As the Sunshine State’s most populous city, there is a lot to pack into a Miami holiday, from South Beach's Art Deco district to Cuban communities in Little Havana, the Mediterranean Revival architecture of Coral Gables and glittering Downtown, now emerging as a rival to the Beach.
But if your sights are set on sun and sea, look no further than South Beach, with its dazzling architecture, beautiful beaches and buzzing nightlife. Here are some highlights in South Beach and beyond.
1. Regent Cocktail Club
Since cocktails are likely to be the main tipple during your stay in Miami, make time for one or two at The Regent Cocktail Club,a warm and inviting oasis just steps from the hustle and bustle of South Beach that references the hotel's 1941 glamorous origins.
The Gale South Beach & Regent Hotel were once two trendsetting buildings. Architect L Murray Dixon had the unique vision to build two venues of Tropical Art Deco fashion; a style the pioneer is still today credited with developing. In 1964 the sister properties were linked by a bridge.
The bar is rich with oak floors and wall panels, with ornate chandeliers reflecting light into this warm, cosy nook. Be sure to order the El Diablo or the Tipperary.
2. News Cafe
This quaint sidewalk cafe on Ocean Drive in the Art Deco District, overlooks the beach and is open 24 hours a day. You could almost be in France or Italy as you listen to classical music and watch the world go by.
In fact, it was the last place Gianni Versace visited before he was tragically murdered.
It’s a fantastic place to go for breakfast to avoid the high cost of hotel options. The French toast along with a coffee is delicious or if you prefer lunch, the burgers are quite special. A very relaxed place overlooking the ocean that feels a far cry from the other tourist spots on the strip.
3. Boat Tour Of Miami
The best way to see this waterfront city is undoubtedly from the water. Take a tour on a two-level yacht from Bayside Market in Downtown Miami (the tour company will pick you up from your hotel) to see some of Miami’s best sights.
The cruise is narrated by a guide who will point out highlights, including a trip to Star Island, home to celebrity mansions belonging to the likes of Gloria Estefan, Will Smith and Julio Iglesias.
The boat cruises around Biscayne Bay and includes great views of Miami Beach. Try and sit on the top deck and don’t get roped in to doing more than one tour.
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4. FDR At The Delano
This intimate two-room nightclub sits underneath the elegant Delano Hotel. The celeb hotspot has a trendy, vibrant atmosphere, with Fridays tending to attract a younger crowd (the clue is in the name ‘Forever Young Fridays’); Saturday is a little less manic.
The Delano is well worth a daytime visit, too. Its outdoor pool and restaurant, Bianca, are perfect for a Sunday brunch and restorative day in the sunshine.
5. The Perez Art Museum
On the waterfront in Downtown Miami, The Perez Art Museum is dedicated to contemporary art of the 20th and 21st centuries.
The Museum also emphasises artists and projects that engage with traditions from the United States, the Caribbean, and Latin America, and is particularly attuned to the work of local artists and designers.
The museum moved to its acclaimed Herzog & de Mueron-designed facility overlooking Biscayne Bay in Museum Park in 2013 and features work from artists such as Cuban 'post-postmodernist' Consuelo Castaneda. An ideal way to spend a few hours, especially if you’re unlucky enough to get a spell of rain.
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This article was written by Joanna Chaundy from The Independent and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.