If you are on your first visit to Miami & southeast
Florida, you can't go wrong with taking a guided
tour (which you can book in your hotel) and
which, in half a day, will show the most
important sights in Miami and the Beach. After
the tour, you can take a more detailed look at
whatever attraction takes your fancy.
Bayside (Biscayne Blvd.)
Beautiful location in Bayfront Park, near the
Port of Miami. Walking distance to the downtown
area and public transport. Numerous shops and a
very good food court. Sightseeing cruises
available. Very busy in the evening: enjoy the
lively music, which is on everyday.
Lighthouse (1200 S Crandon Blvd.)
At the very end of Key Biscayne, this is the
oldest original structure in south Florida. There is
a restored lightkeeper's cottage next to it. Visit
the nearby Crandon Park Beach, the best in the
Metrozoo (12400 SW 152nd Street)
Quite a drive from Miami Beach, but worth it:
this is one of the best zoos in America. A huge
plus point is that the zoo has successfully
reproduced natural habitats for the animals.
Regular wildlife shows.
Miami Seaquarium (4400 Rickenbacker
If you've already been to
Sea World in Orlando, it is not really worth a
visit. On the other hand, we were impressed with
the manatee presentation, animals which are only
found in the wild SE Florida waters.
Jungle (14805 SW 216th Street)
This attraction was terribly hit by Hurricane
Andrew in 1992 but has since been fully restored.
Famous for its Amazonian jungle section, the best
bit of this place.
Parrot Jungle Island (1111 Parrot Jungle Trail)
Kids will love it here. Beautiful tropical rainforest and daily
shows. This attraction has recently moved to its new location,
near Miami Beach.
Spanish Monastery (16711 W Dixie Highway)
The oldest building in America, but only
completed in 1951! Newspaper magnate Randolph
Hearst bought the original building in Spain (which had been
completed between the years 1133-1141) in
1925 , had it dismantled and shipped to America.
It was then stored in a warehouse in New York for
some time, and then finally brought to North
Miami Beach. Recommended.
Museum & Gardens (3251 S Miami Ave.,
This attraction is on almost all
sightseeing tours. Beautiful Renaissance-style
villa and Italian gardens with statues and
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Getting more and more commercialised
everyday, but still worth a visit to this Miami
village, known for a long time as a haven for
artists and eccentrics. Lovely small shops and
good restaurants. Nowadays also home to
shopping/ restaurant/cinema complex and Mayfair
Pretty much all of the Miami skyscrapers are
located here, which means you'll have a great view
whilst travelling from Miami Beach to the
downtown area. Full of shops which cater for
South American visitors. Combine your trip to
this area with a visit to
Havana (Calle Ocho)
SW 8th Street is the Hispanic centre of
Miami. Many Cubans, Nicaraguans, Hondurans,
Puerto Ricans live and run there
businesses here. Good restaurants! Try the strong
Cuban coffee and watch old people playing
dominos, chess and cards in
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The good folks at
the Sun Sentinel, the Fort Lauderdale daily newspaper, have
prepared a wonderful guide to some of the
sights in southeast Florida. Definitely worth having a look..