Pack your shorts and flip flops, along with your bathing suit and sunscreen. Don't forget your favorite going-out clothes, too! With the abundance and variety of options available in Florida's playground for grownups, you'll want to cover all the bases when it comes to apt and comfortable attire and accessories to make your stay in Miami a pleasant memory.
Think about the perks you'll enjoy when staying in one of our beautiful nearby vacation rentals rather than a hotel: privacy, luxury (including extra amenities), and space to spread out and relax in your home away from home. Depending on how close you want to be to Miami proper, one of our many vacation rentals in Miami Beach may be just what you're looking for to create your next fun-filled, sunny getaway.
Take in some of Miami's breathtaking natural wonders, like Everglades National Park. Be your own guide and wander through this 1.5-million acre wetland preserve, or take a ranger-guided tour through the marshes and pine flatwoods. Catch a glimpse of the natural habitat and hundreds of flourishing wildlife, and keep an eye out for rare endangered species.
Biscayne Bay, a state aquatic preserve and part of Biscayne National Park, largely consists of water and is brimming with sea life. Here, you can join a glass bottom boat tour or rent a kayak at Dante Fascell Visitor Center for unforgettable excursions, including snorkeling and diving. If you fish, this is a prime location for snapper and snook. Return home to your vacation rental and cook up your daily catch!
Try some wreck diving in one of the largest artificial reefs in the world, or visit Crandon Beach Park for a picnic and explore the surrounding ecosystems. Or, visit the many exotic wildlife, plants, and fish that can be found at the Crandon Park Nature Center.
Art lovers and history buffs will have more than enough to see with museums like Frost Art Museum, Perez Art Museum, Coral Gables Museum, and HistoryMiami Museum. Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, home of the late industrial executive, James Deering, is an opulent oasis amidst subtropical forest, built with Italian architectural influences. With a little planning, you can get tickets to catch a show that's part of the rich and diverse programming at Adrienne Arsht Center for Performing Arts, the second-largest performing arts center in the U.S.
Miami's Floribbean cuisine - a combination of Latin American, Caribbean, and American cuisines - reflects its diverse population, and foodies will be in heaven here! Savor your morning cortadito - a drink made with coffee and milk - and your pastelito - a Cuban stuffed puff pastry - as you lounge on the balcony or patio of your vacation rental. Then, wind your way through the city, stopping at Miami's famous food trucks, like Ms. Cheezious, Dim Ssam A Go-Go, or Jefe's Original Fish Taco and Burger, to name a few, for a delicious snack to keep your energy up.
Save some room, though, for a mouthwatering final meal of the day and dine on exquisite Italian cuisine at Bianca at Delano, world-class sushi at Nobu Miami, or French cuisine at Palm d'Or at the Biltmore. If mid-range is what you prefer, try Mi Ceviche, Buena Vista Deli, or Maoz Vegetarian. If Cuban cuisine strikes your fancy, head over to Little Havana for a multitude of options!
If you'd rather leave the planning to someone else, Miami has a diverse tour scene. For food-based tours, consider Food Tours of Miami or Miami Culinary Tours. If you really want to condense your food and culture experience even more, plan a tour with The Art Experience. Hop on the designated shuttle and view the best art collections in the area while you learn about the history of Midtown, Wynwood, and the Design District. Then, gather for a delicious dinner curated by the area's top chefs and celebrity restaurants.
If you have the time and want to venture out further, take a dancing, fishing, skyline, or sunset cruise with Miami Queen Cruise, or if you want to be next to nature, frolic with dolphins on a dolphin swimming tour, or head to the backcountry on an Everglades Safari.
Miami, also known as the Magic City, is not only classified as a significant metropolitan area, but it offers multiple venues for those looking for some fun after dark that lasts until dawn. You'll find popular night spots in a variety of areas within the city: Downtown, Wynwood, Brickell, and Midtown. From the casual, laid-back Purdy Lounge, featuring old school hip-hop, to Icon, the trendy, light-flashing EDM club, you'll easily find a place to go out and stay out until the sun comes up. You can also head to nearby Miami Beach, FL for even more fun!
Immerse yourself in the diverse culture and abundant opportunities for fun and entertainment of all kinds in this magical, non-stop city, and book a stay in one of our vacation homes - the perfect home base for seeing Miami!
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