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Love food? Miami’s best fusion restaurants

August 17, 2015
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Although Miami has an indisputable Latin flavour to it, but step inside some of our favourite South Beach restaurants and you’ll find dishes with mouth-watering aromas from all over the globe. Are you brave enough to try all five? Strap yourself in for a culinary world tour…!

 

Juvia

Located at the very top of the famous 1111 Lincoln Road building, the views at Juvia will take your breath away – especially if you can get a table at sunset. True fusion food, you’ll be tasting hints of Japanese, French and Peruvian flavours,  with beautiful raw fish dishes (try the tuna). Be warned, the prices make it a “special occasion” spot, and be sure to reserve in advance, this rooftop resto is always packed.Juvia Miami 

Sushi Samba

The name gives it away – Japanese and Brazilian dishes (with a little peruvian influence thrown in for good measure) shine at this colourful, You’ll see sushi, churrasco, ceviches, tiraditos and anticuchos on the menu, which you’ll want to wash down with a tangy caipirinha, followed by a glass fo sake for the true fusion experience!. For dessert, we recommend Sushi Samba‘s warm churros with a pair of spiced caramel and Peruvian chocolate dipping sauces.Sushi Samba Miami Fusion Restaurant

Balans

Grab a tableon the shaded outdoor patio of this British import for an easy, breezey Miami-style brunch.  The asian fusion menu features favourites like Thai salad and sweet potato soufflé with leeks and garlic, while the lobster spaghetti has been described as “unforgettable”. However, it’s the sweets that are the real stars of Balans – try the white chocolate cheesecake or the apple tart with sour cream ice cream.Balans Miami Restaurant

Tamara

If you’re looking for the mediterranean fare and sophistication of the French Riviera, you’ll find it at Tamara, inside the National Hotel. Elegant and innovative fish dishes (among others) are served up in this classy Art Deco-style dining room. Take a table outside for great people-watching and a view of the pool.

 

 

 

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The Restaurant at the Setai

If you’re looking for something really special (and have the budget to go with it) step into the stunning Setai hotel, whose restaurant is known amongst foodies in Miami for it’s unbelievable flavours and culinary artistry. It’s global-fusion at its best, with everything from delicate duck consomme, to light shrimp mousse. The free-flow champagne brunch is the most sophisticated buffet you’ll ever have the pleasure of lining up for.Setai-Restaurant-Miami

 

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Staying in Miami Beach? The Top 5 Outlet Malls for Shopaholics

August 10, 2015
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Sure, we’d all like to pretend that we shop at the high-end designer stores, or those unique indie boutiques, but let’s be honest – a big part of the fun of shopping in South Beach is hitting up all the great outlet malls, and bargain-hunting to your heart’s content – are we right?!

So, if the phrase “steep discounts” makes your heart flutter, memorize these addresses, then take yourself on a shopping spree without the guilt trip!

 

Dolphin Mall

A short drive from Miami Beach, Dolphin Mall offers a traditional pairing of mall stores and 92 outlet shops, featuring all the classics including Banana Republic, Calvin Klein, GAP, Levi’s and DKNY. This is great choice if the weather’s looking iffy, as it’s completely indoors. Try to go during the week as weekends can be seriously packed.

 

Sears Outlet

Located in North Miami Beach, the Sears outlet stores are the place to go if you’re looking for more than just fashion. Homewares and linens are seriously affordable here, as are small appliances (finally get yourself that juicer!)

 

Sawgrass Mills

One of the biggest when it comes to sheer choice of stores and brands, the Sawgrass Mills is a slightly longer trip (it’s located in Sunrise, FL) but well worth the journey. There’s more than shopping here too – stop in at the gameroom, movie theatre, and even a “Barbie Dreamhouse Experience” perfect for kids. The dining options here are really great – try to grab a seat at the Wolfgang Puck restaurant for world-class fare.

 

Florida Keys Outlet Centre

If you’re thinking of venturing out to the islands, then you can combine your sightseeing with a trip to the outdoor Florida Keys Outlet Center in Florida City, Homestead-Miami, just before you hit the causeway. The outlet mall has beautiful Spanish architecture and all of the stores have friendly staff and good discounts. Another plus: this spot will allow you to bring your pet with you! There are 55 different stores ranging from specialty shops to name brand stores

 

Palm Beach Outlets

For the serious bargain hunter willing to travel, head north along the coast to Palm Beach, where you’ll find another 100+ outlets to fulfill your spending urges. The modern, breezy walkways feature everything from Converse to Tommy Hilfiger, and the atmosphere when the place lights up at night adds to the atmosphere. Fuel your spree at the food court, or stock up at the adjacent Whole Foods before feeling way too full and buying running gear at the Nike store.

 

And if that doesn’t keep you and your credit card busy for the entire length of your stay, we don’t know what will! Our top tips? Go early, wear comfortable shoes, and keep a bottle of water with you at all time. Shopping is heavy work!

 

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Travel and Learn: Cool Classes to Take in Miami

July 16, 2015
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There are so many pluses to taking a class while on vacation: you can learn new skills, make new friends, and find something totally different to do (lying on the beach isn’t everyone’s South Beach dream). Because of the awesome cultural diversity of the area, you’ll find all kinds of cool classes you can drop  in on – we’ve dug up some of the best ones, so click on the links below, and find your new niche!

 

The Art of Dance

Dancing is a part of the local culture in Miami, and there is an impossibly long list of classes for many different types of dance. If you’re going to try out a Latin dance class, check out Salsa Fever, a local Salsa club that meets on the second floor of a Cuban Restaurant on Miami Beach. Their classes happen every Wednesday and Friday, so you can have fun learning and dancing Salsa in a fun social setting where you get deals on drinks and awesome Cuban fare. If you’re looking for something even more unique, why not try out SoBe Pole Dance? Also on Miami Beach, this studio offers Zumba, Pole Dancing, Strip Cardio, and a huge list of other interesting Dance Cardio classes that you can do without realizing you’re even working out.

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Make a Vase

If you’ve been dying to learn about using a pottery wheel since you saw Ghost or just want to learn a new practical type of art, pottery classes would be an excellent choice for you. Working with clay isn’t as easy as it sounds, but taking a class like the ones at the Ceramic League of Miami are the perfect place to start. You can take your skill level from 0 to 100 with their thorough 2 ½ hour classes, working with a huge spectrum of mediums and methods. You could even enroll your kids or join up with your partner.miami classes  

Get in the Water

You can’t live by one of the most gorgeous beaches in the world without taking a class in the water. Grove Scuba‘s lessons are very involved classes to attend, but they’re also the perfect thing for people who really want to learn something that they can cross off their bucket list. You’ll get to learn all of the safety rules, laws, how to work the equipment, how to dive, and everything in between while enjoying the sights beneath the surface.

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Catch a Cooking Class

Cooking is a phenomenally diverse skill, so even if you consider yourself to be quite the foodie, there are always going to be a few things the world can to teach you about cuisine. Pop-up cooking classes like the ones that Edge Bar near Biscayne Bay offers during the Summer are a great way to keep your mind active while learning a new dish or techniques you’ve never heard of before. If you’re looking for more ethnic flavors, the Indian Cooking classes from Ayesha’s Kitchen are in depth and extremely informative. You also get to eat what you cook, so don’t pass this up if you love Indian Cuisine.

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A Knack for Acting

Even if you’re just interested in doing it for a kick or to learn something new, Miami has a lot of different places that offer acting classes. One of the best is Miami Acting Studio. Their classes happen twice a week, and students have the opportunity to use actual on-screen sets, do extensive camera work, and will follow The Method, a highly effective philosophy that most working actors use today. These classes are for all levels of experience, and although they are supposed to help prepare participants for the working world of acting, they can also be taken for fun. It’s exciting to learn a form of art you’ve always been curious about, so give it a shot!miami-acting-class

 

There are just too many fun classes in Miami to list, but these are a good start. Those who are fairly active will enjoy moving their bodies to hot music while those who are looking for a quiet evening of learning a hands-on skill can appreciate the culinary and sculpture classes. The important thing is that you learn something of personal value and have a blast doing it, so get out there, and broaden your outlook!

 

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5 Reasons Miami is the Perfect Destination for a Couples Getaway

June 27, 2015
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A visit to Miami is a real treat for anyone, really, but it can be a really special destination for a quick couple’s getaway. Love is always in the air in this coastal boom town, with Miami ranked as the third most romantic city in America. Let the lush warm sea breezes and moonlit beaches serve as an idyllic backdrop for an intimate vacation with your loved one.

It comes as no surprise to hear that Miami has been playfully dubbed ‘the Magic City,’ given is breathtaking natural views, and sexy ocean vibe. Grab your partner and discover why Miami is so magical.

 

Intimate Dining Experiences

The Miami restaurant scene takes advantage of its scenic tropical setting by creating some of the most romantic spots in the world. Be it on a rooftop terrace or by the beach, Miami glitters and twinkles in the moonlight while the gentle sway of palm trees lull you into sweet tranquility. Indulge in a quiet candlelit dinner with your sweetheart and savour the delicate flavours of this coastal city.valentines-day

 

Pamper Yourself

Treat yourself to some well-deserved R&R by enjoying some spa time in the best resorts in Florida. Reenergize, rejuvenate and refresh with your beloved and rediscover your relationship in a serene sanctuary. Enjoy private time at a couple’s massage and take part in alternative therapy and other body treatments amidst a calm, peaceful and beautiful environment. It’s the perfect place to rekindle lost passions.Spa-Miami-Beach

 

Picturesque Photo Moments

Miami contains beautiful gardens and historic sites that add a rustic charm to this delightful city. Take a stroll through Little Havana and pick out a souvenir, or visit the Vizcaya, maybe take a dip in the famous Venetian Pool and feel the love and the passion the people of this city have for it; it’s infectious. Plan a picnic at the Botanic Gardens and make a day of it. Make memories and take some selfies to remember these precious moments by; Miami will offer you every opportunity to do so.Miami-Furnished-Apartment-Rental-Activity

 

Sun and Sand

There are about twelve white glistening beaches sprawling over the Miami coast for you to bask in the sun and catch some rays. Biscayne Bay provides the best spots for couples that are looking for a little secluded stretch in which to pitch their umbrellas. If you’re feeling a little adventurous, Miami offers hundreds of exciting activities that will get your heart racing (pun intended), including surfing, paddle-boarding, kayaking and scuba diving! Even more fun when your lover is by your side!Miami-beach

 

Take A Cruise

If you prefer exploring the Miami coast aboard a yacht with a flute of bubbly in your hand, then you’re in luck. Miami offers day trips and cruises along its spectacular beachside so you can spend some quality time together and see the city from an entirely new angle. Nothing says ‘I Love You’ more than a sightseeing cruise ending with a jaw-dropping Florida sunset over the waters and a scrumptious; it is a truly magical affair.groove-cruise-crowdcopy_zps50e8765e.jpg~original

 

Miami pulls out all the stops to provide you with beautiful scenery, decadent food, and a complete magical experience that just screams romance! It’s a great place to travel to with your better half, where you can create wonderful memories that will last a lifetime. Make this adventure yours.

 

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Top Terraces in South Beach, Miami

June 13, 2015
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One of the best ways to take full advantage of the idyllic South Beach environment is through relaxing on a stunning terrace. It’s the perfect way to spend time outside and admire view, enjoy a drink, and meet with colleagues. Once you find that perfect spot, it can be your personal paradise. Whether it’s a rooftop or beachside patio, we’ve got only the best of the best South Beach terraces to recommend!

 

HIGHBAR

With an infinity pool, lush landscaping, and a clean, modern white design, HIGHBAR is the ultimate glamorous Miami pool party. This oasis features private cabanas with flat screen TVS, surround sound systems, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Even better is a 2 for 1 happy hour from 5-8pm, every day. Don’t forget about the view – an impressive stretch of the Atlantic Ocean brings a sparkling backdrop to the already sensational surroundings.Rooftop bar South Beach Miami

Terrazza

Dine al fresco at Terrazza, where breakfast and brunch are the main features of this casual, yet dazzling Italian restaurant. Every Sunday is a special Ladies Brunch from 11am – 4pm that offers unlimited mimosas, Bellini’s, Bloody Mary’s, and of course a tasty brunch with items like lemon ricotta pancakes. The terrace overlooks the infamous Shore Club infinity pool and creates an impressive dining experience in the bright morning sunlight.Terrasse South Beach Miami

 

C-Level Rooftop Terrace at the Clevelander Hotel

It’s hard to beat the 360-panoramic views of the C-Level Rooftop Terrace. From here, you can see the glittering Atlantic Ocean, Ocean Drive, Lummus Park, the Miami skyline, and the Port of Miami. It’s easy to lose track of time basking in the sunlight or enjoying the nightlife, featuring some entertaining live performances from Thursday to Sunday. What kind of performances? Try international DJs, dancers, and a fire-breathing stilt walker!Clevelander hotel terrasse Miami

Juvia

This penthouse-level terrace brings phenomenal, sweeping views of South Beach to the lucky patrons inside. With an enticing menu built on a coordinated blend of French, Japanese, and Peruvian cooking styles partnered with gorgeous décor and regal purple-on-white accents, Juvia’s terrace ambiance is unparalleled.Terrasse South Beach Miami

 

Sunset Lounge

Sunset Lounge is the pure embodiment of a romantic atmosphere. Watch the sunset as you revel in the good vibes created by the mood-fitting music, expertly crafted cocktails, and an appetizing menu selection. Happy hour is from 6-9pm, but you’ll want to stay the entire night in Sunset Lounge’s carefully thought out spaces, which has a lobby bar and lounge, poolside area, and private cabanas.Miami Terrasse sunset

 

South Beach’s terraces bring a piece of paradise to everyday life. The only problem you’ll have is trying to find the time to visit all of these places!

 

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Travelling to Miami? Here’s what’s Happening in June

May 28, 2015
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Business can take you just about anywhere, and while you may not always look forward to your next destination with large amounts of anticipating, whenever Miami is on the docket you can’t help but get excited. Understandably so, as the city always has so much to offer visitors of every sort, and the month of June is no exception.

Aside from the regular attractions Miami has to offer, June will bring along tons of festivities for the business traveler. Lovers of food, film, and art will have no shortage of events to check out, making for an exciting business trip no matter what time of the month you visit. Be sure to be close to all of the major events in June by staying in one of Corporate Stays’ furnished apartment, which will conveniently place you in the centre of all the cultural action.

 

See what’s in store for you in June below.

 

Cuba Out of Cuba: Through the lens of Alexis Rodriguez-Duarte

  • Where: Everyday @ 4pm ’til August 30th
  • When: 600 Biscayne Blvd. (Miami Dade College’s Freedom Tower)

Cuba and Miami, along with the entirety of Southern Florida, have a long history. Many Cuban immigrants began new lives in the Sunshine State, and the new exhibit at the MDC Museum of Art + Design focuses on their experiences and contributions to the world of arts and culture. A pseudo-history lesson through photography, Cuba Out of Cuba will be both informative and engaging.

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Summer Shorts Festival

  • Where: 44 Brickell Avenue, #229
  • When: Thursday, June 4 to Sunday, June 28

Get a year’s worth of theatre in a single night during the Summer Shorts: America’s Short Play Festival, featuring the country’s most entertaining and innovative 10 minute plays all in one night. The official start of Miami’s summer theatre season, the Summer Shorts Festival has been going on for 20 years and has not lost any of its original energy. Expect a night of laughs you won’t soon forget.

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Redland Summer Fruits Festival

  • Where: 24801 S.W. 187th Avenue (Fruit & Spice Park)
  • When: Saturday, June 21st & Sunday, June 22nd

Food-lovers visiting Miami can’t pass up this chance to experience the city’s (and the state’s) unique agricultural scene. A two-day showcasing of the local produce and tropical fruits of the area, the Redland Summer Fruits Festival will have local wines, rare fruit tasting, and tons of food to eat. If you’re from anywhere in the north, this’ll be your chance to taste what the south side grows every year.

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Miami Film Month

  • Where: Various Locations
  • When: June 1st to 30th

June is the perfect time to visit Miami for any film-lovers, as the annual city-wide cinema event known as Miami Film Month will be taking over the city. A score of film events, parties, contests, and screenings will occur in a variety of venues, some being housed in genuine historic art cinemas. Even if you’re not particularly into film, the sheer amount of genre-specific film festivals to be featured during the month-long event all but guarantees you’ll find a movie that’ll fit your niche interests.

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FIU Media Arts Festival

  • Where: 400 NW 26th St   (LAB Miami)
  • When: June 27, 2015, 5:30pm-9pm

Want to see what the future minds of media production have in store for the world? Then take a night to check out the FIU Media Arts Festival, an extension of Miami Film Month that specifically showcases the work of the FIU community, from students to alumni. The theme for 2015 is “Fresh From Miami” which will certainly make for an interesting amount of various interpretations.

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Coral Gables Restaurant Week

  • Where: Various Restaurants
  • When: June 8th to June 28th

Over 40 restaurants will be participating in the annual Coral Gables Restaurant Week (which goes on much longer than 7 days) with each offering a special 3-course lunch and dinner menu every single night. Special cocktails and wines will be paired with every meal, making for a food event you won’t want to pass up.

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10th Annual Florida Supercon

  • Where: 1901 Convention Center Drive (Miami Beach Convention Center)
  • When: June 25th to June 28th

When travelling for business, you don’t usually get a chance to unleash your inner geek, but thankfully you’ll have the chance when visiting Miami in June, thanks to the 10th Annual Florida Supercon. The largest comic book convention in Miami, Florida Supercon is a celebration of all things nerdy, with tons of exhibitions, celebrity guests, film screenings, and so much more that will have you geek-ing out with glee.

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Summer Cabaret Concert

  • Where: 16701 SW 72nd Avenue ( Deering Estate at Cutler)
  • When: June 20th at 7pm (show at 8pm)

All summer long, the Deering Estate at Cutler’s hosts a series of Cabaret concerts within the majestic Stone House Ballroom. The season will begin on Saturday, June 20th, which will undoubetly start the summer off right with an amazing musical experience. Be sure to get there a bit early as seating is not reserved, and feel free to bring along snacks and beverages too.

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Fine Dining in South Beach? Try These Restaurants

May 7, 2015
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South Beach might just be the tropical destination for the luxury experiences. Frequented by tourists, South Beach has hundreds of high end nightclubs, boutiques, and hotels. With a myriad of places to eat at, navigating the restaurant scene can be confusing. Luckily, we’ve found some of the best fine dining establishments to try whenever you’re down at South Beach!

 

Pied à Terre – French

French cuisine is usually the first thing people think of when someone mentions “fine dining”. Being the only restaurant in Miami to serve contemporary French food, Pied à Terre follows up on the promise of an exceptional and authentic dining experience. They focus on quality, fresh, and flavourful dishes, with classical French cooking techniques. As French cuisine typically does not incorporate creams or uses minimal amounts of butter, you can be sure you’re getting a light and healthy meal.Delicious food Miami beach

 

OLA – Latin American

With a mouth-watering selection of ceviches, tempting entrées, and Latin cocktails, it’s hard to resist trying out this neighbourhood gem. If you like bold flavours look no further because this establishment has won numerous awards based on just that. Not only that, the atmosphere of the restaurant gives off a warm and comfortable feel. Wonderfully spiced and charmingly served, Latin American cuisine will win anyone over.Delicious Tacos Miami Beach

 

Katsuya – Japanese

A spirited chorus of “Irashaimase”, a classic Japanese greeting, will welcome you as you enter this sleek and modern establishment. Traditional Japanese cuisine is given a fresh twist here, with speciality signatures like crispy rice with spicy tuna, Katsuya ceviche, and the sunset roll. Served as small platters, it allows guests to have a taste of many different items from the menu. Complementing their enticing dishes is a team of mixologists who have created award winning cocktails, notably the spicy concoction known as the Burning Mandarin.Delicious Sushi in Miami Beach

 

1826 Restaurant and Lounge – American

A truly upscale dining experience, Trophée Passion gold winner Chef Luke Bergman brings his refined culinary palette to the forefront with a modern American menu. Everything you order is not only delicious, but a marvel to look at as well. Try out the octopus a la planche or zucchini blossoms as a starter, the Long Island duck duo for an entrée, and finish off with one of their many gorgeous desserts.Delicious meal Miami beach

 

Osteria Del Teatro – Italian

Osteria Del Teatro is no beginner when it comes to praise, awards, and famous guests, being more than 25 years in business. Their quaint Italian pasta and seafood has been continually praised for its excellence and quality, and the service is attentive and friendly. The small size of the restaurant gives it an intimate feel, and numerous positive food critiques have made this place an iconic part of South Beach.Delicious Shrimp Miami Beach

 

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Great Places for People-Watching in Miami

March 16, 2015
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Sometimes you want to lie on the sand and soak up the sun. And sometimes, you just want to take a break from the beach while in Miami, because, let’s face it, sometimes you really want to sit with a cold drink ogle other people and make up convoluted stories about them based on their tiny dog or ridiculous outfit.

Here are some of the best places to go in Miami and South Beach for people-watching, because, let’s face it, Miami is a treasure-trove of weird and wonderful locals (and visiotrs!) If you’re in any way creative, you should definitely take notes – this could be the beginning of an amazing art project or novel!

 

Española Way

This history-rich community is full of Spanish culture. The street is narrow and lined with cafe-style outdoor seating at each restaurant as well as a number of great shops that offer culturally significant artwork, trinkets, and souvenirs. You can take in a macchiato while watching tourists and locals pass, and when it’s all over, you can meet with the rest of your entourage for dinner at one of the trendy Latina restaurants in the diverse neighbourhood known as Española Way.

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The Miami Beach Boardwalk

Of course! What better place to do some people-watching than from a bench on the Miami Beach Boardwalk?! There are literally miles of paths, boardwalk, and beaches to settle down with a good book or your camera, and there are always loads of tourists and locals walking around. If you go further south towards South Beach, you may see a few celebrities, and there’s a yoga class held on the beach several times a day that you can play spectator at if you get bored of sitting around looking at people simply walking by. Be prepared for some beautiful beach bodies that may make you want to get on the rollerblade bandwagon.

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Lincoln Road

They call it a mall, but Lincoln Road in SoBe is a Miami hotspot with a huge gathering of shops, cafes and bars. This is the perfect place to pull up a chair on a the patio of a restaurant and sip a Strawberry Daiquiri while watching the throngs of visitors go by. There are sometimes street performers in the area too, which are also fun to stare at for a while. The cool thing about Lincoln Road is that you can do a little souvenir search in between lunch and your afternoon sugar fix. If you end up indoors for a coffee later, try to grab a window seat or a booth with a clear visual of the street outside.

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Vizcaya Museum & Gardens

If you want to get away from the beachfront, get down to the Vizcaya Museum & Gardens. After you’ve spent some time looking at the exhibits, go out into the garden and find yourself a place to sit and look at the flowers, trees, the bay, and the people who are out there to do the same. It really is a peaceful time in the garden, and its far less noisy than other places you’re going to go.

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Zoo Miami

The Zoo Miami is another treat of a place to people-watch. You can sit down in front of an exhibit or enclosure and watch people feed the giraffes or look at the other wildlife there. It is a bit touristy, but it’s a different piece of scenery to enjoy with interesting animals to watch too. Just promise you won’t try to reach the depth of a primate’s soul through their eyes, that’s actually kind of dangerous.

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The Art Deco District

You can always find a great place to set up in the Design District or the Art Deco neighborhood of Miami Beach for looking at people. The Art Deco District is known for the interesting architecture of each building and is home to some of the hotels on the beach. You can always find a place to chill out and watch the museum and art gallery crowds come and go as well as designers and artsy folk who live and work in the area. The Art Deco Weekend in January is always a great time to go down to this area for a festival celebrating the area and its contribution to art in Miami.

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That’s a pretty substantial list of places to take a time out from the action and centre yourself  – or play people-watching bingo and try to find at least one crazy person, one body builder, one aspiring actress, one artist and one tired tourist. It’s a whole day’s amusement – and it’s completely free!

 

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Plan the Perfect Valentine’s Day in South Beach Miami

February 3, 2015
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Let’s be real: although it’s the perfect day to get closer to your better half, Valentines Day is also an occasion for high expectations. Get it right, and you’ll be a hero for the rest of the year, but mess up and it could spell doom for your relationship. No pressure!

The key to knowing how to plan the perfect Valentine’s Day is knowing your partner. Their likes, dislikes, interests, and personality should be taken into consideration when creating the perfect evening for two. This is one date night where attention to detail pays off big time, so cover these bases and you’ll be golden.

 

Start With Apps

No, not the kind on your smartphone, but the kind you order at a restaurant. The reason you should do this instead of ordering a full-out meal is fairly obvious. You want to make this night last, and it won’t last very long if you order a bottle of house red and set up camp at a restaurant. A big part of having the perfect Valentine’s Day is creating a slow burn. Order a full meal and you’ll have blown your budget and be uncomfortably stuffed within an hour or two. Not good. Try a romantic restaurant like Cafe Prima Pasta just before their dinner rush, and order a hot and cold appetizer to share. Try a plate of Calamari and Bruschetta or do a salad and a hot app. Your night’s just getting started so keep it light so you don’t crash mid-date.

 

Do Something Fun

Now that you’ve had a nibble and enjoyed a drink or two, head over to a place where the two of you can do something fun together. Movie buffs will love heading to a theater to see a film. Independent film nuts will love the Miami Beach Cinématique with its historic feel, intimate screening room, and vintage design. For those who crave a bit more adventure can check out a place like EscapeQuest for an hour long game to see who can work together to solve puzzles and escape from a prison cell. Unconventional? Yes, but it’s a great way to build your connection and have fun doing it. If you’re looking to do something blissful and relaxing, you can stroll down the beach completely free of charge, or you can book a couples massage at Tao Spa. Their couples package is very affordable in comparison to the rest of the area and will loosen the both of you up for the next stop in your evening.

 

Something Sweet for My Sweet

After fun comes dessert, and nothing is more romantic than grabbing ice cream, sharing a milkshake, or having something devilishly decadent. Head to a gelato shop with tons of flavors like Gelato-Go for a quick and easy gelato on a cone or in a cup. If you’re hungrier than a piece of cheesecake can fulfill, you can share a dinner plate at Yardbird Southern Bar & Grill. Yardbird is a Southern food restaurant with delicious desserts and amazing meals. Lots of visitors are in love with their Chicken and Waffles, Red Velvet Cake, and the Bourbon. Try to keep away from heavy or sleepy foods like ribs. You’re not done yet.

 

Drinks and Music

The perfect end to the perfect evening involves drinks and music. End yours at a relaxed bar like The Broken Shaker. The cocktails and easygoing atmosphere will help wind it all down, and there are a few quiet corners in the venue where you can chat before heading home. Try a few different cocktails or surprise your lover with something new from their expert and innovative menu.

 


There you have it! The perfect plan for Valentine’s Day. You don’t have to follow the formula to a tee, but remember to take the framework into account as well as what you and your partner enjoy doing most. The point is to really milk it. It’s one day of the whole year, and you can have a blast with your loved one in lieu of gifts. Make it a night to remember and have a Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

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South Beach in Springtime: Events and Activities to Ease You Into Summer

January 30, 2015
Miami Beach

Need a break from the Northern Winter? We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – South Beach is the quickest and easiest place to grab some balmy weather, awesome activities, and incomparable nightlife. There’s so much happening this Spring on SoBe, but luckily, we’ve done the legwork for you. Whether you’re into cultural diversity, live music, or simply getting back into shape, there’s something below for you. Check out some of the Must-Do activities then give in and book that flight!

 

Miami Carnaval

Celebrate the sounds, tastes, and sights of Latin culture with the annual Carnaval on the Mile, which happens each March on SoBe. This festive weekend event features a huge art walk with Latin flare, merchants with handcrafted wares, and a talented lineup of musical acts on three separate stages, so every corner of the party is grooving along from morning ‘till night.

 

Take a Sea Cruise

Indulge your senses a little and take off for a few. Short cruises like the 3 or 4 night excursion from Miami to the Bahamas with Royal Caribbean are a great way to refresh yourself and take a well-deserved time out. As mentioned, the cruises only last a few days, so you can take a Monday and a Friday off and come back completely rejuvenated. Bonus: they’re also extremely affordable mini-getaways from Miami.

 

Flex Your Inner Self

There probably aren’t many things out there that are quite as zen and easygoing as a beachfront yoga class. Namaste your way to total relaxation with free yoga classes with certified instructors from Third Street Beach Yoga. This company has been doing yoga for free for a number of years, and they have never charged for classes. Bring a donation or a positive attitude and you’re set for a session of body-bending bliss.

 

Get Spa’d Out

Lay back and let the pros take care of your body! Destress with the spa visit to end all spa visits at the Spa at Shore Club. Lay on the terrace and enjoy the sounds, smell, and warmth of the ocean breeze as you receive a full body massage and facial. You can also get manicures, pedicures, and possibly one of those seaweed body wraps that’s supposed to leach the toxins from your body. Your skin will glow and you’ll be completely at ease by the time you’re done.

 

Do Some Good

Doing charity work is an important aspect of life that can be done without doling out a ton of cash. You don’t necessarily have to raise thousands of dollars, but why not do your part by participating in the events? Gather up some friends, and sign up for AIDS Walk Miami, a 5k walk/run that begins at the Botanical Gardens in Miami Beach, and ends with a huge celebration back at the starting line. There will be a number of refreshments to cool off with and they give out free massages after the main event winds down, so you can have fun while supporting a worthy cause!

 

Dance the Night Away

The nightlife on South Beach is unstoppable, and the parties are just getting started in the Spring. Why not go out for drinks and live music at a Jazz club like Jazid on Washington Avenue in Miami Beach. The laid back atmosphere and beachy music by local and national artists will knock your socks off without getting too out of hand. The club features R&B, Reggae, Jazz, and other world music. Tuesdays is Karaoke Night, so if you really want to let your hair down, take a few friends and gang up on a Gloria Estevan hit. Big laughs and great times.

 

You’ll never be short of something to do in a place like South Beach. There are far too many interesting sights and people to pack it all in, but the suggestions above are a great jumping off point for a killer springtime vacation. What are you waiting for?!

 

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