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3 Reasons That Make Colorful Miami The Perfect Winter Escape

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Tired of staring out of your office window at frozen trees and bushes? Dreaming of a warm weather escape? If the answer is “yes,” then the beaches, museums, and music venues of Miami will sound pretty tempting right about now. If you’re inspired to browse for flights to Miami right away and are busy looking for your sunscreen already, then here’s a few ideas on how to spend your trip.

People Watching at Lummus Park Beach

Tropical park with palm trees, Lummus park South Miami Beach, Florida

Lummus Park Beach, also known as South Beach, is a great place for people-watching any time of day. We recommend going for a jog or stroll in the late morning or early afternoon. Chances are you’ll encounter an array of body-builders, models (working on their fitness or getting ready for a photo shoot), topless sunbathers (yes, it’s very European in Miami!), and an array of other colorful characters. If you get peckish after your walk, there are plenty of restaurants along Ocean Drive to satisfy your cravings.

Visiting Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)

PAMM, Miami

Image via Flickr – CC BY 2.0Phillip Pessar

Miami is home to a thriving international art scene, and few places exemplify this more than PAMM, a modern and contemporary art museum that houses an impressive collection of pieces from the 20th and 21st centuries. There are always eclectic exhibitions on rotation (as can be seen on the museum’s website), with some amazing pieces, both current and retrospective, that will please art lovers of all ages. When you’re done taking in the art, stop in for a drink and a nibble at the museum’s restaurant, Verde.

Taking in the Nightlife of Little Havana

 

Street sign marking the 8th street in Little Havana, a focal point of the cuban community in Miami

One of Miami’s most vibrant neighborhoods is Little Havana (La Pequeña Habana). Located just west of downtown, this historic area was inhabited by hundreds of thousands of Cubans who fled to Miami in the early 1960s to escape Fidel Castro’s reign. Although many Miami Cubans now call other areas of the city home, Little Havana has retained much of its original spirit. Southwest 8th Street (commonly referred to as Calle Ocho) is the neighborhood’s main thoroughfare. Here you can still find cigar shops and clothiers selling guayaberas (Cuban style shirts) and hats.

Little Havana is known for its dynamic music venues that feature live performances most nights of the week. Cueva Blue is the place to go to hear popular Cuban music, including hip hop and rock. The club also has frequent Afro-Cuban dance nights. Alfaro’s Lounge is the place to go if you’re in the mood to enjoy some tapas and listen to Latin jazz. If dancing is a key component of your night then Ball & Chain has you covered.

What’s your favorite place to hang out in when you’re in Miami? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Jen Westmoreland Bouchard

Jen Westmoreland Bouchard

An insatiable foodie, art collector, and international literature aficionado, I have traveled throughout Europe, Asia, the U.S. and Canada. For the past fifteen years, I have written about my adventures for various travel and literary publications. I am the owner of Lucidité Writing (www.luciditewriting.com) and Bouchard Design Co. (www.boucharddesign.co).