beaches, adventure, and the heat in southern Florida
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Sophisticated, artistic, and green, Miami displays all its qualities during four days of activities
Day 01 - Miami, pleased to meet you
10 a.m. - A good start
Miami is filled with good hotels with services open to non-guests, such as spas, beach clubs, and, of course, restaurants. With an elegant, laid-back atmosphere, the Soho Beach House is home to Cecconni’s, an Italian restaurant that serves an elaborate brunch. In addition to fruit, cheese, bread, and pancakes, they also have delicious drinks, like Bergamot & Apricot Spritz.
1 p.m. - Latino and contemporary
The Pérez Art Museum Miami displays the best of contemporary international art – essentially from the 20th and 21st centuries. There you can see exhibitions of Latin American art, interactive pieces, and even appreciate the museum’s architecture and gardens – themselves works of art.
4 p.m. - Design District
This planned neighborhood looks more like an outdoor art gallery, with surprising sculptures on its sidewalks – among the most famous is the Fly’s Eye Dome by Buckminster Fuller. International designers like Dior and Gucci go all out with their elaborate display windows, which also make a visit there worthwhile.
7 p.m. - Street art
On an unassuming stroll through the streets of Wynwood, it’s normal to be surprised by enormous works of art blazoned on the walls. It is there that you can see the Wynwood Walls, a closed area with countless graffiti murals. The region’s also known for its hip cafés, restaurants, and brewpubs.
Day 02 - Fill up your shopping bags
9 a.m. - Consumerist tour
Those who prefer pounding the pavement should start the day on Lincoln Road. The area is home to such name-brand shops as Banana Republic, Apple, and Victoria’s Secret. If you’d rather spend your morning inside a luxury shopping mall surrounded by designer stores, opt for the Bal Harbour Shops. There, you’ll find everything from Chanel to Tiffany & Co.
11 a.m. - Huge offers
Sawgrass Mills is the biggest outlet mall in Florida, and the second biggest in the world, with over 360 stores. An hour from downtown Miami – they offer shuttle service there –, it’s a great place for bargains. If you’re thinking of renovating your wardrobe, don’t hesitate: get there early, have lunch – you’ll find chain restaurants like the Cheesecake Factory and P.F. Chang’s there –, and have fun at the low-cost versions of such stores as Prada, Nike, Carter’s, and Best Buy.
If you cringe at the thought of spending the day digging for bargains, how about taking a side trip, about an hour and a half from Miami, to Fort Lauderdale? It’s a port city, divided by canals and surrounded by boats and yachts. For a different kind of city tour, take a water taxi, which goes by the main tourist sites, including some mansions owned by celebrities.
Day 03 - Subtropical climate
8 a.m. - Crocodile talk
Just over an hour from Miami Beach, Everglades National Park protects a portion of the region’s swamplands, home to crocodiles and several bird species. There, you can take a fun ride on an airboat, a flat-bottom vessel with a giant propeller, and see other creatures like snakes up-close.
12:30 p.m. - On the sands
It’s easy to get dazzled by South Beach, the city’s most highly coveted district. The color of the water is greenish, the lifeguard towers are colorful, and the boardwalk is lively. Nearby is Joe’s Stone Crab, a hundred-year-old restaurant. There, you can enjoy the giant crab legs.
5 p.m. - Art Deco and nightlife
Also in South Beach, the iconic Ocean Drive concentrates low Art Deco-style buildings in pastel tones. After sundown, neon lights illuminate the night and sports cars parade in front of bars and clubs. Have a mojito or a margarita at the Clevelander Bar. If you feel like dancing, head for Nikki Beach Club, where you can enjoy great drinks right on the sand.
Day 04 - The Caribbean is here (almost)
10 a.m. - On top of the ocean
In Miami’s surrounding areas, nature is the main attraction. A three-and-a-half-hour drive away is Key West, a charming island right next to the Bahamas and the Caribbean Sea. Take US-1 S and enjoy the scenery: bridges suspended above the clear ocean waters guarantee an incredible view!
2 p.m. - The sweet life
In Key West, time goes by slower and the people always seem calm. Take advantage of the mood and explore the pastel tones of Old Town, visit the home of American author Ernest Hemingway, and relax at the bars on Duval Street, where you can enjoy good food and drinks. Last, take a dip in the clear ocean waters.
6 p.m. - Nature
Wrap up your visit to the island at Mallory Square, where the sunset is the most popular spectacle. At night, food carts and performances by street musicians maintain the warmth in this tropical piece of America.
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