Miami is everything you expect. It is bright, brash, colourful, great fun and HOT!
You need to stay in South Beach to take advantage of the true lifestyle that people move here from all over America for. The sun is always shining and the beach goes on for miles and the water is crystal clear and very warm. Watch the gorgeous locals promenade along the waterfront from café to café and count the outrageously expensive sports cars as they cruise by.
The Art Deco precinct is a fantastic area coloured pink and blue pastel, there are 100’s of buildings to admire and has great shopping, great art and museums and most importantly great food.
There is a hop on hop off bus that does 3 different circuits of the city to take you out to the glamourous canal suburbs or to Little Havana for a taste of Cuba and to Little Haiti, the design district or to the downtown area.
Try some of the day trips on offer – a yacht cruise, an Everglades airboat cruise or rent a Harley Davidson and hit the road. An overnight trip down to Key West is an interesting trip, down through all the Keys to the very last one. It is the most southerly point of the Continental US and at this point you are much closer to Cuba than the mainland.
Due to this it is a funky, brightly coloured town closer in attitude to the Caribbean with wild roosters wandering everywhere and a very casual, happy, relaxed party vibe. It is famous for its sunsets, fishing, seafood and it is a great place for snorkelling and dolphin spotting. Other pastimes include wandering the art galleries and eating Key Lime pie whilst watching the eccentric locals parade by. It is a very easy place to hang out for a few days. Catch the Conch train around to get a bit of history, siesta in the afternoon like you live there and then drink a cocktail in the evening making sure not to miss out on the stilt walkers and fire jugglers who congregate every evening to celebrate the sunset.
I stayed at the Anglers South Beach, a historic deco hotel where Ernest Hemingway used to stay whilst in town.
The hotel has fabulous service and food, a great pool and is perfectly located. It is a block from the beach and the hop on, hop off bus goes from outside the door as does the shuttle to Key West. It is a set taxi fare of $30 from the airport. Eat at Joe’s stone crabs on Washington Ave, a Miami dining institution and go to Little Havana for Cuban sandwiches. Any of the restaurants along South Beach serve interesting food and the best people watch in town……
See the itinerary for my Globus Coach tour America’s Musical Heritage