Miami, also known as the Magic City, is one of the best-known cities in the world. Located on the southeast tip of the Florida Peninsula, Miami has both a very busy international airport and cruise port, which make it a gateway to the rest of the world. The sparkling, white sand beaches lure swimmers, sunbathers, and surfers alike. Golfers and tennis players have an abundance of opportunities to enjoy playing under the warm Florida sun. The world’s most famous designers await shoppers at elegant shopping complexes like the Aventura Mall and Ball-Harbor Mall. National and international banks, prosperous companies, and financial institutions all work together to stimulate Miami’s booming economy. A trip to Miami would not be complete without being entertained by concert, shows, dance clubs, or without cruising along South Beach’s Ocean Drive.
The city boasts an array of architectural and cultural styles. From the modern downtown to the unique Art-Deco style of South Beach, Miami is truly one of a kind. The Villa Casa Casuarina - the late Italian fashion designer, Gianni Versace’s ex-home - is now a hotel in the Art-Deco District. Collins Avenue’s luxurious high-rise and hotel-condominiums overlook the Atlantic Ocean and the beautiful tropical sunrise. The breathtaking skyline of Sunny Isles Beach is ever changing, with new buildings rising high and older buildings undergoing vast improvements. Golden Beach is lined with mansions of the rich and famous, so there is a good chance of bumping into a famous star!
In addition of the ever-changing bustle of Miami, there are many nearby sites that are rooted deep within history. The Coral Castle Museum is an incredibly unique and mind- blowing home and garden form the beginning of the previous century, featuring limestone sculptures hand-carved by the owner for his lady. Or maybe not? The Vizcaya Museum and Garden in the Coconut Grove area on Biscayne Bay boast a mansion that kings would be envious of, gardens, and a significant art collection, that all come together in a great combination of both European and Floridian architecture and culture.
People who like nature might enjoy learning about manatees and dolphins at the Miami Seaquarium, seeing exotic animals in Jungle Island, or strolling in Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden. East of Miami people can drive through the Everglades or take an airboat ride to see alligators, turtles, and birds in their natural habitat.
Located 30 miles north of Miami, Fort Lauderdale is another Atlantic coast paradise. In addition to sprawling beaches, there are over a hundred marinas that house enough yachts and megayachts to earn the title of “Yachting Capital of the World’. For a more relaxing afternoon, visitors can take gondola rides through Fort Lauderdale’s boating canals that are so extensive, Fort Lauderdale is also nicknamed the “Venice of America”.
To get a glimpse of what Fort Lauderdale was like in the 1900’s, visit the Stranahan House and the Bonnet House or stroll through the historic district’s Flamingo Garden. The Fort Lauderdale Historical Center and the Museum of Art have great cultural programs, while the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Discovery is a must-see for those who love science. For shopping, dining, arts, entertainment, and nightlife, Las Olas Boulevard is the ideal place to go.
Fifty miles north of Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach is a mix of indoor and outdoor activities, culture and industries. It is home to one of America’s most prestigious hotels – the renaissance-styled Breakers – and Whitehall – home of the Flagler Museum. Waterfront music festivals, nightclubs, and live music at West Palm Beach, will soothe the souls of music fans. Nature lovers will enjoy the zoo and the limestone formations at the Blowing Rocks Preserve on Jupiter Islands. Those who like sports find snorkelling, fishing, jet skiing, and of course golfing.
With countless activities and sites to explore, Miami and the surrounding cities truly Oceanside gems of the Atlantic.