Sure there is tons of fun to be had in South Beach — beautiful people, trendy nightspots, great beaches — but get trapped in those two and half miles and you’ll miss out on the best of what Miami has to offer.
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Rumor has it, if you are Latino and don’t visit Little Havana, the ghost of Celia Cruz will haunt you in your dreams. Actually, that sounds like fun. Either way, you should visit.
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Wanna eat where the locals eat? Versailles Restaurant on Calle Ocho is your spot. Grab a cortadito and take your pick from delicious sandwiches and pastries.
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Don’t miss out on what many consider to be the most beautiful pool in the world: the Venetian Pool in Coral Gables. It’s a freshwater pool with Italian architectural flourishes and waterfalls.
El Mago de las Fritas
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El Mago, who won’t reveal his secret recipe, is doing something right: his fritas, Cuban-style burgers, were featured in an episode of Burger Land. Oh yeah, and some guy named President Obama has been there, too, ’cause YUM!
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Club Deuce is a divey spot near South Beach. It’s been around since 1926. Best part? Their happy hour is really, really long, like 11 hours long.
Fairchild Botanical Garden
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What in the world is that Dr. Seuss looking tree?! Check out all the crazy tropical and subtropical plants at Fairchild Botanical Garden.
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Since opening in 1979, Churchill’s Pub in Little Haiti has been a popular hub for live music.
The Broken Shaker
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Head over to The Broken Shaker where the menu of cocktails changes almost daily. The drinks are handcrafted with elixirs, infusions and herbs and spices picked from the Broken Shaker’s own garden.
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The Design District is a “neighborhood dedicated to innovative fashion, design, architecture and dining experiences.” Translation: if you dig and can afford luxury living, this is for you.
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
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For a second you’ll wonder if you are in Italy during the Renaissance, but check your phone’s GPS – it’ll remind you that you are in present day Biscayne Bay at the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. Check out all sorts of European treasures from the 16th to 19th centuries.
Little Buenos Aires
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In just a 10-block radius you can easily be transported to Argentina. Sip a cortada, have a delicious steak and listen to some old guys argue about Boca Juniors and River Plate.
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In Coconut Grove you’ll find The Kampong, a beautiful botanical garden with a wonderful selection of cultivated tropical fruit such as kaffir oranges, elephant apples and bael fruit.
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An ever-changing display of free, outdoor urban art is located at Wynwood Walls, a warehouse district turned large canvas.
Pérez Art Museum
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Pérez Art Museum is housed in an award-winning building by architects Herzog & de Meuron and a must-see for it’s permanent collection of 20th and 21st century art from around the world.