Miami

Things to do in Miami

Miami’s dining, culture and attractions are all heavily indebted to the influence of Cuban and Latin American culture. When you’re looking for things to do in Miami, be sure to take in the city’s unique history by visiting Little Havana, which offers a little taste of Cuba – not to mention great prices on Cuban cigars. Calle Ocho and the surrounding streets still bear the imprints of the 1960s, when many Cuban immigrants fled to Miami and set up small shops like the ones they’d left behind. Stroll through the neighborhood to take in the Mediterranean-style architecture, the Latin American music drifting out of doorways, and the smell of strong Cuban cigar smoke. You’ll likewise be immersed in history at the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, a must-visit for nature and architecture-lovers. This European-style palace contains an immense collection of antiques from the 16th to 19th centuries, as well as an opulent garden that seems straight out of a fairy tale.

Miami is also a shopper’s paradise: Aside from Miami’s beaches, fine dining, and Latin American culture, dropping serious cash on designer duds may be one of the things to do in Miami that’s most synonymous with the city. From Aventura Mall to the Shops of Bal Harbor, fashionistas visiting Miami will find sparkling malls and upscale boutiques selling clothing and accessories from the likes of Burberry, Diane von Furstenberg, Gucci, Sonia Rykiel, and of course, Versace.

Items for both children and home can be found under one roof in this Design District shop. Organic fabrics and sustainable, Earth-friendly materials are plentiful throughout the store, used in everything from clothing to furniture to toys.

Second only to the Lincoln Center in its super-sized proportions is Miami's world-class performing arts complex with a half-billion-dollar price tag.

Sandoval—a trumpeter, Dizzy Gillespie protégé, and first-rate jazz legend—runs a first-rate club, perfect for a downbeat evening. It's a welcome addition to the nightlife scene, which is full of one too many dance clubs.

Covering the grounds behind the Shore Club Hotel, the SkyBar is a magnet for celebrities and locals with enough cache to get in the door.

Housed inside the Sterling Building on the Lincoln Road Mall, Books & Books is a locally owned bookstore specializing in art, design, and architecture books.

Oceania’s three identical midsize ships—the 684-passenger Insignia, Nautica, and Regatta—are geared toward a crowd that wants to explore interesting ports and enjoy a taste of finery— including gourmet cuisine (menus are overseen by Jacques Pepin), personalized service, resort-l

The exuberant architectures of South Beach are the focus of popular tri-weekly walking tours sponsored by the Miami Design Preservation League (MDPL).

Looking for a new shopping experience in a cozy yet distinctive place as off the beaten path as you can get in Miami Beach? Try Fly Boutique, a fun consignment store that offers new and vintage apparel and accessories.

Once a less-than-favorable part of town, Wynwood now hosts one of the area's most popular events, the Second Saturday Art Walk. Attracting art enthusiasts of all types, the Wynwood Art District's Second Saturdays cover the dozens of galleries and studio between 23rd and 27th streets in NW.

What to Expect: The palm-studded beach encompasses more than nine miles of the east coast of the barrier island that holds this narrow city; as the matching names imply, the city and the beach are fully intertwined.

Ninety-five percent of this colorful park on Miami’s doorstep is underwater. Save for 30 islets and a mangrove forest fringe on the mainland, Biscayne is 173,000 acres of Caribbean-clear waters that wash over the sea-grass shallows of Biscayne Bay—and the world’s third largest coral reef.

The celebration and nurturing of Latin American art is the guiding passion behind this non-profit foundation established in 2002.

Italian labels Transit and Dusica Dusica fill this smart white-on-white boutique, with clothes and shoes for men and women. Look for refined items like streamlined sandals made of leather, cashmere, and rabbit fur, which are as comfortable as they are stylish.