South Beach - Probably one of the best-known sights in Miami, this neighbourhood and 2 kilometre-long stretch of white sand runs from the southern tip of the Miami peninsula north to its junction with Miami beach. Millions of sun seekers flock to this beach each year for the clean waters, fine sand and buzzing atmosphere. If South beach is the face of Miami, then Ocean Drive is definitely the beating heart. Supercars, thumping music and neon lights abound, it’s alive day and night with diners, partiers, tourists and everyone in between enjoying the many restaurants, bars and clubs. For a slightly more toned-down Miami sight head to Lincoln Road Mall to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of a warm summer night among the crowds out shopping and dining.
Miami is very much tied to the water and this influence shows. The Miami Seaquarium gives visitors a view into the underwater world, with displays of colourful fish, coral and marine habitats. Get in the water yourself at the Venetian Pool, the largest freshwater pool in the US, built from an old rock quarry. Enjoy a variety of watersports on Miami’s beaches like jet-skiing, stand-up paddling and even parasailing. Heading inland to Little Havana you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d just landed in Cuba as Latin music plays from the Cuban bars and eateries along Calle Ocho.