24 Hours in Miami

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Often referred to as ‘The Capital of Latin America’, Miami boasts the largest Spanish-speaking population in the USA, with its every corner emanating a Latin buzz. Couple that with year-round temperate weather (thanks to the Gulf Stream ocean current), and you have the ideal place for a US vacation.

 

The city is divided into several districts, the most notable of which are: Downtown, home to financial institutions, fine dining, and Miami’s skyline; the iconic South Beach, with its Art Deco architecture, nightlife, and beach district across Biscayne Bay from Downtown; and Midtown, the new arts and culture capital of the city.


6:00
Start the day with a stunning sunrise hot-air balloon tour of the Miami skyline, Biscayne Bay, and subtropical Everglades. Some rides even offer a charming after-flight picnic.


8:00
If the early rise is getting you down, grab a roadside Cuban coffee – a potent hit of espresso topped with a caramel-sweet froth. It will keep you going all day, and is perfect paired with a pastelito, or Cuban pastry.


9:00
Hit the beach. The best spots are south of Fifth Street in South Beach or Key Biscayne. If you’re able to score an invite to the members-only SoHo Beach House, it won’t disappoint.


12:00
There is a plethora of lunch options in South Beach. For Southern fare, head to Yard Bird, and for a poolside brunch at one of the beach’s most historic hotels, try Restaurant Michael Schwartz.


14:00
Peruse the galleries (and, more importantly, the giant graffiti walls) of Wynwood Art District. If you happen to be in town the second or fourth Saturday of the month, take a two-hour guided graffiti tour.


16:00
Satisfy your inner shopaholic on Lincoln Road or head over to Bal Harbour shops for truly haute perusing. Coral Gables’ Miracle Mile features boutiques and the famed Actors’ Playhouse.


19:30
Catch a show at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts – ranging from ballet and contemporary dance to Broadway and comedy. This is the second-largest centre of its kind in the USA.


22:00
Miami has no shortage of culinary hotspots; the finest, most formal among them are The Forge and 1836. For a glam yet more buttoned-down experience, try Juvia and Mr. Chow.


23:45
Grab after-dinner drinks at Miami’s trendy Asian restaurant and bar Zuma or Hyde Beach, the bar/lounge/hotspot at the SLS Hotel, where Avicii and Robin Thicke have been known to perform



 

Miami, USA
Distance: 12,342 km
Flight Time: 15 hour, 40 minutes
Frequency: Daily Flights

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