The warmest major city in the winter with average temperatures hovering around 70 degrees Fahrenheit, Miami is often referred to as “the end of the road.” Visit here and you’ll not only be able to experience its plentiful sunshine and pristine white beaches, but its thriving food and arts scene, and a whole lot more. In this place where most of the people who choose to live here do so to escape and reinvent themselves, you might just find yourself with the same dream of owning a slice of Miami real estate, but in the meantime, here’s how you can explore some of the best it has to offer.
Miami has the Southeast’s largest street-grid system and most people here get around by car, which means a lot of traffic. Whether you rent a vehicle or use public transportation you’ll need to plan for extra travel time. While downtown Miami and Miami Beach are walkable, a car is necessary for getting between the two. If you don’t want to rent one, Uber and Lyft are available here, and the Metrobus system can get you around too, just keep in mind that the bus is rarely on time due to the traffic.
While there’s lots more to do in Miami then head to the sand, going to the beach is a must for any visitor to this city that has the perfect stretch for everyone. South Beach is the place to see and be seen, jam-packed with gorgeous people, including the rich and famous, as a glorious mecca for throwing down a blanket and taking in the scene. For a more tranquil beach getaway, escape, head to Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, or uncrowded Sunny Isles Beach, edged by calm azure waters that are ideal for swimming.
Miami is home to many museums, including first-class museums like the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Rubell Family Art Collection, and Phillipp and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, but if you only have time for one, head to Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. This national historic landmark was built as the winter estate of American industrial executive James Deering in 1922 and is set within a magnificent villa filled with elegant European décor, including stained glass windows and marble columns. The beautiful gardens outside include geometric-style animals, statues and exotic plants, reminiscent of the Versailles gardens in France. It’s also home to a 12th-century ancient Spanish monastery that was originally in Spain before being transported here, taken apart stone by stone, sailing across the Atlantic into North Miami.
The Art Deco Historic District
This must-visit district It boasts more than 800 pastel-hued historic buildings that date back to the 1920s. Guided walking tours of this area that’s on the National Register of Historic Places are available through the Miami Design Preservation League.
Often named among the top food cities in the U.S., you’ll be able to sample everything from authentic Cuban flavors in Little Havana to some of the best stone crab you’ve ever taken a bit of at Joe’s Stone Crab in South Beach. If you want to explore the Art Deco architecture while sampling some of the favorite local eats, take the South Beach Food Tour.