Miami might be the perfect vacation package --

The Best of Miami

Miami Beach has partied its way to popularity with great beaches, a hipster scene, a contemporary art vibe, and enough fabulous architecture to make strolling the neighborhoods a head-turning experience. Though hurricane Irma recently made her impact on Miami, it didn't take as long as expected for residents and visitors to return to their daily lives, and many hotels and attractions have already re-opened for business.

A City of Neighborhoods of Art, Culture, and Architecture

Famous South Beach has been called the American Riviera and an Art Deco Playground.

South Beach's fantasyland of exuberant Deco architecture celebrates the city's storied past. Miami Modern Architecture -- MiMo -- can be seen in the old famed hotels -- the Fontainebleau Hotel, Eden Roc, Seacoast Towers, Deauville, and Di Lido hotels.

An open-plan, miles-long outdoor mall built for pedestrians only, boutique and gallery-filled Lincoln Road is also perfect for people watching, cocktail drinking, and dining in everything from casual cafes to restaurants-of-the-moment.

Lodging in Your Neighborhood

Miami overflows with lodging options. From sleeping in historic hotels to luxury resorts, even tiny B&Bs and mid-priced chains, there's something for everyone across the neighborhoods of the city.

In addition to the traditional possibilities, an option that needs to be on your radar is timeshare rentals. More spacious than a hotel room and offering the amenities of a welcoming home, Miami timeshare rentals are located throughout Miami and Miami Beach within resorts like Marriott's Villas at Doral and Crescent Resort & Spa on South Beach. You can find these weekly rentals on by-owner websites like at huge discounts, and they should definitely be on your list of possibilities.

Stellar Museums Beckon

Scattered throughout the city are the area's stellar museums.

Perhaps the most important art museum in Miami, Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) opened in December 2013 highlighting international art of the 20th and 21st centuries with an emphasis of the Americas. The building itself was designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architects Herzog & de Meuron.

Putting Miami and history in context, head to downtown Miami and visit HistoryMiami, a Smithsonian Affiliate cultural institution. "Tropical Dreams: A People's History of South Florida" is an exhibit placed on permanent display, highlighting historical moments in Miami and throughout the world.

Vizcaya Museum & Gardens harkens back to Miami's early days as a haven for the rich and powerful. Built in the 1910s the original house and gardens (on 50 acres of prime land) is preserved and open to the public for tours.

High Concept Festivals and Events

Miami Design Preservation League's Art Deco Weekend held in January on Ocean Drive in Miami Beach starts off the year. The festival welcomes over 150,000 people and offers more than 85 events over three days.

Readers, writers, and book lovers descend to Miami for the Miami Book Fair International, an eight-day literary party in November.

In April, the world's best polo players hit the sands of South Beach, literally, horses and riders gallop down the beach. The famed Miami Beach Polo World Cup takes place for four days of polo fun on the sands of South Beach. All of the matches are held on the beach, at Collins Park.

End the year with the famous Art Basel Miami Beach. You don't have to go to Switzerland for the best in modern and contemporary art. The Miami franchise showcases over 250 galleries from 31 countries inside the Miami Beach Convention Center.

For more information on visiting Miami, go to Miami and the Beaches

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September 25, 2017

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