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Southbound & Down: Exploring Miami Like A True Local

When you’re a tourist, you tend to follow the same old attractions, and get under the skin of what makes that place take. A place like Miami, for example, is a real hotbed for tourism. And, when you’re young, you either want to go and circumnavigate the bars and trendy nightspots, or you want to explore the place like you are a local. So, in Miami, where are the best places to go so you get under the skin of what it’s like to be a local there?

Relax In South Pointe Park

Of course, the beaches are a big draw for most tourists in Miami. But the problem with this is that there are too many beaches swarming with tourists, instead, go to South Pointe Park, and stay away from the crowds. While there’s some suitable accommodation in South Beach, Marriott Vacation Club Pulse offers suitable places to stay for tourists and non-tourists alike, the nook of South Pointe Park is a nice secluded area away from the hubbub of South Beach.

Hit The Wynwood Art Walk

Miami has a thriving arts scene, and with places like the Perez art museum, Miami is becoming more than just a place to dance the night away! Head to the Wynwood district, in Midtown, for the Art Walk. This area is a culture vulture’s dream. In addition to the various art galleries, the lounge bars and gastro pubs serve the tastiest cocktails and host the best live bands. Of course, if you’ve got a hankering for food, there are some great restaurants there too, such as Sugarcane.

Socialize At Calle Ocho

If you are not so keen on mass parties, Eighth Street is where you can go to get a nice coffee and taste the Cuban culture upfront. Calle Ocho offers a little taste of Cuban heaven, in the guise of various bars and lounges. The Ball & Chain Lounge hosts celebrations of Little Havana, including food deals, performances, and the obligatory Cuban music! And no visit to a Cuban area is complete without trying some mantecado, a vanilla flavoured sweet treat.

Go Shopping In Lincoln Road

If you just want to go shopping, Miami has everything you would ever need! The shopping district of Lincoln Road has various high-end outlets, such as Adventura Mall, but there are some fantastic brands you can get for cheap in these outlets. The Sawgrass Mills Outlet in Sunrise is the seventh largest mall in the United States, and boasts of over 300 stores, enough to keep you very busy indeed!

Jump In The Water!

If you don’t want to chill out on the beach or go shopping, it’s essential that you go for a sail on the crystal clear blue waters. Headed to one of the various marinas and take in as many different sea-oriented activities as you can, from snorkeling, sunbathing, or just enjoying some nice food and drink.

Of course, the Bahamas is only 45 minutes away, but why would you want to go there when you’ve got so much to do in Miami?!

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