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November 26, 2012

Miami – Sun, Surf & Groovey Sounds

by Jason Dutton-Smith
Miami - Cruise Port

As the pulsating heart beat of southern Florida, Miami is dubbed The Capital of Latin America; and with good reason. It boasts long sunny days, large clean beaches, endless shopping, world heritage sites and never ending parties; plus a melting pot of Latino cuisine and flavours.

Miami is also famously known as the cruise ship capital of America thanks to its close proximity to the Caribbean and Mexico. If you’re joining a cruise then a good chance it will depart from Miami or close by Fort Lauderdale.

South Beach Miami

Miami Beach

Miami Beach

Sun, surf and groovey sounds is what to expect from SouthBeach. Spanning from First to Fifteenth Avenue along Ocean Drive, the beach is expansive with fine soft sand and Miami skyline views. Claim a piece of sand as your own or rent one of the many chairs and umbrellas available. Spanning several blocks around Ocean Drive are many cafes and restaurants to choose from. Be warned of the staff that will try and lure you in with their special meals and drink offers and try their charms; but don’t be afraid to keep walking until you find where you want to be and those specials will still be there tomorrow.

Florida Everglades

Commonly know as ‘The Glades’, this expansive area of Florida is a designated World Heritage Site and an International Biosphere Reserve. Enjoy a Hover-Craft water tour showcasing the rare and endangered species of the area. Don’t be too quick to take a swim though or dangle your legs over the edge, its one of the most populous alligator areas deserving its nickname ‘Alligator alley’.

Little Havana

This quaint neighbourhood of Miami is home to many Cuban immigrants and Central and South American residents. It’s a social and cultural hub filled with incredible restaurants such as Versailles Restaurant serving up delicious Cuban cuisine. Festivals are common as are the friendly streets and welcoming residents.

South Beach Art Deco Tour

Miami - Cruise Port

Miami – Cruise Port

Spanning over 30 blocks surrounding the South Beach area stand more than 960 Art Deco buildings. Hotels and apartments boast historic Art Deco architecture and are home to daily walking tours. Several operators depart many times per day and this tour is informative and extremely visual. A must do for all architecture lovers and you may just spot a celebrity or two.

Cruising from Miami

Miami is well known for one of the largest tourism industries in the world – Cruising. Within close proximity to the Caribbean, Mexico and many islands in-between, chances are if you are on a cruise you will depart from here or the nearby cruise port of Fort Lauderdale.

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