Miami City Guide

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Visiting Miami

The Magic City is a multicultural destination with water, water, everywhere. The greater Miami metropolitan area stretches from the Everglades, the famed River of Grass, in the west to the Atlantic Ocean in the east, so the city’s trails cover a variety of landscapes and settings. From protected natural areas and sandy beaches to historical neighborhoods and urban hot spots, there’s something for everybody. And most trails accommodate walking, biking and inline skating. Plus, you’ll find plenty of points of interest along the way—including museums, historic sites, parks and more to keep you occupied. Whether you’re a foodie, a nature buff, a history fan or an adrenaline junkie, you’ll find your fix in Miami.

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At every turn, you’ll see gorgeous blue waters, pristine beaches and palm trees blowing in the briny breezeso don’t forget to take some snapshots! Also, because of the natural beauty of this tropical paradise, outdoor activities are the norm, and the city is well equipped for bikers and walkers. Air-conditioned buses, complete with bike racks, make cycling a breeze, and many trails connect easily to one another for a seamless ride. Plus, if you get hot under the strong Florida sun, there’s always a body of water nearby for cooling off. Whether it’s a pool or the ocean, just dive in for instant refreshment.

Open-air dining is also popular, so you can park your bike (or just your aching feet) and continue enjoying the gorgeous weather while you refuel with any number of international cuisines: Russian, Italian, Japanese, Thai, Chinese, French, Colombian, Spanish … the list goes on and on. Keep in mind that many of the city’s most popular restaurantsincluding those by celebrity chefs like Tom Colicchio, Daniel Boulud and Scott Conantare located within hotels. So don’t be shy. You can wander right in and explore the public spaces (but not the pool or beach areas) even if you aren’t a guest.

Finally, as Miamian Gloria Estefan once famously sang: “The rhythm is gonna get you.” This is especially true in Miami, as you’ll find a myriad of musical styles floating on the air, emanating from jazz bars, salsa clubs, amphitheaters and street corners. These upbeat melodies set the perfect soundtrack for a sunny bike or walk around the city. And the music doesn’t stop once the sun goes down. Miami’s nightlife is legendary, and hot spots like LIV and Wall don’t get going until 1 a.m. or soand they keep the party going well into the wee hours of the morning. Remember: Dancing is a great way to keep your cardio workout going!

So what are you waiting for? Slap on some sunscreen, put on a hat and sunglasses and hit the trails to discover all that Miami has to offer. We’ll see you out there!

Planning your visit

bicycle

Bike-Share Program

Citi Bike Miami allows you to unlock a bike at any station, ride it wherever you want and return it to any station. Users can opt for a membership or an hourly rental to take advantage of this solar-powered bike-sharing system. Dock stations can be found throughout the city—available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

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Getting Around

The Miami metropolitan area is quite large and spread out, so it’s best know where you’re going and plan ahead. Public transportation is available but not as extensive as other major cities, so wait times for buses (Metrobus) or trains (Metrorail and Metromover) may be a bit longer than you’re accustomed to.

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Weather

The best time to visit Miami is spring. In March, April and May, temperatures usually range in the high 70s and low 80s. Tourists flock to Miami in the summer to enjoy the beaches and in winter to avoid the cold, so lodging is more expensive during these peaks. And note that the area receives the highest average rainfall from June through September.

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Getting There

Miami International Airport (MIA) is located about 8 miles from downtown. The MIA Mover provides free train service between the airport and the Miami Airport Station, where you’ll have access to Metrorail’s Orange Line which heads downtown. To ride Metrorail, you’ll need to purchase an EASY Ticket at the station or online (transitstore.miamidade.gov).

Travel Resources

Check out these helpful websites for planning your travel in Miami.

Self-Guided Tours

Things to see and do in Miami

El Palacio de los Jugos

5721 W. Flagler St., FL, Miami, 33144
www.elpalaciodelosjugos.com

For more than 20 years, this no-frills, open-air outpost has been serving up cheap Cuban food, pastries and fresh produce. Don't miss the chicharones and tamales.

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El Palacio de los Jugos

5721 W. Flagler St., FL, Miami, 33144
www.elpalaciodelosjugos.com

For more than 20 years, this no-frills, open-air outpost has been serving up cheap Cuban food, pastries and fresh produce. Don't miss the chicharones and tamales.

Michael's Genuine Food and Drink

130 N.E. 40th St., FL, Miami, 33137
michaelsgenuine.com

This Design District staple features Chef Michael Schwartz's locally sourced New American cuisine as well as a welcoming courtyard.

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Michael's Genuine Food and Drink

130 N.E. 40th St., FL, Miami, 33137
michaelsgenuine.com

This Design District staple features Chef Michael Schwartz's locally sourced New American cuisine as well as a welcoming courtyard.

News Cafe

800 Ocean Drive, FL, Miami Beach, 33139
www.newscafe.com

Enjoy people-watching at its finest at this quaint sidewalk cafe in South Beach's Art Deco District. This was a favorite morning spot for designer Gianni Versace, and it's open 24/7.

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News Cafe

800 Ocean Drive, FL, Miami Beach, 33139
www.newscafe.com

Enjoy people-watching at its finest at this quaint sidewalk cafe in South Beach's Art Deco District. This was a favorite morning spot for designer Gianni Versace, and it's open 24/7.

Joe's Stone Crab

11 Washington Ave., FL, Miami, 33139
www.joesstonecrab.com

This institution opened in 1913 and has garnered a clientele of celebrities and politicians with its namesake crustaceans and white-glove service.

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Joe's Stone Crab

11 Washington Ave., FL, Miami, 33139
www.joesstonecrab.com

This institution opened in 1913 and has garnered a clientele of celebrities and politicians with its namesake crustaceans and white-glove service.

Versailles

3501 SW 8th St., FL, Miami, 33135
www.versaillesrestaurant.com

A Calle Ocho landmark, Versailles calls itself "the world's most famous Cuban restaurant." Walk up to the window for a quick (and strong) Cuban coffee, or enjoy a feast inside.

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Versailles

3501 SW 8th St., FL, Miami, 33135
www.versaillesrestaurant.com

A Calle Ocho landmark, Versailles calls itself "the world's most famous Cuban restaurant." Walk up to the window for a quick (and strong) Cuban coffee, or enjoy a feast inside.

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral, FL, Miami,
fairchildgarden.org

Founded by plant explorer David Fairchild in 1938, this 83-acre garden features extensive collections of rare tropical plants. It also hosts special events throughout the year.

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Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral, FL, Miami,
fairchildgarden.org
Founded by plant explorer David Fairchild in 1938, this 83-acre garden features extensive collections of rare tropical plants. It also hosts special events throughout the year.

CocoWalk

3015 Grand Ave, Coconut Grov, FL, Miami,
cocowalk.net

This mixed-use complex in the heart of Coconut Grove comprises shops, restaurants, a movie theater and more.

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CocoWalk

3015 Grand Ave, Coconut Grov, FL, Miami,
cocowalk.net
This mixed-use complex in the heart of Coconut Grove comprises shops, restaurants, a movie theater and more.

Miami Seaquarium

4400 Rickenbacker Causeway, , FL, Miami,
miamiseaquarium.com

Enjoy sealife and wildlife exhibits ¿ including dolphins, killer whales, penguins and more ¿ amid this 38-acre facility on Virginia Key.

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Miami Seaquarium

4400 Rickenbacker Causeway, , FL, Miami,
miamiseaquarium.com
Enjoy sealife and wildlife exhibits ¿ including dolphins, killer whales, penguins and more ¿ amid this 38-acre facility on Virginia Key.

Barnacle Historic State Park

3485 Main Highway, Miami, FL, Miami,
floridastateparks.org/park/The-Barnacle

Learn about early Miami history by visiting the spot where settler Ralph Middleton Munroe built a boathouse and the main house, The Barnacle.

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Barnacle Historic State Park

3485 Main Highway, Miami, FL, Miami,
floridastateparks.org/park/The-Barnacle
Learn about early Miami history by visiting the spot where settler Ralph Middleton Munroe built a boathouse and the main house, The Barnacle.

Vizcaya Museum & Gardens

3251 S. Miami Ave., Miami, FL, Miami,
vizcaya.org

This 43-acre waterfront estate comprises a villa and gardens in the Italian Renaissance style as well as a historic village outbuildings compound. Built in the early 20th century, it is on the U.S....

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Vizcaya Museum & Gardens

3251 S. Miami Ave., Miami, FL, Miami,
vizcaya.org
This 43-acre waterfront estate comprises a villa and gardens in the Italian Renaissance style as well as a historic village outbuildings compound. Built in the early 20th century, it is on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and is a U.S. National Historic Landmark.

City Bikes

20335 Biscayne Blvd., Aventu, FL, Miami,
citybikesonline.com

Custom fittings, repairs and rentals in addition to accessories, apparel and energy-boosting food help maintain this shop's reputation as one of the best in Miami. They also offer free cycling...

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City Bikes

20335 Biscayne Blvd., Aventu, FL, Miami,
citybikesonline.com
Custom fittings, repairs and rentals in addition to accessories, apparel and energy-boosting food help maintain this shop's reputation as one of the best in Miami. They also offer free cycling seminars and classes.

JB Bike Shop

7430 Collins Ave., Miami Bea, FL, Miami,
jbbikeshop.com

Located in the North Beach area of Miami Beach, this shop has offered expertly maintained inventory for more than 20 years. Novices and professionals alike will enjoy this one-stop shop, featuring...

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JB Bike Shop

7430 Collins Ave., Miami Bea, FL, Miami,
jbbikeshop.com
Located in the North Beach area of Miami Beach, this shop has offered expertly maintained inventory for more than 20 years. Novices and professionals alike will enjoy this one-stop shop, featuring apparel, accessories and service.

Brickell Bikes

70 S.W. 12th St., Miami, FL, Miami,
brickellbikes.com

Conveniently located in the heart of the Brickell neighborhood, near the Rickenbacker Trail, this small but substantial shop offers rentals, sales and repairs done by knowledgable staff.

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Brickell Bikes

70 S.W. 12th St., Miami, FL, Miami,
brickellbikes.com
Conveniently located in the heart of the Brickell neighborhood, near the Rickenbacker Trail, this small but substantial shop offers rentals, sales and repairs done by knowledgable staff.

Cycle World Miami

8476 S.W. 40th St., Miami, FL, Miami,
cycleworldmiami.com

They serve up an extensive selection of road, mountain, hybrid and BMX bikes alongside accessories, clothing and repairs.

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Cycle World Miami

8476 S.W. 40th St., Miami, FL, Miami,
cycleworldmiami.com
They serve up an extensive selection of road, mountain, hybrid and BMX bikes alongside accessories, clothing and repairs.

Mack Cycle & Fitness

5995 Sunset Drive, Miami, FL, Miami,
mackcycleandfitness.com

This popular establishment, which has been in South Miami for 57 years, offers rentals, sales, apparel and gear in an industrial-style venue.

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Mack Cycle & Fitness

5995 Sunset Drive, Miami, FL, Miami,
mackcycleandfitness.com
This popular establishment, which has been in South Miami for 57 years, offers rentals, sales, apparel and gear in an industrial-style venue.

The Villa Casa Casuarina

1116 Ocean Drive, Miami Beac, FL, Miami,
vmmiamibeach.com

Formerly owned by fashion designer Gianni Versace, this high-end boutique hotel was built in 1930 in a romantic Spanish style.

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The Villa Casa Casuarina

1116 Ocean Drive, Miami Beac, FL, Miami,
vmmiamibeach.com
Formerly owned by fashion designer Gianni Versace, this high-end boutique hotel was built in 1930 in a romantic Spanish style.

The Biltmore

1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral G, FL, Miami,
biltmorehotel.com

Established in 1926, this AAA Four Diamond property in Coral Gables oozes Old World glamour. It's home to a Donald Ross golf course and the signature Palm d'Or restaurant.

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The Biltmore

1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral G, FL, Miami,
biltmorehotel.com
Established in 1926, this AAA Four Diamond property in Coral Gables oozes Old World glamour. It's home to a Donald Ross golf course and the signature Palm d'Or restaurant.

Delano South Beach

1685 Collins Ave., Miami Bea, FL, Miami,
morganshotelgroup.com/delano/delano-south-beach

This exclusive boutique hotel, built in 1947, was designed by Philippe Starck as a hideaway for celebs. Its Rose Bar is a popular spot for nightlife and people-watching.

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Delano South Beach

1685 Collins Ave., Miami Bea, FL, Miami,
morganshotelgroup.com/delano/delano-south-beach
This exclusive boutique hotel, built in 1947, was designed by Philippe Starck as a hideaway for celebs. Its Rose Bar is a popular spot for nightlife and people-watching.

Fontainebleau Miami Beach

4441 Collins Ave., Miami Bea, FL, Miami,
fontainebleau.com

The grand dame of Miami Beach hotels has award-winning dining, hot nightlife, an over-the-top spa and a long history of catering to first-class clientele. It was created by architect Morris Lapidus in...

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Fontainebleau Miami Beach

4441 Collins Ave., Miami Bea, FL, Miami,
fontainebleau.com
The grand dame of Miami Beach hotels has award-winning dining, hot nightlife, an over-the-top spa and a long history of catering to first-class clientele. It was created by architect Morris Lapidus in the 1950s.

Eden Roc Miami Beach Resort

4525 Collins Ave., Miami Bea, FL, Miami,
edenrochotelmiami.com

A former haunt of the Rat Pack, the Eden Roc combines classic glamour with modern amenities in the Mid-Beach area of Miami Beach. Architect Morris Lapidus designed this Miami Modern gem in the...

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Eden Roc Miami Beach Resort

4525 Collins Ave., Miami Bea, FL, Miami,
edenrochotelmiami.com
A former haunt of the Rat Pack, the Eden Roc combines classic glamour with modern amenities in the Mid-Beach area of Miami Beach. Architect Morris Lapidus designed this Miami Modern gem in the mid-1950s.
Accordion

Old Cutler Trail

Florida - 13.5 miles

The 13.5-mile Old Cutler Trail goes through some of the most beautiful neighborhoods in the greater Miami area under the cover of magnificent fichus...

Rickenbacker Trail

Florida - 8.5 miles

Rickenbacker Trail begins in southern Miami and continues south along the Rickenbacker Causeway/Crandon Boulevard for nearly 9 miles, traversing the...

Snake Creek Trail

Florida - 6.5 miles

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M-Path Trail

Florida - 9.4 miles

The M-Path is a paved multi-use trail in urban Miami-Dade County, which was opened in 1983 and is part of the Miami-Dade Transit (MDT) system. The...

South Dade Trail

Florida - 20.9 miles

The South Dade Trail runs along the South Miami-Dade Busway between Florida City and Kendall Drive/ SW 88th Street just north of the Dadeland South...

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