What to do in Miami: 3 ways to experience the city

There are so many fun things to do in Miami it’s almost impossible to know where to start. Pick one of these trip styles to explore the beachside city your way.

Miami might as well be its own nation – one where people from all over have congregated under the sun to create its unique atmosphere. Not only is it Spring Break central and home to some of the best beaches in the US, but it’s also famous for its Latin American and Caribbean cuisine and bright-hued architecture. 

We guarantee there’s something for everyone in this multifaceted city, so pick your trip style below and get moving.
 

1. Miami for adventurers

A Miami street

Colourful Ocean Drive in Miami Beach: courtesy iStock

With expansive beaches, the Everglades and constant sunshine, lovers of the outdoors are never bored in Miami. 

Sunny Isles Beach is a microcosm of all the best activities in the city: run, bike or swim in local-favorite Haulover Beach; and kayak, paddle or camp at nearby Oleta River State Park. 

Opportunities for water sports abound, with numerous places to go deep sea fishing, snorkeling, jet skiing and even paragliding. 

To relax, join free Wednesday sunrise yoga at Samson Oceanfront Park.
 

2. Miami for art buffs 

Two men walking along a street with graffiti art behind them

The Wynwood Walls are a local icon; courtesy iStock

Contemporary art defines the soul of the aptly named Wynwood Art District. On any given day, you can tour the colourful Wynwood Walls, whose large graffiti murals inspire awe in art lovers and influencers alike. Or enjoy art in a more traditional setting in some of the district’s 30 galleries and studio spaces, like Wyn 317 or the Bakehouse Art Complex.

On the second Saturday of the month, you can head along to the exciting Wynwood Art Walk, when several galleries, restaurants and businesses stay open until late to create a culturally rich giant block party.
 

3. Miami for foodies

Three plates of food from Versailles Restaurant in Miami

Enjoy a Cuban sandwich and other treats at Versailles; courtesy Dessie Orear

Like a city within a city, Little Havana brings the best authentic Cuban food you can get without going to the island. 

The famous Versailles Restaurant has many notable Cuban staples, including Cuban sandwiches and strong cortadito coffee. You can also find dishes from virtually any country in Latin America: from Mexican tacos to Venezuelan hot dogs and Nicaraguan tamales. 

For dessert, try one of the unique signature flavors of Azucar Ice Cream Company, like flan and sweet plantain.
 

Words by Mariana Zapata; published Friday 13 March 2020

Quick Facts 
Population Approx. 625,000
Time Zone GMT -5
Languages English (official), Spanish, Native American
Currency American Dollar ($USD)
Electricity 110v - 60Hz
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