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The Magic City

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Miami is known as the ‘Magic City’ and, for once, the nickname perfectly suits its subject. There's nowhere as enchanting as Miami.

Wherever you go, from the Art Deco condos of Miami Beach to the beautiful-people populated clubs of South Beach, Miami transports it’s visitors to another world, a world of glamor, decadence and pure pleasure.

Part of the magic is Miami's role as a meeting point for cultures. With everyone from Cuban exiles to elderly New Yorkers, European surfers to Venezuelan dancers, Orthodox Jews and Caribbean musicians to college party animals, the people of Miami are half the show themselves.

Whether you’re jetting in for a two-week break or are just on shore for a couple of days as part of a cruise, there are places to see and things to do that no visitor to Miami should miss.

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High season in Miami falls between November and April, when you can expect perfect weather and nonstop entertainment choices, but on the downside, crammed restaurants and busy hotels. Head over at Christmas for the Art Basel event at Miami Beach, or book a Spring Break and hang with the college kids in March. Although the weather is more humid (and still scorching hot) from May to September, night-time temperatures are fine, hotel rates come down, and restaurants lower their tariffs. Visits between September and November can work out to be even cheaper, however, with hurricanes a real possibility during this period, it could turn out to be a different-kind-of-experience than you might have planned!

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Where to Stay in Miami

Accommodation-wise, Miami is most famous for its up-market boutique hotels, with a cluster of smaller luxury options in South Beach. Many of these hotels feature lavish interiors and imaginative exteriors as imagined by leading designers. They are a great choice for art lovers, but not so good for families, as the rooms can be a little small. If you do need to stretch out, try the high-rises around Miami Beach or Downtown Miami, such as the Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay, the Conrad Miami or the impressive Grand Beach Hotel.

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Miami's Hottest Shopping Streets

If you want to shop for everything from clothes to electronics, Collins Avenue (between 3rd and 15th Street) is the place to head, although Lincoln Road in South Beach comes a close second. It's a great place to window shop for exclusive boutique fashion through to high-street labels, and being Miami, you can dine in style or sip a coffee with a newspaper whenever you need a shopping break. There's even a South Beach Farmers' Market every Sunday, as well as the regular street markets to explore.

Groceries and Other Necessities

Miami has all of the major supermarket brands that you'd expect, such as Aldi, Public, Winn Dixie and Walmart, as well as specialist stores like Trader Joe's and Whole Foods, so everyone's grocery needs should be covered. There are also plenty of Cuban and Jewish delis for foodies to sample.

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Where to Eat in Miami

Eating is one of Miami's obsessions, and the city is famous across the world for its New World fusion cuisine. As its name suggests, New World (or Nuevo Latino) cuisine brings together cooking traditions from the Caribbean, Latin America, and Florida. Try Chef Allen's for New World masterpieces by acclaimed chef Allen Susser.

Check out downtown Miami for a huge selection of Cuban joints serving up huge portions of meat, or fantastic sushi and steak restaurants. Coral Gables is a great neighborhood to visit if you want great quality Italian food or open air cafes, and for anyone looking for dining with a Bohemian vibe, Coconut Grove is the best place to explore.

Popular options include:

Cuban favorite La Carreta - offering filling, no frills, affordable Cuban mainstays.

Casa Tua - a superb Italian restaurant which relies totally on word of mouth for promotion. Booking is essential.

Nobu - a world-class Sushi restaurant in South Beach. The freshest fish and a dizzying sushi selection.