Greater Miami and the surrounding beaches are like a patchwork quilt spreading across 1,946 square miles of lush tropical setting. Vibrant areas from ocean resort towns to urban city centers, rural farm land and villages with rich history, are all woven in to a rich tapestry of diversity. If you're in town for a convention, vacation or a pre/post cruise stay, there is so much to do.
Places to Stay
Miami has everything from luxurious high-end resorts to boutique motels with a flavor all their own. Even though we live locally, we've tried out a few over the years. Check out a few of our recommendations.
Grove Isle Hotel & Spa
Welcome to a private island that distances you from the land and your ordinary mind-set. Grove Isle features 50 spacious casually-elegant guest rooms, tucked within 20 lush palm-peppered acres. Endless views of Biscayne Bay, intimate gathering places, and signature spa and dining. We spent an evening here while attending a wedding. The vibe was cool and classic "private island." Select the photos below to view in full size.
Things to Do
While there is a wide variety of things to do in the Miami area, we will highlight the experiences we have enjoyed and recommend. You can do something beach-y, something cultural, there's plenty of history to go around, or you can even pick up a sporting event!
Dolphin Harbor at Miami Seaquarium
When we first arrived we were given wetsuits and instructed to change. Once we donned the glamorous new outfits we were brought in to a classroom where we learned about Dolphins and the appropriate way to interact with them once in the water. From there we were broken up in to groups of four and began the interactive experience! Click on the photos to enlarge and see all the fun!.
Miami Science Museum
The museum will be relocating to their state of the art facility in 2015. That gives you some time to explore the museum in it's current, historic, place in the heart of the Vizcaya Complex. The museum includes fascinating exhibits, marine life, a wildlife sanctuary for injured and distressed birds, as well as a one of the world's best planetariums. One neat fact that I found out when I visited is that teachers get free entry with a valid ID!
Recently ranked as the second most visited mall in the country by Travel + Leisure Magazine. They estimate that 28 million annual visitors walk the stores of the mall. The upscale mall, in Northern Miami-Dade County has over 300 stores.