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Miami, Florida 72-Hour Vacation

Get the details on important landmarks, attractions and resources for your trip to Miami.

Day 1 Where to Stay
Day 2 Where to Eat
Day 3 What to See & Do

WHAT TO SEE & DO MIAMI ATTRACTIONS


SHOPPING & STROLLING




Aventura
19501 Biscayne Blvd.
Aventura, FL 33180
305-935-1110
www.shopaventuramall.com
One of the most comprehensive shopping centers in Florida, with about 250 shops and boutiques.

Aventura
Aventura

Bayside Marketplace
401 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL 33132
305-577-3344
www.baysidemarketplace.com
This vibrant marketplace boasts exotic restaurants and daily live entertainment as well as national brand name stores.

Calle Ocho, Little Havana
SW 8th Street, between 12th Ave. and 17th Ave., south and west of downtown Miami.
This Cuban neighborhood is a bustling center where island expatriates animatedly discuss life and politics, but you might need to brush up on your Spanish to understand what's going on.

Cocowalk

3015 Grand Ave.
Coconut Grove, FL 33133
305-444-0777
www.miami.retailguide.com
An outdoor promenade where you can stroll, shop, eat and relax.


Collins Avenue

Between 6th and 12th Streets
Prestigious shops like Armani and Barney's line up with chains like
Banana Republic and Gap.

Lincoln Road
Lincoln Road at 16th St.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305-531-3442
www.miami.retailguide.com
This pedestrian mall practically pulsates with outdoor cafes, independent book stores and bigger, national chain stores.

Ocean Drive
Ocean Drive

Miami Design District
www.designmiami.com
This "community of design" is 18 square blocks of design wares, located just north of downtown Miami, and ten minutes from South Beach and the airport. Find dozens of showrooms and shops showcasing textiles, antique furniture, ceramics, Murano glass, Warhol prints and other design ware.

Ocean Drive
Ocean Dr. and First St.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Miami's most popular promenade where locals and visitors alike stroll, shop, dine and enjoy the bustling atmosphere.

The Shoppes at Bal Harbour
9700 Collins Avenue
Bal Harbour, FL 33154
www.balharbourshops.com
A who's who of haute retailers like Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Salvatore Ferragamo, Gucci and Cartier.

OUTDOOR ADVENTURES

Adventure Snorkel Trips
11560 SW 97th Ct.
Miami, FL 33157
305-254-4483
Learn to snorkel along the Florida coast with professional instructors.

Biscayne National Park

305-230-7275
www.biscayne.national-park.com
The only living tropical reef in the country is found at this 180,000 acre scuba and snorkeling paradise.

Biscayne National Park
Biscayne National Park

Captain Joe's Boat Rental
4525 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL
305-218-2249
www.miamicaptainjoe.com
Forgot to pack your boat? No worries, here you can rent anything from kayaks to 70-foot yachts for your sailing, fishing, speed-boating or sight-seeing pleasure.

Crandon Adventures Kayak and Snorkeling Trips
6767 Crandon Blvd.
Key Biscayne, FL 33149
305-365-3018
Here you can sign up to explore underwater archaeological preserves and a fossilized reef, as well as receive snorkeling lessons and rent kayaks.


Crandon Park

4000 Crandon Blvd.
Key Biscayne, FL 33149
305-361-5421
Utter relaxation is yours, from white sand beaches, golfing, picnic tables, cabanas and a bicycle path.

Everglades National Park
305-242-7700
www.nps.gov
This National Historic Site cover over a million acres and is the only subtropical preserve in North America. Known for its rich bird life, this is also the only place in the world where you can encounter both alligators and crocodiles.

Everglades National Park
Everglades National Park

Everglades Hostel & Tours
800-372-3874
www.evergladeshostel.com
Cheap accommodations and easy access to all of South Florida's attractions like the Everglades National Park, the Keys and Miami. Here you can also sign up for guided tours of the Everglades and rent canoes.

Ocean Force Adventures
300 Alton Rd.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305-372-3388
www.oceanforceadventures.com
Two-hour tours are $150 per person, including snacks and beverages; boats hold a maximum of six people.

Seaquarium
4400 Rickenbacker Causeway
Miami, FL 33149
305-361-5705
www.miamiseaquarium.com
Fun for the whole family! Who doesn't love dolphins and sea lions performing for an audience?

Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Recreation Area

1200 S. Crandon Blvd.
Key Biscayne, FL 33149
305-361-5811
This region features some of South Florida's finest snorkeling. Visitors can sunbathe, swim, picnic, fish, and kayak, as well take a tour of the historic lighthouse built in 1825, which is the oldest standing structure in Miami-Dade County.

NIGHTLIFE

Mansion
1235 Washington Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305-532-1525
www.theopiumgroup.com

Twist
1057 Washington Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305-538-9478
www.twistsobe.com

SPAS

The Spa
ONE Bal Harbour Resort & Spa
10295 Collins Ave.
Bal Harbour, FL 33154
305-455-5411
www.oneluxuryhotels.com

RESOURCES

For more information about what to do in and or around Miami, visit the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, www.MiamiandBeaches.com, 800-933-8448.

Florida Gulf Coast, by Laura Reiley

It's always a good idea when going on vacation to have a guide to the area you're visiting. If your time in Miami leaves you hungry for more Florida flavor, pick up Laura Reiley's Florida Gulf Coast. Unlike so many other guidebooks that leave one confused, overwhelmed or under-excited, this one is well designed and laid out, easy-to-follow and packed with information and maps. Reiley includes unusual multiple-day trips based on varying themes: The Real Florida, Beaches, Kids Stuff, Native American Sites and more. She even provides inset boxes with extra tidbits such as the nature of sea turtles, what to do should one have the unfortunate run-in with a stingray and local terminology.
Read the full review
here.


MORE MIAMI INFORMATION

Miami Hotels
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Miami Travel Guide
Travel Guide Florida
Greater Miami Convention
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(Updated: 11/17/10 CT)

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