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Miami Travel: Most Popular Articles

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What to Pack for Your Trip to Miami
Find out what to pack when visiting tropical and trendy Miami.
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.
Historic Miami Attractions
These Miami attractions are great places to learn a bit of history while enjoying our beautiful city.
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!
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.
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.
Venetian Pool
This historic Coral Gables pool is a very unique place to go for a swim.
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.
Free Gardens in Miami
Miami has a few beautiful gardens that offer free admission year-round.
Mardi Gras Casino
Features live greyhound racing, a casino with slot machines and poker, live shows, and several bars and restaurants.
Dolphin Mall
One of Miami’s newest malls is very well-designed to give shoppers a pleasant experience.
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.
Photos of Coconut Grove
These images accompany our Walking Tour of Coconut Grove Shops, Restaurants & Parks.
Wedding Ceremony & Reception Locations in...
Find the perfect spot for your Miami wedding ceremony and reception - whether you want something tropical or traditional.
Florida Panther
The Florida Panther is a seriously endangered subspecies of cougar living in South Florida. There are only about 100 left.
Aventura Mall
Aventura Mall is a large and well-designed shopping mall located in Aventura.
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.
Lincoln Road Antique and Collectible Market
Shop for antique items, gifts and collectibles at this outdoor market held every other Saturday.
Hot Air Balloon Rides in Miami
This is a fun and unique way to see the gorgeous tropical scenery of Miami.
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.
Ancient Spanish Monastery
Gorgeous gardens surround a reconstructed Spanish monastery, originally built in 1141.
ZooMiami
One of the best zoos in the world, with over 1,200 animals living in free-range environments.
Fascinating Facts about Miami
Interested in learning more about Miami? Here are some fascinating facts, demographics and recreational activities in the Southern Florida city.
Coral Castle
This bizarre monument consists of coral sculptures built by a man out of an obsessed, unrequited love.
Scooter Rentals in Miami Beach
Scooters are a popular and affordable mode of transportation for visitors to Miami Beach.
Photos of Crandon Park & Beach
These photos accompany our Walking Tour of Crandon Park & Beach.
Bal Harbour Shops
This is a dream shopping spot for looking for the most exclusive designer brands.
Paragon Grove 13
This new theatre at Cocowalk features reserved seats, 3D screens, and in-movie dining.
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.
Outdoor Stands at The Streets of Mayfair
The outdoor stands at The Streets of Mayfair sells a variety of clothing and accessories. Page 19.
Miami Seaquarium
A fun place for children to see their favorite ocean animals, or swim with dolphins.
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.
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.
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.
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.
GreenStreet Cafe
GreenStreet Cafe in Coconut Grove is one of the best places for breakfast in Miami. The tasty food and beautiful corner location make this a major hot spot, especially on weekends. Page 4.
Magic City Casino
If you are in the mood for a little gambling, you don't have to leave Miami to enjoy casino fun.
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.
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.
Bal Harbour Hotels Guide
Find out where to stay in ritzy Bal Harbour.
Welcome sign at The Barnacle State Historic Site
The Barnacle State Historic Site is located at 3485 Main Highway in Coconut Grove. The park is open every Friday through Monday from 9 am to 4 pm. Page 6.
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 along Commodore Plaza
A variety of delightful boutique shops are housed under colorful awnings along Commodore Plaza. Check out The Fashionista Consignment Boutique, where you can buy like-new designer clothing and accessories at a discount. Page 5.
Cristabelle's Quarter Restaurant
Cristabelle's Quarter Restaurant, located on Coconut Grove's Commodore Plaza, offers a little taste of New Orleans with their genuine Louisiana Creole and Cajun dishes. Page 3.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Green Hotels in Fort Lauderdale
These Fort Lauderdale hotels are designated Green Lodging properties by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.
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.
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
This massive entertainment facility in Hollywood offers a hotel, casino, dining, shopping, music concerts, and nightlife.
Informational sign at The Barnacle State...
The Barnacle State Historic Site includes the former home, yard, and boat dock of Commodore Ralph Munroe. This spot offers a snapshot of Miami life during the late 1800s. Page 7.
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.
The Maya Hatcha selling ethnic items
The Maya Hatcha, a unique store in Coconut Grove selling ethnic clothing and decorative items.
Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
A world-class, state-of-the-art performing arts center located in Downtown Miami. They feature a vast array of music and theatre performances.
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.
Main house at The Barnacle State Historic Site
The main house at The Barnacle State Historic Site was completed in 1891. It is the oldest house in Miami-Dade County still situated in its original location. Page 8.
Wedding Cakes
Find a baker in South Florida to make your delicious wedding cake.
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.
Lawn and Bay View at The Barnacle State...
The gorgeous lawn at The Barnacle State Historic Site leads to the bay. Free concerts are held here every full moon night, except during the summer months. Page 9.
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.
Audubon House and Tropical Gardens
Ornithologist John James Audubon visited these gardens in 1832, and left with some of his most famous paintings showing the beauty of nature.
Motorcycle Rentals in Miami
Motorcycles are the coolest way to get around in Miami.
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.
Miami Attractions Month
During the month of October you can get discounts on admission to Miami’s top attractions.
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.
Survival Spanish for Visiting Miami
When visiting Miami, it may come in handy to brush up on some basic Spanish.
Ritz-Carlton Hotels in Miami
The ultimate luxury hotel brand has locations in Coconut Grove, Key Biscayne, and South Beach.
Shady areas at Peacock Park
Peacock Park in Coconut Grove has many cool and shady areas, so you can escape the sun while still enjoying the outdoor scenery. Page 13.
A CocoWalk stand displaying colorful goods for...
A CocoWalk stand displays colorful goods for sale, including clothing, jewelry, and other accessories. Page 25.
Field at Peacock Park
Peacock Park was once home to the first hotel in South Florida, the Bay View Inn, which was built in 1882. Later on, the park was the main gathering place for hippies who flocked to Coconut Grove during the 1960s. Page 14.
Merrick House
Take a tour of the childhood home of George Merrick, who founded and developed the City of Coral Gables.
Skatepark at Peacock Park
Grove Skatepark is located at Peacock Park in Coconut Grove. It features 10,000 square feet of ramps and a skate course for beginners to advanced. Page 15.
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.
You can touch nature at Biscayne Nature Center
This visitor handles a live spiny sea animal at Biscayne Nature Center. Page 24.
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
This premier research and education-based garden is dedicated to exploring, explaining and conserving the world of tropical plants.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bonsai Tree at Crandon Gardens
A Bonsai Tree at Crandon Gardens adds to the serenity of the place. Page 19.
Coral Gables Wine and Food Festival
Giralda Avenue in Coral Gables is taken over for this one-day charity event, held every year in the Spring.
Coconut Grove Branch Library
The grounds of the Coconut Grove Branch Library contain the oldest marked grave in the county. It belongs to Eva Munroe, the first wife of Commodore Munroe. She died in 1882 at their camp along The Miami River. Page 11.
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.
Daily Bread
This small Middle-Eastern grocery store/restaurant is short on ambience but big on taste and value.
Chesterfield
The Chesterfield is an Art Deco hotel with an African Safari theme.
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.
Transmiami Limousines and Tours
Providing private transportation service in luxury sedans, SUVs, Hummers, Limos, Vans and Buses.
Asian Culture Festival
Visit Fruit & Spice Park and participate in Asian crafts, art, and exotic music and dance, and authentic Far Eastern cuisine.
Carnival Miami
Carnival celebrates Caribbean culture with music, food, arts & crafts, and a colorful mardi gras-style parade.
Conrad Miami
The Conrad chain is the luxury branch of the Hilton hotels brand.
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.
Versailles
This landmark restaurant in Little Havana is a must-try for authentic Cuban cuisine.
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.
Front Porch Café
With one of the best breakfasts in Miami, this ocean-front cafe is an outstanding choice in South Beach.
Review of Rosa Mexicano
Review of this upscale Mexican restaurant located at Mary Brickell Village.
MOCA - Museum of Contemporary Art
If you enjoy contemporary art, visit this attractive and well-designed museum, located in North Miami.
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.
South Florida International Auto Show
More than 1,000 of the industry's latest vehicles for the upcoming year are displayed by auto manufacturers.
Playground at Crandon Park
The playground at Crandon Park features swings, slides, and all of the usual park equipment kids love. Page 4.
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.
Holocaust Memorial
This deeply moving memorial to victims of the Holocaust is located in Miami Beach and is definitely worth seeing.
Review of Sushi Siam
Sushi Siam serves tasty Japanese and Thai dishes in Key Biscayne, South Beach, Brickell and Aventura.
Gardens Worth Visiting in Miami
Miami has not only beautiful beaches, but also several gorgeous gardens that are worth a visit.
Dogma Grill
This gourmet hot dog stand lets you choose from traditional as well as exotic toppings.
Miami Spice
Special months when Miami's top restaurants offer special three-course meals for low prices.
Miami Fashion Fest
Three days of runway shows, styling clinics, retail promotions, fashion photo shoots, and appearances by top fashion designers.
Key Biscayne Art Festival
This pleasant annual art fest offers sculptures, spectacular paintings, jewelery, photography, and ceramics.
Jazz in the Gardens Music Festival
This annual jazz fest has become one of the most highly regarded music festivals in the country.
Hotel Review: Miami River Inn
Review of the Miami River Inn - Miami's Only Bed and Breakfast
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.
Free Days at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
There are special days throughout the year when you can visit this amazing botanic garden for free.
Review of Hilton Miami Biscayne Bay Hotel
An attractive and comfortable Hilton hotel located in Downtown Miami.
Swings at Crandon Park
The swings at Crandon Park are located not far from the beach. Page 6.
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.
Miami Short Film Festival
Presenting an exceptional selection of short films from around the world for film lovers and general audiences alike to enjoy.
Butterfly Days at Fairchild
Come explore the world of butterflies at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.
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.
Turkey at Crandon Gardens
A wild turkey makes for a bizarre sight at Crandon Gardens. Page 13.
GIPA Oktoberfest
A day of German traditions, food, games, and entertainment for the whole family.
Wolfe's Wine Shoppe
This well-regarded shop offers fine wines, expert advice, tastings, classes, and more.
Cafe Sambal
One of two excellent restaurants located inside the Mandarin Oriental, it is more casual and affordable than its neighbor Azul.
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.
Mai-Kai Polynesian Dinner Show
Watch fascinating Polynesian dancing at this dinner show in Fort Lauderdale.
American Black Film Festival
Showing the latest and best Black films from around the world, plus panels, symposiums and other special events.
South Florida Dragon Boat Festival
Witness colorful dragon boats race in a 2,000-year-old tradition.
The Kampong Garden
The Kampong is a unique and little-known botanical garden located in Coconut Grove. Page 6.
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.
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.
Reader Reviews of Miami Tours Company
Find out what our readers think about the tours provided by Miami Tours.
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.
Thriller Miami Powerboat Tours
See the sights along Miami's Biscayne Bay at high speeds on this powerboat.
Skybar Miami Beach
Miami's hottest spot for nightlife, dancing, and celebrity sightings.
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.
Cauley Square Historic Village
This historic village and shopping spot offers a glimpse of Old South Florida.
Key West Aquarium Visitor’s Guide
Learn about South Florida's beautiful, yet fragile, marine ecosystems at this historic aquarium, located in Key West.
La Dorada
Fresh seafood is flown in several times each week from Spain, making this a must-try for seafood lovers.
Oleta River State Park
Florida's largest urban park has everything from swimming to kayaking to biking. Page 3.
Grove Slam! Fishing Tournament
Miami's largest fishing tournament, with daily dock parties, poker tournament, Miss Hotfish Bikini Contest, and more.
Exxxotica Expo
This adult entertainment expo features products, seminars, shows and contests.
Reader Reviews of Sanctuary South Beach
Find out what out readers think about The Sanctuary South Beach.
A beautiful Swan at Crandon Gardens
A beautiful Swan at Crandon Gardens, what more could you ask for? Page 17.
Hilton Hotels & Resorts in Miami
Hilton hotels and resorts are known for luxury and style. Find out about their locations in Miami.
Miami Beach Bicycle Center
Renting a bicycle is a cheap, convenient, and fun way to get around South Beach.
Italian Film Festival
The season's best Italian films are shown at this annual festival in Miami.
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.
Isle of Capri Casino & Racing
Year-round horse racing is underway at this track, which is considered the "Winter Capital of Harness

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