Little Havana meets Europe-on-Sea. Miami is an alfresco, art deco melting pot of culture.

Cuban rhythms infuse the cocktails, freshly made Italian ice cream and South Beach’s beautiful endless sands make this the most relaxing place to visit. With trail-blazing teams like the Miami Dolphins and Miami Heat, locals are a sporty bunch. As winter temperatures hover in the 70s, and summer highs hit the 90s, it’s easy to see why. Join them as they commute by bike, blades, and skates.

Things to know before you go

  • Local cuisine is a medley of Italian, Cuban, Brazilian and Peruvian flavors. Try tortelli, empanadas, churrasco, and ceviche, then hit the beach.
  • Miami is a global art hub. The works of 4,000 artists are welcomed during Art Basel Miami Beach. The city’s brand-new Pérez Art Museum boasts canvases from Diego Rivera and Frank Stella.
  • Don Johnson went undercover for five seasons of cop drama Miami Vice from 1984 to 1989. Broadcast around the world, it featured guest appearances by Bruce Willis, Wesley Snipes, and Ben Stiller, and helped place Miami on the tourist map.

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Tristan Rutherford

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Tristan Rutherford writes for National Geographic and The Times of London. He lectures in travel journalism at Central Saint Martins in the UK.