10 Must See Things in Miami

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Any of us, at least once in our lifetime, should visit fantastic Miami: located in the southern part of Florida, it is one of the most beautiful American beach destinations, where you can relax along the beautiful, white and tropical South Beach, a very popular beach at any time of the year thanks to the mild temperatures that characterize this area of ​​America.

But Miami is also, and above all, theemblem of the nightlife, full of clubs of all kinds where you can dance and have fun all night. Without forgetting the unique natural places in the world such as the famous Everglades National Park, or unique and original neighborhoods such as Little Havana which perfectly evokes the air of Cuban cities.

You just have to keep reading and discover the 10 most beautiful things to see in Miami.


  1. Ocean Drive
  2. Lincoln Road
  3. Biscayne Bay
  4. Art Decò District
  5. Coconut Grove
  6. Little Havana
  7. Miami Seaquarium
  8. Bayfront park
  9. Miami Metrozoo
  10. Everglades National Park
  11. User questions and comments

1 - Ocean Drive

All of us, at least once in our lives, have seen theextensive promenade with its characteristic palm trees: this is Ocean Drive, one of the most popular areas in Miami, full of movement, packed with rollerblading kids, convertible cars, bars, restaurants and hotels of all kinds!

E' one of the busiest areas, where you can dine outdoors or dance in one of the many clubs. The South Beach boardwalk features a very long beach with crystal clear waters and is famous in the world above all for having been the set of many television series and films including for example Miami Vice and Scarface.

  • is located in the southern part of Miami Beach, to reach this road from the North area just use the bus n ° 120 of the Miami-Dade Transit company (ticket starting from € 2,70) - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free; guided tours from € 22,05

2 - Lincoln Road

Whatever time of day or night, something exciting always happens on Lincoln Road - the mecca for shopping lovers. Over ten blocks of shopping, dining, and entertainment await you in this street of unmistakable energy, constantly animated by a mix of tourists and locals. During the day you can relax at a table with a coffee or a cocktail and immerse yourself in the "real" South Beach lifestyle. In the evening, the music from restaurants and bars spreads and street performers show off their talents.

But the real attraction of the place is the shopping! You will find national and international shops with unique offers that are not found in other cities!
H&M, Forever 21, lululemon, Scotch & Soda, Madewell, Ted Bake ... and there's even a giant Nike Store, where shoppers can literally try on their potential new shoes, taking two shots at a basketball court or running. on a treadmill.

  • is located in the southern part of Miami Beach, to reach this road from the North area just use the bus n ° 120 of the Miami-Dade Transit company (ticket starting from € 2,70) - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

3 - Biscayne Bay

Biscayne Bay is famous for being the place where various famous people live and it is the most famous bay between Miami and Miami Beach. Artificial islands were created here, starting from 1900, with the sand that was drained from the bay to allow the passage of large boats.

The best known islands are for example Hibiscus Island, Palm Island, but also Fisher Island and Star Island which are the real wealthy face of Miami, where for example the singer Shakira, Gloria Estefan, Julio Iglesias and many other entrepreneurs and movie stars reside. . Of course they are islands not accessible to the public and not open to visitors, so the only way to see them "more closely" is to find some boat trips.

  • the major islands of this bay can be reached by taxi in 40 minutes, or by using the boats that depart from the Port of Miami - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free; the cost of the tour recommended by us is € 56,59

4 - Art Decò District

Very glamorous and lively tourist destination is the Art Deco district of Miami, very special with its numerous buildings erected since 1920. Over the course of 100 years they have undergone numerous renovations and have become some of the official and best known symbols of this fantastic metropolis.

These buildings were created to "raise" the mood of Americans during the Great Depression of '29 with their bright colors and geometric shapes of all kinds (straight lines, cubes and spheres), porcelain floors, bas-reliefs, signs with lights neon. The most interesting route to visit it is the one that crosses streets 6 and 7 where you will find Park Central Hotel, Colony Hotel, Waldorf Towers Hotel, Breakwater Hotel etc.

  • the neighborhood is located south of South Beach and includes part of Ocean Drive; it can be reached in 45 minutes by bus n. 120 from Miami North Beach (ticket from € 2,70 approximately) and in 20 minutes by taxi - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free; the cost of the tour recommended by us is € 27,55

5 - Coconut Grove

It is one of the most famous neighborhoods in the city of Miami, known for its quiet atmosphere and for being the lplace where many artists, musicians and writers resided starting from 1800 for affordable housing prices. It began to be populated when, for the first time in 1884, the first hotel, the "Bay View House" was opened, giving input to the construction of many other tourist establishments. Until 1925 it was an independent city, later it was annexed to Miami.

One of the most interesting spots in Coconut Grove is CocoWalk, a three-story complex where there are cinemas, cafes, restaurants and shops for all tastes. The Vizcaya Museum is also very interesting, a three-storey building divided into 34 rooms all decorated with hundreds of objects dating back to the th - th centuries; you can also cross the Brickell street, full of old houses and large villas.

  • Coconut Grove is connected to the city by Metrorail with the stations of Vizacaya and Douglas Road Station (ticket starting from € 2,70 approximately); however, to travel the entire area, a rental car is recommended - Get Directions
  • always accessible, while the CocoWalk is open from Sunday to Thursday from 10:00 to 21:00 and Friday and Saturday from 10:00 to 23:00
  • free

6 - Little Havana

Neighborhood inhabited by more than 50.000 people (98% of which are of exclusively Latin origin), Little Havana is a small part of Cuba that arrived in Miami during the Fidel Castro regime. Life is mainly concentrated around Calle Ocho, where you can find many typically Cuban restaurants where you can taste excellent dishes, but you can also come across cigar craftsmen, walking in an environment where the strong smell of the typical coffee echoes ( you cannot leave without having tried the famous Cuban coffee served in small glasses).

Among the most interesting places there is also Parco Màximo Gomez, famous for being the place where seniors gather to play chess or dominoes. This quaint neighborhood it attracts many tourists also for the spontaneity and liveliness of its inhabitants!

  • you could use the Tram (Trolley), a small tram that crosses all the most important parts of the city and that stops near Little Havana; the specific line passes through Miami Dade College, Brickell Metrorail station, and goes to Miami - Dade County Auditorium, available for free - Get Directions
  • always accessible
  • free; the cost of the tour recommended by us is € 54,20

7 - Miami Seaquarium

Located in Virginia Key, the Miami Seaquarium is a unique place in the world and it is known as the largest aquarium in the United States. It hosts numerous species of fish, sharks, reptiles and sea turtles and many marine shows are organized every day.

Among the most interesting exhibits are the Killer Whale and Dolphin Show, in which Lolita "the killer whale" plays with her instructor, the Flipper Dolphin Show, where the famous dolphin from the TV series plays and jumps on the queue, and the Manatee Presentation with the very nice manatees. Each year this attraction attracts more than 600.000 people.

  • starting from Miami Beach or Downtown, by public transport just get off at Brickell Station, from here you will have to take bus 102 and in about 20 minutes you will reach the aquarium (ticket from € 2,00) - Get directions
  • open every day from 10:00 to 18:00 (the ticket office closes at 16:30)
  • adults around € 46,00, children from 3 to 9 years around € 35,00

8 - Bayfront Park

This is the downtown urban park, where you can relax on one of the large green lawns, or play Frisbee or football, it could then be a nice idea to have a good meal at one of the many restaurants and clubs open practically at any time of day.

Bayfront Park is the right place for those who would like to participate in one of the gymnastics or joga courses, or explore the park by renting a bike. All while enjoying a fantastic view of the beautiful Miami Bay.

  • is located at 301 Biscayne Boulevard, to reach it you can take the metrorail and get off at the Government Center Station (ticket starting from € 2,00) - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

9 - Miami Metrozoo

This is an absolutely uncommon park, as the animals don't live in small cramped places, but in more than 100 hectares of green areas and woods. There are 800 species of animals of all kinds, including African lions, black rhinos, Bengal tigers, gorillas, wild boars, hyenas, camels, koalas and many more. Given its vastness, to visit it you can use for example the pedal car (with which you can also do physical exercise), the Safari Tram Tours (tram to move from one animal house to another) or the Monorail (vehicle that crosses the entire zoo from above.

This place is the ideal place to spend a day different from the others and it is extremely suitable even and especially if you are traveling with your family.

  • take the MetroMover monorail (free) to Dadeland South station, from here take the Coral Reef Max which takes you to the Zoo in about 20 minutes (ticket starting from € 2,00) - Get directions
  • every day from 10: 00 to 17: 00
  • full € 21,00 approximately, children from 3 to 12 years € 17,00 approximately

10 - Everglades National Park

It is the wildest area in all of the United States, the Everglades National Park is part of the largest sub-tropical nature reserve on the American continent. It is a marshy land that extends for 6.000 square kilometers characterized by large expanses of sedge, willows, pines, canals, marshes on which there are thousands of mangroves. Here live many exotic animals such as crocodiles, alligators, but also fish, Florida panthers, otters, and various types of birds such as ibises, pelicans and storks.

Additionally, Everglades is a a real paradise for bird watchers. The only way to get to know the Everglades well is to cross them aboard a speedboat.

  • in the park there are 5 visitor centers, each of which is different from the other; from Miami it is 1 hour by car and it is preferable to reach it with local guides who will be able to better indicate how to get around once there - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free; the cost of the tour recommended by us is € 22,96

Plan your stay in Miami: info on flights, hotels and tours

Thanks to its very pleasant tropical climate, Miami is one a very popular destination especially among newlyweds from all over the world, its modernity and its beaches are truly the top! Obviously, being one of the largest metropolises in the world, it is good to know that not all its areas are safe, so we advise you to prefer stay overnight in the Downtown area or at the emerging cool Brickell neighborhood. In the evening, maximum attention is always recommended, you always prefer to go around in company.

A great way to get around the metropolis is there elevated subway called Metromover, completely free and runs through the Downtown and Brickell neighborhoods, but the Metrorail can also be useful. To move to South Beach, buses are more functional, for example the Route 120 Beach MAX, each way costs € 2,00. For reach downtown from Miami airport, the most suitable means is the Metrorail that leaves from MIA Central Station, which travels with a frequency of 30 minutes during the working days and 15 minutes during the weekend, the cost of the one-way ticket costs about € 2,50; the available lines are the Green Line and the Orange Line

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