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Miami - A Tour of the Best Neighborhood Attractions

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It’s such a cliché to say that a destination has “something for everyone,” but it’s a pretty forthright description of Miami. Lazy days of beachcombing in the sunshine blend seamlessly with wild nights enjoying salsa and merengue beats. From famed cultural epicentre Little Havana to eccentric Coconut Grove and spectacular South Beach, Miami’s boroughs and historic districts are packed with things to experience.

Little Havana

 

The celebrated Cuban Cohiba may be king of cigars, but embargo prevents its distribution in the U.S. for now. Luckily, the supreme selection of smokes at Little Havana Cigar Factory appeases the most discerning aficionados. You can pick your smoke, and relax in the lounge and enjoy a café Cubano. Nearby Maximo Gomez Park, known locally as Domino Park, transports visitors to an unhurried Miami. You can while away the afternoon playing dominoes or chess in the park, and then take a stroll down the star-studded Calle Ocho Walk of Fame.

 

  • Little Havana Cigar Factory, 1501 SW 8th St., Miami 33135; Tel: +1 305 541 1035; Website: Little Havana Cigar Factory
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  • Maximo Gomez Park, 801 SW 15th Ave., Miami 33135; Tel: +1 305 416 1300; Website: Maximo Gomez Park

Miami Beach

 

The Miami Beach Boardwalk is 40 blocks of beachside splendor. It’s a perfect place for a morning jog, but also a great place to eat, grab a cold beer, or browse the prestigious stores and galleries of Lincoln Road Mall. After a full day on the boardwalk, many visitors trade their flip-flops for dancing shoes and their swimsuits for slacks to get a taste of Miami Beach nightlife. In a city full of boutique nightclubs, Do Not Sit on the Furniture encourages you to get up and dance to some seriously infectious music.

 

 

Natural splendor

 

The natural beauty of South Florida is put on display at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables. Along with vivid landscapes and a dazzling butterfly exhibit, their Million Orchid Project is determined to re-establish the region as a natural orchid paradise. Half an hour from Miami Beach, you’ll find a different kind of oasis. Historic Venetian Pool is an aquatic retreat lined in lush foliage and babbling waterfalls, perfect for a vacation within a vacation.

 

  • Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Rd., Coral Gables 33156; Tel: +1 305 667 1651; Website: Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
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  • Venetian Pool, 2701 de Soto Blvd., Coral Gables 33134; Tel: +1 305 460 5306; Website: Venetian Pool

 

The Art of Local Beer

 

For a cultural experience that strays from the traditional museum tour, you can go on an art walk in the Wynwood Arts District. Twice a month, groups gather to check out wild murals and street art with cultural significance. After the tour, you can enjoy a cold beer on tap at Wynwood Brewing Company, where beer enthusiasts can also catch a brewery tour, among other events.

 

 

High-flying adventure

 

Miami Seaplane Tours & Charters leave from Key Biscayne, and the experience leaves nothing to the imagination. Take a 30-minute tour to see nearly deserted stretches of coast, the brilliant Miami skyline, or reserve an entire afternoon for a romantic island picnic. Visitors who prefer to take in the scenery from the ground will find no better place than Crandon Golf, located 10 minutes from downtown. The 7th hole is considered one of the best in golf, and the views of the cityscape and lush tropical grounds are spectacular.

 

  • Miami Seaplane Tours & Charters, 3401 Rickenbacker Cswy., Key Biscayne 33149; Tel: +1 305 361 3909; Website: Miami Seaplane Tours & Charters
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  • Crandon Golf, 6700 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne 33149; Tel: +1 305 361 9129; Website: Crandon Golf