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5 Best Things to Do and See in Miami

At the southern end of the American peninsula of Florida is a place that has little to do with the rest of the country. Although the typical skyscrapers that make up the profile of so many other American cities are also protagonists in Miami, the truth is that the playful and holiday atmosphere takes over everything.

Miami is one of those places that does not lose its paradisiacal halo with the step of time. As a good cigar that you can get in the shops of the Little Havana neighborhood, witness nothing silent that reminds you that a good part of the population of the city left the island of Castro one day in search of a new life.

Although the best-known part of Miami is the one that includes its beaches, the city and its surroundings have enough things to offer the traveler.

1. Miami beaches

First of all, we should mention the most obvious thing: enjoying the beach is the most common activity to do in Miami. Watching the long beaches of white sands and turquoise waters that appeared on our television during the beginning of the series “The Beach Watchers”, we all want to bathe in them. In addition, you will play with the risk and with the dreamy hope that if something happens to you, it will be Pamela Anderson or David Hasselhoff who will come to your aid. It's not worth it, for years they stopped patrolling those beaches.

The beaches in Miami are very much varied. The most iconic is Miami Beach. It is a kind of artificial island built by a man between the Atlantic and Bay Biscayne (Biscayne Bay). Since the beginning of the 20th century, this place has been the most famous beach resort in the United States.

The best hotels in Miami are located in this area. Other beach options are Crandon Park Beach , a 3 km long family beach in Vizcaino Key; Matheson Hammock Park, which has a large pool that is filled with seawater for the little ones; and Haulover Park , a beach that is located in the northern part of Miami Beach and has the only nudist beach in Miami in its northernmost part.

2. Explore nature in the Everglades National Park

Less than an hour's drive from the city of Miami - heading to the southern tip of the Florida peninsula - you'll find yourself in the middle of a dense mangrove forest full of life. The Everglades National Park is the wildest natural place to see in Miami. Visiting this place will give you a clear idea of what the Florida peninsula looked like before man began to drain the land and transform it to his liking, destroying the native nature.

It is a gigantic park of some 600,000 hectares (the largest subtropical natural park in the United States), covered by swamps and sub-tropical jungles. It is the habitat of more than a dozen species that are in danger, such as the American crocodile, the Florida panther, and the West Indian manatee. It is better to visit it on night tours when you do not have to worry about sunburn. Bicycles can be rented, and vehicles pay is $10. Visit www.touristsecrets.com for information.

3. Family visits to the Jungle Island

If you travel as a family, one of the things to do in Florida is to have a good time on Jungle Island. It is a theme park where the aim is to instill in the little ones the values of conservation and respect for nature. The tenants range from parrots and flamingos to exotic reptiles, passing through different species of orangutans. The prices are around 28 dollars per adult and 23 for children between 3 and 10 years old. Children under 3 years old are free to visit.

4. Walk in the Art Deco District

The most famous district of Miami is the Art Deco and one of the best places to visit. Located in the pedestrian streets of the neighborhood parallel to the sands of South Beach, it presents no less than 960 historic buildings. Here resided the famous Italian designer Gianni Versace. But you do not have to be famous to walk around the Art Deco district. Among the artists, models, designers, and others, you also find tourists and normal people. The place is full of shops of all kinds (many fashionable), restaurants, bars, and nightclubs. On weekends it will cost you to walk through its crowded streets, but it is when you can observe it in its splendor. A tip: the best sunsets can be seen from the second floor of the Wet Willie's Bar.

5. Go shopping on Lincoln Road

If you are a shopping fan, you should include Lincoln Road in the top list of places to visit in Miami. It is located just north of the Art Deco neighborhood. About eight blocks of shops and restaurants that are one of the largest outdoor shopping areas in the southern United States. Street performers and skaters go by bohemian coffee shops, restaurants of all kinds, art galleries and a wide variety of shops. Some recommendations are the basement bar at the Base clothing store, the tasty Cuban coffee at David's Cafe, the small Books & Books store and the designer goods store for homes by Jonathan Adler.


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