While sun-kissed beaches and family-themed amusement parks are Florida’s universal attractions, Miami has become a popular hotspot for all types of holiday seekers. Art and culture lovers, foodies and nightlife aficionados have put Miami on the map as a must-see destination. It is a city that has long been defined by the beach. However, it has redefined itself in recent years as a culturally diverse and cosmopolitan getaway. The beach is still the lifeblood of this southern city, and no holiday to Miami is complete without sunbathing on one of the barrier islands in Biscayne Bay.
However, if your beach holiday is temporarily suspended because of a lobster-coloured burn, which is bound to happen in Florida’s powerful sun, then Miami is the place you want to find yourself. If you need to put away your snorkel gear or jet ski for a few days, here are a couple of alternatives to a day on the beach.
1. Explore the food, music and culture in Little Havana. Founded in the 1960s, this section of Miami became an enclave for Cuban immigrants during the Communist revolution. Today, it is composed of all sorts of cultures and ethnicities, as many people from the Caribbean and Latin America have settled in Little Havana. Little Havana is where the foodies go to find international flavours at affordable prices. Be sure to check out Viernes Culturales. It is a block party held in Little Havana on the last Friday of every month.
2. South Beach, which is located in the southern part of Miami Beach, is world-renowned for its glamorous restaurant scene, celebrity chefs, designer boutiques and glittering VIP nightclubs. This is the Miami that everyone knows and recognizes. South Beach is like Nice and Ibiza blended into an American cocktail. However, if dancing to house music and Kim Kardashian glamour is not your thing, then visit the Art Deco Historic District. This is the largest collection of Art Deco architecture in the world, and the numerous galleries, murals and exhibits in this area has cemented its reputation as art lover’s paradise.
3. When you think of Miami, you probably do not envision a zoo or an opera house. However, Miami has both. Zoo Miami has been a mainstay in the city for over twenty years, and it is considered one of the leading zoos in the United States. While not technically an opera house, the Adrienne Arsht Performing Arts Centre, in downtown Miami, puts on operas, symphonies and ballets throughout the year.
By the time you explore everything Miami has to offer, chances are the sunburn will be feeling better, and you will be able to catch some rays before heading home.