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Deep down in the south of the States, closer to Cuba than it is to Tallahassee, you’ll meet magical Miami. This city is business, beach and nightclub rolled into one. What’s more, bathed in a mild Gulf Stream, it’s always warm here. You can visit all year round and always see the city’s sunny side.
Rich and glitzy, Miami receives more international travellers than any other city in the US apart from NYC. Celebrities swish in and out of its high-rise hotels and Ocean Drive villas. In fact, everyone wants a piece of Miami: it’s been deemed the unofficial capital of Latin America.
Spanish flows through the streets – as do streams of supercars. Tourists flock to South Beach and drown themselves in dive bars and fishbowl happy hours. The locals like their morning Cafecito, their afternoon gym and their city’s celebrated restaurant scene – a fusion of South American, Floribbean and fresh local seafood.
You’ll love your holiday in Miami. The simple, ice-cream bright Art Deco facades of famous Ocean Drive display a certain 1920s naivety, but modern Miami has an edge to it. Little Havana is an authentic Cuban quarter where you’ll hear Domino-slamming Grandads. Coconut Grove is both upscale and Boho, hosting the popular Coco Walk Mall. South Pointe Park is where locals go to ogle incoming cruise ships.
Art deco and arepas, local brews and no-shoes – let Miami’s good time philosophy put a smile on your face. Book flights to Miami.
It’s a fact: Miami has some of the most glamorous hotels of any beachside city in America. We’re talking hotels with gold-plated sculptures, fancy-pants restaurants and underground ice rinks. Discover the hotels the celebrities love. Well, if it’s good enough for Beyoncé…
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Miami is just the beginning: this stylish city sits bang in the middle of some of Florida’s most extraordinary wildlife. Why not drive to the Everglades, or bomb down Highway One to see the mainland USA’s only coral reef? Hire a car in Miami and discover the rest of Florida on one of these five Miami fly-drives.
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Tips for how to master Miami
Do: Use Lyft and Uber to pop over to Downtown – it’s the easiest way to travel the five miles inland from Miami Beach, crossing the Intracoastal Waterway.
Don't: Lose your temper at traffic jams or bad parking, which are both comedically common in the city. Instead, focus on Miami’s road system, which can take a little while to get your head around.
Do: Check the dress codes for the clubs. You don't want to be turned away from LIV for rocking up in flip flops.
Don't: Go to certain areas of South Beach during Spring Break unless you know exactly what you’re getting yourself into.
Do: Tip well – 15 to 20% – you’re in the States. But make sure service hasn’t already been added to your bill, it's a common scam to trick you into ‘double tipping’. Also, check the price before you order ‘today’s special’.
Don't: Expect good value for money in the restaurants on Ocean Drive. Don't miss out on trying Cuban, South American and Caribbean food – some of the best around.
Do: Wear your sunscreen – you’re close to the equator and Miami’s sun is unforgiving. Hat, t-shirt and sunglasses are also highly recommended.
Don't: Swim if the lifeguards are flying red flags – currents and surf could be making the water unsafe. Check with the on-duty lifeguard – you’ll find them in their stylish Art Deco lightguard stations.
Miami’s a big, bright city, and there are a hundred ways to experience it. Give yourself a Miamian makeover at the mall, play judge to a domino match in Little Havana or cheer on your new favourite basketball team. Discover the best things to do in Miami.
Miami has an odd next-door neighbour: the Florida Keys. These laid-back islands provide a fitting foil to all those difficult club bouncers. Embark on an adventure down where life is simple, you don’t need your shoes, and there’s all-you-can-eat Key Lime Pie.
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It may be a little touristy, but sipping a giant margarita on Ocean Drive alongside pastel-hued art deco hotels will give you instant ‘I’m on holiday’ vibes
Best time to go
All year round