If you’re looking for a warm, luxurious getaway, look no further than Miami, Florida. This melting pot of cultures is unlike any other city in the world and is an international destination for both business and pleasure.
Miami: The Gateway to Paradise
Your adventure starts as soon as you arrive, at Miami International Airport. One of the busiest airports in the world, Miami international has all the amenities you’d expect and then some. True to the Latin American influence on the city, there are a variety of Cuban restaurants in the airport to welcome you or give you one last taste before you go. There are a handful of lounges for your convenience as well, including one for active and retired military personnel
Once you leave the airport though, that’s when your real trip begins.
Why should you visit Miami?
With a rich Spanish history and so close to Latin America, Miami shows its multicultural roots in everything from its architecture to its food, music and lifestyle. More than 70% of the population of Miami and the city boasts more than 150 different ethnicities all contributing to the unique, unforgettable atmosphere of the city
When most people think of Miami, odds are they think about the miles upon miles of beautiful beach, the glistening blue waters of the Atlantic beckoning you. As one of the only subtropical places in the United States, Miami’s beaches are not to be missed.
That’s not all Miami has to offer, though. Luxury is at the very core of the city. Five-star hotels, famous spas, more shopping than you can wrap your head around and meals prepared by celebrity and Michelin Star chefs all await you in Miami, such as Amare Ristorante. Even just wandering around the city will satisfy any art lover, as a strong artist community thrives next to the warm sand of Miami, like the one in Wynwood, home to spectacular murals and art galleries.
When the day starts to give way to night, Miami truly comes alive. With a nightlife that draws international travelers, the bars and clubs of Miami are guaranteed to leave you have a night you won’t forget—or one you have trouble remembering! Soon-to-be newlyweds dream of having their bachelor and bachelorette parties in Miami’s nightlife. If you’re looking for a place to go, E11even is consistently considered one of—if not the—best clubs in the city.
If the party scene isn’t for you, there are plenty of lounges and hotel bars that will let you enjoy the ocean breeze at night.
Places to visit near Miami
But a trip to Miami doesn’t just have to stay in the city. Because of its location, Miami is considered a gateway to many must-see destinations. For those with a car, there are a handful of cities within a short drive that are well worth the visit.
Fort Lauderdale is known as the Venice of America. With its beaches and winding canals, it’s no wonder that it draws comparisons to the romantic Italian city. Throughout these waterways you will see some of the most affluent mansions and yachts anywhere in the world, and you can treat yourself to shopping, dining and jazz performances that are equally luxurious.
For more famous beaches and wild nights, West Palm Beach is a place you can’t miss. Every Thursday, food, drinks, music and more celebrate Clematis by Night, a weekly occurrence that has gone on for the last 20 years
If you’re up for some thrills and excitement, the Walt Disney World Resort is only three hours away by car. Embrace your inner kid and enjoy the Magic Kingdom, the Epcot Center, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, Blizzard Beach and the Typhoon Lagoon.
Tropical destinations from Miami
If you’re really looking for a great vacation, Miami is also a great place to lead you to paradise.
By car, you can reach Key West in as little as four hours. With all the things to stop and do along the way and the stunning sights to behold, you’ll want to turn that trip into three or four days. Tour down the Overseas Highway over more than 40 bridges to the southernmost point of the United States.
There are countless things to do along the way, as well.
Go deep sea fishing, something that’s on many bucket lists, or go sailing on the crystal waters of the Atlantic Ocean.
You can feed wild tarpon or go snorkeling, or visit Bahia Honda State Park. For something a little lower-key, you can just relax and take a stroll to the beautiful sunset that paints the ocean.
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For international destinations, a short flight or boat ride can take you to countless Caribbean islands for a perfect combination of luxury and relaxation.
Increasingly popular are day trips (or multi-day trips) from Miami to the Bahamas. For a couple hundred dollars you can get to one of the 700 islands of the Bahamas via boat or plane. There are too many destinations to list, and your experience can range from romantic to relaxing to adrenaline-pumping. One island that needs to be highlighted, though, is Big Major Cay Island, home to a colony of wild pigs that are more than happy to have their photo taken in exchange for some fruit!
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If the open ocean is calling, Miami is a major port for cruises that range from weekend to week-long adventures. From the city you can book a cruise that includes destinations like the Bahamas, the Dominican, Mexico and Key West. Enjoy all the amenities that a cruise has to offer, the memories you will create at its stops and pamper yourself.
While there was a lot of news surrounding cruises at the onset of the pandemic, it’s worth noting that cruise lines have taken increased measures to ensure the safety of everyone on board. That way, your mind can be completely focused on enjoying yourself.
No matter what you’re iinta, Miami has an experience for you. From relaxing on beaches to dancing the night away, from internationally inspired art and architecture to culinary adventures that will make your mouth water just from memories, there is something in this city for you.