try out steak, then you can head to the South Beach. On the Downtown and Mainland, you can try out the best in fine dining. Some of the best restaurants of Miami include Pearl Restaurant, Tantra, Champagne Lounge, BED and the Grass Lounge. Like the many other cities of Latin America and Europe, it is fashionable to dine late in Miami. The city is up and rocking even late in the night, so you can eat all you like sometimes as late as midnight.


    Shopping


    The Collins Avenue of Miami has a variety of stores to satiate the shopaholic in you. To check out the vast variety of restaurants and stores, you can head to the South Beach. Miami also has a Farmer’s market which is held on Sundays. The most prominent shopping centers to visit in Miami include Coco Walk, The Falls, Dolphin Mall and Aventura Mall.


    Luxury Villas


    Want to plan out a summer vacation? Miami is a great choice of tourist attraction. You can find a variety of luxury Miami villa rentals in the city that are sought after by the travelers A luxury private home adds a new dimension for you to experience a comfortable stay. Most of the luxury villas in Miami will offer you high end facilities such as games rooms, cinema rooms, Jacuzzis, private swimming pools and high-tech kitchens. So, whether you are planning a romantic holiday, family vacation or a group getaway with friends, a luxury villa can definitely transform you vacation in Miami, only for the better. 

  • Recommended reads for destination (govt. websites, travel forum articles)?

    Website: Official Website

                              Website

    Forum:    Official Forum

  • When is the best time to visit Miami?

    The ideal time to visit Miami is from March to May. During this time Miami stays pleasant while the other regions of the country continue to defrost. These are the months when most of the tourists drop in.

    All year around Miami experiences a tropical climate and many tourists visit the place as per their convenience. During some special events, Miami has a larger number of tourists. Therefore, to escape unnecessary hassles get your bookings done beforehand.

  • How to reach Miami?

    Miami offers various ways to get into the city. Some of them are as follows:

    •    By Air - The International Airport of Miami is situated to the city's west. Internationally operating Airlines that operate transatlantic include Virgin Atlantic as well as British Airways. Another airport located in the north of Miami is Lauderdale International Airport. This airport does not offer many international air routes but offers a smaller variety. Varying Airlines operating here include Virgin America, Spirit Airlines, JetBlue,  Southwest Airlines etc.
    •    By Rail - Silver Service of Amtrak offers two trains each day leading to Miami from various cities along Eastern Seaboard including Washington, New York etc. Additionally, there are Tri-Rails running to Miami from Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale as well as West Palm Beach on Saturdays and Sundays.
    •    By Car - Miami can be reached by three major highways namely I-95, I-75 as well as U.S. Highway one. I-95 connects Miami to Atlantic coast. I-75 connects Miami to Atlanta, Tampa as well as the midwestern portion of United States. Lastly, U.S. Highway one is the southbound route for travelers.
    •    By Bus - Various bus services operating to and from Miami are Gray Line Miami, Greyhound, RedCoach, MegaBus as well as ATC Buses. These connect Miami very well to various other locations.

  • What are the things to do in Miami?

    There are a number of things to be done while touring Miami. Some of them are as follows:-

    •       Miami offers a wide variety of yachts from thirty-five feet to one hundred and fifty feet. There are full-day charters, half-day charters as well as multi-day charters available for hire. You can take up an adventurous ride.
    •       You can take up Balloon rides in Miami and enjoy a toast or picnic post taking a ride. These rides let you experience Miami's skyline from extreme closeness.
    •       American Airlines Arena offers an opportunity to tourists to witness games as well as various award functions such as MTV Music Video Awards. Also, various concerts often take place here.
    •       If lucky you can get a chance to witness a football game at Sun Life Stadium.
    •       You can explore the diverse culture in South Beach Food Tour. You can also explore the popular architecture of Art Deco at restaurants as well as eateries.
    •       You can take a relaxed ride of a cruise that would lead you to various beautiful locations.
    •       You can take up a Go Miami Card that lets you explore twenty-seven attractions of Miami at an affordable price.
    •       You can take up a relaxing boating ride across the popular Biscayne Bay.
    •       Take up an Everglades Airboat Tour as well as witness the Gator Show. You will witness the beautiful national park across a swampland while riding an airboat accompanied by a guide.

  • What is the local food of Miami? Which are the best places to taste this food?

    Miami offers a wide range of exotic and mouth-watering dishes that one must try. Some of them are listed below:-

    •       Churrasco (Steak) - This grilled steak is served with a delicious sauce called chimichurri. Puerto Madero is an outlet quite popular for serving juicy and tasty Churrasco.
    •       Ceviche - Prepared with raw fish mixed with citrus juices and varying spices this dish is one of the favorites of many Floridians.
    •       Cuban Sandwich - Another authentic dish of Miami prepared with a variety of cheese and ham. The popular outlet to try out this dish is Versailles Restaurant.
    •       Arepas - Oftenly preferred with stuffings such as avocado, pulled pork as well as loads of melted cheese this dish is on the list of every Miami visitor. A place named La Latina is popular in Miami for Arepas.
    •       Stone Crabs - One of the tender most crab meats. Situated close to Miami Beach, Joe's Stone Crabs is the perfect outlet to try these stone crabs.
    •       Fish Sandwich - Exotic sandwiches are a must try in Miami. A popular place to try these is Gracia's Seafood Grille and Fish.
    •       Chicharron - A deliciously fried preparation of pork skin. Popular place in Miami to try this delicacy is El Palacio De Los Jugos, which is situated at three major locations in Miami.

  • What is the best public transport to commute around Miami?

    The public transportation system of Miami is extensive as well as diverse. In fact, if time isn't a concern for a traveler then it is quite possible to cover major attractions of the city without availing the services of a car.

    •       By Bus - The bus system of Miami covers the whole country. Though this service might be a little time consuming but it well connects major attractions of Miami.
    •       By Taxi - Taxi services are also one of the major modes of transportation for the public of Miami. Though this is a little on the expensive side.
    •       By Car - Renting a car is another way of exploring the city if you plan to explore all the offered attractions. The car rentals in Miami are cheap as compared to other Cities of U.S.
    •       By Shuttle - A shuttle service prevails in Miami that would take you to places from the airport. The shuttle service is known as Super Shuttle Miami.

  • What is the local language in Miami and which are the most commonly used greetings?

    Most commonly used language by the locals of Miami is Spanish. But being a popular tourist spot ample number of people around understand and speak English. Some of the Spanish translations are as follows:

    •    Hello - Hola
    •    Morning - Menana
    •    Thanks - Gracias
    •    Good day - Buen dia

  • Which are the best shopping places in Miami and what are they famous for?

    Miami offers varying shopping malls as well as outlets to shop for various high-end brands. Some of the best places to shop in Miami are as follows:-

    •       Sunset Place - This mall offers various brands such as Niketown store, Victoria’s Secret, Gap, Urban Outfitters etc.
    •       Bayside Marketplace - This mall offers various brands along with cafes and restaurants.
    •       Village of Merrick Park - Quite similar to Bal Harbour this place features ample of designer stores including Neiman Marcus as well as Jimmy Choo and others.
    •       Bal Harbour - This place accommodates various designer outlets such as Chanel, Gucci, Cartier, Chloe etc.

  • Which are the famous beaches in Miami?

    The most popular beaches of Miami are as follows:-

    •       Lummus Park Beach
    •       South Pointe Park Pier
    •       Sunny Isles Beach
    •       Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park
    •       Fort Lauderdale Beach
    •       Bal Harbour
    •       Hobie Beach
    •       21st–45th Street Beach
    •       Haulover Beach
    •       Surfside
    •       46th–63rd Street Beach
    •       Crandon Park
    •       Matheson Hammock Park Beach
    •       Delray Beach

  • How is nightlife of Miami?

    The nightlife of Miami is flaming. All night frolic and fun with big beaches, perfect drinks and mesmerizing music are what Miami's nightlife is all about. While the tourists can spend all day exploring the city or lazily relaxing on the beach the nights can be bombarded with what Miami has to offer.

  • What are the best places to enjoy adventure activities in Miami?

    Miami offers various activities at varying locations. Some of the locations that offer activities to indulge in are listed below:-

    •       Various Miami beaches
    •       Venetian Pool
    •       Oleta River State Park
    •       Swings outside Miami's Perez Art Museum

  • What are the most romantic things to do on a honeymoon in Miami?

    Miami is one of the most romantic destinations for honeymooners from all across the globe. There are a number of romantic activities that you can indulge in while out for your honeymoon to Miami with your partner. Some of them are listed below:-

    •       Take a romantic walk along the beautiful beaches of Miami and witness the beautiful sunset.
    •       Visit the peaceful Botanical garden of Miami named Fairchild Tropical along with your partner. Let your bond grow amidst the wide variety of flora and fauna and chirping of birds.
    •       You can take a tour of the Coral Castle, a monument symbolizing love.
    •       Watch a romantic film at Soundscape amphitheater which owns a screen of seven thousand square foot.
    •       Dance with your newlywed in Calle Ocho.
    •       Take up a swing together at Perez Art Museum of Miami.
    •       Take a moonlight tour of an Italian Villa.

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