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Miami is seen as one of the major party cities in America, but this place has so much more to offer than night clubs, South Beach and their world famous sports teams. Miami initially became popular in the 1920’s with New Yorkers visiting during their winter months then, due to the Fidel Castro regime, many Cubans fled to the ‘Magic City’ lending the city an amazing Latin vibe. One of the remarkable things about Miami is the fact Spanish is more widely spoken than English, even though it’s in the USA. Here’s how to spend 24 hours in Miami, in style…
Start the day off at the Miami Seaquarium; the best place to see ocean animals including ocras, dolphins, sharks, fish, sea lions, stringrays and so many more. There are loads of shows to see - including a fantastic dolphin show based on Flipper, as this is where the TV shows and films were shot. The Sequarium is based in Key Biscayne, a location boasting some the most popular beaches with the locals - perfect for catching up on those famous Floridian rays.
If you’re looking for culture, head to Coral Gables. On the way you can stop off at the Museum of Science to experience a host of exciting hands on exhibits and even a planetarium. Next stop is The Venetian Pool - one of the greatest swimming pools in the world. It’s based on a Mediterranean city with grand entrances, buildings, waterfalls and plazas to replicate a classical, European feel. The pool itself was built in 1923 from coral rock quarry. It’s open to the public and is a great place to spend a relaxing afternoon (you’re going to need your energy for later!).
Why not head to Lincoln Road on Miami Beach for some relaxed shopping and lots of restaurants. A personal favourite is the Nexxt Café and is normally the first place I go when I arrive. Great for any meal of the day but my choice is the Meatloaf Sandwich which is a healthy slab of meatloaf on top of some mash potato on some eggy-bread covered with onions and gravy! There are also some great chocolate shops so I would skip desert and head to Ghirardelli where you can feast on your chocolate fantasies.
There are some amazing superclubs in Miami but if you want the authentic Miami experience, you need to go to the world famous Ocean Drive. This is where you think of when you talk about Miami – it’s Art Deco at its best. There are plenty of bars and clubs for you to start your night at but just a short walk is Cameo nightclub, which often hosts some of the world’s best DJs.
As you’ve been up all night you'll then need to chill and eat - the only place to been seen for breakfast is at the News Café (also on Ocean Drive).
Now time for bed!
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1. Flying from Manchester with Thomas Cook Airlines - from £729pp - 4* The Gates Hotel South Beach, Miami.
2. 7-night stay in Miami including flights.
3. Book between 21 April - 08 May.
4. Based on travel dates in September 2017.