Miami and Miami Beach is exactly like the fantastic fondue restaurant on Sunset Drive, The Melting Pot. The city is certainly a fusion of things that shouldn’t work together but somehow do and in a spectacular fashion to boot!
From the many different cultures to the art deco scene around south beach, the crazy nightlife and the poverty stricken neighbourhoods there is something for every personality down in southern Florida.
The best thing about Miami and Miami Beach in my personal opinion is the ability to be able to experience every type of holiday in one destination.
You like beach holidays? No problem Miami has huge wide open beaches. They are clean, have lots of space, good fun and pretty much get the sun all year round.
You like shopping? Less than an hour outside of Miami is Sawgrass Mills. It’s one of the largest Mall’s in the whole of the USA and boasts over 350 shops. Even if you don’t like shopping you can’t fail to find something to buy here!
You like city breaks? Whilst it’s situated on the beach Miami is still a cosmopolitan city. Spend a day away from the beach and head to the high rise financial district or enjoy some time in the Little Havana neighbourhood, the heart of the Cuban exile community where the streets are alive with welcoming people excellent restaurants and cultural festivities. Alternatively experience the historical city of Coral Cables, the home of the University of Miami.
You like to party? Then Miami is ideal for you. The city hosts some of the best events and festivals all year round from the Ultra Music festival or White Party to the Art Deco weekend and South Beach comedy festival it doesn’t matter what type of party you enjoy Miami offers it!
You like to eat? No worries here. Get a pizza slice from a shop window, eat some incredible Cuban food at Versailles in Little Havana, grab a premium steak at Prime 112 or go to the traditional American 11th St Diner for where they serve breakfast 24 hours a day!
You like adventure? How does riding an airboat and hunting for alligators sound? The Everglades are a unique ecosystem and are within easy reach of Miami. There is also a huge range of options for tours to the area from a half day visit up to 7 nights spent camping and staying in lodges.
You want to get out and about? Miami is a great place to base yourself for a varied and exciting holiday. You can enjoy a day trip to either Key Largo or Key West, spend time in the Everglades, head up the coast to Fort Lauderdale or even take a short cruise to the Bahamas.
If you don’t like to stay in one destination Miami can also be combined with the Florida Keys, the Bahamas, Orlando and its Theme parks or the beautiful Gulf Coast beaches of Clearwater and St Petersburg.
You love live sport? If you still have time and want to experience some American sports then Miami has an excellent NBA team the Miami Heat, an NFL team the Miami Dolphins and a MLB team the Florida Marlins.
With so much to offer no wonder Miami is a melting pot of people from many different cultures and backgrounds. There is so much to see and do and the city offers the best of everything I completely understand why everyone seems to want to live in Miami.