Miami Travel Guide

Activities & Events

Beaches

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 SpaPhone: +1 305 674-4772This 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 MiamiFor 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 CafePhone: +1 786 777-2100For reservations and info: - Bongos Cuban Caf has locations in Miami, South Beach, Hollywood, FL and Orlando, FL. The caf 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 MiamiTake a relaxing cruise to a variety of locations.
South Beach Food TourExplore 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 Stadium2269 Dan Marino Boulevard(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 NFLs 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 rheard@dolphinstadium.com 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 Arena601 Biscayne Blvd1 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 & Rentals1250 S Miami AvePhone: +1 305 358-0745Suite 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 RidesPhone: +1 305 860-5830Year 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 Park501 Marlins Way1 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.
Events

There are very few city-wide events planned during Jul and Aug because of the high temperatures during the summer in Miami.

Ultra Music FestivalStreets of downtown Miami. People from around the world flock to Miami every March for its notorious Ultra Music Festival. Its 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 MiamiMiami, 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 WeekMiami Beach Convention Center, South Beach, Miami, FL. March 2124, 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 worlds fashion elite flock to Miami.
FedEx Orange Bowl Football GamePhone: +1 305 341-4700Sun Life Stadium. Held in early Jan around New Years 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 FestivalVarious 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 Universitys 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 Universitys hospitality program students volunteer at some of the festivals 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 ConferenceFax: +1 954 563-1599Various 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. Dont 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 StrutMain 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 years follies.

source: Wikivoyage

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