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Miami, Florida

Episode 007

Come with us and explore all that Miami has to offer–beyond those gorgeous beaches!

From arts, food, culture and even some outdoor adventure, this Miami travel guide will take you through the city’s diversity.

Miami has always been a top travel destination for those seeking some sun and sand. Have you considered stepping away from the beach and into the heart of Miami though? Sure, this city has those warm temps and waves that will always be cache, but beyond the beach scene you’ll find a city that has deep roots in the arts and culture world, ties to Cuba and Havana, some of the best dining in the country (thanks to being awarded several MICHELIN-recognized restaurants), a buzzing boardwalk and just an hour outside downtown will get you into Floridian countryside. 

There’s no shortage of adventure in Miami–try your hand at graffiti art, spot gators in the Everglades, hang with monkeys and sip tropical fruit wine in South Dade, dance in Little Havana, and sleep in luxury in Miami Beach. In this episode of Next Destination, we find the real heartbeat of the city for our Miami travel guide. Take a watch and be inspired to explore beyond the beach with our Miami travel guide. 

Miami hotels: Two very different stays…

Let’s kick off our Miami travel guide with where to stay, and we have two suggestions that are a perfect pairing when you think of opposites attract. First up, go traditional and luxury with a stay right in Miami Beach at The Setai. The chic hotel is along the main strip of Collins Ave., with access to the beach, has Asian-inspired touches and calls an old Art Deco building its home. With ocean suites and Art Deco suites, your choices for incredible views are endless, not to mention the city’s only ocean-front restaurant.

On the other hand, take a spin on the artsy side of things and book a stay at the Arlo Wynwood in the Wynwood district. The Arlo is the first hotel to open in the urban arts-centric district–where most of Miami’s street art can be found. It’s easily the city’s coolest neighbourhood–and the trendy Arlo brand of sleek, minimal, rooms with amazing common spaces fits perfectly in this area (scroll down to read more about Wynwood!).

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the Wynwood Arts District

If you only stray from the beach scene for one other spot, make it the Wynwood arts district. This area is what is really setting the tone and vibe for Miami today–an eclectic mix of one-off shops, pop ups, cocktail bars, galleries, artist workshops, museums and restaurants, all surrounded by graffiti and street art that covers nearly every bare space from buildings to the sidewalk and street signs. Learn about street art history here at the world’s only  Museum of Graffiti. Or get even deeper into the street art scene with a guided tour by Miami’s Best Graffiti Guide, where you can even try your hand at doing some graffiti yourself. And the famous Wynwood Walls can be found here–where all the street art started, and the perfect spot for a photo opportunity.

Feel the heat in Little Havana

Many say that the heartbeat of Miami is actually in Little Havana. And it’s not hard to see why. This vibrant, lively quarter of the city will have you thinking you’ve been transported to the Cuban city. The best way to experience Little Havana in a day is to book a walking tour with Miami’s Culinary Tours–you’ll make stops for empanadas, Cuban coffee, mojitos, cigars, street art, dancing and even ice cream.

You still can’t miss Miami Beach

Even though this Miami travel guide is all about going beyond the beach–you simply cannot go to Miami and not visit Miami Beach. Make your stay at The Setai hotel mentioned above, stroll, cycle or rollerblade on the boardwalk, do an Art Deco walking tour, people watch on Collins Ave. and hit up one of the many restaurants in the area that are classic oldies and fresh new options.

Plan to eat… a lot

Miami can now call itself a culinary hotspot thanks to having several MICHELIN recommended and recognized restaurants recently listed. That means that you’ll never be hungry in Miami–which is always a good thing. In Wynwood, you can find the Turkish and Mediterranean-inspired DOYA that has Bib Gourmand recognition, casual Cuban eats at Cerveceria La Tropical where they also brew their own Havana beer, and MaryGold’s, a brasserie-style restaurant at the Arlo hotel. Closer to Miami Beach classics like News Cafe is a local favourite for brunch, A Fish Called Avalon has been an institution since Miami Vice days, JOYA at the Setai sits right on the ocean and comes with an evening show on weekends, and Abbalé Telavivian Kitchen is an Israeli restaurant with some of the best bagels, hummus and salads you’ll find in the city.

Day trip to South Dade

While Miami is really known for its city life, it also has a true Floridian countryside and is even the only city in the US that has two National Parks within its city limits (Everglades National Park and Biscayne National Park). That means you can take a short one hour drive to adventure. Hop on an airboat and spot gators with Everglades Alligator Farm, or let adorable squirrel monkeys hop all over you at Monkey Jungle where you can feed monkeys. After all your adventure swing by Robert Is Here fruit stand–an institution in the area known for a massive selection of tropical fruits, smoothies that cause a very long line. Then take your brain and taste buds on an adventure at Schnebly Redland’s Winery, where the owner Peter Schenbly makes wine from local tropical fruits–think avocado wine, lychee wine and more. Just open your mind and go with it and you’ll find a trip to South Dade is the perfect addition to your Miami travel guide.

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