Miami Travel Guide

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Neighborhoods

Experts say Miami's neighborhoods are one of the reasons people flock to the city every year. Each part of the city has its own unique charisma. Downtown is located on the eastern edge of the city along the Biscayne Bay and serves as the main hub of the city.

Primarily a business and finance district, downtown Miami sparkles with glass skyscrapers that mirror the water of the neighboring Biscayne Bay. Writers don't describe this as the most picturesque part of Miami, but the area contains several attractions of interest, including AmericanAirlines Arena, HistoryMiami and the recently established Museum Park which is home to Perez Art Museum and the future home of the Frost Museum of Science, currently under construction. There are also spots along the Biscayne where you can charter a boat and jet around the bay.

Reviewers say Miami's Design District, located a bit north of downtown, is the equivalent to New York City's SoHo. The eclectic mix of galleries, boutiques, lounges, restaurants and clubs fill the neighborhood, making it a stronghold for artists, architects and interior designers. South of the Design District, Wynwood is the neighborhood experiencing the biggest renaissance in the city. Now you can find famous street art, like the Wynwood Walls, and trendy eateries popping up on every corner. 

Writers say the neighborhood known as Little Havana is like a replica of Cuba's capital city and is filled with a huge contingent of Cuban immigrants. Sitting west of downtown Miami, the area is filled with Spanish conversation (traffic signs are in both English and Spanish), ethnic restaurants and shops selling Cuban wares, cigars included.

For a more isolated and serene Miami experience, take a trip to residential Key Biscayne, a quiet island to the southeast of downtown Miami. Visitors can take the Rickenbacker Causeway to reach Key Biscayne. With ritzy resorts, pretty public beaches and the Bill Baggs State Park, experts especially recommend Key Biscayne to families. You can also find spots for water sports like windsurfing and jet-skiing along the island's shores.

Travel writers say the Coral Gables neighborhood, which is located at the southwestern edge of the city, has a distinctly European feel, with Mediterranean-style architecture, fountains and plazas. The high-end shopping along the Miracle Mile, upscale restaurants, shops and hotel accommodations also give Coral Gables a very posh feel.

Located along the coast to the south of downtown Miami, Coconut Grove used to be a bohemian neighborhood, filled with the city's creative set. In more recent years, gentrification attempts have brought in more chain restaurants and stores — many of which can be found along CocoWalk. Be sure to check out some of the arts theaters that are also located here, including the Momentum Dance Company and the Miami Conservatory of Music. Located close to the University of Miami, this is also a big area for nightlife.

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