It’s no secret, Miami is hot, and I don’t even meet in degrees. If you’re looking for exotic culture and beautiful places, then a trip to Miami needs to be on your bucket list. Located on the southeastern tip of the State of Florida, there are over 5.5 million people living, working, and playing in Miami each day, but there are over 15.9 million more who visit this amazing city each year. And who could blame them? Miami has some of the most beautiful scenery in one of America’s most beautiful states, and with a large chunk of the economy centered around tourism, the city of Miami will be glad to host you, for however long you’d like to stay.
When it comes to planning a visit to Miami, it can seem a little bit overwhelming at first. The city has a ton of things to do – so many in fact that it will be impossible to experience them all with just one trip. Plus, Miami isn’t the cheapest place to visit and everything from your hotel room to your meals is going to cost you a pretty penny. But for everything that Miami can offer, and for the amazing experiences that you’ll only be able to find in this gorgeous city, it’s well worth the expense.
To help you plan an unforgettable trip to Miami, one that you’ll remember for the rest of your days, I’ve assembled the three most amazing things that you can do in Miami, that you can’t enjoy anywhere else!
Things You Want to Add to Your Trip to Miami
A Trip to the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
Situated right on the coast, this beautiful villa is inspired by the structures of the Renaissance era. It houses an amazing collection of antiques, art, curiosities, and other pieces from the 16th century all the way through the 19th century.
The museum prides itself on being a living monument to history, and not just with its collection. The building still uses the technology that was installed during its construction, from 1914 to 1916. This includes a working telephone switchboard and old-style elevators that word with a revolving handle. This gives the museum not only a unique flavor, that you won’t find anywhere else, but allows you to experience what life was like just after the turn of the century.
Not only the building and collection within but the gardens are of Vizcaya are simply breathtaking! With elegantly carved fountains and pools, a myriad of beautiful bright flowers and greenery, an enormous telescope from the turn of the century, the gardens are truly a sight to behold.
Fishing Off of the Newport Fishing Pier
Whether you are a new or seasoned angler, a trip to Miami means you have to try your luck at fishing. It’s part of Florida culture and you might even find that you like it more than you ever thought. While it’s certainly not the only place you can fish, the experience of fishing from the Newport Fishing Pier, and having access to exotic species that infest the waters there, is truly one of a kind. Recently overhauled to be more accessible and user-friendly to flat fishermen, the Newport Fishing Pier spans over a half mile into the Atlantic Ocean, giving you plenty of room to cast in.
Some of the most common species to be found in Newport include the Spanish mackerel and the red snapper, but there’s also potential to land bluefish or snook. By investing in the right gear, you can enjoy a full day of fishing, leave Newport with a bucket full of fresh catches, and revel in the pride that you can only get from a successful day of fishing!
The pier includes ample parking and requires that you pay a $5 fee to fish off the pier. If you’re a resident of Sunny Isles, you can fish for $2, once you present your ID card.
Salsa Dancing at the Ball & Chain
You’re not going to want to miss out Salsa dancing during your trip to Miami. One of the most renowned bars in the world, Miami’s own Ball & Chain is a sprawling nightclub that will give you the best night out on the town you’ve ever had! Located at 1513 SW 8th St. in downtown Miami, the bar has been attracting clubgoers and music fans alike for nearly a century now, and it’s every bit as lively and popular today as when it first opened.
Harkening back to the experiences that visitors enjoyed at the 1930s club that originally occupied the site, the Ball & Chain keeps visitors partying all night long with great selections of Salsa, Jazz, and other club music. The bar is also popular for the cocktails, mixes, and custom drinks, based in their original Cuban recipes, that are served exclusively at the Ball & Chain.
You’ll never hear music played over a PA, or through a DJ’s iPod at the Ball & Chain – here, it’s all about live music. The bar has hosted some of the biggest names in Jazz and Salsa, from the past to the modern day. Artists like Tito Puente, Jr., Nat King Cole, and Count Basie performed here at the peak of their popularity, while local artists like Brendan O’Hara and the Spam Allstars keep these rich musical traditions alive.
Miami is a magical place filled with exotic culture, breathtaking natural beauty and wildlife. Whether you love fishing, Salsa dancing or museums, Miami really has something for everyone. If you’re looking for more travel tips or more epic things to do in Florida after your trip to Miami, be sure to subscribe on the right so you can never miss a post. Happy travels!