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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.
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.
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!
Historic Miami Attractions
These Miami attractions are great places to learn a bit of history while enjoying our beautiful city.
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.
Dolphin Mall
One of Miami’s newest malls is very well-designed to give shoppers a pleasant experience.
Aventura Mall
Aventura Mall is a large and well-designed shopping mall located in Aventura.
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.
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.
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.
Venetian Pool
This historic Coral Gables pool is a very unique place to go for a swim.
Fascinating Facts about Miami
Interested in learning more about Miami? Here are some fascinating facts, demographics and recreational activities in the Southern Florida city.
Lincoln Road Antique and Collectible Market
Shop for antique items, gifts and collectibles at this outdoor market held every other Saturday.
Florida Panther
The Florida Panther is a seriously endangered subspecies of cougar living in South Florida. There are only about 100 left.
Mardi Gras Casino
Features live greyhound racing, a casino with slot machines and poker, live shows, and several bars and restaurants.
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.
Photos of Coconut Grove
These images accompany our Walking Tour of Coconut Grove Shops, Restaurants & Parks.
Free Gardens in Miami
Miami has a few beautiful gardens that offer free admission year-round.
Scooter Rentals in Miami Beach
Scooters are a popular and affordable mode of transportation for visitors to Miami Beach.
Bal Harbour Shops
This is a dream shopping spot for looking for the most exclusive designer brands.
Wedding Ceremony & Reception Locations in...
Find the perfect spot for your Miami wedding ceremony and reception - whether you want something tropical or traditional.
Le Meridien
An elegant, European-style luxury hotel in Sunny Isles Beach.
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.
Coral Castle
This bizarre monument consists of coral sculptures built by a man out of an obsessed, unrequited love.
Motorcycle Rentals in Miami
Motorcycles are the coolest way to get around in Miami.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hot Air Balloon Rides in Miami
This is a fun and unique way to see the gorgeous tropical scenery of Miami.
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.
Green Hotels in Fort Lauderdale
These Fort Lauderdale hotels are designated Green Lodging properties by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.
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.
Ancient Spanish Monastery
Gorgeous gardens surround a reconstructed Spanish monastery, originally built in 1141.
One of the best zoos in the world, with over 1,200 animals living in free-range environments.
Miami Seaquarium
A fun place for children to see their favorite ocean animals, or swim with dolphins.
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.
Gardens Worth Visiting in Miami
Miami has not only beautiful beaches, but also several gorgeous gardens that are worth a visit.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Morton's of Chicago
This well-regarded national chain serves up prime cuts at several locations in Miami.
Survival Spanish for Visiting Miami
When visiting Miami, it may come in handy to brush up on some basic Spanish.
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.
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.
Jazz in the Gardens Music Festival
This annual jazz fest has become one of the most highly regarded music festivals in the country.
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.
Playground View at Crandon Park
Kids of all ages will find something fun to do at Crandon Park's playground. Page 5.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bal Harbour Hotels Guide
Find out where to stay in ritzy Bal Harbour.
Turkey at Crandon Gardens
A wild turkey makes for a bizarre sight at Crandon Gardens. Page 13.
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.
Magic City Casino
If you are in the mood for a little gambling, you don't have to leave Miami to enjoy casino fun.
A beautiful Swan at Crandon Gardens
A beautiful Swan at Crandon Gardens, what more could you ask for? Page 17.
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.
You can touch nature at Biscayne Nature Center
This visitor handles a live spiny sea animal at Biscayne Nature Center. Page 24.
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.
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.
Swings at Crandon Park
The swings at Crandon Park are located not far from the beach. Page 6.
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.
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.
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.
Reader Reviews of Sanctuary South Beach
Find out what out readers think about The Sanctuary South Beach.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Miami Spice
Special months when Miami's top restaurants offer special three-course meals for low prices.
Mandarin Oriental
A gorgeous 5-star luxury hotel located in Brickell Key.
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.
Reviews of Half Price Tours Company
Reader reviews of the Half Price Tours Company.
Paragon Grove 13
This new theatre at Cocowalk features reserved seats, 3D screens, and in-movie dining.
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.
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.
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.
The Maya Hatcha selling ethnic items
The Maya Hatcha, a unique store in Coconut Grove selling ethnic clothing and decorative items.
Bonsai Tree at Crandon Gardens
A Bonsai Tree at Crandon Gardens adds to the serenity of the place. Page 19.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Photos of Crandon Park & Beach
These photos accompany our Walking Tour of Crandon Park & Beach.
A CocoWalk stand displaying colorful goods for...
A CocoWalk stand displays colorful goods for sale, including clothing, jewelry, and other accessories. Page 25.
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.
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.
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.
Outdoor Stands at The Streets of Mayfair
The outdoor stands at The Streets of Mayfair sells a variety of clothing and accessories. Page 19.
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.
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.
Hilton Hotels & Resorts in Miami
Hilton hotels and resorts are known for luxury and style. Find out about their locations in Miami.
Wedding Cakes
Find a baker in South Florida to make your delicious wedding cake.
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
This massive entertainment facility in Hollywood offers a hotel, casino, dining, shopping, music concerts, and nightlife.
South Florida Boat Show
This annual show features an array of power boats to fit every style and budget.
The Chesterfield is an Art Deco hotel with an African Safari theme.
New Year's Eve at Bayfront Park
Annual New Year's Eve event featuring a concert performance and midnight fireworks display.
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.
Playground at Crandon Park
The playground at Crandon Park features swings, slides, and all of the usual park equipment kids love. Page 4.
Miami Short Film Festival
Presenting an exceptional selection of short films from around the world for film lovers and general audiences alike to enjoy.
Oleta River State Park
Florida's largest urban park has everything from swimming to kayaking to biking. Page 3.
Holocaust Memorial
This deeply moving memorial to victims of the Holocaust is located in Miami Beach and is definitely worth seeing.
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.
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.
Miami Beach Festival of the Arts
Showcases the artwork of more than 150 artists from across the nation, including paintings, sculpture, glass, ceramics, jewelry, and photographs.
Miami Beach Botanical Garden
Don't miss this quiet and lovely 4 1/2 acres in the heart of South Beach. Page 3.
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
This premier research and education-based garden is dedicated to exploring, explaining and conserving the world of tropical plants.
Miami Beach Bicycle Center
Renting a bicycle is a cheap, convenient, and fun way to get around South Beach.
Redland International Orchid Show
This annual orchid show is held at Fruit and Spice Park in Homestead.
Freedom of the Seas
Freedom of the Seas is the world's largest cruise ship. It was docked in the Port of Miami on the day of our boat tour. Page 14.
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.
Asian Culture Festival
Visit Fruit & Spice Park and participate in Asian crafts, art, and exotic music and dance, and authentic Far Eastern cuisine.
Free Days at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
There are special days throughout the year when you can visit this amazing botanic garden for free.
Biscayne National Park
While enjoying the natural parks in Miami, don't forget about the one located under water! Page 2.
This landmark restaurant in Little Havana is a must-try for authentic Cuban cuisine.
December Art Shows in Miami
Anchored by Art Basel, Miami is host to a wide variety of internationally recognized art shows each December.
Carnival Miami
Carnival celebrates Caribbean culture with music, food, arts & crafts, and a colorful mardi gras-style parade.
Butterfly Days at Fairchild
Come explore the world of butterflies at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.
The Forge Restaurant
The Forge is an elegant, contemporary steakhouse in Miami. It is a perfect choice for sophisticated diners.
Miami International Film Festival
Over 100 films are screened at this annual festival, hosted by Miami Dade College.
Marlins Park
This state-of-the-art ballpark was completed in 2012, and is home to the Miami Marlins major league baseball team.
Miami Hurricanes Football
The Miami Hurricanes are college football team from the University of Miami.
Miami International Boat Show & Strictly Sail
One of the largest boat shows in the world happens in Miami every February.
Ultra Music Festival
The world's premiere electronic music festival takes place for 3 days in Downtown Miami.
Conrad Miami
The Conrad chain is the luxury branch of the Hilton hotels brand.
Miami Jewish Film Festival
Presents richly diverse national and international films of artistic merit and thought-provoking subject matter.
Buried Alive!
Experience pure terror this Halloween as lifeless corpses and mad characters roam a 5 acre field of screams.
The Kampong Garden
The Kampong is a unique and little-known botanical garden located in Coconut Grove. Page 6.
Redland Summer Festival
Visit Fruit & Spice Park for a showcase of local agriculture and tropical fruits.
Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum
This impressive art museum is located on the main campus of Florida International University.
Reader Reviews of The Rusty Pelican
Find out what our readers think of the Rusty Pelican restaurant.
Italian Film Festival
The season's best Italian films are shown at this annual festival in Miami.
South Florida International Auto Show
More than 1,000 of the industry's latest vehicles for the upcoming year are displayed by auto manufacturers.
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.
Vizcaya Museum & Gardens
Vizcaya is considered one of the biggest must-see attractions for visitors to Miami.
Sunny Isles Beach Jazz Fest
Celebrating jazz music amidst the backdrop of the Atlantic ocean.
Daily Bread
This small Middle-Eastern grocery store/restaurant is short on ambience but big on taste and value.
Four Seasons Hotel in Miami
One of the most luxurious hotel brands in the world - located in the heart of the Miami financial center.
Brazilian Film Festival of Miami
Annual film festival showcasing the most recent and acclaimed Brazilian films.

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