The world’s premier playground, Greater Miami offers visitors the best of all worlds — a rare destination where the cutting edge of urban chic co-exists with the beauty and splendor of a tropical paradise. Great year-round weather, top-ranked beaches and the sparkling waters of Biscayne Bay are the backdrops for a cosmopolitan metropolis, pulsing with the rhythms of its diverse population.
Boasting a vibrant arts and cultural landscape, renowned nightlife scene and world-class dining and entertainment, Miami draws an eclectic mix of visitors from sizzling celebrities to frolicking families seeking fun in the sun.
A meandering collection of more than 35 municipalities spread out over 2,000 square miles, Greater Miami is home to more than 2.4 million people. More than half of its residents claim Spanish as their native language, while the lilting tones of Portuguese, French, Creole, Italian, Russian, Yiddish, German, Italian, Dutch and Hebrew are also heard throughout the city — in the homes, cafés and gathering spots of the dozens of Miami’s distinctly different neighborhoods.
Some areas, like South Beach’s Art Deco District, are internationally renowned, while other less-heralded burgs like South Miami and Hialeah are hidden treasures waiting to be uncovered by intrepid explorers.
Sunny, subtropical Miami is a celebrity-studded playground known for its sandy beaches, pulsating nightlife, Latin culture and contemporary art scene. It’s also home to the world’s largest collection of Art Deco architecture.
Start with a Miami Design Preservation League tour of the Art Deco Historic District, with more than 800 buildings. Also, consider a tour of the opulent Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, a 1916 Italian Renaissance-style villa.
Then, it’s time to party! Take a salsa lesson at a lively Latin club and head to South Beach, famous for its trendy restaurants and sizzling nightclubs. During the day, relax on one of the sugar-white Key Biscayne beaches, shop the boutiques along the Lincoln Road pedestrian mall or visit one of the city’s contemporary art galleries.
Miami also hosts the world-renowned Art Basel Miami Beach, one of the most prestigious art shows in the United States, held each December.