Wide sandy beaches, sun-drenched winters and Cuban zest for life: Miami, combined with the offshore island of Miami Beach, is not only an attractive costal destination on the Atlantic, but a notable exciting US metropolis at the southern tip of the Sunshine State of Florida. On the one hand, there is swimming and sports on dream beaches like South Beach. On the other hand, Miami offers superb restaurants, plenty of shopping, a wild nightlife and interesting sights.
Miami is often called the “Magic City” or the kingdom of dreams. This magical feeling can be experienced on the legendary Ocean Drive promenade with its pretty art deco-style houses – especially in the evening when the neon lights immerse the buildings in colourful light. Indulgence, glamour and luxury are what it’s all about. Districts like Little Havana and Wynwood exude pure joie de vivre. The skyline of Downtown Miami mesmerises visitors and in the Design District you can wander from one art gallery to the next.
The city of Miami and Miami Beach are like two different worlds. However, they are very close to each other and merge as if one big place: while Miami has a big-city feel to it, Miami Beach is more about beach holidays, leisure activities, glamour and nightlife. Miami Beach is the location of the legendary Ocean Drive, the approximately 16-kilometre-long South Beach and the colourful Art Deco District.
If you’re in Miami, you should definitely plan a trip to Key West at the southern tip of Florida. The stretch of road across the Florida Keys is one of the most picturesque routes in the USA. Only one road connects the 161-kilometre-long island chain, which is a diving and snorkelling paradise. The Everglades National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with its unique marshlands, is located close to Miami. Crocodiles, turtles and flamingos can be observed on an airboat tour.
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