Miami

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Miami is where everyone goes to play in Florida. Famous for cruises, south beach, Cubans, beautiful people, and parties, Miami is a wild city. This where you go for fun in the sun. It’s not one of the cheapest American cities but it is definitely one of the most fun. Come here: relax on South Beach; eat amazing food; watch the Miami Heat play basketball, and party in the clubs. The city’s port is also the departure point for a lot of cruises. .

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Typical Costs

  • Hostel Prices: Hostels costs between $20-$30 a night for a dorm. Private rooms are pricey, at around $120 for a double room.
  • Budget Hotel prices: Cheap hotels range between $65-$100.
  • Average Cost of Food: If you are in the South Beach area or any of the restaurants on the strip, you should expect to pay at least $20 a meal. But, go away from the main area, and you will be able to eat for half of the price. As elsewhere in America, there are a ton of fast food options for less than $7. Shopping for groceries will set you back $40-50 per week. In Little Havana, you’ll find delicious Cuban food for less than $10.
  • Transportation Costs: Fares are $2.25 for a single journey on the bus or metro rail.

Money Saving Tips

  • Look for package deals - Because Miami is such a tourist destination, you can often find packages for flight and hotels. Sign up for deal alerts and be flexible on your travel dates. This is one of the easiest ways to save money.
  • Get the Go Miami Card - If you are going to see the sights around Miami, you should get the Go Miami Card. You can get unlimited free admission to over 25 major Miami attractions for one price. The cards are up good for up to 14 days.

Top Things to Do

  • People watch on South Beach - This is the major hotspot in the city. From shopping to partying, this area of Miami Beach is well known for being trendy and full of shops and bars. South Beach can be more expensive than other areas, but it’s worth checking out while you are there. Topless bathing is permitted. It is the quintessential Miami beach experience.
  • Visit the Everglades – Everglades National Park has 1.5 million acres of swamps, prairies, and sub-tropical jungles. It is one of the most unique public parks in the United States. It is home to 14 rare and endangered species, including the American Crocodile, the Florida Panther, and the West Indian Manatee.
  • See Coral Castle - Coral Castle is a very unique attraction. This attraction was built by a Latvian-born Miami resident named Ed Leedskalnin as a monument to his lover. After 28 years of effort, he introduced his 1100-ton coral creation to the world. It’s a bit of a trip from downtown, but well worth the time.
  • Visit the Vizcaya Estate - No visit to Miami is complete without a stop at the historical 50-acre Vizcaya estate. This European-style mansion offers a glimpse at life in turn-of-the-century South Florida.
  • Lounge on the Beach - Besides South Beach, some additional waves to check out. Good spots include: Virginia South Beach, Haulover Beach (the only legal nude beach), and Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park.
  • Take the Underworld Tour - This is one of several tours that explore the Art Deco District. It will take you to former hotspots of illegal activity like Al Capone’s office.
  • Visit the Ancient Spanish Monastery – Originally built in Segovia, Spain in 1141, this monastery was originally to be a part of William Randolph Hearst’s property in California. Because the United States would not allow the monastery to be built in California, the monastery remained in New York Harbor until 1954, when a couple of businessmen bought the property and assembled it in Miami. Today the monastery is a church as well as a popular marriage location.
  • Go Clubbing - There is a very active nightlife in Miami and if you like clubs, Miami is one of the best places in the world to go clubbing. There is usually a cover to get into the clubs and most drinks are around $10 USD.
  • Visit Little Havana – If you’re not around in March, simply pay a visit to Little Havana, Miami’s Cuban neighborhood, which centres around “Calle Ocho” (SW 8th Street). Eat in one of the little restaurants; walk the vibrant streets, or get in some salsa dancing.
  • Explore the Florida Keys – This archipelago stretches out along the south of Florida. Visit Key Biscayne, the northernmost island, for some great parks, beautiful views of Miami, and some swimming.
  • Stroll the Fruit and Spice Park – This park is the only of its kind in the country. It contains 500 species of fruit and spice plants and trees on 30 acres of land. At certain points in the year, the park also hosts festivals, so check a calendar for details when  you’re in town.
  • Check out Coral Gables – If you want a taste of the extravagant life, take a walk or drive through Coral Gables, one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in all of the United States. It was designed in the 1920s by George Merrick, and regulations ensure that all buildings in the area still adhere to the style that Merrick had envisioned for the community.

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