by Melissa Puppo | May 1, 2024

Discover the Best of Greater Miami: From Art and Cuisine to Beaches and Boutiques

Thanks to unbeatable deals and captivating events, you’re never far from exploring the best of Greater Miami and Miami Beach.

Plan your perfect summer getaway in Greater Miami and Miami Beach. Photography courtesy of GMCVB.

It’s no secret Miami has long been celebrated globally for its vibrant entertainment, but the city’s allure extends far beyond its nocturnal charms. If you haven’t visited Greater Miami or Miami Beach in a while, get ready for a delightful surprise. The destination is undergoing an unprecedented boom, evolving at a pace unmatched everywhere in the country. The best part? The dynamic cultural scene, melting pot of world cuisines, and iconic sun-drenched beaches are just the beginning. Whether planning your first getaway or returning for more, follow along as we share the best of Greater Miami and Miami Beach that will redefine your perception. 

Culture Trip 

Miami emanates high energy day and night, promising unforgettable moments for everyone. Make the most of all the coolness by checking out year-round deals that will make your trip unforgettable without breaking the bank. For extended stays, consider the convenience of a Go City Miami Pass, unlocking a treasure trove of experiences tailored to your interests.

One special we’re loving is Miami Attraction & Museum Months, which continues into May and offers admission savings and BOGO deals. It’s the perfect excuse to visit popular attractions like Vizcaya Museum & Gardens in Coral Gables. Arguably one of Miami’s most iconic estate, the 50-acre property beckons guests with its lush, manicured gardens, Mediterranean Revival–style home, and breathtaking waterfront views. 

For art aficionados, check out a sanctuary of modern and contemporary masterpieces at the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) downtown. You’ll be enamored by the artwork just as much as the architectural wonder of the hanging gardens and the popular on-property restaurant, Verde. Or, visit the Phillip & Patricia Frost Museum of Science, a scientific playground for kids and families. Delve into the mysteries of outer space with the newest exhibition, Journey to Space, on display from May 25 through October 2024. 

Miami’s rich entertainment events create the perfect night of dancing to live music and more. Photography courtesy of GMCVB.

As night falls, let the tunes of Jazz at MOCA at the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami inspire your inner dancer. This is one of those good-for-the-soul events you’ll want to experience, with a diverse lineup of musicians playing the last Friday of the month at 8 p.m. And for those who are all about getting pics for the ‘Gram, Superblue Miami is a must-visit hub for immersive art experiences curated by globally acclaimed artists in the heart of Alapattah. Lose yourself in the enchanting, mirrored maze or play among whimsical “clouds” crafted from soap bubbles. Steps away is the Rubell Museum, home to one of North America’s most extensive private contemporary art collections with an equally impressive Basque-inspired restaurant. 

Foodie Fix 

With a wide selection of local cuisine and Michelin star restaurants, there’s always a deluxious meal just around the corner. Photography courtesy of GMCVB.

No matter what corner of Miami you explore, you’ll be among some of the best restaurants and chefs in the country. From Michelin-starred fine-dining haunts and Bib Gourmand winners to local favorites, there’s plenty of deliciousness. 

Visit some of the area’s beloved restaurants August through September during Miami Spice Restaurant Month, where you can indulge in delightful three-course meals priced at a steal: $30/$35 for lunch/brunch and $45/$60 for dinner. Some of our favorites include James Beard Award-winning chef and restaurateur Michael Schwartz’s flagship bistro Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink in the Miami Design District, and the Cuban haunt Cafe La Trova in Little Havana, previously ranked among the 50 best bars globally.

Visitors can also embrace culinary ingenuity at newcomers like Sereia in Coconut Grove, Edan Bistro in North Miami, and the reopened KYU in Wynwood. While also appreciating the classics of Southern American cuisine with Italian nuances at Rosie’s in Little River.

Beachside Bliss

The sandy shores of Miami Beach invite visitors from all around the world to climb its iconic, colorful lifeguard stations. Photography courtesy of GMCVB.

If you’re coming to our stretch of paradise, chances are you’re craving warm days of waves and sand. South Pointe Parkon South Beach epitomizes the picturesque “Welcome to Miami” scene that comes to mind: Art Deco buildings and white sandy beaches dotted with neon-colored lifeguard stands. Matheson Hammock Park Beach in Coral Gables is home to a man-made atoll pool, while Key Biscayne’s Crandon Park Beach, Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, and Historic Virginia Key Beach Park are family-friendly hotspots. 

The Good Life

Miami’s exceptional shopping scene ensures you’ll find the perfect keepsake to bring home from your travels. Start with the Miami Design District, a hub for art, design, fashion and culinary experiences. Here, you can explore a dynamic mix of high-end fashion boutiques, luxury brands, art galleries and open-air art installations. Miami Beach is home to the outdoor promenade Lincoln Road with an array of price points, while Brickell City Center in the Financial District offers three levels of mixed-use retail and fun for the whole family with activities like PuttShack. Further north is Bal Harbour Shops, a luxury outdoor mall with gourmet dining options set against meticulously landscaped gardens. 

Take in the beauty of Greater Miami as you stroll and shop. Photography courtesy of GMCVB.

After indulging in Miami’s vibrant shopping scene, it’s time to unwind and rejuvenate at one of the many luxurious hotels and resorts in Greater Miami and Miami Beach. The best way to experience this is during Miami Spa Month in July and August, when you can hit up world-class spas for ahh-mazing treatments for you and your partner. The Spa at Carillon Wellness Resort stands as a wellness oasis in Miami Beach, providing a range of distinctive and rejuvenating treatments, while Lapis, The Spa At Fontainebleau features amenities including mineral pools, eucalyptus steam baths, and massage-jet showers. 

Whether exploring the vibrant art scene at PAMM, indulging in culinary delights during Miami Spice, or soaking up the sun in South Beach, Miami invites you to savor every moment and enjoy the good life—the Miami way.

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