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Holidays to Miami

In many people’s minds, Miami is little more than a gigantic retirement resort, packed with the elderly relying on the sun for some cheer. However, this is not the case. Miami is a major metropolitan area, 110 km in length. The central business district of Miami is packed with commercial skyscrapers hosting some of the world’s biggest companies. The city is far more than retirement resort, and offers a huge range of activities and attractions for those on holidays in Miami.

The vibe in Miami is very Latin American – more so than American – and those on holidays to Miami will no doubt enjoy the legendary party scene, the cool South Beach style and, of course, the sunny weather. The neighbourhoods in Miami are extremely diverse, varying from the serious business skyscrapers of downtown Miami to Little Havana, home to the Cuban community in the city.

Miami’s beach is, and will always be, its main attraction. Miami holidays won’t be complete without spending a good deal of time on the ‘gold coast’ beaches, a strip of land that is jam-packed with luxury hotels and resorts. Even if you are not staying there, the South Beach neighbourhood is a must see, if only to catch a glimpse of those paying thousands of dollars a night for their hotel suites. The real treasure though is the beach itself, situated next to a crystal clear ocean under cloudless skies with the covering of palm trees.

On the note of natural beauty, the Everglades are an area famous for its wildlife, and are possibly the most unique ecosystem on the entire North American continent. The Everglades is a varied landscape ranging from mangroves in the salty water by the ocean to tropical hardwoods on hilly swamplands and pine forests on higher ground. Many rare and endangered species live in the Everglades, making a visit there an exceptional experience for anyone on Miami holidays.

Attractions around Miami are numerous. There are a number of museums and galleries, with the Bass Museum of Art and the Vizcaya Museum possible at the top of the list; the former features works by Picasso, Gris and Gonzalez. The Biltmore Hotel is worth seeing for its opulent luxury, including an 18-hole golf course designed by Donald Ross, 10 tennis courts and many exclusive bars and restaurants.

A glitzy place such as Miami should offer a decent shopping experience, and that is exactly what it does: Miami holidays provide the opportunity to shop at some of the most sophisticated department stores and boutiques to be found anywhere in the US. One of the key shopping areas in Miami is the Miracle Mile in Coral Gables, which has a range of quality boutiques, galleries and department stores. The Bayside Marketplace is on the waterfront in downtown Miami, and has a more informal mix of art stalls and boutique stores.


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