by: Juliana Accioly, Oct. 19, 2015
Plentiful beaches, blessed weather, stylish venues, dynamic art spaces and an spectacular dining scene. Miami has it all. Winter is one of the best times to experience this Magic City.
Take a tropical time-out this winter to one of the most vibrant cities in the world. A must-stop amongst chic jet-setters Miami is renowned for retaining its tropical vibe, even as the skyline of the city has soared with glittering new luxury buildings. A place of unique cultural encounters, Miami will leave you wide-eyed with wonder with its unique mix of nature, art scene and famed hot spots with breathtaking views. Check out our top 10 reasons to jet-off now to this incredible vacation destination.
- ONE-OF-A-KIND BEACHES
The beach tops the list. Picture translucent azure water, sugary sand, water that is clean and warm enough to swim in even during the winter. Miami’s miles of pristine coastline and gorgeous sun-bathing spots will beckon you from all directions. Melt your stress away in one of the many trendy palm-fringed South Beach spots.
- ADRENALINE RUSH
If actually riding the waves is what you seek, Miami has some of the best waters sports opportunities. You can go kayaking, jet skiing, parasailing, windsurfing and scuba diving and deep-sea fishing year round. Private charters abound for those looking for adventures, a day of sailing or (why not?) romance at seaside.
- A SUNSHINE STATE OF MIND
Pack light for Miami’s good weather is legendary, but it’s also real! Temperature rarely drops below 68 degrees Fahrenheit and you might just feel empowered by this city’s relentless cheerful climate. Under the soft December sun, you will find yourself enjoying privileged rollerblading, people watching and delightful strolls on Ocean Drive. Delightful balmy nights are a perfect invitation for this city’s famed night outs!
- THERE’S AN UNINTERRUPTED FLOW OF FUN
Powered by its warm weather, Miami is always decked out in celebration mode. Once you are done exploring this city’s famed beaches, art scene, shopping and dining, you can start your evening at one of the many refined South Beach five-star-hotel cocktail bars, then walk to one of the most famed, world-class night clubs where DJs from all over the world spin the night away to a mix of international visitors and celebrity crowds. Traditional Latin dancing is everywhere, and Midtown and Wynwood are for hipster, trendy hangouts and pubs.
- NATURE ABOUNDS
If you are more of a nature person, it is easy to change the pace in the Magic City, as it is snuggled between two national parks. The Everglades to the west is filled with hiking and biking trails and a wildlife of crocodiles and alligators and Biscayne National Park is a snorkeling and canoeing paradise with its mangrove forests coral reefs. Jungle Island is a beautiful place to introduce your children to tropical birds and the Miami Seaquarium offers memorable swimming with dolphins.
- It’s Latin CHIC
There is no better place to immerse yourself in Latin hospitality. Home to one of the largest Hispanic communities, Miami is known as the Capital of Latin America. American safety and modern offerings prevail but you will still feel like the pulsating mystique of that continent everywhere. Expect warm, friendly service everywhere.
- SAVOR A NEW FLAVOR
Discover traditional South American and Caribbean cuisine or a whole new fusion of these with imaginative techniques and European and Asian twists.
Selections range from chic seaside brunches to ingenious small bites in urban settings to five-star meals at the most sophisticated restaurants.
- SIZZLING STYLE
The shop till you drop scene in this city appeals to the most experienced fashionistas. Miami is laid-back and easy going but locals never miss a chance to glam up. Find the most stylist outfits by strolling down the South Beach at Lincoln Road. After browsing the luxury brand stores at the Bal Harbour shops, take a breather in the middle of its glamorous tropical garden. Head to the recently opened Miami Design District for innovative fashion, design and art.
- THERE’S CRAFT BEHIND THE SPARKLE
Doing its own trailblazing in the art scene, from the art deco district that is known as an open-air gallery that adorns the beachfront to the creative ferment abounding in the expanding number of galleries and the street art of Wynwood Walls, Miami is quickly emerging as a top art world destinations. The pull is even stronger during Art Basel in the first week of December, when thousands of collectors, dealers, artists and celebrities arrive in the city for one of the most important contemporary art events in the world.
- IT’S AN ENDLESS HAPPY HOUR
Before retiring from your busy days in this tropical oasis, escape to one of the many celebrated Miami happy hour venues. They are all about the breathtaking views and made-from-scratch mojitos to fruity martinis. Sunsets over a full magnificent view of the Biscayne Bay or the sparkling Atlantic will take your breath away. That in itself are a reason to come back to this Magic City. Fair enough.