Looking to visit a fun and vibrant city, then consider travelling to Miami, Florida. Miami not only offers fantastic attractions and restaurants, but it also offers some of the most enjoyable weather year round. If you’re unsure what Miami has to offer to visitors, we’ve outlined some attractions and restaurants that are must-dos the next time you visit.

Little Havana

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Little Havana – Flickr: Maya83

Visit Little Havana for a taste of Cuba. This area is a testimony to the American dream because it was here that hundreds of thousands of Cubans found refuge after Fidel Castro came to power in 1959. Miami Cubans are incredibly proud of this area because of how it’s a reminder of their heritage.

Within the area, you’ll find many restaurants and shops that are replicas of the ones left behind. Mediterranean-style homes, fragrant tobacco scents wafting from cigar shops and the hum of Latin music from record shops will all help make you feel like you’ve stepped into Cuba.

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Miami Beach Botanical Gardens

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Bigfoot Sculpture, By Idan Zareski, Miami Beach Botanical Garden – Flickr: Daniel X. O’Neil

Established over 50 years ago and given a recent makeover in 2011, Miami’s Botanical Gardens offer free access to 2.6 acres of outstanding horticulture. The weekly farmers’ market offers a lovely way to support local traders, and lunchtime yoga classes provide another excuse to spend your day relaxing in the gardens. Miami’s Botanical Gardens is one of the city’s most peaceful and serene locations in an otherwise busy city.

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Biscayne National Underwater Park

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Bill Baggs Cape Florida Park beach & lighthouse – Flickr: Matt Kieffer

Nearly all of Biscayne acreage is underwater, so come prepared to explore via glass-bottomed boat tours, canoe and snorkeling or scuba diving. Receive an introduction to the park’s ecosystems and wildlife at the visitors’ centre, built in the style of the area’s pioneering homes.

Of interest are the ecologically important mangrove forests, the abundant bird-life and, of course, the dazzling coral reef filled with brilliantly coloured fish, sea turtles and other extraordinary marine life.

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Abbey Brewing Company

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Flickr: oliver.dodd

If glitzy bars and restaurants are not your favourite scenes then try the Abbey Brewing Company. This hole-in-the-wall turned micro-brewery on South Beach offers European imports as well as several homemade beers. Despite its recent upgrade to a brewery, Abbey still has the soul of a dive-bar. This place has tons of atmosphere, a dartboard and is always teeming with locals.

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Miami Children’s Museum

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Miami Childrens Museum – Flickr: Smart Destinations

For those visiting Miami with kids, the Miami Children’s Museum is the ideal place to visit. With its futuristic design, the museum is an exciting playground with many interactive displays. Visitors can discover a colourful, mosaic-tiled sandcastle, a teddy-bear exhibit and television studio along with many more educational exhibits.