Miami, Florida, is famous in the USA, and indeed throughout the world for its Latin-infused culture, party atmosphere and incredible climate. There’s so much to see and do that you’ll run out of time if you’re not careful! Highlights include the Everglades National Park, South Beach and the Art Deco district, but we’ll provide some tips for the discerning traveller looking for those sights strictly for those in the know.
Caribbean Beats: Carnaval Miami
What are you doing still sitting at home? It’s Carnaval time in Miami! You don’t want to miss out on one of the most incredible experiences available to Miami visitors. The Miami Carnaval, held since 1978, is organized by the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana, and takes place annually between February and March, culminating with El Festival de la Calle Ocho (Calle Ocho Festival). This is music, art and food Latin-style: listen to the Caribbean rhythms and watch the dancers get lost in the music – the events just keep on coming!
Beautiful Jigsaw: The Spanish Monastery
The Spanish Monastery, the oldest building in the western hemisphere, has been astonishing people with its beauty since 1144. That may sound strange, but the monastery was originally constructed in Spain, then bought by William Randolph Hearst in 1925, dismantled stone by stone, packed in protective hay and shipped in more than 11,000 wooden crates to the Miami. It’s been described as the world’s largest jigsaw puzzle, famed for its serenity and architectural beauty. The monastery hosts a variety of activities, worship, classes, tours, concerts. Services take place on Sundays and weekdays.
Outstanding Natural Beauty: The Barnacle
Situated on the shores of Biscayne Bay, The Barnacle, the house of eccentric and influential pioneer Ralph Middleton Munroe, has barely changed since its construction in 1891. The local flora has been allowed to grow naturally, so there are some very large and old trees in The Barnacle Historic State Park. It’s worth seeing the replicas of Munroe’s two sailboats – The Egret and The Flying Proa, both designed well over 100 years ago – before resting on the porch or having a lie down on the lawn. Forget daily stresses and experience life at a slower pace.