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bulletMiles and miles of great beaches.

bulletFamous art deco hotels and luxe resorts.

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The Two Miamis

Miami is known as the "Capital of Latin America," and for good reason. This large urban area boasts the largest Latin American population in the U.S., and is the business center for the whole region. With its large number of Cuban émigrés, Miami provides a unique cultural mix, influencing the dining and entertainment scenes.

Miami Beach is still the most popular area for visitors, with its many hotels including many restored art deco masterpieces in the South Beach area. Originally made of sand dredged from the bay, Miami Beach is now a long sandbar, lined with hotels, restaurants, and shops.

What to See & Do

Beaches come to mind, when thinking about how to spend a vacation in Miami. Miami Beach -- with its long stretches of ocean beach, and Key Biscayne, are the preferred places to while away a day sunning, swimming and engaging in water sports. If you're staying in Miami beach, you'll have only a short walk to the nearest beach. Many hotels have their own beach space.

And while you're in Miami Beach, be sure to take in the action in South Beach. This area, originally popularized in the 1930s with the many small art deco hotels, is an active area for people watching, dining, and night clubbing. The hotels have been restored, and boast bright colors. People stroll (or skate) along Ocean Drive. It's as busy at night as in the daylight hours.

Little Havana is a popular destination for visitors to the area. Cuban restaurants and shops are here to explore, and it helps if you can speak Spanish. Many of the business people are unilingual. No other place in the U.S. can you sample Cuban culture in such a close-up way.

Vizcaya is an historic mansion looking out on the waters of Key Biscayne. The expansive gardens are spread across 30 acres, including a fine formal garden filled with fountains. The house, with 70 rooms, is an art museum, containing many rooms filled with paintings, cultures, and antique furniture. Admission for adults is $15.00, for seniors: $10, and for children: $6.00. Guided tours of the home and gardens are available. For information, call (305) 250-9133.

A fine day trip leads south to Key Largo, the nearest of the Florida Key, and to John Pennecamp Coral Reef State Park. This underwater park is perfect for divers who enjoy looking at the abundant wildlife under the surface.

Miami and Miami Beach Hotels

Fine hotels and hundreds of motels stretch along the coast from south of Miami to Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton. The most desired hotels for the young, hip, and famous are the art deco gems in South Beach, where classic small hotels have been refurbished and given modern touches. The night scene in Miami Beach lives up to its reputation with most of the action in South Beach.

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