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Miami Travel: Most Popular Articles

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Haulover Beach Is Great for Clothing-Free or...
The North end of Haulover Beach has Florida's only legal “clothing optional” stretch of beach – so if you truly want to avoid any tan lines then this is the place to go!
What to Pack for Your Trip to Miami
Find out what to pack when visiting tropical and trendy Miami.
Best Shopping Spots in Miami
Miami is known for many things, including great shopping. Find out the best places to shop in Miami – whether you want to spend a lot or save a lot.
Dolphin Mall
One of Miami’s newest malls is very well-designed to give shoppers a pleasant experience.
Historic Miami Attractions
These Miami attractions are great places to learn a bit of history while enjoying our beautiful city.
Swoop Miami
Just place a call, and this electric golf cart will take you where you need to go - anywhere in South Beach - for free.
Venetian Pool
This historic Coral Gables pool is a very unique place to go for a swim.
Aventura Mall
Aventura Mall is a large and well-designed shopping mall located in Aventura.
Dog Racing in South Florida
If you enjoy the sport of dog racing, you can bet on finding a few good tracks in South Florida.
Florida Everglades Birds of Prey
Birds of prey living in the Everglades include types of eagle, hawk, falcon, kite, osprey, vulture, caracara and harrier.
Comedy Clubs in South Florida
If your idea of a fun night out involves laughing instead of dancing, check out one of these South Florida comedy clubs.
Ancient Spanish Monastery
Gorgeous gardens surround a reconstructed Spanish monastery, originally built in 1141.
Miami Seaquarium
A fun place for children to see their favorite ocean animals, or swim with dolphins.
Coral Castle
This bizarre monument consists of coral sculptures built by a man out of an obsessed, unrequited love.
Virginia Key Beach & Historic Virginia Key...
If you are going to the beach on a weekend but want some solitude and quiet, look no further than Virginia Key Beach in Key Biscayne.
Outdoor Activities in Miami
From our gorgeous beaches to our amazing national parks, visitors flock to Miami's wonders of nature. Our hospitable weather allows Miami to offer a variety of outdoor activities throughout the year.
Florida Panther
The Florida Panther is a seriously endangered subspecies of cougar living in South Florida. There are only about 100 left.
Hot Air Balloon Rides in Miami
This is a fun and unique way to see the gorgeous tropical scenery of Miami.
Souvenir Shop at Crandon Park
The Souvenir Shop at Crandon Park sells an odd assortment of beach items as well as toy animals, as a reminder of it's past as the Crandon Zoo. Page 10.
History of Casa Casuarina
Learn about the storied history of this South Beach mansion, which is most famous as the former home and murder site of designer Gianni Versace.
A happy rider on the Carousel
This carousel was built in 1949 as part of the Crandon Park Zoo. When the zoo moved away in 1981, the carousel and roller rink were locked down. Luckily, they were restored and re-opened in 1998, for children to continue enjoying today. Page 9.
Restored Carousel at Crandon Park
The best part of Crandon Park's Amusement Center is the restored carousel, where children can ride one of many beautifully-painted horses. Page 8.
Scooter Rentals in Miami Beach
Scooters are a popular and affordable mode of transportation for visitors to Miami Beach.
Free Gardens in Miami
Miami has a few beautiful gardens that offer free admission year-round.
Snack Bar at Crandon Park
A snack bar at Crandon Park sells hot dogs, pizza, arepas, chicken fingers, Cuban sandwiches, ice cream, chips, sodas and more. Page 11.
Splash Fountain at Crandon Park
Crandon Park has a small splash fountain, where kids can cool off after playing in the hot sun. Page 7.
Wedding Ceremony & Reception Locations in...
Find the perfect spot for your Miami wedding ceremony and reception - whether you want something tropical or traditional.
Bal Harbour Shops
This is a dream shopping spot for looking for the most exclusive designer brands.
Fascinating Facts about Miami
Interested in learning more about Miami? Here are some fascinating facts, demographics and recreational activities in the Southern Florida city.
Playground View at Crandon Park
Kids of all ages will find something fun to do at Crandon Park's playground. Page 5.
Lincoln Road Antique and Collectible Market
Shop for antique items, gifts and collectibles at this outdoor market held every other Saturday.
Swings at Crandon Park
The swings at Crandon Park are located not far from the beach. Page 6.
Picnic area at Crandon Park
Crandon Park is a great place for a family outing. Besides offering one of the ten best beaches in the country, it is also home to an array of activities that families will delight in exploring. Page 3.
Roller Rink
The Crandon Park Amusement Center features an outdoor roller skating rink, where kids can go around and around on their tricycles or roller blades while parents watch from the benches surrounding the circular path. Page 2.
Ocean Drive Hotels
Ocean Drive in Miami Beach is one of the world’s most famous streets. If you would like to stay in this hot spot, here are some wonderful hotel options for you.
Welcome Sign at Crandon Gardens
A sign posted at the gate to Crandon Gardens warns visitors that crocodiles may be present in the area. Page 12.
Motorcycle Rentals in Miami
Motorcycles are the coolest way to get around in Miami.
Ibises by the lake at Crandon Gardens
This photo is evidence of one of many peaceful and beautiful scenes you can take in at Crandon Gardens. Page 16.
Lake with Fountain at Crandon Gardens
Several lakes with fountains have recently been restored at Crandon Gardens. This area grew wild after the zoo moved away, but has since been manicured and renovated to perfection. Page 15.
Miami Beach Hostels
So, you want to stay in Miami Beach on the cheap? These hostels are the cheapest lodging you will find in Miami Beach.
Ibises at Crandon Gardens
Crandon Gardens is a gathering place for birds of many types, including these ibises. They are the mascot of the University of Miami Hurricanes, because they are the first birds to return to the area after a hurricane passes. Page 14.
A beautiful Swan at Crandon Gardens
A beautiful Swan at Crandon Gardens, what more could you ask for? Page 17.
Bonsai Tree at Crandon Gardens
A Bonsai Tree at Crandon Gardens adds to the serenity of the place. Page 19.
Mardi Gras Casino
Features live greyhound racing, a casino with slot machines and poker, live shows, and several bars and restaurants.
Heron at Crandon Gardens
A large, long-legged Heron at Crandon Gardens. This is one of many graceful wading birds you will find here. Page 18.
Turkey at Crandon Gardens
A wild turkey makes for a bizarre sight at Crandon Gardens. Page 13.
Playground at Crandon Park
The playground at Crandon Park features swings, slides, and all of the usual park equipment kids love. Page 4.
A swinging bench at Crandon Gardens
Crandon Gardens has some very pretty, swinging park benches, but they are few and far between so be prepared to do a lot of walking. Page 21.
Majestic birds at Crandon Gardens
The variety of birds living here is mind-boggling. You will see peacocks, geese, ibises, turkeys, herons, swans, and more that you may not even be able to name. Page 20.
Miami Attractions Month
During the month of October you can get discounts on admission to Miami’s top attractions.
Photos of Crandon Park & Beach
These photos accompany our Walking Tour of Crandon Park & Beach.
Photos of Coconut Grove
These images accompany our Walking Tour of Coconut Grove Shops, Restaurants & Parks.
ZooMiami
One of the best zoos in the world, with over 1,200 animals living in free-range environments.
Old Crandon Zoo cage has been redecorated
Remnants of the old zoo are visible among the foliage, including several dilapidated stone cages, a few of which have been beautifully painted with a mural of animals. Page 22.
Capital Grille
The Brickell location of this upscale steakhouse chain serves excellent steaks, as well as seafood dishes. Top off your meal with one of over 400 wine selections.
Explorers at Biscayne Nature Center
Once located in a trailer, the Biscayne Nature Center has now settled into a spiffy new building that allows for many more activities and visitors. Check out the displays of shells, plants and sea animals, and aquariums full of coral reef fish. Page 23.
Miami Beach Bicycle Center
Renting a bicycle is a cheap, convenient, and fun way to get around South Beach.
Holocaust Memorial
This deeply moving memorial to victims of the Holocaust is located in Miami Beach and is definitely worth seeing.
Mandarin Oriental
A gorgeous 5-star luxury hotel located in Brickell Key.
Magic City Casino
If you are in the mood for a little gambling, you don't have to leave Miami to enjoy casino fun.
Survival Spanish for Visiting Miami
When visiting Miami, it may come in handy to brush up on some basic Spanish.
Bal Harbour Hotels Guide
Find out where to stay in ritzy Bal Harbour.
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
This massive entertainment facility in Hollywood offers a hotel, casino, dining, shopping, music concerts, and nightlife.
Crandon Beach
Crandon Beach has consistently been ranked one of the Top 10 Beaches in the U.S. This is not surprising, given its brilliant blue water, and wide, clean beach dotted with healthy palm trees.
Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum
This impressive art museum is located on the main campus of Florida International University.
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim
Provides a world-class runway platform for designers to launch new swimwear and resort collections.
You can touch nature at Biscayne Nature Center
This visitor handles a live spiny sea animal at Biscayne Nature Center. Page 24.
Free Days at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
There are special days throughout the year when you can visit this amazing botanic garden for free.
La Quinta Inn & Suites Hotels in South Fort...
La Quinta Inn & Suites hotels are a popular (and pet-friendly) choice for a comfy yet affordable place to stay when visiting South Fort Lauderdale.
GO Airport Shuttle and Executive Car Service
The official shuttle of Fort Lauderdale airport also offers Shared Ride, Private Car, Private Van and SUV Service in Miami and Fort Lauderdale.
Hampton Inn Hotels in Miami
Hampton Inn hotels are a comfortable and affordable option when visiting Miami. Find out about their locations in the city.
Days Inn Hotels in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Days Inn hotels are great for those who want a basic, clean and affordable place to stay when visiting Fort Lauderdale. Find out about their locations in the city.
Shops at The Streets of Mayfair
The Streets of Mayfair offers many shopping opportunities. In addition to the standard chains such as Bath & Body Works and The Limited, more exotic shops include Cuban Pete's Cigar Lounge and Jus D'Orange, which sells sexy Brazilian fashions. Page 18.
Improv Comedy Club at Mayfair
The Improv Comedy Club, located at The Streets of Mayfair, features shows by new comedians as well as some of the most popular comedians in the country. Page 21.
Ritz-Carlton Hotels in Miami
The ultimate luxury hotel brand has locations in Coconut Grove, Key Biscayne, and South Beach.
The CocoWalk Fountain
CocoWalk is the major centerpiece in Coconut Grove. It is filled with great places to shop, dine, or just people-watch. Page 22.
China Grill
A South Beach institution and celebrity favorite, China Grill serves up large portions of top-notch Pan-Asian cuisine.
State & National Parks in Miami
Miami's biggest and best parks are our state and national parks. These parks offer a variety of activities for visitors of all ages.
Hilton Hotels & Resorts in Miami
Hilton hotels and resorts are known for luxury and style. Find out about their locations in Miami.
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
This premier research and education-based garden is dedicated to exploring, explaining and conserving the world of tropical plants.
MOCA - Museum of Contemporary Art
If you enjoy contemporary art, visit this attractive and well-designed museum, located in North Miami.
Biscayne National Park
While enjoying the natural parks in Miami, don't forget about the one located under water! Page 2.
Art of Storytelling International Festival
Visit the Miami-Dade Cultural Plaza for storytelling, music, food, literary characters, puppet shows, dancing, arts and crafts, teen activities, face painting and more.
Bill Baggs State Park
Tucked away on the Southern tip of Key Biscayne is this gorgeous park, where families and fishermen flock to each weekend. Page 5.
Sunny Isles Beach Hotels Guide
If you want a sophisticated beach experience without the bright lights and wild nights of South Beach, then give Sunny Isles a try.
Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum
Car lovers will enjoy this museum, a reproduction of a Packard showroom from the 1920's. It features 22 Packard motor cars, plus much more.
Art Deco Weekend
A wonderful celebration of all things Art Deco, sponsored by the Miami Design Preservation League.
Marlins Park
This state-of-the-art ballpark was completed in 2012, and is home to the Miami Marlins major league baseball team.
CocoWalk Main Stairs, Coco Gelato & AMC Theatres
Just under the CocoWalk Main Stairs is Coco Gelato - where you can enjoy a homemade Italian Ice. If you want to get the kids out of your hair for a while, AMC Theatres is located on the third floor. Page 23.
Miami Spice
Special months when Miami's top restaurants offer special three-course meals for low prices.
Stranahan House & Museum
Visit this historic home and museum, lived in by two of the founders of Fort Lauderdale. Some believe it is haunted.
Hampton Inn Hotels in North Fort Lauderdale,...
Hampton Inn hotels are a comfortable and affordable option when visiting the greater Fort Lauderdale area. Find out about their locations in the northern part of the city.
A CocoWalk stand displaying colorful goods for...
A CocoWalk stand displays colorful goods for sale, including clothing, jewelry, and other accessories. Page 25.
Big Pink
A classic American diner enjoyed by everyone from families to late-night club-goers.
Peacock Park Welcome Sign
Peacock Park is located at 2820 McFarlane Road in Coconut Grove. It has a playground for kids, a new skatepark for teens, and a large grassy field that leads to the bridge and bay. Page 12.
Le Meridien
An elegant, European-style luxury hotel in Sunny Isles Beach.
The Cheesecake Factory at CocoWalk
One of many great restaurants at CocoWalk, The Cheesecake Factory serves lunch, dinner, and over 30 flavors of cheesecake. Page 24.
Out of Africa sells art and collectibles from...
Out of Africa, located at The Streets of Mayfair, is a warm and inviting shop featuring African art and collectibles. Page 20.
Miami Duck Tours
Ride in an amphibious vehicle for a fun and wacky way to tour Miami.
Barnacle Historic State Park
Located in Coconut Grove, this beautiful historic site gives you a glimpse into Miami's past. Page 4.
Miami Dolphins
Get the details about the Miami Dolphins' football team and schedule.
Emeril's Miami Beach
Get a taste of New Orleans right here in Miami, from celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse.
Gardens Worth Visiting in Miami
Miami has not only beautiful beaches, but also several gorgeous gardens that are worth a visit.
Outdoor Stands at The Streets of Mayfair
The outdoor stands at The Streets of Mayfair sells a variety of clothing and accessories. Page 19.
Everglades Alligator Farm
Take an airboat ride in this home of over 2,000 alligators.
Four Seasons Hotel in Miami
One of the most luxurious hotel brands in the world - located in the heart of the Miami financial center.
Florida Grand Opera
Enjoy performances produced by one of the oldest performing arts organizations in Florida.
South Florida Boat Show
This annual show features an array of power boats to fit every style and budget.
DecoBike Miami
A cheap and easy bike rental program offering 100 rental stations throughout Miami Beach.
History of Olympia Theater at Gusman Center for...
Learn about the history of this beautiful Downtown Miami theater, which started out at a silent movie palace in the 1920s and is still active and vibrant today.
Oleta River State Park
Florida's largest urban park has everything from swimming to kayaking to biking. Page 3.
Morton's of Chicago
This well-regarded national chain serves up prime cuts at several locations in Miami.
Reader Reviews of Sanctuary South Beach
Find out what out readers think about The Sanctuary South Beach.
Review of Lan Pan Asian Cafe
Lan’s is one of my favorite restaurants in Miami! With amazing dishes from Japan, China, Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam, there is plenty to choose from for all tastes and preferences. Prices are kept reasonable, the vibe is very casual and family-friendly, and the bubble tea must not be missed!
Christy's
This classic steakhouse is a Coral Gables landmark.
Paragon Grove 13
This new theatre at Cocowalk features reserved seats, 3D screens, and in-movie dining.
Heart of the Grove Art Gallery & Gifts
The Heart of the Grove Art Gallery & Gifts is located on Main Highway in Coconut Grove. It is a small art gallery where you can browse and buy gifts. Page 10.
Sonesta Resort in Coconut Grove
The Sonesta Bayfront Hotel is a great choice if you want to stay right in the heart of the Grove. Page 16.
Submit Your Miami Travel Reviews
Recently taken a trip to Miami? We'd love for you to share your experiences with our readers.
New Year's Eve at Bayfront Park
Annual New Year's Eve event featuring a concert performance and midnight fireworks display.
Isle of Capri Casino & Racing
Year-round horse racing is underway at this track, which is considered the "Winter Capital of Harness
Skybar Miami Beach
Miami's hottest spot for nightlife, dancing, and celebrity sightings.
Miami Lakes Hotels Guide
Find out where to stay in Miami Lakes.
Cauley Square Historic Village
This historic village and shopping spot offers a glimpse of Old South Florida.
Merrick House
Take a tour of the childhood home of George Merrick, who founded and developed the City of Coral Gables.
Romeo's Cafe
This small restaurant has no menu – the chef prepares a personalized six-course meal for you based on your likes and dislikes.
City of Miami Beach New Year's Eve Celebration
Enjoy free fireworks at midnight on the beach as Miami Beach rings in the New Year.
Johnny Rockets 1950s-Style Diner
Johnny Rockets, located on the corner of McFarlane Road and Grand Avenue, is a 1950s-style diner. They serve hamburgers, fries, coke floats, and milkshakes. Page 17.
Front Porch Café
With one of the best breakfasts in Miami, this ocean-front cafe is an outstanding choice in South Beach.
Asian Culture Festival
Visit Fruit & Spice Park and participate in Asian crafts, art, and exotic music and dance, and authentic Far Eastern cuisine.
Romance in a Can Film Festival
The first and only festival in the U.S. dedicated solely to European romantic films.
Photos from Historical Museum of Southern...
These photos accompany our review of the Historical Museum of Southern Florida's Stiltsville, Cape Florida Lighthouse & Key Biscayne Boat Tour.
Art Basel Miami Beach
A world-renowned international art show held each December in Miami Beach.
Farmers Markets in Miami
Shopping for food at an outdoor farmers' market is a lovely way the spend a couple of hours in Miami.
CubaNostalgia
This annual event is a journey back in time for those who remember Cuba's glamorous times.
Miami International Boat Show & Strictly Sail
One of the largest boat shows in the world happens in Miami every February.
Submit Your Miami Nightlife Review
Have a strong opinion about a Miami nightlife spot? If so, please share it with our readers.
Nemo
Grab a seat on the cobblestone patio and enjoy the New American dishes and great service.
Earth Day Events in Miami
Find out what fun events and going on for Earth Day in Miami.

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