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Guide To Miami
South Beach has it all…a great beach, incredible people-watching, wonderful hotels, great dining, and unbelievable nightlife. It's probably one of the most glamorous places in Florida , if not the entire U.S. , and if you hang out here, you're definitely amongst the “in” crowd.

The Delano probably began South Beach's makeover what with its all-white guestrooms and sofas in the grass, and that ambiance of chic has definitely spread throughout the area. Today, don't be surprised if you see your share of celebrities and other “beautiful people” on the beach, dining al fresco, or just roller-blading by. Remember, JLo was spotted in the waters off South Beach just days after postponing her wedding to Ben Affleck.

The number one attraction is undoubtedly the beach so get your bikini ready because it's all about showing some skin and enjoying the sun. South Beach boasts one of Florida 's most magnificent coastlines and resting comfortably along oceanfront Collins Avenue and Ocean Drive you will find a selection of hotels including The Shore Club, the National Hotel, and the Loews Miami Beach Hotel. If you're more of a pool person than a beachgoer, The Raleigh South Beach boasts “ Florida 's Most Beautiful Pool” according to Travel & Leisure Magazine. And the rooftop deck at the Winterhaven Hotel is a great place to hang out with sweeping views of South Beach .

Many of the hotels in South Beach are an attraction in and of themselves because of their architecture and Art Deco décor. The Abbey Hotel, for example, is a typical ‘40s revival boutique hotel. You can also stroll along Collins and Washington avenues to see some great art deco architecture. If you'd like to stay in a typical Art Deco hotel or one that is in the Art Deco district, consider the Blue Moon Hotel, Essex House Hotel, Ocean Five Hotel, Haddon Hall Hotel, and Indian Creek Hotel.

Florida is all about the natural habitat, and nature lovers will want to plan a visit to Biscayne National Park , an 181,000-acre refuge situated about 30 miles south of Miami , where you can hike, rent a canoe, take a glass-bottom boat tour, snorkel, or scuba dive. Couples traveling with kids will want to plan a stop at the Everglades Alligator Farm where you can take an airboat tour highlighting more than 3,000 “specimens.” The Miami Metrozoo (The New Clinton Hotel is nearby) is also a good choice for younger children with its Komodo dragons, white Bengal tiger, and petting zoo. The Monkey Jungle and Parrot Jungle Island are spots to visit as well.

Miami and South Beach actually have many things to see and do which appeal to people of all ages and cultural backgrounds. Those who have an affinity for flowers will appreciate the Villa Vizcaya Museum and Gardens often referred to as the “ Hearst Castle of the East.” (The Cavalier Hotel is very close by.) The Miccosukee Indian Village provides an opportunity to visit a real Indian reservation (where there are also gambling and cheap cigarettes). Other notable sites include the Holocaust Memorial, the Spanish Monastery Cloisters, the Venetian Pool (where Esther Williams and Johnny Weissmuller engaged in their well-known water athletics), and yes, for those interested in the plight of the little Cuban boy named Elian, there is the United in Elian House where the boy lived until he was returned to his father in Cuba.

Sports aficionados will find plenty to keep themselves busy from golf on some of the best courses around, fishing for a variety of species including the elusive sailfish (hey…if your husband really does catch one you should let him hang it on the den wall!), and then the unusual Florida gambling sports…Jai Alai and Greyhound racing.

There is a boat tour of the area called the Heritage of Miami II , but if you want something less formal, take a ride on the Water Taxi…it's a cheap and fantastic way to see the city via the local waterways. Landlubbers might go for the Miami Tourist Bus, a London-style open-topped double-decker bus which gives you the opportunity to get to know the area and work on your tan at the same time! You can get an all-day pass which enables you to hop-on and hop-off as much as you want or even a week-long pass if you don't want to rent a car. The bus operates daily from Aventura to the Kendall suburb of Miami and makes stops at the popular spots including Sunset Place, CocoWalk, and Bayside. Plus, it's a great way to tour through the Art Deco District and the Bal Harbour shops.

And who said Florida was boring?

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