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Step onto iconic white sandy beaches, dive into beautiful turquoise waters, and experience why Miami’s vibrant culture has been the backdrop for many television shows and movies. Visit Magic City and enjoy worldly culinary experiences, thrilling sports franchises, and fashion-forward styles that influence clothing, décor and architecture around the world.
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Biscayne Bay National Park & The Everglades National Park
Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and Biscayne Bay, Miami’s turquoise waters are perfect for ocean adventurists. Snorkel, scuba dive, canoe, kayak, standup paddleboard (SUP), windsurf, or fish on almost any beach in Miami. Start with a visit to Biscayne National Park, the only underwater national park in the country, where you can spy on tropical fish and coral reefs from a glass bottom boat.
Take a day trip to Florida’s famous Everglades National Park. Perfect for biking, canoeing, kayaking, and fishing, the park spans one million acres and is home to 36 protected species.
Want to experience Miami’s natural beauty on dry land? Stroll through Miami Beach Botanical Gardens or the 10-acre Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, filled with stunning French and Italian renaissance gardens or tour the property’s stunning Mediterranean-style villa filled with art and furnishings from the industrial era. South of Miami, Castellow Hammock Park’s 160 acres, calls nature lovers to its tropical hardwood forest that is ideal for bird and butterfly watching.
South Beach Miami
Just 15-minutes across the Biscayne Bay from Miami is South Beach, famous for its sandy beaches, surf shops and trendsetting night clubs. In South Beach you can soak up the sun and surf, get artsy, or go out on the town. By day, tour the Miami Art Deco District – featuring 960 historic buildings including the Versace Mansion or window shop local galleries like ArtCenter / South Florida and Britto Central. Peruse Lincoln Road and Española Way for a great mix of name-brand stores and small boutiques. Later, keep your eyes out for celebs if you hit Miami’s well-known club scene.
Little Havana Miami
Bienvenidos a Miami or “Welcome to Miami” as its said in Spanish. Escape to Little Havana, where the streets are lined with cafes, Latin record stores, and cigar shops. While in the area, stroll down Calle Ocho, “Eighth Street,” that hosts galleries featuring local artists and weekly festivals. Keep your eye out for "Walkway of the Stars,” that honors Latin American stars like Sammy Sosa, Maria Conchita Alonso, Thalia, Celia Cruz, Willy Chirino, and Gloria Estefan. Head to Cuban Memorial Plaza, sip a cafecito (coffee) at a sidewalk café, or visit Domino Park to try your hand at a game of Dominoes, a favorite Latin American pastime.
Get cultured in downtown Miami at sites like the Miami Science Museum, Miami Art Museum, HistoryMiami Museum, or see a show at Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.
Miami’s not all adult-only fun. Let the kids explore Miami Children's Museum and Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. They’ll love all the interactive activities at Jungle Island, Monkey Jungle and Zoo Miami. Cap off their trip with a memorable swim with the dolphins at Miami Seaquarium.
Universities in Miami
Located just outside of Miami in Coral Gables, the University of Miami (UM) is home to the Miami Hurricanes football team.
Nearby Florida International University (FIU), located in greater Miami, is the second largest university in Florida and boasts impressive alumni who have achieved success in politics, law, entertainment and sports.
Miami Sports Teams
No matter your passion, take in a game from one of Miami’s professional sports teams. The Miami Heat will burn up the basketball court at the American Airlines Arena, while the NFL’s Miami Dolphins call Sun Life Stadium home. Cool off with the fast pace of the NHL’s Florida Panthers™ as they play on their home court of the BB&T Center, and no trip to Miami is complete without catching 9 innings of the Miami Marlin’s™ as they play at Marlins Park.
Miami Golf Courses
Miami is a golfer’s paradise with courses that will challenge players of all skill levels. Swing on par with the pros at Crandon Golf at Key Biscayne while taking in the stunning sights and sweet scents of the Biscayne Bay, seven salt-water lakes, and surrounding mangroves.
No matter your interests from sun and sand to sports and culture, stay at one of our Best Western’s Miami hotels right near the beach or in downtown.
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