Travel Tuesday | Miami Beach, FL

For this week’s Travel Tuesday, we’re going to Miami..

Take a number of diverse cultures, add a strong dose of the arts and a splash of ocean water, and you have Miami. Looking at the fantastic art museums and the blossoming gastronomical scene, you might find it hard to believe that just a century ago, this colorful Floridian city was covered in swampland. Once developers rushed into the area, one of the most popular tourist destinations and spectacular city skylines in the country was born. Today, with South Beach before you and the Everglades behind you, you can walk through the bustling streets past historical homes with Spanish words and Caribbean music floating into your ears.

This mini melting pot has preserved multicultural neighborhoods like famous Little Havana as enclaves for unique traditions to thrive. United, they form an electric network – Miami. Its reputation for vibrant nightlife and extravagant parties is realized in Miami Beach, a barrier island to the east of the mainland. Meanwhile, the down-to-earth city proper cultivates an artsy vibe.

When in Miami, I like to lean into its excessive, chaotic glamour—which means the Faena, a maximalist fever dream, is my hotel of choice.
With all the sun and activities, No wonder sunscreen was invented in Miami. Catering to over 23 million tourists each year, Miami remains one of the world’s most popular vacation destinations.

You came to Miami for some sun, sand and surf, and you’re going to get it—with a side of next-level people-watching, too, of course. And if that’s all you want (along with a cold glass of your preferred fruity cocktail or a classic mojito), that’s fine, but Miami’s beaches and rum drinks are barely the beginning of what the Magic City has to offer. From the highest of high-end designer shops and cutting-edge galleries to all types of walking tours, salsa dancing, food halls, museums, and even animal reserves to captivate any kids in your group, this city is the full, sunny package.

That’s it for now, I’m Katelyn O’Shaughnessy, join me next week for another Travel Tuesday.