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Miami is a major city in the south-eastern United States and the second most populous city in Florida. The Miami metropolitan area is the largest in the state with an estimated population of over 5.4 million (2007), which makes it the 7th most populous metro area in the United States. Due to being sandwiched in by the Atlantic Ocean to the east and the Everglades to the west, the Miami metropolitan area is a lengthy 110 mi(180 km) north to south, but never more than 20 mi (32 km) east to west. Miami is 20 miles from Fort Lauderdale, 106 miles from Naples (Florida) and 156 miles from Key West. (less...) (more...)
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- Star Island, Biscayne Bay, Miami. Star Island is an artificial island within Miami Beach. The houses are colossal and the architecture is worth taking a look at. Most of the houses are gated. The island looks exclusive because there is a guard house, however, it is a public neighborhood and you are able to go on the island and check out the houses. The houses on Star Island are homes to and have been homes to celebrities such as Will Smith, Shaquille O’Neal, Lenny Kravitz, Gloria Estefan, Rosie O’Donnell, Madonna, P. Diddy and many more. If you are planning a trip to Miami this is a good bit of free sightseeing for you.
- Frost Art Museum, 10975 SW 17th Street (FIU-Maidique Campus), ☎ +1 305 348-2890. Open Tu-Sa 10AM-5PM, Su 12PM-5PM. Located at Florida International University, the Frost Art Museum has a large variety of 1960's and 1970's American photography, pre-Columbian artifacts dating back from 200 to 500 AD, ancient African and Asian bronzes, and a growing number of Caribbean and Latin American paintings and artwork.
- Lowe Art Museum, 1301 Stanford Dr, ☎ +1 305 284-3535. With many antique art, ceramics, pottery and sculptures ranging from Greco-Roman times, Renaissance, Baroque, Art of Asia, Art of Latin America, and ancient potteries, the Lowe Art Museum offers a great range of art through the centuries.
- Venetian Pool, 2701 DeSoto Blvd (in Coral Gables), e-mail: info@VenetianPool.com. 1 305 460-5306, (, additional phone number +1 305 460-5357). Open 11AM-5PM every day, but call to verify hours. In the 1920s Denman Dink transformed this limestone quarry into a pool with a waterfall, an area for kids and an area for adults. The water in this pool comes from a spring and is drained daily. In addition to the swimming facilities there is a snack bar (you cannot bring outside food into the Venetian Pool) and lockers. Swimming lessons are also offered here. The Venetian Pool is best known for having Esther Williams and Johnny Weissmuller (the silver screen’s first Tarzan) swim here. $6 people 13 years and older, $3 children under 13 $ (between November and March); $9 people 13 years and older, $5 under 13 (between April and October).
- Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, 3251 South Miami Ave. 1 305 250-9133, (fax: + 1 305 285-2004). European-inspired estate. Includes a main house filled with art and furnishings and ten acres of gardens on Biscayne Bay. $12 adults, $9 Miami-Dade residents with ID, patrons using wheelchairs, seniors 62 years of age or older with ID and students with ID, $5 children 6-12. Admission is free for children 5 years of age or younger.
- Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, Florida 33156, ☎ +1305 667-1651, fax: +1 305.661.8953. Garden hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Sunday. The Garden opens at 9:30 a.m. on festival days and is closed on Christmas Day, December 25. Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden is home to the only outdoor rainforest in North America, several famous outdoor art installations (including world famous Chihuly glasswork), the January Chocolate Festival, and world-famous Mango Festival (every June or July featuring information on and samples of hundreds of different mango varieties). Adults = $25,Seniors (65 and over) = $18,Children 6-17 = $12, Children 5 and under = Free, Fairchild members = Free.
- Fruit and Spice Park, 24801 S.W. 187th Avenue, Homestead, Florida 33031, ☎ +1 305 247-5727. Open 7 days a week, from 9am to 5pm. Except Christmas.. This park features a vast assortment of fruits, spices, and other foods of interest that can be grown in Florida's subtropical climate. The park is also famous for getting a few items to grow that normally can't be grown even in Florida (e.g. mangosteen, cacao, jaboticaba, etc.). After an orientation, visitors are allowed to pick and eat whatever is available at the time of their visit. This park is relatively close to "Robert is Here" Fruit Stand and Farm. $8.00 per adult, $2.00 per child 6-11, and children under 6 are FREE..
- Robert is Here Fruit Stand and Farm, 19200 SW 344th St, Homestead, FL 33034, ☎ +1 305 246-1592, fax: +1 305-242-4122, e-mail: email@example.com. 8 AM – 7 PM Daily including Holidays. Closed September and October.. This fruit stand and farm is popular with both tourists and local residents. It offers many of the most sought after varieties of locally-grown tropical fruits and vegetables as well as widely-acclaimed smoothies, ice creams, and other prepared foods. It also features a petting zoo and is located only minutes from one of the main entrances to Everglades National Park as well as an alligator farm.
- Haulover Beach, 10800 Collins Avenue, Miami, FL, ☎ +1 305 947-3525. Open Sunrise to Sunset. Look at for storm and wildlife (Portuguese Man o' War) advisories.. Unlike the more world-famous South Beach, Haulover Beach does not experience heavy erosion and, therefore, has higher quality sand and shells. Also unlike other Florida beaches, Haulover Beach experiences some noticeable waves. The park is popular among local residents for its nudist area, fishing, and crabbing although it also offers golf, tennis, and nearby restaurants. Free. $2 to use the dog park..
- Oleta River State Recreation Park, ☎ +1 305 919-1846. 3400 N.E. 163rd St. Daily 8AM-sunset. The largest urban park in Florida has trails for biking, a beach for swimming, picnic areas and a playground for kids. Get a canoe or kayak to row to a mangrove island within the park. Several animals such as eagles and fiddler crabs also make their home here. Fourteen cabins with air conditioning are also on the premises, but bathrooms, showers and grills are located outside the cabins and guests should bring their own linens. $5 for a vehicle carrying up to eight passengers, $1 bicyclists, pedestrians and extra passengers ($50.85 a night in a cabin).
- Zoo Miami, 12400 SW 152nd St, ☎ +1 305 251-0400. Miami. Open daily 9:30AM–5:30PM. Largest and oldest zoological garden in Florida. It houses over 1,200 wild animals and is a free range zoo. Its climate allows it to keep a wide variety of animals from Asia, Australia and Africa like no other zoo in the country.
- Jungle Island, ☎ +1 305 258-6453. 1111 Jungle Island Trail, Miami. Lush tropical garden that features animal shows and exhibits. Great outing for the family to enjoy.
- Miami Seaquarium, ☎ +1 305 361-5705. 4400 Rickenbacker Causeway. This 38 acre tropical island paradise features marine shows and marine life exhibits. Expect to stay around two to three hours touring the large aquarium. Just ten minutes from downtown Miami and directly adjacent to Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden.
- Matheson Hammock Marina. Grassy park with a man-made atoll pool, which is flushed naturally with the tidal action of nearby Biscayne Bay. The park has a full-service marina, snack bar and restaurant built into an historic coral rock building, picnic pavilions and nature trails.
- Ancient Spanish Monastery, 16711 West Dixie Highway (near Sunny Isles), ☎ +1 305 945-1461. M-Sa 9AM-5PM, Su 1PM-5PM (unless there is a wedding scheduled; call ahead or check the website for wedding dates). Originally built in Segovia, Spain in 1141, this monastery was originally to be a part of William Randolph Hearst’s property in California. Partly because he ran out of money and partly because the United States would not allow the monastery to be built in California, the monastery remained in New York Harbor until 1954, when a couple of businessmen bought the property and assembled it in Miami. Parts of the monastery have not been assembled because the government removed the pieces from numbered boxes and then placed the wrong pieces in the wrong boxes. Today the monastery is a church as well as a popular marriage location. As seen on the History Channel show Weird U.S. Adult admission $5, senior and student admission (with valid ID) $2.50, child admission $2.
Flagler’s railroad sparked a wave of expansion in areas such as Miami Beach, Homestead and Cutler. Soon after the railroad was built, the Overseas Highway was created. This highway connected the Florida Keys to the mainland. Growth and progress in Miami continued through World War I as well as into the mid-1920s.
A devastating hurricane in 1926 halted Miami’s growth and temporarily put the city, as well as Miami Beach, in a recession. It was the city’s support of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal that helped the city rebuild. Roosevelt almost lost his life, however, when Giuseppe Zangara attempted to assassinate Roosevelt when he came to Miami to thank the city for its support of the New Deal.
When a German U-boat sank a US tanker off Florida’s coast, the majority of South Florida was converted into military headquarters for the remainder of World War II. The Army’s WWII legacy in Miami is a school designed for Anti U-boat warfare.
Because of its proximity to the Tropic of Cancer, Miami's weather is generally hot. The summer months of June–September will see most daytime highs over 90°F (32°C). Combined with the region's humidity, these can make for stifling temperatures, both day and night. You won't see nearly a car or home without running air conditioning. Winters average an impressive 75°F (24°C) for daytime temperatures and nights are slightly cooler. During June to November, rain and thunderstorms can be expected and are most common in the afternoon hours. Rain is known to fall heavily for a few minutes, to stop entirely, and then to begin again. Knowing its mercurial nature, local residents often drive or go outside in rainy weather to enjoy its cooling effect or to make good use of breaks in the storm.
- Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce, 1920 Meridian Avenue  – Open M-F, 9AM-6PM, Sat-Sun, 10AM-4PM.
- Greater Miami and the Beaches Convention & Visitors Bureau, 27th floor of 701 Brickell Ave, + 1 305 539-3000  – Open M-F 8:30AM-5PM.
Of course, if you're in Miami, you'll want to spend some time on the beach. The only beach inside Miami city limits is Virgina Beach. The city of Miami Beach is located on a barrier island across Biscayne Bay, and is most famous for its South Beach party scene. But in South Florida, there are accessible beaches from Tequesta, Florida to Key West. As Miami has pretty temperate weather, the beaches will be active all year round, but the water will usually be too cold for locals to swim in during winter. Topless sunbathing is allowed in Miami Beach, and if you want to take it all off, go to Haulover Beach Park, just north of Bal Harbour.
Lapis Spa, ☎ +1 305 674-4772. This Miami spa is located in the Fontainebleau and has six different packages to choose from including individual and two person packages. Specials are run often during certain months so make sure to take a look at their different specials located on their website. The spa also has a salon and gym. Gift cards are available. The spa treatments range from $300–$580 depending on whether it will be an individual spa treatment or couple. Make sure to check out this spa if you are interested in a relaxing vacation.
From downtown Miami you have to cross one of the two Miami bridges that are located near Miami’s port. Once you cross the bridge you will now be on South Beach. Find Collins Ave. which will be near Ocean Ave. (South Beach's most famous street,) and look for 4441. The Fontainebleau will be on your right.
- Space Miami. For Info +1 305 375-0001 For VIP +1 786 357-6456 - 34 NE 11th St. Miami FL, 33132 - Space Miami was voted best U.S. club at the IDMA 2011 Awards. Located in downtown Miami, Space Miami is known for their Saturday nights. There are multiple rooms with different genres of music in each room so you can choose from a wide variety. They hold events almost every weekend with themed parties and well known/famous DJs.
- Bongos Cuban Cafe, ☎ +1 786 777-2100. For reservations and info: - Bongos Cuban Café has locations in Miami, South Beach, Hollywood, FL and Orlando, FL. The café is owned by Gloria and Emilio Estefan and shines with Latin flavor. The music is Latin as well as the food and majority of the crowd and employees. It is a restaurant by day and club at night.
- Port of Miami. Take a relaxing cruise to a variety of locations.
- South Beach Food Tour. Explore the cultural diversity of the neighborhood, learn about the Art Deco architecture while you stop at restaurants and eateries to savor the local flavor.
- Sun Life Stadium, 2269 Dan Marino Boulevard (Northwest 199th St), e-mail: DS@dolphinstadium.com. (in Miami Gardens), +1 305 623-6100 (fax: +1 305 625-6403, , TTY +1 305 623-6266 ) . This football stadium has been renamed several times in its history. Some of its previous names include Dolphin Stadium, Dolphins Stadium, Pro Player Stadium, and Land Shark Stadium. It is primarily known as the home of the NFL’s Miami Dolphins. Ironically, FedEx Orange Bowl games are held here instead of the Orange Bowl on 11th Street, which has been torn down to make way for Marlins Park (see below). The Miami Hurricanes (college) moved from the Orange Bowl in 2008 to make way for its demolition and redevelopment. MLB's Florida Marlins (now Miami Marlins) played baseball here through the 2011 season, but moved to Marlins Park in 2012. For tours of Sun Life Stadium, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call +1 305 623-6286. Tour prices are $3 for children under 14, $5 for those 14 and older and $4 for senior citizens. Check website for individual phone numbers for tickets to Miami Dolphins games and the Orange Bowl.
- American Airlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd (near Bicentennial Park). 1 786 777-1000 (box office: +1 786 777-1250). In addition to Miami Heat (an NBA team) games being played here, this arena has hosted several awards shows in its past such as the MTV Video Music Awards (twice). Several concerts are also held here. Call box office for ticket information.
- Miami Yacht Charters & Rentals, 1250 S Miami Ave, ☎ +1 305 358-0745. Suite 1408 Miami, +. Yacht charters and boat rentals in Miami. Large selection of yachts to choose from between 35 and 150 feet. Half-day, full-day and multi-day charters. Great way to experience Miami. Call for yacht availability and charter quotes.
- Miami Balloon Rides, ☎ +1 305 860-5830. Year round sunrise flights with views of the Miami skyline, Biscayne Bay, the Everglades and Redlands of Miami, including a post-flight toast and picnic. Reservations are required.
- Marlins Park, 501 Marlins Way (Little Havana), e-mail: email@example.com. 1 877-MARLINS (627-5467), ). The newest stadium in Major League Baseball, Marlins Park opened in April 2012 at the former site of the Orange Bowl as the new home of the renamed Miami Marlins. The futuristic, retractable-roof park broke new ground in ballpark architecture; at the insistence of team owner Jeffrey Loria, it is designed to reflect the culture of 21st-century Miami. Check website or call the toll-free number for tickets to Marlins games.
There are very few city-wide events planned during Jul and Aug because of the high temperatures during the summer in Miami.
- Ultra Music Festival. Streets of downtown Miami. People from around the world flock to Miami every March for its notorious Ultra Music Festival. It’s a three day and night festival that includes the most famous DJs in the music industry. Tickets usually range from $300–$600 from the three day festival and increase in price as it gets closer to the show in March. The show sells out almost every single year so be sure to get your tickets as soon as possible if you plan on attending.
- Calle Ocho, Southwest 8th St. between 11th and 27th ave,. Calle Ocho is the largest Hispanic street festival in Miami. It’s a one day festival that consists of contests, concerts, food and much more. There is also a carnival that is located in a lot to the left of Florida International University’s main entrance. The carnival is on the same day as Calle Ocho. The festival is usually held in March and is located on. Calle Ocho is free except for parking if you bring your car.
- Carnaval Miami. Miami, FL. A festival that consists of ten events along the course of ten days during the weeks of late February and early March. The Kiwanis club of little Havana (little Cuba,) hosts this festival full of music, international foods, concerts, sports, culinary competitions, galas and upscale Latin jazz festival.
- Miami Fashion Week. Miami Beach Convention Center, South Beach, Miami, FL. March 21–24, 2012. This upcoming year (2012) will mark the 14th annual Miami Beach International Fashion Week. The week consists of exhibitions, fashion shows and sponsor lounges as the world’s fashion elite flock to Miami.
- FedEx Orange Bowl Football Game, ☎ +1 305 341-4700. Sun Life Stadium. Held in early Jan around New Year’s Day. A major Bowl Championship Series (BCS) game held ironically in Sun Life Stadium. Top teams from two conferences, one of the conferences being the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), battle for this prize.
- South Beach Wine & Food Festival, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Various locations throughout South Beach. Held in late February, this festival is sponsored by Food & Wine magazine and the Food Network. The event raises money for Florida International University’s hospitality program by having celebrity cooks and chefs (many of them who work for or have appeared on Food Network at one time) descend upon South Beach to do cooking demonstrations and throw parties. Florida International University’s hospitality program students volunteer at some of the festival’s events. Wine and food tastings featuring local chefs and cuisine are also held during the annual event. Tickets range from $15–$300 depending on the event.
- Winter Party, various locations throughout South Beach, +1 305 571-1924 (ask for Michael Bath) . Held between mid-February and mid-March, this circuit party benefits several gay organizations throughout Dade County as well as the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. Beach parties, pool parties, parties held at local clubs and a dinner are the main features of the Winter Party.
- Winter Music Conference, fax: +1 954 563-1599. Various locations throughout South Beach, +1 954 563-4444. Held in mid-March, the Winter Music Party attracts queer people for a good cause, the Winter Music Conference attracts electronic musicians (and the labels they belong to) and DJs as well as fans of various electronic music genres for the love of music. In addition to several parties held in clubs, parks and on Lummus Beach (and occasionally in retail stores and hotels), there are seminars for people to learn more about the music business and DJ showcases. Don’t confuse the Winter Music Conference with the Winter Party!
- Independence Day, city-wide. Held on July 4. The Miami skyline is illuminated by fireworks on the “birth date” of the United States. While Key Biscayne has great views of the fireworks show, Bayfront Park has live music as well as a laser show.
- White Party, various locations throughout South Beach, +1 305 667-9296  and . The White Party held in mid-November. Miami’s oldest gay circuit party raises money for Care Resource, the largest and oldest HIV/AIDS association in South Florida. The party spans over 10 days. It’s not nearly as popular as the Winter Party held earlier in the year, but the White Party still manages to sell out its tickets nearly a year in advance.
- King Mango Strut. Main Avenue and Grand Avenue in Coconut Grove, +1 305 401-1171. Held after Christmas, this parade began as a parody of current events as well as the Orange Bowl Parade. The Orange Bowl Parade, unlike its famous Rose Bowl counterpart, is no longer held anymore, but the King Mango Strut is still having a good time making fun of the previous year’s follies.
Foodies and chefs alike herald Miami for its unique New World cuisine. Created in the 1990s, the cuisine alternatively known as New World, Nuevo Latino or Florribean cuisine blends local produce, Latin American and Caribbean culinary tradition and the technical skills required in European cooking. Nuevo Latino is said to be the brainchild of four chefs: Allen Susser, Norman Van Aken, Mark Militello and Douglas Rodriguez. All of them still work in Miami and most of them work at the restaurants they created in the 1990s. New World is not restricted to these chefs’ menus. This cuisine influences several restaurants around the city to this day.
Miami may be known for its Latin cuisine, especially its Cuban cuisine but also cuisines from South American countries such as Colombia, but there are other different kinds of restaurants to be found around the city. In addition to stand-alone restaurants offering up various cuisines from Chinese and Japanese and Middle Eastern and Italian (among other cuisines), there are cafés, steakhouses and restaurants operating from boutique hotels as well as chain restaurants such as TGI Fridays and Ben & Jerry’s.
Miami is known for having nightclubs double as restaurants throughout the city. Most of these restaurants, such as Tantra (which had one of their chefs recently appear on Top Chef: Miami), BED and the Pearl Restaurant and Champagne Lounge (attached to Nikki Beach), are located throughout South Beach. However, some of these restaurants/nightclubs like Grass Lounge can be found in the Design District (north of downtown but south of North Miami).
If many of Miami’s premiere restaurants don’t fit into your daily budget, consider eating during Miami Restaurant Month (better known as Miami Spice ) in August and September. This year at 80 select restaurants, lunch costs $22 and dinner is $35.
Miami’s dining scene reflects burgeoning diversity, mixing exotic newcomer restaurants with long-standing institutions, often seasoned by Latin influence and hot winds of the Caribbean. New World cuisine, a culinary counterpart to accompany Miami’s New World Symphony, provides a loose fusion of Latin, Asian, and Caribbean flavors utilizing fresh, area-grown ingredients. Innovative restaurateurs and chefs similarly reel in patrons with Floribbean-flavored seafood fare, while keeping true to down-home Florida favorites.
Don't be fooled by the plethora of super lean model types you're likely to see posing throughout Miami. Contrary to popular belief, dining in this city is as much a sport as the in-line skating on Ocean Drive. With over 6,000 restaurants to choose from, dining out in Miami has become a passionate pastime for locals and visitors alike. Its star chefs have fused Californian-Asian with Caribbean and Latin elements to create a world-class flavor all its own: Floribbean. Think mango chutney splashed over fresh swordfish or a spicy sushi sauce served alongside Peruvian ceviche.
Whatever you're craving, Miami's got it—with the exception of decent Chinese food and a New York-style slice of pizza. If you're craving a scene with your steak, then South Beach is the place to be. Like many cities in Europe and Latin America, it is fashionable to dine late in South Beach, preferably after 9PM, sometimes as late as midnight. Service on South Beach is notoriously slow and arrogant, but it comes with the turf (of course, it is possible to find restaurants that defy the notoriety and actually pride themselves on friendly service). On the mainland—especially in Coral Gables, and, more recently, downtown and on Brickell Avenue—you can also experience fine, creative dining without the pretense.
There are several Peruvian restaurants at SW 88th Street and SW 137th Avenue in Kendale Lakes. Take the 88 or 288 buses from Dadeland North train station. This is kind of out of the way, but it is worth it.
- La Carreta, ☎ +1 305 444-7501. SW 8th St, – Open 24hrs a day. Cuban. The flagship restaurant of a small chain of Cuban restaurants (including one location at Miami International Airport). It should be noted that the majority of staff only speak limited English but menus are available in both English and Spanish. $5–$22 per person, per meal.
- Baleen at Grove Isle Hotel & Spa, ☎ +1 305 858-8300. Four Grove Isle Dr, – Far beyond typical Miami restaurants, Baleen consistently draws attendance from faire aficionados and consistent critical acclaim from Zagat's, Gourmet and AAA. The menu is eclectic and eccentric, with selections fresh from the sea, land and garden. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
- Chef Allen’s, 19088 NE 29th Ave, ☎ +1 305 935-2900. Sun-Thu 6PM-10PM, Fri-Sat 6PM-11PM. Allen Susser was named the best chef in the South in 1994 by the James Beard Foundation. A perfect place to try New World cuisine. Dinner jackets suggested. $9–$46 (the tasting menu is $75 per person).
- Casa Tua, 1700 James Ave, ☎ +1 305 673-1010. – Lunch Mon-Fri 11:30AM-3PM, dinner Mon-Sat 7PM-12AM. Italian. Casa Tua is proud of the fact that there is no outside signage outside its restaurant. If the restaurant decides to advertise out front, it’s not going to be soon. Reservations are required to get inside, but make sure you can find the restaurant first or you might get a headache attempting to get to dinner. $12–$100 per person, per meal.
- Ola, 5061 Biscayne Blvd (in the Sanctuary Hotel), ☎ +1 305 695-9125. – Mon-Thu 6PM-12AM, Fri-Sat 6PM-2AM. Nuevo Latino. Chef Douglas Rodriguez’ restaurant, Of Latin America, is a mixture of Spanish and Latin American culinary traditions. Reservations recommended. $20–$35 per person, per meal.
- Ortanique on the Mile , 278 Miracle Mile (near Actor’s Playhouse), +1 305 446-7710 – Mon-Tue 6PM-10PM, Wed-Sat 6PM-11PM, Sun 5:30PM–9:30PM. New World. One of three Ortanique restaurants (the other two are located in Washington, D.C. and Las Vegas. The food has a mixture of Caribbean and French influences. Reservations are requested. $19–$36 per person, per meal.
- Azul, 500 Brickell Key Drive, ☎ +1 305 913-8358. Miami, Florida 33131, – Award winning blend of Mediterranean flavors with Asian influences.
Nightlife in Miami consists of upscale hotel clubs, independent bars frequented by locals (including sports bars) and nightclubs. Most hotel bars and independent bars turn the other cheek at your physical appearance, but you have to dress to impress (which does not mean dress like a stripper) to get into a nightclub. Also remember to never, under any circumstances, insult the doormen and/or nightclub employees that will grant you entry or touch the velvet ropes or you may as well be sitting on the opposite side of the clamoring masses trying to get in. Attempting to tip the doormen and claiming that you know employees that work in the nightclubs (unless you actually called and reserved a table or a spot on the VIP list) is also considered an affront. Getting to the club unfashionably early and pushing through the crowd (and not the doormen) also can help make you stand out in the crowd. Finally, most nightclubs won’t admit groups of men unless those men are waiting in front of a gay bar. Bring some women or leave the pack if you’re desperate to get in. And once you get in, remember that the charge to get in these clubs can cost up to $20—cash only (some clubs, however, mercifully have ATMs—that can charge up to $7 for a withdrawal). Popular drinks in Miami include the Cuba Libre and the mojito.
Remember that sales tax is 7% in Miami.
- Collins Avenue between 15th and 3rd Streets, Miami's Collins Avenue has stores to satisfy all shopping tastes and budgets.
- Lincoln Road also on South Beach, Lincoln Road offers a large range of stores and restaurants running the gauntlet from cozy cafe to high class dining. There is a farmers market held here all day on Sundays, as well as an antiques market (days vary).
Most clothing shops located away from major Miami area shopping centers are located in South Beach.
- Sephora, 721 Collins Avenue, ☎ +1 305 532-0494. Open Mon-Thu 10AM-10PM, Fri-Sat 10AM-11PM, Sun 11AM-8PM. Nationwide chain specializing in makeup. There are also branches of Sephora in the Dadeland Mall.
- M*A*C, 650 Collins Ave, ☎ +1 305 604-9040. – Small outpost of the worldwide cosmetic line. There is also a branch of M*A*C in Aventura Mall.
- Uncle Sam’s Music, 1141 Washington Ave. Since 1984 this independent record store has electronic music as well as items like stickers and incense.
- Aventura Mall, 19501 Biscayne Blvd (near the Dade/Broward County line), ☎ +1 305 935-1110. – Mon-Sat 10AM-9:30PM, Sun 12PM-8PM. This mall, spanning 2.3 million feet, not only has nation-wide chains such as JCPenney and Macy’s but also has chains such as Abercrombie and Fitch as well as Rainbow Valley Playground, a play spot for children. The other notable landmark of this mall is its 24-screen movie theater.
- Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave (on 97th Street in Bal Harbour), ☎ +1 305 866-0311. – Mon-Sat 10AM-9PM, Sun 12PM-6PM (Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue are open from 12PM-7PM). Several designer labels fill up the spaces of Bal Harbour Shops, including Chanel, Cartier, Fendi and Gucci among others. For those not wealthy enough to buy these designer labels, Bal Harbour Shops also has Banana Republic and the Gap in the mall as well. $1 (parking fee).
- Bayside Marketplace, 401 Biscayne Blvd (near Bayfront Park), ☎ +1 305 577-3344. – Mon-Fri 10AM-10PM, Sat 10AM-11PM, Sun 11AM-9PM. Despite having several chain stores such as the Hard Rock Café, the Gap, Sketchers and Victoria’s Secret attached to it, this mall is noted for its gorgeous views of Biscayne Bay. The only downside is that traffic is bad at Bayside when Bayfront Park is having a concert nearby. Connected to public transit via Metrorail and Metromover.
- CocoWalk, 3015 Grand Ave (in Coconut Grove), ☎ +1 305 577-3344. Sun-Thu 11AM-10PM, Fri-Sat 11AM-12AM (stores), restaurants and bars open until 2AM. This open-air mall not only has nice Mediterranean-styled architecture but chain stores such as Victoria’s Secret and FYE Music.
- Dadeland Mall, 7535 North Kendall Dr (in Kendall), ☎ +1 305 665-6226. Mon-Sat 10AM-9:30PM, Sun 12PM-7PM. Dadeland is one of the United States’ first malls. Macy's and Saks Fifth Avenue are some of the stores now represented at Dadeland.
- Dolphin Mall, 11401 Northwest 12th St, ☎ +1 305 365-7446. – Mon-Fri 10AM-9:30PM, Sat 10AM-9:30 PM, Sun 11AM-7PM. In addition to Off 5th (a Saks Fifth Avenue outlet store), Marshall’s HomeGoods and Burlington Coat Factory, this mall has a movie theater and many busy restaurants.
- The Falls, 8888 Howard Dr (in Kendall), ☎ +1 305 255-4570. – Mon-Sat 10AM-9:30 PM, Sun 12PM-7PM. Shops including Brooks Brothers and Pottery Barn adorn this mall and its tropical waterfalls.
- Lincoln Road Mall. Lincoln Rd between Alton Rd and Washington Ave – This open-air pedestrian mall was designed in 1957 by legendary Miami architect Morris Lapidus. It includes restaurants and cafes that run the gamut from Starbucks to Miami originals like Pizza Rustica and David’s Café. There is outside seating. It includes nationally known shops such as French Connection, Ann Taylor and Anthropologie, as well as international shops such as Italy’s Miss Sixty. There’s also a multiplex theater located on the corner of Lincoln Road and Alton Drive. incoln Road Mall also hosts a farmers market on Sun from 9AM to 6PM and an antiques market on the second and fourth Sundays from 9AM to 5PM. Call +1 305 673-4991 for information about the antiques market.
- Shops at Sunset Place, 5701 Sunset Dr, ☎ +1 305 663-0482. – Open Mon-Thu 11AM-10PM, Fri-Sat 11AM-11PM, Sun 11AM-9PM – In addition to nationwide chains such as the Gap, Urban Outfitters and Victoria’s Secret, this mall has a Niketown store, as well as a large movie theater.
- Village of Merrick Park, 4425 Ponce de Leon Blvd (in Coral Gables), ☎ +1 305 529-0200. – Mon-Sat 10AM-9PM, Sun 12PM-6PM. The Village is Bal Harbour Shops’ major competition. It is very much like Bal Harbour. This mall features mostly designer stores such as Jimmy Choo, Neiman Marcus and is the home of Miami’s first Nordstrom.
- Miami International Mall, 1455 NW 107th Ave, ☎ +1 305 593-1775. – Open Mon-Sat 10AM-9PM, Sun 11AM-7PM. There 120 stores including Macy's, Dillard's and JCPenney.
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