A glamorous city with a reputation for chic Art Deco architecture, beautiful beaches and a world-famous nightlife, Miami has something for everyone. Simply put, city breaks in Miami are an excellent way to experience an intoxicating destination.
No trip to Miami is complete without visiting Miami Beach. This enormous sandy stretch reaches across the length of Biscayne Bay, and is in many ways the heart and soul of Miami. The legendary South Beach is both a great place to relax on the shore, and a mecca for partygoers looking to stay up all night long. Between the beach and Ocean Drive is the Promenade – a palm tree-filled area popular for rollerblading, volleyball and people watching. For a taste of Spanish-infused culture head to Española Way Promenade, an area of stunning terracotta-coloured buildings and a number of trendy coffee shops. If you’re looking for the crème-de-la-crème of beaches, Crandon Park Beach is one of the country’s best and is well worth checking out.
Art Deco style
For that legendary Miami Art Deco look, head to the Art Deco Historic District, close to South Beach and marvel at the tropical-Americana buildings coloured in blues and whites. For a glimpse into the current style scene take a few minutes to see the urban art on display at Wynwood Walls. One of the most famous residences in the city is the Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, a sprawling, extravagant house and gardens built in the early 20th century by the industrialist James Deering. The gardens are a great place to enjoy a picnic while the museum itself has a number of exhibitions on the life of Deering, as well as a range of exhibition spaces for contemporary art. To really trace the aesthetics of Miami, make your way to the Wolfsonian-FIU where you’ll find a series of exhibitions that chart the development of South Beach style.
Shopping and partying
If you’re looking to indulge in a spot of retail therapy, Miami boasts a spectacular array of big name shops and smaller boutique outlets. The enormous Aventura Mall is home to chains such as J.C. Penney and Macy’s, while Bayside Marketplace boasts breathtaking views of Biscayne Bay. There are countless other places to shop in Miami, best followed by cocktails in one of the city’s many bars. Wood Tavern is a cool bar that’s popular with locals, Broken Shaker is one of the best places for craft cocktails and Skybar is a popular nightclub filled with beautiful people.