Miami Tourism will keep you occupied for days. Once you visit this spectacular city you will want to come back again and again. I lived in Miami for 14 years and loved the city.
I liked to take family and friends around when they came to visit, and believe me, there is a lot to see. There are sites for every taste.
Miami is the Cruise Capital of the World
Recognized globally as the "Cruise Capital of the World," the Port of Miami is the world's leading cruise port and among the most modern in the world. It has had been designed to quickly move passengers from land to sea. TThis a key to Miami Tourism.
Drive-in passengers can opt for convenient on-port parking with special arrangements for travelers with disabilities. For those arriving by taxi, shuttle bus or limousine, drop off is directly in front of each terminal and entryways are designed for a quick and easy check-in and boarding process.
Miami features awesome beaches
Beaches, Latin Food and Latin Music
If you like beaches, there is no better place in Florida than Miami Beaches. If you like Golf, there are many gold courses. If you like Latin music and ambiance, then you arrived to the right place.
With almost two million Cubans and their descendants besides the thousands of other Latin Americans living in Miami, it has become a Latin City within the United States. But don’t worry, Miami is very American and locals are all very proud American Citizens no matter their origin.
Our traditional picture outside Versailles Restaurant in Miami
Little Havana Miami
SW 8th Street in Miami is better known as “Calle Ocho” and has been the heart of the Cuban Exiles since 1959. Today many are American born citizens that keep their heritage and language. In this area you will find many of the Cuban Restaurants that will delight you with their cuisine.
The number One Icon here is Versailles Restaurant on Calle Ocho and 36th Avenue that besides serving the best Cuban food and the best “cafecito cubano” in town, is a meeting place for Cubans from all over the world, when they visit Miami.
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
This is one of the most magnificent museums to be seen in the continental United States, containing an extremely important collection of artworks and historic artifacts. This historical 50-acre estate with an European style Mansion will show you how life was on the turn of the century in South Florida. It is used for private affairs, like galas, weddings and other events.
It is becoming one of the important zoos in the country with many endangered, rare and threatened animals including tigers, crocodiles and the infamous Komodo dragon, plus special animal education programs geared for children of all ages. Its climate allows it to keep a wide variety of animals from Africa, Australia and Asia like no other zoo in the USA.
Oleta River State Park on Biscayne Bay in Miami
It is Florida's largest urban park, located on Biscayne Bay in the busy Miami metropolitan area; it offers a variety of recreational opportunities. The park is best known for miles of off-road bicycling trails, ranging from novice trails to challenging trails for experienced bicyclists.
Along the Oleta River, at the north end of the park, a large stand of beautiful mangrove forest preserves native South Florida plants and wildlife. Picnic tables and grills are available. Visitors can rent kayaks, canoes, and bicycles. The park has a loaner system for bicycle helmets.
American Airlines Arena
This is a modern architectural marvel where the NBA's Miami Heat plays. But this is not just Basketball; many famous artists have performed here in the years it has been functioning. The circus comes here and many children’s plays and functions.
Bayside Marketplace Miami
This is a place to shop, eat, and go on excursions. Bayside Marketplace has brand shops like Express, Victoria's Secret, and others; but also, smaller privately-owned shops as well. Many one-day boat tours leave from Bayside to the nearby islands. It is centrally located in front of the Downtown are on Biscayne Boulevard.
Island of Key Biscayne
This is the largest and northernmost island of the Florida Keys. Its claim to fame started when President Richard Nixon established here its summer home. It is still a tranquil area with many homes and large condominiums. They feature cycling paths, amazing beaches, beautiful parks and many recreation areas.
The Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts
Tucked into Miami’s contemporary skyline is an enchanting Mediterranean courtyard with shimmering stars and golden balconies. Majestic turrets and towers suggest another era when performances were events, and grand theaters provided a dreamlike escape from the modern world.
The Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts is not just a “venue” – is the jewel of South Florida arts and entertainment facilities, affording South Florida’s diverse community and its international guests a unique cultural experience that defies comparison.
South Beach, in Miami Beach is the hottest spot in the
South Beach is the non-plus-ultra Miami hot spot. This Miami Beach area that was abandoned for so many years is now a model of Art Deco Architecture and the number one “In Place” in the country. On Ocean Drive you may see any celebrity that you can imagine walking around like all other visitors. It features all kind of restaurants, from Chinese, to Cuban, from Thai to Japanese and from American to Israeli falafel.
Beaches of Miami Beach
The beaches start on 5th Street in South Beach and stretch all the way along A1A road to Hallandale in Broward County. They are well kept and most of them have all facilities for beach goers. One famous beach in the area is Haulover Beach, known for its clothing optional policy.
It is located right in the middle of the tourist area, on the causeway between downtown Miami and Key Biscayne. It's a fabulous stop where you can witness an outdoor aquarium experience that's only possible in our tropical climate. Be sure to budget enough time to spend at least half a day there!
Miami Children's Museum
This is a must-see destination. Their motto of "Play, Learn, Imagine, and Create" shines through in the wide variety of interactive exhibits that allow children to explore everything from a supermarket to a television studio, picking up valuable lessons along the way.
Jungle Island is an interactive zoological park in Watson Island, Miami, Florida, United States.
It was originally Parrot Jungle and moved from its original suburban Pinecrest to its present location.
Located just off U.S. 1 in South Dade, It is home to nearly400 primates, most running free on a 30 acre reserve. It is one of the few protected habitats for endangered primates in USA.
Carnival in Little Havana in Miami
Every year in early March the Carnival Miami happens. It begins with many concerts, beauty pageants, galas, jazz festival and ends on the Grand Finale in Calle Ocho.
They close 8th Street for a stretch of 23 blocks and it becomes one of the largest people parties of the world. They prepare many stands for performing artists and people move from one to the next. If you are looking for food stands, this is the place. It is known to have reached a million people watching live entertainment in over 30 stands with meringue, salsa, and the rest of Caribbean music.
Dadeland Mall is my favorite in the area of Miami
Miami has been a shopping paradise for decades. Latin American and European visitors flock to the Miami Malls in the thousands looking for designer’s clothes or inexpensive bargains and anything in between.
The best department stores adorn these malls like Macy’s, Bloomingdales, and Neiman Marcus; beside all specialty stores like Bed Bath and Beyond, Marshalls, DSW Shoes and more.
The most important malls in Miami are: The Falls, Dadeland Mall, Aventura Mall, the Village of Merrick Place, Dolphin Mall, the exclusive Bal Harbour Shops and many others.
Map of Miami Tourism
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