The palm-strewn streets of the South Florida city of Miami are hardly the American norm. Miami, with its large Hispanic influences is a refreshing alternative and at times bizarre take on life. Miami sometimes feels like an entirely different continent. Perhaps it’s something about the regular hurricanes, or the at times drenching humidity, buts there’s something about this corner of the USA. Miami livened everyone up, propped them in classic Cadillacs and got them playing with the local alligators in a testosterone fuelled exploits..
You couldn’t visit Miami without going to a beach, and strolling amongst the bikini-clad locals, or hiring rollerblades and stumbling clumsily along the seafront. Away from the sandy shores, though, there’s a surprising variety of natural beauty to be unveiled. Cruise around the musty everglades keeping an eye out for supersized alligators, enjoy Florida Key’s sun-stroked sand bars, or head to the mangroves and enjoy the Caribbean sun from yet another hot spot.
If you’re into your fashionable little things, Fort Lauderdale’s the place to be, though you’ll pay through the nose for it. Bring your designer labels and don’t forget to pout. A quieter take on Miami is on offer in the downtown bars, though not much quieter, while you can go full pelt at the South Beach’s leery night spots.
The cultural variety of a city so close to both Mexico and the Caribbean is alluring in itself, and can be discovered round nearly every corner, in the products on sale, as well as venues like the Cuban or Black Heritage Museums, and tourist draws like the magnificent home of Bacardi.
If you’re into theme parks, the Seaquarium, where whales and dolphins glide around an astonishing tropical paradise, is spectacular, while heading over to Disneyland in Orlando is a key part of most visitors’ trips. If you’re planning on staying a while, pick up a GoMiami card, which will get you on an airboat ride, into the zoo and even onto Jungle Island at a bargain basement per day price.
Make the most of soaking up a city that’s drenched in rays and vibrant street culture, where you can get a toned-down taste of just what it is to experience the real world ‘Scarface’. Sunny, lively, and ranging from old-world alligator wrestling rough to intensely fashionable hubs, Miami is just different, and different is rarely a bad thing, especially if you're traveling in country. You’ll love it.
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