Miami Luxury City Guide: Miami's notoriously warm weather makes it an especially popular winter destination for those wanting to escape the snow, but the beautiful beaches and waving palm trees make it a city to watch all year round.
Called the Gateway of the Americas, Miami is home to over a thousand multinational corporations and is proud to have a lot of Latin flavor. While Miami works hard, it plays even harder, being home to a stunning array of entertainment options, from the warm beaches to the chic boutiques, nightclubs, bars and restaurants that the palm-tree-lined avenues.
South Beach, with its sherbert colored art-deco era buildings, is squeezed between First and 23rd streets and is filled with great people-watching by day and great entertainment by night. Learn about the historic area on the Art Deco District Tour and then stop in at some of the shops on elite Collins Avenue, like Giroux for shoes and classic luxury favorites Kenneth Cole and Nicole Miller. Before heading out for the evening, dine at La Marea Restaurant, featuring not only some of the finest cuisine, but also the only view of the ocean available on Ocean Avenue.
At night, check out some of South Beach's most notoriously hot nightclubs, including Nocturnal, a multi-floored party palace. Or pay tribute to the city's Latin heritage at Bongo's Cuban Café, the hottest Latin flavored nightclub from international superstars Gloria and Emilio Estefan, where you can eat, drink and dance the night away.
In Downtown Miami, you can explore a cultural whirlwind at a host of museums and exhibits. Throughout Miami, catch glimpses of public art, like The Miami Line. Built in 1984, the Miami Line is a neon sculpture that spans a total of 1,540 feet and can be glimpsed from various points around the city. You can also visit the South Florida Historical Museum and see exhibits featuring the history of the local area. While in downtown, grab a bite to eat at one of the area's farmer's markets or stop in at one of Miami's fusion of culture restaurants like Abokado Sushi Restaurant, which combines sushi with Latin flavors.
Must Sees & Do's:
The Everglades are located just west of Miami and are a popular way for visitors to experience life outside the city. Tours are offered year round and if hiking, boating or biking are not your idea of luxury, hop aboard a tram to discover the wildlife habitat.
Because of its location, Miami is also a popular place to enjoy water sports, from snorkeling to scuba diving at Biscayne National Underwater Park. You can get to know aquatic animals up close and personal at the Miami Seaquarium, where you can swim with dolphins at a scaled down version of Sea World, another popular resort in Florida. And all over Miami, stay at resorts that offer both land and sea activities, like the Doral Golf Resort & Spa. Beach lovers will love the luxurious Acqualina Resort & Spa, perfect for a romantic getaway or families.
Wining and Dining:
Fans of Top Chef Season 5 will want to check out DiLido Beach Club in the Ritz-Carlton, where Jeff McInnis presides as chef, featuring Mediterranean style cuisine and special cocktails; the Ritz-Carlton is the perfect way to enjoy Miami's perfect weather.
In Miami, so close to the ocean, the city is filled with some of the world's best seafood, served up any way you like it. At La Marea Restaurant, you can find it Italian-style. The Oceanaire Seafood Room changes it seafood offerings daily, but even the toughest palates find something to their liking.
Because of Miami's diverse population, each neighborhood offers its own brand of excellent cuisine, often with a Latin twist, from Brazilian churrasasco to Cuban medianoches.
For the VIP:
Many celebrities make their home in Miami, whether it is on Millionaire's Row or elsewhere in the city of plenty. While visiting, play as hard as they do, without lifting a finger for yourself, your guests, or even your furry best friend. To help you enjoy Miami by land or sea check out these luxe services:
Miami's vibrant nightlife means that no drinking and driving is a must. Instead, let Chauffeured Limousine Services drive you from the nightclub to the hotel. They also go from airport to cruise port in style.
Cruise around Miami in style in a yacht from Miami Luxury Yacht Charters Inc. The luxury yacht company provides yachts for all needs, whether it's a party or a corporate gathering.
Don't worry about your furry friend, Chateau Poochie Dog Resort & Spa will pamper you pooch in its 5-star facility.
The JustLuxe City Guides have been created for you, our discerning readers, to highlight the most sophisticated, the most popular and the most elegant locations in every destination.
Our local concierge continuously strives to ensure we feature the best of the best in luxury services, dining, hotels and more. Every city offers new things to enjoy, cultures to immerse yourself in and sights to see. We have sought out the best places to see, be seen or just be.