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Many areas in Miami are flooded with assorted shopping and dining spots, as well as art galleries and cinemas in the mix. Just walking around you can enjoy the well-known art deco design of the city from “SoBe,” and within that “SoFi” (South of 5th in South Beach) to the Design District

Retail & Shopping in Miami

Lincoln Road
The Rodeo Drive of Miami; a pedestrian-only street that is like an outdoor mall. A favorite place for people watching with loads of trendy stores and styles to browse. All the big designers (big names and/or big prices) are represented along the stroll.

Ocean Drive
The most famous street in Miami; leads to the infamous South Beach. The nightlife is definitely more happening than daytime. This is another great people watching spot. During the day, check a trendy café to nibble and let your eyes feast on the array of happenings.
Attractions: Versace Mansion, Museums, Mangos Tropical

Collins Avenue

Referred to as “the strip” in Miami; it is dotted with restaurant/hotels that turn into nightlife hangouts. Such prominent places as Fontainebleau, Delano and Eden Roc are frequented by the elite: locals and visitors alike. For shopping, you will enjoy an array of shops including a Tiffany’s and the architecture is something to gaze upon while even taking a short drive up and down the strip.

Espanola Way

(305) 531-0038 Miami Beach, FL 33139 A quaint stretch between Washington and Drexel Avenues (just a few blocks from Lincoln Rd.) and is a great place to sit at an outdoor restaurant and relax. It was intended to be a Spanish Village to house artists, musicians and entertainers. The Mediterranean Revival style of architecture has attracted such infamous characters Al Capone, as well as the Miami Vice gang. Adding to the swagger, individually owned shops with unusual gifts and goodies inhabit the area alongside art galleries, a yoga studio and massage center, and an Italian hair salon. Live music at night, an occasional belly dancer sighting or a fashion show hosted by one of the shops on the weekend afternoons all make up this trendy area.

There are an abundant number of golf courses around Miami Beach. To name a few: Miami Beach Golf Club (305) 532-3350?, Normandy Shores Golf Course (305) 868-6502; and Fisher Island Beach Club (305) 535-6052?

Charter Fishing

There are several charter options – here are three covering various aspects, depending on what you have in mind: Reward- a drift/commercial type with many people aboard: (305) 372-9470; Challenger- has more of an open cockpit, like a contender: (305) 573-8224; Sissy Baby- a sport fishing adventure: (305) 531-4223

Arts & Culture Art Basel: sister event of Switzerland's Art Basel, the most prestigious art show worldwide for the past 40 years. Exhibition sites are located in the city's beautiful Art Deco District, within walking distance of the beach and many hotels. Dates: Art Basel Miami Beach 2010: December 2 - 5 Art Basel Miami Beach 2011: December 1 - 4

Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater: 1700 Washington Ave. Miami Beach, FL 33139-7540 (305) 673-7300 In the past, such shows as song and dance performances, comedy or even the occasional boxing match could be seen. Sometimes, the real performances were in the seats - Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope and Jack Benny were regular visitors to the auditorium and often caused quite a stirring. Today, you can catch Broadway shows, musicians (rock and easy-listening) and even ballet.

Music & Food Festivals

There are a few music festivals throughout the year: Ultra Music Festival (March) and the Winter Music Conference (Dec). Food & Wine Festival: February 25-28, 2010 Tours, Diving, etc.

At Bayside Marketplace, you can choose to tour Miami on a Pirate Ship (305) 860-8854; a Party Cruise (305) 379-5119; a Gambling Boat (800) 582-5932; a classic Tall Ship (305) 442-9697; or even the Bayside Blaster, a “Go Fast” speedboat right out of the movies (305) 379-5119 or (305) 373-7001.
Miami boasts an artificial reef program creating undersea dive wrecks just off the shoreline. South Beach Divers will guide you around some of their best know reefs and wrecks (in total there are about 75!). One specific tour: “Wreckreational Dive Capitol of the World!” www.southbeachdivers.com/. And to explore some of the charts of the popular sites, browse www.divemiami.com.

More Kid Friendly Options Miami Seaquarium: Built in 1955, they have one of the better exhibits for dophins, sea lions and killer whale shows. Kids can also get face to face with the endangered manatee or watch specialists feeding 200-pound sharks; Miami Children's Museum: A fairly recent addition (1983) encompasses interactive cultural, technological, artistic and natural experiences, meant to enrich kids without denying them the fun factor.


Nikki Beach, Mangos Tropical, and Fountainebleau just to name a few. **South Beach Nightclub Shuttle Round trip transportation to and from several Miami Beach nightclubs for about $40 per person. Includes no-waiting entry to the nightclubs. On different nights the shuttle services Bed, Crobar, Macarena, Mansion, Nocturnal, Pawn Shop, Rokbar, Shine, Suite, and Tantra.

Where to Eat

Front Porch Cafe: 1418 Ocean Dr, The Penguin Hotel, Miami Beach, FL 33139 A casual and calming place with a superb view that offers home-cooked meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Most of the food keeps health in mind for patrons but also boasts decadent options that make your mouth water just thinking about them. A great stop for breakfast.

Pizza Rustica- : 667 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL 33139 Phone: (305) 672-2334 Some of the best pizza you will have with a wide range of selections that many people rave about. One of the only pocketbook-friendly eateries here.

Barton G Restaurant 1427 West Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (305) 672-8881 This tantalizing restaurant is tickling new patrons these days in Miami Beach. From elegant table settings, to exquisite cocktails like the “Sin-sation,” you will find it hard NOT to sin. Barton G’s has incorporated hearty old-fashioned cuisines and décor with a contemporary twist. While dining, try the Mousetrap Mac & Cheese, Sashimi Snow Cones or the Cirque du Ceviche as you enjoy the ambiance in the orchid garden.

Fratelli Lyon 4141 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami FL 33137 (305) 572 2901 Located in the Design District, Fratelli Lyon encourages environmentally friendly practices. Sustainable seafood, grass-fed beef and organically grown produce all make up the freshness of the food and service.

Joe’s Stone Crab Restaurant 11 Washington Ave. Miami Beach, FL 33139 (305) 673-0365 If you love crabs, you will love Joe’s Stone Crab. There is also a beach-goer takeaway outlet, offering a more affordable price. Known for good service, high quality in food consisting of large portions.

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