Miami's tourists have a choice of local spots that offer the perfect mix of relaxation and adventure
There is much more to the Magic City than just its beaches and glittering city life. The city enjoys year-round sunny days and is located on the coasts of the Atlantic Ocean and Biscayne Bay, which are known for their dazzling waters. This Florida metropolis has everything a visitor could want during their time in the Sunshine State.
They say traveling to Miami is like visiting multiple cities in one – and it's true! It's an opportunity to see a variety of communities, each with its own character. From the palm trees surrounding Ocean Drive to the quaint and vibrant homes of Little Havana, keep reading for the best tourist spots in Miami.
Here are some local favorites tourists are sure to enjoy:
The A1A is a famous route that runs through the center of southern Florida. While it is called Ocean Drive for most of its course through the city of Miami, the name changes to Collins Avenue as you approach Miami Beach. Expect to see thousands of tourists and locals dressed only in their bathing suits, a wide variety of bars and clubs, miles of sandy beaches, and hundreds of roller skaters cruising the pavement lining the road.
The street trees lining Ocean Drive provide welcome relief from the sun on a hot day in Miami. Ocean Drive is perfect for going on a leisurely stroll while taking in the sights and sounds of the city.
Cape Florida Lighthouse
This beautifully rebuilt lighthouse at Key Biscayne's Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park is located on an otherwise peaceful stretch of beach. It offers a look into a more turbulent period in South Florida's past. Once a beacon for sailors, this now-disused lighthouse has seen its share of pirate invasions, slave trade, and Native American Seminole uprisings. Remember to bring comfortable shoes – the 109 stairs to the top can make the biggest workout junkies break a sweat.
Located just north of downtown Miami, the Design District is a fascinating location to visit for tourists or locals and is close to many other vibrant areas of the city. Luxury brands like Prada, Saint Laurent, and Dior, as well as trendy restaurants, contribute to the area's stellar reputation for shopping and dining.
This charming neighborhood also features numerous art galleries and displays, antique shops, chic boutiques, and glittering showrooms. Miami Design District is also home to various businesses providing artistic and architectural services.
Little Havana Food & Cultural Walking Tour
Miami Culinary Tours has been leading visitors on in-depth explorations of Miami's most popular areas, including Little Havana, since 2010. The region features Calle Ocho (Southwest 8th Street), a vibrant strip known for Domino Park, hearty cafecitos, counter-service croquetas, and the epicenter of Miami's Cuban population. On this 2.5-hour walking tour, you'll visit several famous Cuban attractions. Tickets must be bought in advance, so make sure you book yours immediately!
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