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Something different in Miami

Don’t get us wrong – it’s worth prioritising the classic Miami attractions on your trip to The Magic City, whether that’s sand and surf or drinks and dancing. But don’t leave town without also experiencing a different side to this swinging city. From stylish vintage shops to achingly cool underground galleries, botanical gardens to historic theatres, you’re sure to be pleasantly surprised by the city’s less-traditional pursuits.

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Underground art

Between events like Miami Beach Art Basel and institutions like the Pérez Art Museum, Miami has no shortage of blockbuster cultural attractions. But the city is also a hub for underground art galleries and other in-the-know venues, where emerging voices and rising art world stars are the order of the day. Venture to the Wynwood Arts District to begin your explorations.

Underground Miami art galleries

Latin dance clubs

Salsa, tango, samba, bachata – if you’re looking to get acquainted with Latin dance, there are few better places to do so than Miami. The city is overflowing with Latin clubs where you can try out your moves, sign up for lessons or, for those with two left feet, sit back and enjoy the show while sipping on a festive mojito or caipirinha.

High kicks and hijinks: The best Latin clubs in Miami

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Boutiques and vintage shops

Sure, Miami has no shortage of luxurious department stores, malls and name-brand boutiques. But for those who are eager to snap up bargains – and to find some one-of-a-kind pieces – Miami’s vintage shops are the perfect place to begin. From 10,000-square-foot clothing emporiums to hidden-away boutiques with hand-curated collections, you’re bound to snag something special.

Miami: Five top spots for vintage fashion

Colony Theatre

Miami is a city full of architectural treasures – and art deco is a particular strong suit. On your offbeat adventures around town, be sure to stop by the Colonial Theater, which is both a deco gem and a cultural hotspot. Built in 1935, the recently renovated landmark hosts concerts, dance performances, festivals, and all manner of live entertainment.

Miami: Five of the city’s best Deco delights

Miami Beach Botanical Garden

No, its beaches aren’t the only outdoor delights that Miami has to offer. Venture to the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, and you’re in for a surprise. Though it’s petite, at just 2.6 acres, this jewel of a garden is an oasis amidst the liveliness of Miami Beach, with its orchids, Japanese garden, tropical plants, and even weekly yoga and meditation sessions.

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