Best things to do in Miami

Kate Dunkerton shares her favourite things to do in Miami.

Kate Dunkerton
15th November 2019
In the immortal words of Will Smith “Welcome to Miami”! Located in south Florida, Miami Beach is the ideal holiday destination for those who love great shopping, nightlife, cool décor, sunbathing on white sands and tropical weather.

Walking along the pristine sands of Miami's South Beach and the iconic Ocean Drive, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to a movie-set or music video in this amazing and vibrant city.

1. Ocean Drive
Take in Floridian culture by strolling down Ocean Drive.
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Start your holiday by strolling down Ocean Drive, South Beach’s most famous street which is buzzing during the day and night. This is where you can see the pastel art deco buildings, people watch and visit Gianni Versace’s house. If you’re lucky enough you can book a table at the Italian restaurant: Gianni’s. Located across the bridge in downtown Miami, visit Wynwood, a district best known for its colourful murals and artwork by street artists. Besides the Wynwood Walls, the district is home to art galleries and quirky cocktail bars.

2. Lincoln Road and Collins Avenue

For shopaholics, Miami Beach has a variety of options. Lincoln Road is home to affordable shopping, with plenty of high-street stores including Urban Outfitters and Victoria’s Secret. A highlight is Dylan’s Candy Bar, selling traditional American candy. For those who like luxury, Collins Avenue and Ocean Drive has a large shopping district with designer stores including Armani, Guess and Tommy Hilfiger. Before all this sightseeing, foodies will love a hearty breakfast at Big Pink, a pastel pink traditional American diner also located on Collins Avenue. Although a stack of pancakes will set you back $14, the portions more than make up for the price. If you’re on more of a budget, head to Rosetta Bakery, a cozy Italian family-run bakery selling delicious sandwiches and pastries.

3. South Beach
Relax and enjoy the sun at South Beach.
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The gorgeous white sands of South Beach are perfect for sunbathing, sipping Miami Beach cocktails, and strolling along; covering 2.5 miles of Miami Beach. It is accessible via most hotels which are situated right on the beach and are a stone's throw from the ocean. A must when visiting the beach is a picture with a colourful lifeguard hut at sunset, which were born for Instagrammable shots. Talk about paradise!

4. Everglades National Park

If you want to venture out of Miami for a mini-trip, head just a 40-minute drive west to the Everglades National Park, a vast green wetland home to wildlife including alligators, manatees and endangered turtles. Only one of two Everglades National Parks on the planet, the other located in Australia, the Everglades are a must-visit for fans of nature and wildlife.

5. Bayside Marketplace
Have fun at Bayside Marketplace!
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Just over Collins Bridge in downtown Miami is Bayside Marketplace an entertainment and shopping area surrounded by the banks of Biscayne Bay. There are fun activities such as renting a jet ski and boat trips where you can see the homes of the stars as well as the Miami skyline. Bayside Marketplace sells much cheap memorabilia including affordable sweatshirts and hoodies from stalls, which are different and less expensive than the average Hard Rock Café clothing.

6. Brickell

For those lucky enough to be 21, Miami is famous for its roof-top bar scene. You can venture out of Miami Beach to the up-and-coming downtown neighbourhood of Brickell, known for its bars which allow ongoing views of Miami Beach. You may even catch sight of no other than Jennifer Lopez who is said to call Brickell her home!

Miami Beach has something for everyone, whether that be non-stop nightlife, family-friendly sightseeing or simply chilling on the beach, Miami Beach will guarantee to leave unforgettable memories which will give you serious holiday-blues.

Feature Image Credits: MustangJoe from Pixabay

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