is a huge, modern city located on the south eastern coast of the United States and one of the most visited places in Florida
. You can imagine the amount of lodging options offered ranging from big resorts, to unique boutique hotels and even luxurious apartments and houses that you can get as vacation rentals. All of these options and anything in between are available at Wimdu.com. The kind of accommodations and price range varies in each neighborhood, for example: Downtown, the financial district of the city, has Miami’s largest concentration of hotel rooms with over 6,000 of them. The lodging options here are mostly dedicated to make business travelers happy. On the other hand, for well known, beachfront hotels and resorts and art deco inspired boutique hotels South Beach is the perfect choice. It is also one of the most popular areas among travelers, and if you look well, you might find luxurious, privately owned apartments at great prices. Then there is Little Havana where the predominant Latin culture permeates everything, and lodging rates remain affordable, even at 4 star accommodations.
More About Miami
Miami is a very popular city mainly due to its beautiful beaches, nightlife, festivals, and its rich and varied culture, plus shopping galore. One of the main reasons that make it unique is the Art Deco District
in South Beach. It is considered one of the most glamorous places for all of the above mentioned activities. If you are looking for something more historic, you can also check out the historic districts and neighborhoods where you can check out different cultures such as Little Haiti and Little Havana.
Miami has the largest Latin American population outside of Latin America. Almost 65% of its population are immigrants from the Latin American Countries or have a Latin American ancestry.
Miami is the 7th most populous metropolitan area in the United States.
It is such an important city that in 2010, it was classified as an Alpha- World City in the World Cities Study Group’s inventory.
According to a 2009 UBS study of 73 world cities, Miami was ranked as the richest city in the United States.
This is where you want to be if you are looking for a cruise. The Port of Miami is the world's busiest cruise port. I bet you will find the right one for you.
A 2011 study by Walk Score ranked Miami the eighth most walkable of the fifty largest cities in the United States.
No one visits Miami and deliberately misses a trip to at least one of its famous beaches
. And there is good reason for it, they are gorgeous and open for visitors all year round due to the amazing weather of Florida. Another of those places that should not be missed by any visitor is The Everglades
. This natural region of tropical wetlands is one of a kind and the perfect place to learn about local flora and fauna, as well as doing fun outdoor activities, being the most popular one riding an air boat. For more outdoor activities that get you closer to nature you might want to try Jungle Island
, a place where you get hands on experience with animals and see educational animal shows. Or you can visit one of the botanical gardens near you like Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
. For a fun day with kids don’t pass the opportunity to see one of the only zoos that can call themselves cage-less: Zoo Miami. You won’t regret it!
Shopping and Culture
Miami and shopping
are practically synonyms for a lot of people. That is because there are tons and tons of stores where you can find anything from clothes, cosmetics, furniture to all sorts of weird accessories for pets. Three of the most popular spots for shopping are Aventura Mall
, Bal Harbour Shops
and Bayside Marketplace
. But there is more out there than shopping, take festivals for example. Miami is famous for its Calle Ocho Festival
and Carnival Miami
. It is also a place known for being one of the largest performing arts centers in the country, so you will never run out of shows and theater plays to enjoy. The same thing goes about to music, due to the many Latin Americans living here you can find concerts of all sorts of different musical styles in Sunny Miami.
Eating and Drinking
This amazing mixture of cultures that we know as Miami is also known around the world for its unique New World cuisine. It is a blend of Latin
flavors and techniques. But even with Latin cuisine being the most popular one you can still find dishes and restaurants that serve food from China, Japan, the Middle East and Italy. As could be expected from such a varied city, in it the luxurious restaurants with creative and unique dishes coexist in perfect balance with food trucks and many bars where you also get a taste of the delicious local food. So stay away from the fast food chains and dare to try Miami’s unique cuisine.
I mentioned before that this is a great city for walking, but it is also quite big! So you can’t walk everywhere if you want to explore its different neighborhoods. Thankfully it also has a great transport system. First there is Metrorail
, an elevated rail system that serves Miami and other surrounding cities, it has over 23 stations and connects many areas of touristic interest. Then there is Metromover
. It serves Downtown Miami and is free. You can also catch a cab but those can get a bit expensive. And last, if you prefer privacy and going at your own pace you can rent a car. This last one is the most convenient if you are not going to stay in just one area.