The ultimate guide to Miami
Miami: a destination known for its sun-drenched beaches, Art Deco buildings, Cuban influence, and flair for the flashy. Here's what to see and do in Miami.
A trip to magic Miami done well explores the city’s decadent past, multicultural present, lively restaurant and bar scene, and, of course, its stunning shoreline.
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Where to stay in Miami
Miami is home to over four million people, divided into vibrant neighbourhoods. Many visitors only experience the showy South Beach neighbourhood, missing Miami’s overall eclectic charm. That said, South Beach does make for a fascinating base for exploration, especially when staying in fabulous Art Deco accommodation. South Beach is home to some of the city’s best beaches, cafés, restaurants, boutiques, day clubs, and bars.
If quieter, more relaxed beach areas suit your travel style better, consider using Sunny Isles as your base. A stay close to Miami’s northernmost beach is great for families and travellers who enjoy a more local vibe.
For a more sophisticated scene, head to the Bal Harbour stretch of beach. Here, designer stores, high-end eateries, and exemplary service await.
If you’d prefer to be away from the beaches altogether, trendy Brickell, Miami’s financial district, has world-class hotels, dining, and entertainment to entice. Wynwood is an up-and-coming destination for visitors, thanks to its reputation as the city’s creative hub.