Miami is an international city at Florida's southeastern tip. Its Cuban influence is reflected in the cafes and cigar shops that line Calle Ocho in Little Havana. On barrier islands across the turquoise waters of Biscayne Bay is Miami Beach, home to South Beach. This glamorous neighborhood is famed for its colorful art deco buildings, white sand, surfside hotels and trendsetting nightclubs.
Wynwood Arts District, featuring dozens of galleries and hundreds of graffiti murals, and Pérez Art Museum Miami draw contemporary-art connoisseurs, as does the internationally renowned Art Basel Miami Beach festival in December. The Design District attracts trendy folks with boutiques and restaurants. In Coconut Grove, there’s Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, a circa-1916 Italian-style estate surrounded by lush landscaping. On nearby Key Biscayne, spacious Crandon Park features a quiet beach with private cabanas. For alligator-seekers, Everglades National Park is less than an hour’s drive away.
WHEN TO VISIT
With its subtropical climate and many beaches, Miami is a year-round destination. Peak season is Jan–Apr. Rains are heaviest during hurricane season (Jun–Nov), but showers, often brief, can occur at any time. Celebrities and the contemporary art world come for Art Basel Miami Beach and its numerous satellite art fairs and events (early Dec), and Food Network chefs are the draws at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival (Feb).