Miami Culture includes fashion, arts scene and events.

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in Miami

Miami has its own way of doing things, and that’s a good thing. People who visit Miami come to have a good time, take in the sun and enjoy the nightlife. But in terms of culture, the city has more to offer than art deco buildings and bikinis. It has a dazzling fashion and arts scene, vibrant events and more things to do than there are grains of sand on a beach. Stick with Hyatt’s suggestions and people will be asking you where the hottest places are in Miami.

Events in Miami

Carnaval Miami/Calle Ocho Festival

March

Little Havana, FL

+1 305 644 8888

Join in on the music, fried foods, beauty pageants and good times galore at this 10-day event that celebrates Hispanic culture. Just don't forget comfortable shoes and plenty of sunscreen.

West Palm Beach Sunfest

May

West Palm Beach, FL

+1 800 786 3378

It may be about an hour and a half outside of Miami, but with concerts in a scenic waterfront setting, it's worth the drive.

Miami/Bahamas Goombay Festival

June

Coconut Grove, FL

+1 800 567 1399

A goombay is a goat-skin drum. A junkanoo is a street parade with music. This Bahamian cultural celebration has both and much, much more.

International Mango Festival

July

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road,

Coral Gables, FL

+1 305 667 1651

Everything you wanted or needed to know about mangos, from cooking tips to frozen drinks. You might even learn the difference between a mesocarp and an endocarp.

Miami Book Fair International

July

401 Northeast Second Avenue

Miami, FL

+1 305 237 3258

At this star-studded event for the literary world, you can sit down and listen to your favorite author discuss your favorite book.

Art Basel

December

Miami Beach Convention Center

Miami, FL

+1 305 891 7270

The best galleries in the world come to Miami and use their art to decorate the art deco district.

King Mango Strut

December

Lakefront at North Avenue Beach

Coconut Grove, FL

+1 305 401 1171

This event is dedicated to parody and satire. Bring your sunscreen and a sense of humor.

Essentials

If it can be done outdoors, you can do it in Miami. The average temperature is 76 degrees and the sun shines all year long. With more than 800 parks, some of the best beaches in the United States and ocean views as far as the eye can see, the more than 2.3 million inhabitants of this beach-front city have it made.

While the city is known for its Latin influence, that’s not all it has to offer. It’s a melting pot of cultures, from Vietnamese to Bahamian. The city covers about 1,955 square miles—a pretty big swath of land—and has the neighborhoods to match. Coconut Grove has a European flair, while South Beach has the hot restaurants and art deco buildings on Lincoln Road, not to mention the sexiest beaches. The Hyatt Regency Coral Gables is in the heart of Miami’s sophisticated neighborhood. Little Havana is Cuban to the bone: speaking Spanish is appreciated and the coffee is the strongest in the city. However, if you’re going to tour the neighborhoods, you’d be best served by renting a car. Public transportation in Miami isn’t always reliable.

With plenty of things to do and fun to be had, a poolside party to attend or a cocktail to be sipped, Miami is a beach town at heart. But that doesn’t mean flip-flops and a t-shirt will get you into the finest restaurants and nightclubs. Miami is known for its style, so don’t be afraid to show yours and you’ll fit right in. A pair of cool sunglasses never hurts.

Resources

Metromix-Miami
Metromix has all the up-to-date information on Miami events and nightlife.

Miami New Times
An alternative publication, the Miami New Times isn’t afraid to tell the truth about Miami restaurants.

Ocean Drive Magazine
If it’s got glitz and glamor, this magazine will tell you all about it.

Miami Conventions and Visitor’s Bureau
If you want to know the places to go, you’ve got to go to a local source.

Getting Around Miami Ft Lauderdale

Miami International Airport (MIA)
Known as the gateway to the United States for Latin American travelers, Miami International Airport is about 20 minutes from downtown Miami.

Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL)
About 45 minutes from Miami, this airport is a greatalternative to Miami International.

Decobike
723 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL

Taxis
You can always find a taxi in Miami, but it’ll cost you. The first mile is $4.90 and $2.40 for each additional mile. A trip from the airport to downtown Miami is about $22, while going to Miami Beach is a flat rate of $32.

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