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Miami is known as ‘the Magic City’, and the United States’ southern-most metropolis lives up to its nickname in a number of ways. With its tropical climate, sunny beaches, and glitzy nightlife, Miami is a place like no other.

Things to do in Miami include sunbathing on South Beach or driving down Ocean Drive. Check out Little Havana and Coconut Grove - two of the unique neighborhoods that give the city its international flavour. Miami’s architecture will also amaze, with beautifully restored Art Deco buildings creating lovely streetscapes.

Bordered by both the Everglades and Biscayne National Park, Miami is also close to some of the USA’s best natural wonders. Use car rental services in Miami to take a day trip to Key West or head to Kennedy Space Center to learn about aerospace.

Make sure you book a hotel room in Miami early if you are coming in March for the Cuban-influenced Miami Carnaval; the culmination of this wildly popular event is the Calle Ocho festival, and it’s a real fiesta.

When are the best times to travel to Miami?

Late night party goers and fun loving sun seekers will enjoy Miami in late March and early April, when the seafront city comes alive with youthful spring breakers and bouncing bars, clubs and beach parties. The winter months – from December to February – are popular, too, providing ideal beach weather and cultural festivals like the Art Deco Weekend and the South Beach Food and Wine Festival. For truly cheap hotels in Miami, travel during the city’s stormy season, from September to November. Late spring also offers up some discount hotels.

What are the top must-see attractions in Miami?

Visit the grand Villa Vizcaya on Biscayne Bay, a vast former estate of perfectly arranged gardens – blooming with bright flowers and echoing with trickling fountains – surrounding a stately 19th-century mansion, built in a refined Italian Renaissance style. In central Miami, stop by the Freedom Tower, a dizzyingly tall white-yellow structure spearing the city skyline, built in 1925 in a Mediterranean Revival mode. Culture vultures can’t miss the Wynwood Walls, an open-air gallery of sheer stone walls decorated in vibrant street art.

What are the best types of food and restaurants in Miami?

Miami champions a regional cuisine known as New World cuisine – a blend of American, Latin American and Caribbean culinary traditions, which, when thrown together with Miami’s abundance of fresh fish, makes for exotic seafood dishes. You can sample premier New World cuisine in fine dining restaurants across the city, and in the luxury hotels in Miami. The city’s South Beach area is strung with steakhouses, while the suburb of Kendale Lakes sings with Peruvian restaurants. The Collins Avenue shopping district celebrates a mix of cute cafés and chain eateries.

What are the top things to do in Miami?

Visit Zoo Miami, an expansive zoo and wildlife park housing over 900 animals. The zoo’s areas include an Asian exhibit, home to white tigers, and an African exhibit, where you can hand feed towering giraffes. Sports fiends, meanwhile, should check out the calendar at the AmericanAirlines Arena, a white cylindrical sports and entertainment area, capable of seating over 19,000, hosting NBA basketball games and concerts. Shoppers, on the other hand, can splurge in the Dolphin Mall, a sprawling retail space with classy fashion, cosmetics and electronics boutiques.

What are some fun facts about Miami?

The name Miami comes from Mayaimi, the name of a Native American tribe that lived around Florida’s huge freshwater Lake Okeechobee until the 18th century – but Miami’s nickname “The Magic City” was earned after the city’s incredibly rapid growth in the 20th century. Architecture lovers will feel right at home in Miami – the city’s nearby Miami Beach houses one of the largest collections of Art Deco architecture in the country. Miami is also the only city in America to be founded by a woman – her name was Julia Tuttle.

What kinds of public transport are there in Miami?

Miami’s public transport network is vast, efficient and comprehensive, composed of buses, a dual line elevated Metrorail and a free Metromover system in Downtown – a raised mini monorail line. Purchase an EASY Card to use the Metrorail and make use of free transfers between the Metrorail and selected bus services. There are also plenty of taxicabs in Miami, too, perfect for quick, hassle-free rides.

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