Miami is the perfect vacation spot for those who want to experience the sights and sounds of different cultures, taste the best in international cuisine and see some of the world's finest art and architecture.
Although this sophisticated destination boasts miles of wide, white-sand beaches, Miami offers much more. Visitors can have a cup of café con leche in Little Havana, Miami's Cuban community; stroll past art deco architecture in the city's artsy South Beach district (dubbed SoBe); explore trendy Coconut Grove; visit attractions such as the Miami Seaquarium and the Miami Metrozoo; or take a cruise from the "Cruise Capital of the World." Nightlife is both sophisticated and varied here.
A spectrum of dazzle and activity, Miami is a place where the jazzy colors of luxurious living meld with the cool pastels of one of Florida's original vacation hot spots. Following its auspicious beginnings as a small tourist town at the turn of the century, Miami boomed in the 1920s and has grown and added to its diversity ever since. With its own "Little Broadway" in the 1920s, Miami was a center for the Art Deco movement in the '30s and '40s, thrived as a military base in World War II, and has since grown to be both a Latin American center and a sleek metropolitan community.
Miami Beach is a fast-growing, fashionable and exciting international hot spot. Art-deco museums and shopping districts referred to as the "5th Avenue of the South" showcase the decadence and new-world architecture that lures thousands of visitors a year.
Welcome to tropical south Florida, where the perfect vacation awaits you. Here you can do it all, from gliding through the Everglades in a canoe at dawn, to snorkeling in a school of neon-bright fish, to dressing up for an evening out in nearby cosmopolitan Miami. The area’s diversity is its strength, truly offering visitors a chance to do it all -- or do nothing at all -- amidst some of the most captivating scenery in the country.
Trendy Coconut Grove, just five miles south of downtown Miami, is one of those chic South Florida areas to see and be seen. Located on Biscayne Bay, this upscale community offers culture, the arts, unique shopping and fine dining. Accommodations are among the most deluxe you will find anywhere, and local fare ranges from gourmet to budget, the latter not lacking character for its economy. Coconut Grove's active nightlife scene gives visitors ample opportunity to strut their stuff in its dance clubs or enjoy an eclectic range of live musical performances.