It’s the “As Seen on TV” of cities, the glamorous vacation town of the biggest celebs, and the perfect fusion of Cuban and American culture, but you have to get it while it’s hot- and you’re hot. Miami is a young city for young people looking to have a good time and get away for a little while, and it comes highly recommended on my list of places to visit in America. But the Miami lifestyle won’t be fun forever, and before you know it, you’ll be too old to keep up with the fast pace and late nights (or early mornings, actually) we party through. Here’s why (and when) you have to visit Miami before your 30th birthday.
The off season. If you’re thinking of coming to Miami any time between May and August, just don’t bother, unless you can handle 100% humidity and hefty crowds. Try getting away from school or work for a little down time between January and March. The humidity is gone, hotel rates are lower and everyday is sunny and 75 (Joe Nichols anyone?). With the Christmas vacation season recently over, the crowds will be gone and you’ll be free to experience Miami like a local.
The culture. The culture of Miami is like nowhere else in the world. Young and hot, Miami has all there is to offer young people looking for a good time. The neon lights say New York City, the pristine beaches scream Caribbean, and the fame mirrors LA, but Miami has managed to mix that all up, and add a little Cuban spice for the perfect blend of a vivacious and unique city.
South Beach. You’ve heard about it on TV and in magazines, but you have to experience it for yourself. Where else can you find high quality shopping, beautiful sandy beaches, delicious restaurants and luxury hotels all next to some of the most popular clubs in the country and Dash, the Kardashian’s store, mixed between small Cuban coffee shops and sketchy tattoo parlors? It’s so eclectic it’s fabulous.
Brickell. As fun and crazy as South Beach may be, if you’re looking for a high-class night, Brickell is where you should try. The wealthier area of Miami, Brickell offers great shopping and dining. Start off your evening by dining at one of Brickell’s most popular restaurants, followed by some shopping and margaritas at Bayside, a personal favorite, ending the night 50 stories above the city surrounded by clear walls and a stunning view at Club 50 in the Viceroy Hotel.
Star Island. Everyone wants to make it here, but only a select few ever will. Because you have to know someone living there, Star Island is a little bit tricky to get to, but if you pull the right strings while you’re out clubbing, you might just meet your way in.
Wynwood. For the art and fashion lovers, Wynwood is the place to go. Split between the Art District and the Fashion District, this town has it all. Looking for a good night to go? On the second Saturday of every month the Art District hosts the ArtWalk, where galleries and studios open their doors to the public. It’s a fan favorite amongst locals and students!
The Venetian Pool. Located just outside of Miami, in Coral Gables, the Venetian Pool is a historic public swimming pool that holds the title of the largest freshwater pool in America. Featuring a grotto, waterfall, sunbathing area and cafe, you’re sure to feel like royalty for the day.
Vizcaya Museum & Gardens. Located in Coconut Grove, Vizcaya Museum & Gardens is the former estate of successful businessman James Deering. The property is now owned by the Miami-Dade county and includes the estate, Italian Renaissance gardens, a historic village outbuildings compound and more. Any Miami local would call this stunning place a “must-see,” so be sure to get there during your stay!
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