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Tropical and lively, South Florida attracts every kind of traveler throughout the year. With its near-perfect weather (or tropical climate?) and diverse activities, this massive area is a never-ending adventure. Bustling nightlife, breezy outdoor shopping spots, lazy days on the beach and almost anything else a visitor can imagine awaits in South Florida.

Try out the beaches or parks, enjoy the salsa music pouring out of shops in Little Havana, stroll the day away at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens or shop at Aventura Mall or Bayside Marketplace (but be sure to “drop” by one of the many great restaurants). There are many places throughout Miami that over time have become icons of the city, from restaurants and dive-bars to everything in-between. First-time visitors should stop by these unique places to get a feel for the area and to experience the real essence of Miami.

Versailles Cuban Restaurant

A meeting place for everything from power brokers to political discussions, this Cuban restaurant is a glorified Cuban cafe, with chandeliers and mirrors evoking its French namesake. Has an outside walk-up window, where you can order Cuban coffee. B, L, D (daily).

Pérez Art Museum Miami

Learn something new and explore with the whole family at the Pérez Art Museum Miami, where you'll be sure to discover something extraordinary. With frequently changing exhibits and amazing works of art, PAMM also offers a one-of-a-kind restaurant overlooking Biscayne Bay, Verde. Closed on Wednesdays.

Miami Heat

Any visitor to the area must attend a Miami Heat game in order to get the full Miami experience, because this team is the lifeblood of the city and the fans here are the most fervent.

Bayside Marketplace

This unique waterfront retail and entertainment complex offers more than 130 shops and restaurants, from Brookstone, the Disney Store and Victoria’s Secret to Bubba Gump Shrimp, The Knife and the Hard Rock Café. Bayside also hosts daily music concerts and sightseeing cruises depart from its marina. 

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Vizcaya is a National Historic Landmark that preserves the Miami estate of agricultural industrialist James Deering. Opened in 1916, this magnificent museum is an example of when the nation’s most successful entrepreneurs built lavish estates inspired by the stately homes of Europe.

Little Havana

A neighborhood of Miami, Little Havana is a vibrant area considered the epicenter of Cuban culture and heritage. This famed street is well-known for hosting a variety of events including the annual Calle Ocho festival, monthly Viernes Culturales (Cultural Fridays) and more.

Jungle Island

Mingle with birds, monkeys and some of the world’s rarest creatures in a tropical jungle setting. Jungle Island is home to animal wonders including lovable lemurs from Madagascar, the only tame cassowary on the planet, twin orangutans Peanut and Pumpkin, and Australian red kangaroos.

Freedom Tower

The 17-story Miami Freedom Tower was built in 1925 and it served as the headquarters and printing office of the Miami Daily News and Metropolis until 1957. Between 1962 and 1974 the building was used an immigration station for refugees from Cuba.

LIV

Miami’s hot nightclub, LIV at Fontainebleau Miami Beach, offers a high energy, DJ-driven atmosphere, with the Miami nightclub scene’s sexiest dancers. Offers three full-service bars, a main room playing a variety of hip-hop, house and rock music, plus state-of-the-art audio and lighting systems.

Wynwood Art District

Since 2009, the Wynwood Art District has been transforming a former warehouse district into a work of beautiful local art. The neighborhood is now home to more than 70 art galleries, retail stores and bars, and features one of the world's largest open-air street-art installations.

Aventura Mall

The shopping center newest wing includes Aventura Slide Tower, a nearly 93-foot-tall spiral structure by artist Carsten Höller that acts as both a landmark and slide. The wing also includes the much-anticipated return of Zara, the first Topshop Topman in Florida, Treats Food Hall and an array of dining destinations.