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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.
Cruise Lines Departing from the Port of Miami
Whether you are seeking a simple 1-Day cruise to nowhere, a 7-Day cruise of the Caribbean, or a month-long cruise to Europe, you will find one departing year-round from Miami.
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!
Dolphin Mall
One of Miami’s newest malls is very well-designed to give shoppers a pleasant experience.
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.
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.
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.
Scooter Rentals in Miami Beach
Scooters are a popular and affordable mode of transportation for visitors to Miami Beach.
Aventura Mall
Aventura Mall is a large and well-designed shopping mall located in Aventura.
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.
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.
ZooMiami
One of the best zoos in the world, with over 1,200 animals living in free-range environments.
Florida Everglades Birds of Prey
Birds of prey living in the Everglades include types of eagle, hawk, falcon, kite, osprey, vulture, caracara and harrier.
Miami Seaquarium
A fun place for children to see their favorite ocean animals, or swim with dolphins.
Mardi Gras Casino
Features live greyhound racing, a casino with slot machines and poker, live shows, and several bars and restaurants.
Coral Castle
This bizarre monument consists of coral sculptures built by a man out of an obsessed, unrequited love.
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.
Everglades Alligator Farm
Take an airboat ride in this home of over 2,000 alligators.
Free Gardens in Miami
Miami has a few beautiful gardens that offer free admission year-round.
Florida Panther
The Florida Panther is a seriously endangered subspecies of cougar living in South Florida. There are only about 100 left.
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.
Fascinating Facts about Miami
Interested in learning more about Miami? Here are some fascinating facts, demographics and recreational activities in the Southern Florida city.
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.
Lincoln Road Antique and Collectible Market
Shop for antique items, gifts and collectibles at this outdoor market held every other Saturday.
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.
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.
Wedding Ceremony & Reception Locations in...
Find the perfect spot for your Miami wedding ceremony and reception - whether you want something tropical or traditional.
Ancient Spanish Monastery
Gorgeous gardens surround a reconstructed Spanish monastery, originally built in 1141.
DecoBike Miami
A cheap and easy bike rental program offering 100 rental stations throughout Miami Beach.
Bal Harbour Shops
This is a dream shopping spot for looking for the most exclusive designer brands.
Survival Spanish for Visiting Miami
When visiting Miami, it may come in handy to brush up on some basic Spanish.
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
This premier research and education-based garden is dedicated to exploring, explaining and conserving the world of tropical plants.
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.
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
This massive entertainment facility in Hollywood offers a hotel, casino, dining, shopping, music concerts, and nightlife.
Motorcycle Rentals in Miami
Motorcycles are the coolest way to get around in Miami.
Mayfair Antique Market
Monthly antique and collectible market held at the Promenade at Mayfair in Coconut Grove.
Paragon Grove 13
This new theatre at Cocowalk features reserved seats, 3D screens, and in-movie dining.
Free Days at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
There are special days throughout the year when you can visit this amazing botanic garden for free.
Miami Attractions Month
During the month of October you can get discounts on admission to Miami’s top attractions.
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.
Mandarin Oriental
A gorgeous 5-star luxury hotel located in Brickell Key.
Hot Air Balloon Rides in Miami
This is a fun and unique way to see the gorgeous tropical scenery of Miami.
Miami FC Strikers
The Miami FC is a professional soccer team based in Fort Lauderdale.
Farmers Markets in Miami
Shopping for food at an outdoor farmers' market is a lovely way the spend a couple of hours in Miami.
Photos of Coconut Grove
These images accompany our Walking Tour of Coconut Grove Shops, Restaurants & Parks.
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.
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.
Bal Harbour Hotels Guide
Find out where to stay in ritzy Bal Harbour.
Magic City Casino
If you are in the mood for a little gambling, you don't have to leave Miami to enjoy casino fun.
Playground at Crandon Park
The playground at Crandon Park features swings, slides, and all of the usual park equipment kids love. Page 4.
Miami Beach Bicycle Center
Renting a bicycle is a cheap, convenient, and fun way to get around South Beach.
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.
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.
CubaNostalgia
This annual event is a journey back in time for those who remember Cuba's glamorous times.
Art Deco Weekend
A wonderful celebration of all things Art Deco, sponsored by the Miami Design Preservation League.
New Year's Eve at Bayfront Park
Annual New Year's Eve event featuring a concert performance and midnight fireworks display.
Swings at Crandon Park
The swings at Crandon Park are located not far from the beach. Page 6.
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.
Playground View at Crandon Park
Kids of all ages will find something fun to do at Crandon Park's playground. Page 5.
Cafe Sambal
One of two excellent restaurants located inside the Mandarin Oriental, it is more casual and affordable than its neighbor Azul.
Photos of Crandon Park & Beach
These photos accompany our Walking Tour of Crandon Park & Beach.
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.
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.
Cauley Square Historic Village
This historic village and shopping spot offers a glimpse of Old South Florida.
Crandon Gardens
Crandon Gardens in an amazing treasure hidden away in Key Biscayne's Crandon Park. Page 5.
Pinecrest Gardens
Pinecrest Gardens is a delightful respite for many local families and visitors as well. Page 4.
MOCA - Museum of Contemporary Art
If you enjoy contemporary art, visit this attractive and well-designed museum, located in North Miami.
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.
Hilton Hotels & Resorts in Miami
Hilton hotels and resorts are known for luxury and style. Find out about their locations in Miami.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Marlins Park
This state-of-the-art ballpark was completed in 2012, and is home to the Miami Marlins major league baseball team.
Gardens Worth Visiting in Miami
Miami has not only beautiful beaches, but also several gorgeous gardens that are worth a visit.
Front Porch Café
With one of the best breakfasts in Miami, this ocean-front cafe is an outstanding choice in South Beach.
Holocaust Memorial
This deeply moving memorial to victims of the Holocaust is located in Miami Beach and is definitely worth seeing.
Big Pink
A classic American diner enjoyed by everyone from families to late-night club-goers.
Oleta River State Park
Florida's largest urban park has everything from swimming to kayaking to biking. Page 3.
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.
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.
Winter Party Festival
The National Gay & Lesbian Task Force hosts this annual dance event in South Beach every February.
Mario The Baker
Serving incredible pizza, fresh pasta, and the most garlicky rolls you have ever had – at cheap prices.
Florida Grand Opera
Enjoy performances produced by one of the oldest performing arts organizations in Florida.
Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum
This impressive art museum is located on the main campus of Florida International University.
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.
South Florida Boat Show
This annual show features an array of power boats to fit every style and budget.
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.
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.
Stranahan House & Museum
Visit this historic home and museum, lived in by two of the founders of Fort Lauderdale. Some believe it is haunted.
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.
The Maya Hatcha selling ethnic items
The Maya Hatcha, a unique store in Coconut Grove selling ethnic clothing and decorative items.
Deering Seafood Festival on the Bay
Enjoy South Florida's freshest seafood, cooking demos with local celebrity chefs, boat rides and a Lil' Shrimp Kids Zone.
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.
Reader Reviews of Sanctuary South Beach
Find out what out readers think about The Sanctuary South Beach.
Orange Drive Miami Beach Music Festival
Celebrate New Year's during this 3-day music festival in South Beach.
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.
AIDS Walk Miami
Run, walk or rollerblade at this annual fundraiser benefitting HIV/AIDS research.
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.
Rusty Pelican
The Rusty Pelican restaurant in Key Biscayne is a very popular seafood restaurant with amazing ocean views. Page 13.
Aventura Hotels Guide
Find out where to stay in Miami's Aventura Neighborhood.
Asian Culture Festival
Visit Fruit & Spice Park and participate in Asian crafts, art, and exotic music and dance, and authentic Far Eastern cuisine.
China Grill
A South Beach institution and celebrity favorite, China Grill serves up large portions of top-notch Pan-Asian cuisine.
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.
Wolfe's Wine Shoppe
This well-regarded shop offers fine wines, expert advice, tastings, classes, and more.
The Kampong Garden
The Kampong is a unique and little-known botanical garden located in Coconut Grove. Page 6.
Wedding Cakes
Find a baker in South Florida to make your delicious wedding cake.
Bayside Marketplace
Bayside Marketplace offers many shopping, dining, and entertainment options. Page 20.
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.
Outdoor Stands at The Streets of Mayfair
The outdoor stands at The Streets of Mayfair sells a variety of clothing and accessories. Page 19.
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.
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.
Hotel Review: Miami River Inn
Review of the Miami River Inn - Miami's Only Bed and Breakfast
Pinecrest Gardens Fine Arts Festival
Visit Pinecrest Gardens for a juried art show, live music, food and fun.
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.
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.
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.
Carnival Miami
Carnival celebrates Caribbean culture with music, food, arts & crafts, and a colorful mardi gras-style parade.
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.
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.
Emeril's Miami Beach
Get a taste of New Orleans right here in Miami, from celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse.
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.
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.
A CocoWalk stand displaying colorful goods for...
A CocoWalk stand displays colorful goods for sale, including clothing, jewelry, and other accessories. Page 25.
The Big Cheese
There's always a crowd at this landmark pizza place in South Miami.
Afternoon Tea at Fairchild
Sunday tea events are held once per month at the lovely Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.
Ritz-Carlton Hotels in Miami
The ultimate luxury hotel brand has locations in Coconut Grove, Key Biscayne, and South Beach.
Island Lady
The Island Lady was the boat used for today's tour of Key Biscayne and Stiltsville. Page 3.
Junior Orange Bowl Parade
An annual New Year's parade through the streets of Coral Gables featuring floats and marching bands.
Transmiami Limousines and Tours
Providing private transportation service in luxury sedans, SUVs, Hummers, Limos, Vans and Buses.
South Florida International Auto Show
More than 1,000 of the industry's latest vehicles for the upcoming year are displayed by auto manufacturers.
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.
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.
Palme D'Or
Located in the historic Biltmore Hotel, this trendy restaurant serves excellent New French cuisine - in appetizer-sized portions so you can try several.
Morton's of Chicago
This well-regarded national chain serves up prime cuts at several locations in Miami.
Art Basel Miami Beach
A world-renowned international art show held each December in Miami Beach.
Bayside Dock
Boats and yachts docked at Bayside Marina in Downtown Miami. Page 4.
Turkey at Crandon Gardens
A wild turkey makes for a bizarre sight at Crandon Gardens. Page 13.
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.
Homestead Championship Rodeo
A variety of riding, roping, and racing events can be seen at this annual event in Homestead.
American Airlines Arena
A view of the American Airlines Arena in Downtown Miami. It is the home to Miami's NBA Basketball team, the Miami Heat. Page 18.
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.
Miami Beach Botanical Garden
Don't miss this quiet and lovely 4 1/2 acres in the heart of South Beach. Page 3.

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