The Hedonist's Guide to Miami
|MY, MY MIAMI: Downtown Miami (courtesy, Greater Miami CVB)|
Yes, you can always see Shamu's cousin at the Miami Seaquarium ($26 adults, $21 children aged three to nine; 305-361-5705, www.miamiseaquarium.com), but for a more offbeat look at the city, the Murder, Mystery, and Mayhem Bus Tour ($37, 305-375-1621) is the way to go. Visit the sites of mob hits and more (including the death of famed designer Gianni Versace) on this fascinating three-hour tour conducted by noted historian, Dr. Paul George.
If you're on the beachas in South Beachbut aren't into the sun or lack thereof, the Miami Design Preservation League (1001 Ocean Drive, 305-531-3484) offers a self-guided audio tour of the Art Deco district for just $15 a person. For an absolutely stunning view of Miami's flora and fauna, visit the Fairchild Tropical Garden (10901 Old Cutler Road; 305-361-1651, www.ftg.org), an 83-acre garden of rare and exotic plants, tropical fruits, 11 lakes, palmettos, palm glades, and over 100 species of birds. There's a daily 30-minute narrated tram tour and admission is only $15 and includes the tour.
Places to Eat:
Greasy spoons are few and far between in this town, but for the best breakfasts, Balan's (1022 Lincoln Road, 305-534-9191) and Front Porch Café (1418 Ocean Drive, 305-531-8300) are two of South Beach's most popular morning spots. Same goes for lunch. For Cuban food at any time of day or night, Versailles (3555 SW 8th Street, 305-444-7501) is a Little Havana landmarkand don't forget to take a few shots of Cuban coffee so you can make it through the night (life). Because dinner is a branch of Miami nightlife, restaurant recommendations also easily shift into the places to party. Read on...
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