About Miami

by SmarterTravel Staff

Roll sunshine, white sand, and endless activities into one thriving beachside city and you've got Miami.

Miami attracts visitors looking for warm weather, inviting water, soft sand beaches, and sizzling nightlife. But beyond just the beach, Miami manages to be just the ticket for an impressive variety of travelers. Between kid-friendly waters and attractions featuring monkeys, alligators, and other exotic animals, there's no shortage of family activities in and around Miami. Jetsetters with money to burn can rub shoulders with celebrities at the many upscale hotels, swank restaurants, and exclusive nightclubs. Miami is known as the Gay Riviera, and South Beach in particular is popular among travelers looking for a welcoming atmosphere, famous nightlife, and year-round events.


Outdoor enthusiasts can golf, snorkel, and boat their way through Miami; and for the adventurous, there's always nearby Everglades National Park and Biscayne National Park. Architecture buffs surround themselves with outstanding examples of the Art Deco style, and for consummate shoppers, there's no shortage of boutiques, outdoor shopping promenades, and outlet malls.

In addition to being a destination, Miami is also a jumping off point. Touting itself as the "Cruise Capital of the World," Miami is the home port for year-round sailings to the Caribbean and beyond on Carnival, Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean Cruises, and other cruise lines.

With service from dozens of airlines, flights to Miami are never hard to come by.

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