Downtown Miami Holidays 2018/2019
The perfect combination of old and new, Downtown Miami is one of the state's most vibrant, lively cities. Bustling streets, wonderful music and a diverse culture mean there's something new to discover around every corner.
The city is filled with incredible skyscrapers, many interesting neighbourhoods and pretty outdoor parks and beaches. Make the most of the sunny weather and play watersports, enjoy a spot of golf at one of the world-class courses or explore the streets on foot - there's loads to do in Downtown Miami.
The area is perfect for families and couples alike, with plenty of activities going on day and night. There's an endless choice of restaurants, both premium and budget-friendly, as well as plenty of chances to shop at some of America's most famous stores. Don't forget to take some time to learn about Miami's history either, with Downtown Miami boasting a rich Cuban heritage.
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Things to do in Downtown Miami
With a unique history, evolving arts and culture scene and wonderful outdoor spaces, Downtown Miami has something to offer everyone. Explore nearby beaches, take a walk along the river or visit the many museums and art galleries throughout the area.
Spend a day at Bayfront Park, located close to the Port of Miami and near the Bayside area. Here you'll be able to admire Miami's incredible architecture, relax under the palm trees and make the most of the glorious sunshine. You can even join in with one of the park's famous outdoor yoga classes, and kids will love the huge playground.
For those who love the sea and sand, the famous South Beach isn't too far from Downtown Miami. A short trip will take you to the golden shores, which is perfect during the day for kids and ideal for younger couples wanting to dance and party during the evening.
Walking around the city can be exhausting, so hop on the Metromover and travel between central Downtown Miami, Brickell and Omni. Located up in the sky, trains are free to board and offer fantastic views, as well as a quick way to get around - perfect for children with tired feet!
Cultural sights that every visitor to Downtown Miami should see include the Freedom Tower and the Venetian Pool. The Freedom Tower is a historic landmark, best known for its role in the 1960s as a safe place providing medical care for Cubans fleeing Fidel Castro's communist regime. Today, it's a contemporary art museum, and frequently visited for its vast history and amazing architecture. The Venetian Pool, meanwhile, can be found in Coral Gables, just southwest of Downtown Miami - built in 1923, this outdoor pool can be enjoyed throughout the year!
Where to eat in Downtown Miami
With a strong Latin-American heritage, Cuban cuisine is plentiful and prominent in Downtown Miami. Full of flavour, everyone needs to try a Cuban sandwich for lunch when they visit, accompanied by a delicious Cuban coffee!
Versailles, known as 'the world's most famous Cuban restaurant', is located in the Little Havana district, just south of Downtown. The entire area is filled with many wonderful options for dining, both day and night, but it's Versailles that stands out if you're after a scrumptious, authentic Cuban lunch. Affordable and high-quality, you'll be able to choose from a huge selection of sandwiches, soups, appetizers and weekly specials!
A thriving city with a diverse culture, you'll find every type of cuisine in Downtown Miami. From family-friendly lunch spots to elegant restaurants perfect for fine dining, there's something for everyone here.
Bubba Gump Shrimp Co offers loads of fun for families, with a special kids’ menu designed to delight little ones. Adults can sample delicious seafood, try a range of colourful cocktails or tuck into a light salad if they'd prefer. Another hotspot for families is Fratelli Milano, one of Miami's finest Italian restaurants. Budget-friendly, both kids and adults alike will adore the delicious selection of pasta and pizza on the menu.
For a romantic evening, couples should head to Coya. Fusing traditional Latin American cooking methods with Japanese and Chinese cuisine, a visit to this creative restaurant is an experience not to be missed. Find out more about dining in the Sunshine State, and head over to the Secret Florida blog for more guides, tips and advice.
Where to shop in Downtown Miami
There are so many places to shop in Downtown Miami, from large department stores to quaint market stalls. One of the area's major shopping destinations has to be Bayside Marketplace, which is filled with major retail stores like GAP, Victoria's Secret and Guess. It's a two-storey, outside mall that's based on the waterfront, meaning you can even enjoy a fun boat ride while you visit!
For the fashion-conscious, the new Brickell City Centre shopping mall is home to some of the coolest brands. You'll find everything from fashion to beauty here, including Reiss, AllSaints, Saks Fifth Avenue and Nars.
For something even more luxurious, visit Flagler Street. Known as the historic heart of Miami, there are stores like Macy's here, but the majority of the area is made up of independent boutiques. If you're looking for jewellery, the Seybold Building is the place to visit - over 280 jewellers can be found inside, each offering something unique and beautiful.
There are so many places to pick up a gift, for yourself or a loved one in Downtown Miami. To find out more about shopping opportunities in the area, just call one of the experts at Florida4Less. You can reach a member of the team by calling 0800 078 3706.
Nightlife in Downtown Miami
During the evening, Miami is even more vibrant and exciting than it is during the day. For those looking for a place to dance the night away, or enjoy a casual drink, there's plenty of choice.
You'll find The Bar at LVL 25 in the Conrad Miami. Expert cocktail servers and bar tenders serve a collection of exquisite drinks, with happy hour running from 4pm to 7pm, Monday to Friday. High up in the air, the views across Downtown Miami are breath-taking too.
For something more casual, pay a visit to The Corner. You'll find the quirky bar in Park West, with live jazz playing every Tuesday. Locals love it here, and it's certainly a hip place to spend an evening. There’s an impressive menu filled with tasty bar snacks and loads of drink options, from creative cocktails and craft beer to fine wine and the very best spirits.
If you'd rather spend as much time as possible enjoying the Miami heat, spend your time at MO Bar & Lounge. Watch the beautiful sky change colour and the sunset on the horizon while relaxing in one of Downtown Miami's luxurious places. With live music and expertly crafted drinks, it's the ideal place to go if you need some time without the kids!
It's so easy to book your perfect holiday in Downtown Miami. Simply book online with Florida4Less, and don't hesitate to get in touch with our experts for more information on the area, hotels and activities - we'll be happy to help!