Sun-drenched beaches, vibrant art deco architecture, world-class shopping and ultra-cool nightlife are what Miami is famous for. But the allure doesn’t stop there… Miami is also the gateway to Latin America and the idyllic Florida Keys.
Immerse yourself in the infectious buzz of this glamorous coastal city on holidays in Miami. Spend your days relaxing on pristine sandy beaches and your evenings sipping cocktails in trendy South Beach bars. Shop in Collins Avenue boutiques, take in the scenery while whizzing along on a Segway and discover the thriving art scene. Unwind in the laidback Florida Keys or at the world-class golf and spa resorts of Boca Raton. Book your flight to Miami today and create your perfect getaway.
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Enjoy, lazy days on sandy beaches, shopping or experience Ocean Drive's upbeat nightlife
There’s no better way to start your day in Miami than with an alfresco breakfast. And the one at the Ritz-Carlton South Beach is a particular favourite of mine. Overlooking the gorgeous tranquil pool, with the stunning view of Miami Beach in the distance, I enjoyed the most delicious eggs benedict, along with a glass of fresh Florida orange juice – this is a must.
Take a leisurely stroll along Miami Beach’s elevated boardwalk, which starts at 46th street and ends at 23rd street. Along the way you will soon see some of Miami’s iconic trademarks – the colourful lifeguard towers, the surfers riding the Atlantic waves and some of the city’s iconic pastel buildings along Ocean Drive. Take a guided walking tour around the streets of South Beach to really appreciate the Art Deco district and the fascinating collection of vintage cars parked along the street – not forgetting to take a picture outside the Versace mansion!
Head to Lincoln Road for a refreshing drink and some irresistible people watching over a relaxing glass of wine and a snack or ice cream. You may do some damage to your wallet, but it will be worth it! The unique boutique shops, designer stores and art galleries are equally distracting!
Enjoy a chilled out afternoon in the spa. The Aquavana thermal suite, exclusive to The Carillon, has healing waters, thermal cabins and soaking tubs where ultimate relaxation is the only thing on the menu! Make sure you visit the open-air rooftop spa too, offering amazing views over the ocean! What’s more, if you visit Miami in July or August you will be able to take advantage of world class treatments for just $99 during Miami spa month!
Ocean Drive is the place to be and to be seen! As the sunset and the Art Deco buildings light up, Miami comes alive! A vast array of restaurants line Ocean Drive, so you will not be stuck for choice. A trip to Miami would not be complete without sampling some of their Latin American dishes. I love sitting outside and taking full advantage of the warm Miami breeze. It’s also another opportunity to continue people watching whilst sipping your Miami Vice cocktail! When I say happy hour, it certainly is HAPPY hour – words cannot describe the size of the cocktail glasses they use!
If cocktails during dinner got you in the mood head to Fontainebleau hotel for a classic martini in Bleau Bar. This bar continues to attract the stars – so keep your eyes open! After a few drinks you can continue to party at LIV – the hotel’s renowned nightclub is open until the very early hours of the morning for those who want to dance the night away. With stunning décor and lavish furnishings, this really is THE nightclub you have to experience!
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Find out about Miami’s neighbourhoods before your holiday
Glamorous South Beach is the place to see and be seen. Its cosmopolitan atmosphere, eclectic shopping and Latino nightlife bring a spirit to the place. Not only in its people but in its architecture too. The historic art deco district forms a striking backdrop to the white sands by day and the brilliantly coloured neon lights by night.
Miami Beach is epitomised by its colourful lifeguard stations dotted along the beaches and the variety of water sports waiting to be enjoyed along the coast. Absorb the Latino spirit as you enjoy a Cuban coffee and local food from street stalls.
The small, affluent village of Bal Harbour is a shoppers' paradise. Enjoy some luxury retail therapy at Bal Harbour Shops, where the exclusive boutiques include Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue. Or unwind on the mile-long, pristine sands of Surfside, where beautiful beachfront hotels, superb shopping and diverse dining are all part of this charming town’s appeal.
Aventura is the ideal destination for golf lovers. It is home to the prestigious luxury resort Turnberry Isle, with its championship golf course and award-winning spa. Stroll along the picturesque three-mile promenade, passing beautiful lakes and the Atlantic Ocean. Or stretch out on the sun-drenched white sands of Sunny Isles Beach – ‘Florida’s Riviera’. If you’re feeling active, try the wide variety of water sports on offer. Or treat yourself to some retail therapy at nearby Aventura Mall.
Escape the hustle and bustle of South Beach in family-friendly Key Biscayne and Coconut Grove. Enjoy a bike ride to Bill Baggs state park, home to the historic lighthouse. Join the locals as you swim, kayak, picnic, observe the wildlife and hike through the mangrove wetlands.
Downtown Miami is known for its sleek skyscrapers, thriving Entertainment District and the world's largest cruise port. Take a cruise from the Bayside Marketplace and tour Miami Bay, then go celebrity spotting on exclusive Fisher Island. Shop in the city’s department stores, indulge in lavish dining and sample the colourful nightlife. Or discover up and coming Brickell, with its glossy high-rises, luxury bayside homes and chic eateries.
Art lovers will be in their element in the Wynwood Art District, where an abundance of contemporary art galleries are waiting to be perused. Admire the incredible works of graffiti by renowned street artists at the Wynwood Walls outdoor exhibition. Then stop for lunch at a hip independent restaurant.
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