Port of call: Miami—Viva Miami!

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Miami, Florida is a popular destination for people all over the world, known for its culture rich districts, colorful atmosphere, vibrant nightlife and flourishing art scene. There is something for everyone in Miami. Not to mention, one of the busiest cruise ports in the world.

Art Basel

Founded in 1970, Art Basel draws the art world to three major hubs each year—Basel, Switzerland; Hong Kong and Miami. For one week in December, the art world converges on Miami and the area comes alive with modern and contemporary art, ranging from fine to street art and everything in between. Over 260 galleries from all over the world take temporary residence in the city, drawing over 70,000 visitors each year. Art Basel is hosted in the Miami Beach Convention Center, but its effect radiates throughout Miami, sparking many exhibits and events throughout the city. For more information visit www.artbasel.com.

 

Art Basel photo by Paper Magazine

 

Wynwood Arts District

Wynwood Arts District is one of the largest open-air street art installations in the world. It is home to over 150 art galleries, retail stores, antique shops and restaurants. Located in what was once the warehouse and manufacturing district of Miami, Wynwood has repurposed and transformed the area into a vibrant art community. Guided tours are available every second Saturday, giving visitors an in depth look at the art, installations and businesses that call Wynwood home. For more information visit www.wynwoodmiami.com.

 

Wynwood Walls. Photo courtesy of www.wynwoodmiami.com

 

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

The Vizcaya estate was built in the early 1900s as a winter home for American businessman, James Deering. Built in the style of an Italian villa, Vizcaya is an architectural anomaly located on Biscayne Bay. The estate is now a museum featuring 34 decorated rooms showcasing over 2,500 art works, objects and furnishings. This national historic landmark sits on 25 acres of beautifully maintained gardens and preserved forest. This beautifully preserved estate will take you back in time. For more information visit www.vizcaya.org.

 

Vizcaya Museum and Gallery from Biscayne Bay. Photo courtesy of www.miamiandbeaches.com

 

Miami International Book Fair

For eight days in November, the streets of downtown Miami are alive with literature for the Miami International Book Fair. Started in 1980 by the Center for Literature and Theater, the book fair keeps the pulse of the literary world. Featuring a downtown street fair, author discussions and book exhibitions by publishers and sellers, the Miami International Book Fair is a destination any book lover will enjoy. For more information visit www.miamibookfair.com.

 

The Miami International Book Fair in downtown Miami photo courtesy of the Miami Book Fair

 

South Beach

South Beach is famous for its art deco buildings, stunning beach and nightlife. One of Miami’s most popular beaches, the white sand and colorful art deco lifeguard stands are iconic features.

An Art Deco lifeguard stand in South Beach, Miami. Photo courtesy of www.miamiandbeaches.com

Alongside the beach is Miami’s Ocean Drive. Pastel-colored art deco hotels, restaurants and shops line the street. Many hotels offer rooftop pools with views of the city and beach. World-class restaurants have some of the best Cuban food in the area. Walking tours of this historic district are offered daily to tourists interested in the sites and history of the area.

Each January, Ocean Drive closes to traffic for Art Deco Weekend, a three-day block party with food, performances, antique cars and crafts. A classic car parade tops off the weekend celebrating design past and present. For more information visit www.miamiandbeaches.com.

 

 

 

Espanola Way

Located a few blocks away from Ocean Drive, Espanola Way sports charming Spanish colonial architecture. About two blocks long, this pedestrian street offers a variety of restaurants ranging from Cuban, Mexican, Mediterranean and Brazilian food. One-of-a-kind shops make it a great destination for unique souvenirs or gifts. For more information visit myespanolaway.com.

Espanola Way in South Beach, Miami courtesy of South Beach Magazine

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