Water sports and some of the world’s best fishing are activities to try between all the sun bathing and swimming offered by this vacation hot spot. Miami is a city of a hugely diverse population with a Caribbean flair of over 440,000 in the city limits. More than five million can be found in every direction of the sprawling Metroplex. The terrain has inviting flat surfaces and views for miles. There are tropical trappings all around with palm, mango, banana, and avocado trees. Miami International Airport or MIA is the busiest in Florida and a modern treat for those entering through this gateway. SR 826 is the most direct route to the airport. Port of Miami is another bustling doorway to the cultural paradise of South Florida with Carnival, Norwegian, and Disney Cruise ships coming and going. South Beach is the most famous of all the tour hubs, but there are more including Coconut Grove just 10 miles south or Little Havana just five miles west. Interstate 95 runs through the city with Collins Avenue or A1A keeping you near the water’s edge. US one takes visitors south to the Keys, while US 441 takes them north to Lake Okeechobee. Posh boutiques, outdoor cafes with spectacular seafood, and busy sidewalks have natives and tourists mingling all hours of the day and night.
It does not get any better than this sun-drenched destination with a climate to match. Temperatures are in the 80s most of the year with transient dips to the 40s during rare winter days. There are the occasional pop-up showers that rain on one side of the street and not the other. This experience will be one that tourists talk about almost as much as the exquisite beaches. Water temperatures are as warm as bathing with tons of seashell hunting mixed with snorkeling. This is a convertible car kind of town with tops down the entire getaway. Hotels or intimate bungalows tucked on the beach offer unforgettable accommodations with Atlantic Ocean or Miami coastal waterway views. The night life is all that its reputation says with clubs lining the streets especially Collins Drive from 135 Street and south. A good example with celebrities in one of their several mini-dance spots is the Shore Club on 19 Street with dozens of Rolls Royce parked everywhere. Bayshore Drive is the downtown flavor with clubs just off the lobby of high-rise condominiums. Tourists will feel the electricity of this tropical paradise from the moment they reach it.
There are several locations that deserve sightseeing time including the famed Miami Seaquarium with its Biscayne Bay backdrop. Shopping at Bayshore Markets offer a variety of cuisines and shopping of items not found any place else including hand-made sundresses from the Bahamas and Jamaica. Stroll over to the south end to Bayfront Park for a picnic and people watching. To avoid the sometimes congested traffic issues, take the monorail around downtown or the above-ground Metrorail. The Omni offers another shopping bonanza opportunity with the International Mall. It is also a sought-after downtown hotel spot. Visit Villa Vizcaya to see how the wealthy lived during the roaring 20s. The Italian-Renaissance architecture is surrounded by incredible gardens.
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