Tired of sand and surf?T+L gives you five unforgettable experiences that’ll keep you off the beach.

By Tom Austin
April 28, 2009
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Feel the Beat The soundtrack to Miami is salsa. To catch the beat, take a Salsa Mía class at Yuca Restaurant & Lounge (501 Lincoln Rd.; 305/987-3033), then flaunt your newfound skills at the Latin club Hoy Como Ayer (2212 S.W. Eighth St.; 305/541-2631).

Open House Built in 1916 for industrialist James Deering, the Italian Renaissance–style Vizcaya Museum & Gardens (3251 S. Miami Ave.; 305/250-9133) is Miami’s original over-the-top palace—a predecessor to Star Island’s wannabes.

Water World Miami is the American Venice, with a series of waterways linking Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic. To properly explore the city’s canals and tropical islands, rent a boat from Club Nautico (305/673-2502; clubnauticousa.com) at the Miami Beach Marina.

Grande Dame Hotel Take a tour of the regal Coral Gables Biltmore hotel (1200 Anastasia Ave.; 305/ 445-1926), which dates from 1926. Then stay for the legendary Sunday brunch.

High Notes Headed by artistic director Michael Tilson Thomas, the internationally recognized New World Symphony (541 Lincoln Rd.; 305/673-3331; newworldtickets.com), based in the Lincoln Theatre, is one of the city’s great treasures.