Don’t Miss A Beat At Our Miami Beach Hotel
Miami’s beaches, restaurants and Art Deco avenues are a meeting point for artists and intellectuals. This is a place where people come to see and be seen. The atmosphere is cosmopolitan and sophisticated, and the setting is a combination of natural beauty and dynamism. This rare mixture accounts for the success of the area, one of the most in vogue in the United States.
This is a city that has featured in many films and TV productions and one that is well worth a visit to see its beaches, its architecture, its characteristic food with Caribbean influences, the glamour of the celebrities who have settled here, and its fascinating neighborhoods. A place with endless possibilities, where you can find elegant mansions, wild marshes and warm temperatures throughout the year. A three-day visit to this city will not be enough to see and do everything you might want, but here are some ideas for taking in the top sights when time is short.
Thanks to its excellent beachfront location, the Hotel Riu Plaza Miami Beach gives its guests the chance to see the Miami Beach area, although this tour will also take you to downtown Miami and its surroundings.
For your first day in Miami, a good plan is to see the area around the Hotel Riu Plaza Miami Beach, located in the famous South Beach neighborhood. In the morning, a great option is to go to the beach, right opposite the hotel. Go early in the day, lie on the sand and watch the usual suspects arrive: surfers, beautiful people with sculpted bodies, lifeguards in red swimsuits... You can also enjoy the views over Collins Avenue, which runs parallel to the beach and offers the image seen in countless movies: convertibles, roller-skaters and elegant sidewalk cafes and restaurants serving amazing-looking cocktails. If you fancy some action, hiring a water scooter is a good choice to combine a bit of sport with seeing the Miami skyline from the sea.
At lunchtime, the restaurant of the Hotel Riu Plaza Miami Beach offers a wide range of international dishes prepared with the freshest ingredients.
Stay in South Beach and, in the afternoon, visit its impressive Art Deco architectural heritage from the 1920’s and 1930’s. Take a stroll along Ocean Drive as far as the Art Deco Welcome Centre, where you can find information about routes to explore and the main sights to see. If you feel like making your walk longer, go to the famous Versace Mansion, also located on Ocean Drive.
This pleasant stroll could end at Lummus Park Beach, the perfect place to walk on the grass and enjoy a beautiful view over the city’s coastal area.
Probably you have spotted several tempting restaurants, bars and sidewalk cafes along the way. This will give you a few ideas about where to go on your first evening here.
The morning of your second day could be spent in the engaging neighborhood of Coral Gables. If you like art, pay a visit to the Lowe Art Museum and the galleries in the surrounding area. If nature is more your thing, we recommend a stroll in Hammock Park and in the 83 hectares of the city’s glorious Botanical Garden. Whatever you choose, during the hottest part of the day pay a visit to the Venetian Pool, the only swimming pool in the United States registered as a historical monument. Here you can take a refreshing dip and even swim under its waterfall. Even if you don’t fancy bathing, you will still enjoy a visit to see its gardens. A few blocks away is Coconut Grove, once a bohemian neighborhood that later attracted wealthy residents who built impressive mansions, worthy of an admiring look.
In the afternoon, our recommendation is to go down to Little Havana, a must for visitors, where you can experience a little of how life is for the city’s Cuban community. Here the streets are full of life, little stores, improvised music, murals on the walls, food stands, domino games in the open air, and all centered on the neighborhood’s main artery: Calle Ocho. This is a great place to stay and spend the evening, enjoying a bit of Cuban fiesta.
Key West and the Everglades are both famous places that are worth a full day’s visit. For your third day in Miami, we propose an excursion to one of the two. For the more adventurous, we recommend a visit to the Everglades National Park, one of the wildest parts of the United States with its population of crocodiles, pumas and snakes… This vast swampy area can be explored with a guide, who can take you on foot, by car or in a canoe.
A visit to Key West offers a much more peaceful day. This is the USA’s southernmost island, one that offers the chance to discover lots about the country’s history in just a few square kilometers. As well as museums dedicated to the island’s various inhabitants over the centuries (from the earliest settlers, Indians and pirates, to famous figures such as Ernest Hemingway and President Truman), there are also beautiful beaches and a harbor area where shows and markets are held regularly.