Miami

Miami, Florida

A colorful cosmopolitan city, Miami is highly popular as a vacation spot across the globe. Offering multiple attractions for everyone, Miami is known for its sunny beaches, ethnic diversity and a great city for international trade. The South beach with its trendy nightlife and the Art Deco district that is a great delight for art lovers are alluring. The Little Havana bustling with energy, the mesmerizing Calle Ocho, the sophisticated, charming hotels at Miami Beach add to the charm of this beautiful place. The Coral Gables with their historic hideaways add to its mysticism. Sprawling malls are a shopper’s paradise while the shops at Coconut Grove with family legacy offer a personal attention that everybody loves. There are so many sports activities like golf, basketball, tennis, baseball, hockey and major league football keep your adrenaline high. Boat shows, deep-sea fishing and auto racing are other activities that give thrill and adventure. For the art lovers there are festivals that charm you. Lively food and wine extravaganzas satisfy your palate. The beautiful sunny climate adds to the spirit of the warm destination visited by thousands of tourists all the year round.

Location: South eastern point of US

Climate: Tropical monsoon climate with sunny days lasting almost 250 days of the year. The winters are from November-January and with only two main seasons, it is hot throughout the year. You need only light clothes but do add rain gear during the rains from May-October. For winters carry warmer clothes, since it gets cold then.

Accessibility

By Air: Miami International Airport caters to both International and Domestic Flights. Fort Lauderdale Airport located close to North Miami also offers international connectivity. Taxi and Vans are available from here to the city

By Train: Amtrak trains are available for commuting to and from the city.

By Cruise: The port of Miami has the largest yearly cruise fleet in the world and connects the city to several destinations.

By Road: Highway I-95 running along the east coast of Florida and I-75 along the north west connect Miami to other cities and can be used to travel to the city. Bus Services are available for commuting to Miami. Public Transport and Metro Rail services are available for commuting within the city.

Places of Interest

Miami Beach

Location: Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States

Best Time to Visit: March-May

Miami Beach is popular for its wide exotic beaches. Located on an island, it is connected by several bridges to the mainland. Visited by thousands of tourists, it has fine restaurants, hotels and shops that offer high class products. Ocean Drive is a popular street in the area, located along the ocean and is well known for its enchanting Art Deco buildings that have classic neon signs. Another main street is Collins Avenue which joins several neighborhoods and has up market and classy restaurants, shopping avenues and hotels.

Bayside Marketplace

Location: Miami, Canada

Timings: Sunday (11am - 9pm); Monday to Thursday (10am - 10pm); Friday & Saturday (10am - 11pm)

Bayside Marketplace is a mall which has which has many special shops, several cafes and restaurants and live entertainment. There are several chain stores that draw tourists and local visitors. Located on the waterfront of Miami, it offers a view of the docks and boats. The ambience of the place is a great attraction and people come here to absorb the atmosphere. There are numerous tour boats that leave from here to visit locations around Biscayne Bay. A water taxi service is available to Miami Beach and downtown hotels that are located in the area.

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Location:  Miami, United States

Timings: All days of the week except Tuesday  9:30 AM - 5:00 PM

The Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is very well known and most visited by tourists. The architecture of the place is beautiful and the ground and the artwork it contains are very much loved by the tourists. Built in 1916, there are 34 rooms in the mansion that are arranged around the central courtyard. Furnished with exquisite European style furniture, this 28-acre villa and estate built in Italian Renaissance-style has decorative arts originating from the 15th to 19th century. The sprawling gardens have Italian and French fountains, beautiful pools and sculptures. There is a breakwater at the base of the steps carved into the form of female figurines that looks alluring. The steps lead into the Biscayne Bay. The estate has been the host to several significant and historical events and is visited by several tourists throughout the year.

Deering Estate at Cutler

Location: Miami, United States

Timing: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (no admission after 4:00 pm)
Open every day except Christmas and Thanksgiving

Spread across 440 acres, the Deering Estate has a pine rock land habitat with coastal tropical hardwood rock land hammocks. It has globally endangered forests, salt marshes, mangroves and a coastal dune island. Located at Cutler property, it has several historical buildings including the Richmond Cottage which served as a hotel. There is also an American Indian burial ground that is many years old.

Named after Charles Deering, who was an art collector and gathered several art works by great masters along with his brother James. He himself was also a painter and the site has an Artist Village featuring art and numerous artists programs making it a well known cultural center.

You can enjoy a stroll through the beautiful estate touring the houses, or simply enjoying the mesmerizing view.

Everglades National Park

Location: On the southern tip of Florida, in the west of Miami

Timings: Open 24 hours every day, throughout the year

Everglades National Park that helps to preserve the natural features of Florida is only a short distance from Miami. Sprawling across 1.5 million acres, these swamp lands are home to crocodiles, alligators, snakes apart from a large number of birds. Essentially, the entire area is a shallow river that is flowing towards the ocean. You can go for walking trails as well as boardwalks and enjoy the wildlife. An airboat tour is another adventurous option where you can go for high speed boat trip to venture into the streams and marshes and watch the alligators closely and other wildlife too. The most popular Anhinga trail that begins from the Royal Palm Visitor Center takes the visitors on a terrain through the wild lands offering a great view of the alligators and numerous wild animals. Must visit for the lovers of the wild!

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