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

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.