Bienvenidos a Miami! We spent a weekend in Miami, a city that is a melting pot of cultures, diversity, food, art, and entertainment. Miami is unlike any other city in the US, which makes it the perfect weekend destination. It has a tropical climate, turquoise beaches, unique architecture, and a multitude of neighborhoods to explore.
Miami Travel Vlog:
Top Sights to See During a Weekend Trip:
1. Art Deco Architecture - One of the most distinct aspects of Miami is the architecture. The Miami Beach area offers the largest concentration of 1920s and 1930s Art Deco buildings, many of which are painted in pastel colors. Visit the Visitor Center for the daily walking tour.
2. Colorful Lifeguard Stands - Stroll down Miami Beach to see the vibrantly colored lifeguard stands. Each one makes a statement and is the perfect backdrop for a photoshoot.
3. Little Havana - A few minutes west of the Downtown is Little Havana, one of the most influential neighborhoods in Miami and home to the largest population of Cuban Americans. This neighborhood is a great way to experience Cuban culture without having to board a plane. The center of the action is Calle Ocho, a street filled with political monuments, cafes, cigar shops, and restaurants. Grab a cafecito at El Pub for a taste of Cuban culture.
4. Wynwood Walls - The largest outdoor art gallery, featuring blocks of murals done by international street artists. We found everything from black and white striped facades to a giant boombox.
5. South Beach - A visit to Miami is not complete without visiting the beaches, which offer pure-white sand, colorful umbrellas, and year-round warm swimming water. Relax on the beach or join the action with plenty of water sports, including boating, parasailing, and jet skiing to name a few.
6. Vizcaya Museum and Gardens - For a slice of elegant old-world charm and European style, visit Vizcaya which is only a few minutes from the Downtown. The Great Gatsby-like estate was once owned by James Deering in the 1920's who lived there during the winter months. He styled the estate with a European ascetic, which is unique as it was adapted for the tropical climate. The gardens are the perfect spot for a photoshoot and resemble an ocean-front version of Versailles.
7. Perez Art Museum - This museum is located in Miami's Museum Park and contains an eclectic collection of contemporary art. Be sure to check out the visitor favorite called "Penetrable", an outdoor interactive piece by JesÃºs Rafael Soto. The museum also features and expansive outdoor space with a sculpture garden and stunning hanging gardens.
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