If you are going to visit Miami, you are sure to spend a lot of time at the beach. It’s probably the first activity that comes to mind when you hear about this Florida city: the beach! In the middle of Biscayne Bay and beautiful islands, Miami abounds in long white sand beaches, and with sunshine all year round, it’s hard to resist.
But this colourful city is much more than just the perfect place to sunbathe, it offers a lot of activities, sometimes surprising!
Check out our top 5 things to do in Miami.
1. Salsa dancing in Little Havana
Miami is seen as the (unofficial) capital of Cuban-American culture since 1960. It’s the best place in the United States to enjoy a mojito, cortado coffee, tapas, while learning Latin dance steps. It is at the Ball and Chain club that you will show off your dancing skills, immersing yourself in local history. Open since 1930, the club has welcomed great stars such as Josephine Baker, Billie Holiday and Count Basie. The club’s famous Pineapple Stage (mythical pineapple-shaped stage) offers concerts every night, and free salsa classes every Thursday from 9pm.
2. Discover street art in Wynwood Walls
A former abandoned industrial site, Wynwood is today one of the most impressive (and unsgrammable) places in terms of street art and graffiti. Some works are iconic and have been present for many years, other walls are ephemeral and change every month. Wynwood, operated by artists from all over the world, and one of the best things to do in Miami, for free! Every other Saturday, the place comes to life with DJs, food trucks, ephemeral bars and a market, and becomes the most artistic neighbourhood party you can find!
3. Enjoy authentic nature in the Everglades.
A short drive from Miami will take you to this vast tropical wilderness. Glide over the grassy water on a hovercraft and observe animals in their natural habitat, such as alligators, turtles and the Florida panther.
4. Take a boat trip to Stiltsville.
Located less than 2km from the bay of Biscayne, these pastel-coloured wooden houses seem to float on the turquoise water. Stiltsville’s first houses on stiltsville were built in 1930, where the inhabitants practised prohibited gambling and the houses were also transformed into nightclubs. After several storms, the houses are now weakened and need to be restored. Unfortunately, it is impossible to get there for a game of poker or a drink… But this fun and original place remains emblematic in Miami, and the incredible view is worth the detour!
5. Swim in Venetian Pool
The Coral Gables neighborhood in Miami is nicknamed “the City Beautiful”, so it’s no surprise to find an outstanding public swimming pool there! Created from an abandoned quarry in the 1920s, the Venetian Pool is an artificial lagoon from another world, with caves, waterfalls, bridges and fountains.