Miami Florida trip is the perfect mix of cosmopolitan city break and relaxing beach holiday. The biggest city in Florida is nicknames “Magic City”, and it’s not hard to see why. The crystal blue waters and green spaces combine with the iconic skyscraper filled skyline of downtown to make a city that is truly one of a kind - and it’s yours to explore!
Miami Beach and South Beach
Built across from downtown Miami, the two main beaches is a playground with a view. The towering skyline can be seen across the water as you South Beach has amazing view of downtown Miami and 360 views of the sapphire ocean. The area’s beaches are exceptionally clean and surrounded by shops, seafood restaurants serving up cuban sandwiches and “Floribbean” cuisine and plenty of resorts with spas and golf courses. YOu could easily spend you entire holiday on Miami Beach and get a real taste of Miami life.
If you (somehow!) get bored of the beach, the other side of Miami can be found in the thriving business and cultural district of downtown Miami - one of the fastest growing areas in America. As Miami grows into one of America’s financial centres, downtown has become a must visit area. Designer clothes and bargains can be found in the malls dotted around downtown, and the Bayside marketplace is a great place to grab lunch with a view across the Biscayne Bay. Downtown is also home to Miami’s world class museums and art galleries, including the Perez Art Museum.
What To Do
Hit Coconut Grove
If you have been relaxing on the beach all day, you may be in the mood for a party, and Miami is the perfect place for an unforgettable night out. Revellers gather around the Coconut Grove area. With a slightly more bohemian and laid back feel than the rest of thriving downtown, Coconut Grove has everything you need to let your hair down. Cafes, bars, nightclubs and boutiques line the palm tree fringed streets.
Explore the Everglades
Longer stays in Miami often include a day trip to the infamous Everglades area. A popular spot for eco tourists, the Everglades National Park has a swampy terrain that is like nowhere else in the world. An airboat tour of the swamps, rich with wildlife and teeming with activity, is an amazing way to see one of the most famous parts of Florida. Keep an eye out for gators and crocodiles in the water, deer on land and rare bird of prey in the sky.
Where To Stay
Visiting a city as big as Miami means you will have a wide choice of where to stay. If you want a personal boutique hotel experience, hit the South Beach area for some of the chicest hotels in Florida. Upscale resort options include the Mandarin Oriental and the stylish Fontainebleau hotel on Miami Beach.
Cheaper options in Miami are often housed in beautiful historical art deco buildings - such as the Hotel Shelley on South Beach. The Miami River Inn has a more antiquated style and claims to be Miami’s only B&B, with prices to match!