Must do recommendations in Miami
Miami certainly doesn’t disguise its charms: even first-time visitors will quickly glean that the city is primarily a destination for its swanky clubs, its endless beaches, and its festive atmosphere. But those aren’t the only things to do in town – far from it. A capital of culture, Miami’s museums are world-class, and its architecture is world-famous. Then there’s its thriving LGBT and Latino communities, which form an essential part of the city’s fabric. On your next trip to Miami, dive in and discover what makes this city so special.
Visit Little Havana
Buzzing Little Havana is an essential stop for anyone hoping to discover Miami’s diverse heart – the city is, after all, home to the largest Cuban community in the United States (not to mention immigrants from all over Latin America, from Nicaragua to Honduras). Head here for a lively cultural experience, sample delicious Cuban meals, and even try out some moves at local Latin dance clubs.
Art Deco Stroll
Miami Beach is home to one of the best-preserved art deco districts in the world, and was the first 20th century neighbourhood in the country to be added to the National Register of Historic Places. There’s little wonder why: today, there are more than 800 buildings remaining from this era alone. While you likely won’t have time to see them all, the best introduction to the area’s architectural charms is a stroll along Ocean Drive, where many of the heavy-hitters are located.
Rooftop and Beach Bars
Miami is nicknamed ‘The Magic City,’ and for millions of visitors, that magic comes from the city’s unstoppable nightlife. Whether you opt to listen to DJ-helmed tunes on a balmy rooftop bar, sip cocktails in a speakeasy-style lounge or party right on the golden sand, the city’s bars and clubs are pretty special.
Beyond its starry lounges, Miami’s glitz and glamour also extends to its cultural institutions. In recent years, the city has been a magnet for so-called ‘starchitects’ and other top architectural firms, who’ve left a bold imprint on its museums. Head to Miami’s Museum Park for a glimpse of Herzog and de Meuron’s Pérez Art Museum and Grimshaw’s Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, for starters.
Sunny Miami wins accolades for being one of the most beautifully inclusive cities in the US, and for LGBT travellers, there’s almost an endless amount to discover here. Given that Miami is host to eight major LGBT festivals every year, as well as numerous gay-friendly hotels, beaches, and going-out venues, there’s never a dull day in this lively city.