15 Places That Prove There’s More to Miami Than South Beach

Places to explore in Miami
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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.

Little Havana

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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.

Versailles Restaurant

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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.

Venetian Pool

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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

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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.

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Fairchild Botanical Garden

What in the world is that Dr. Seuss looking tree?! Check out all the crazy tropical and subtropical plants at Fairchild Botanical Garden.

Churchill’s Pub

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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.

Design District

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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.

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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.

The Kampong

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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.

Wynwood Walls

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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.

Beautifully Weird People You Only Find at Neon Desert


Beautifully Weird People You Only Find at Neon Desert

Neon Desert

You run into a variety of people at music festivals – some eccentric and others just plain weird. But there’s nothing like the crowd at Neon Desert in El Paso, Texas. Check out the unique crowd that showed up at the fifth anniversary of this music festival…

Mr. and Mrs. Psychedelic

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They time travelled from the 70s just to make it to Neon Desert.

It’s Not Neon without Amigo Man

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It’s not Neon Desert without that Ray of Sunshine.

Superheroes Magically Appear

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…even if their cape is a towel and holds no superpowers.

The Confused Festivalgoer

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Sorry man, this is Neon, not Coachella. Coachella is overrated anyway.

Multitasking Athletes

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Can you hula hoop, roller skate AND jam to your J.Cole? Didn’t think so.

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Derby Girls!

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One of many perks of having the festival on a street – you can rollerblade stage to stage.

That Weirdo We Warned You About

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He’s weird and he knows it.

The One Who Gives No F*cks

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You do you, boo… I guess.

There’s Old-Timers, Too

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Because you’re never too old to jam to Cypress Hill.

Those Who Never Turn Down

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In Missy Elliot’s words, “get ya freak on!”

The Die-Hard Fan

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He risks everything for a birdseye view.

Rasta Man!

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Good vibes all around. Ja feel me, man?

Real Life Pixies

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Livin’ that hoop lyfe.

Sweet Cuddlers in Search of Love

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Is that what they call it these days? No thanks.

Those Who Make Neon Desert, Neon

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Sweet kicks, bro.

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