Getting Oriented in Miami and Miami Beach

Long considered the gateway to Latin America, Miami is as close to Cuba and the Caribbean as you can get within the United States. The 36-square-mile city is at the southern tip of the Florida peninsula, bordered on the east by Biscayne Bay. Over the bay lies a series of barrier islands, the largest being a thin 18-square-mile strip called Miami Beach. To the east of Miami Beach is the Atlantic Ocean. To the south are the Florida Keys.

  • Downtown. Weave through the glass-and-steel labyrinth of new condo construction to catch a game or a new exhibition.
  • Coconut Grove. Catch dinner and a movie, listen to live music, or cruise the bohemian shops.
  • Coral Gables. Dine and shop on family-friendly Miracle Mile, and take a driving tour of the surrounding neighborhoods.
  • Key Biscayne. Explore the pristine parks and stretches of award-winning beaches by boat, kayak, or foot.
  • Wynwood. Eat, shop, and gawk your way through this trendy, creative neighborhood north of Downtown.
  • Midtown. Experience yuppie life in this residential enclave chock-full of fabulous restaurants and lounges.
  • Design District. Browse the design showrooms and haute boutiques before dining at Miami's trendiest restaurants.
  • Little Haiti. Practice your Creole, sample Haitian food, and look for MiMo architecture around this interesting ethnic neighborhood.
  • Little Havana. Sip Cuban coffee, roll cigars, and play dominoes in the heart and soul of Cuba’s exile community.
  • South Beach. People-watch from sidewalk cafés, admire art deco, and party ’til dawn at the nation's hottest clubs.
  • Mid-Beach. Experience the booming restaurant scene and trendy hotels just beyond South Beach.
  • Fisher and Belle Isle. Be near the pulse of Miami Beach but a man-made island away.
  • North Beach. Shop and relax in the quieter northern end of Miami Beach, which also encompasses Aventura, Bal Harbour, and Sunny Isles.

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