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Your First Time in Miami

Destination(s): Miami

With a range of lifestyle ameneties to match any city in America (or anywhere else, for that matter), Miami offers seemingly endless possibilities for the traveler. That said, for a first-time visitor, narrowing down the options can be daunting. But there are some things that no oner should miss, even if it means sharing the experience with the crowds that pour onto Ocean Drive on weekends or the caravan of tour buses that arrive year-round. read more about Your First Time in Miami

Indian Creek Hotel

Indian Creek Hotel

  • 2727 Indian Creek Drive
  • tel:+1 305 531 2727 / +1 800 491 2772
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  • Miami, 33139

Just a block from the ocean facing the Intracoastal Waterway, Indian Creek Hotel manages to be secluded while close to everything. Considered by many to offer the best value of any hotel in the city, it's housed in a elegantly restored circa 1930s building that provides a nod to its Golden-era without overdoing it. Its public spaces have a tropical theme and guest rooms are bright and comfortable, with thoughtful refrigerators and convenient Wi-Fi service. If you crave more than standard accommodations or plan on an extended stay, the hotel also has six well-appointed suites and four one-bedroom apartments that allow you to settle in for a homey experience. Creek 28, one the Miami's Beach most lauded restaurants is on-site, but unfortunately it's closed until sometime in 2011.
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Icebox Café

Icebox Café

Bayside Marketplace

Bayside Marketplace

  • 401 Biscayne Blvd
  • Downtown
  • tel:305/577-3344
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  • Miami, 33195
News Cafe

News Cafe

Since opening its doors in 1988, this South Beach landmark has been serving up meals, drinks and international publications 24/7, having counted the late fashion designer Versace among its regulars. A combination sidewalk cafe, bar and newsstand, it's popular with tourists and locals, featuring a round-the-clock menu of morning favorites like bagels, pancakes, pastries and omelets, as well as a selection of salads, sandwiches, pasta, burgers and Middle Eastern platters. Know for its indifferent servers, what it lacks in service with a smile, it more than makes up for in cachet and European style. The perfect place for people-watching, why not grab a house signature espresso and a newspaper and soak up some sunshine here?

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Bayside Marketplace

Bayside Marketplace

  • 401 Biscayne Boulevard
  • Suite R106
  • tel:+1 305 577 3344
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  • Miami, 33132
Lummus Park

Lummus Park

  • 10th Street and Ocean Drive
  • Behind Setai Hotel
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  • Miami, 33139

Mention the beach in South Beach and locals immediately think of the long, wide stretch of sand at Lummus Park. Yes, it's everything you'd expect it to be: warm, crystal-blue waters and fine white sand usually packed with hordes of bronzed, pale and sunburned souls soaking up ultraviolet rays. Volleyball is a popular sport here, as is watching the beautiful people who come from throughout the country and around the world to see and be seen. Most of South Beach's dining and nightlife is only steps away. Looking for peace and quiet? Look elsewhere. This sandy spit is crowded both day and night. And know in advance that finding parking is a pain.
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Latin American Art Museum

Latin American Art Museum

  • 2206 SW 8th St
  • Little Havana
  • tel:+1 305 644 1127
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  • Miami, 33135-4914
Joe's Stone Crab

Joe's Stone Crab

  • 11 Washington Avenue
  • tel:+1 305 673 0365
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  • Miami, 33139

So committed to their mission of serving the some of the best and freshest stone crab anywhere, this restaurant doesn't even bother to open its doors until fishing season for its namesake crustacean (from October through May). But when it is open to the public, this establishment swarms with crowds lining up for seats and a chance to indulge what many feel are some of the finest crab anywhere. Dining here requires more than a little patience and a few dollars, but there are few who complain about the crab, or any of the other seafood offerings, for that matter. It's not hard to understand why this place has been around since 1913.
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Versailles

Versailles

Despite the name, Versailles has nothing to do with France, aside from once being a French restaurant. The only similarities between this Little Havana mainstay and its namesake French palace are the richly-decorated interior and well-dressed wait staff. But underneath it all, it's just a casual, down-home diner that not-so-quietly caters to the city's Cuban movers and shakers (and common folk). Immensely popular with a reputation for excellence that is well-deserved; the food is beautifully prepared and delicious. With a menu that goes well beyond the usual, in addition to the customary Cuban sandwiches and ropa vieja (shredded beef stew), Versailles is well known for its Moors and Christians (black beans and rice), Palomillo steak, breakfast tortas, lechon asado, boliche and other island staples. It's the perfect place to spend the evening. And if you don't have time for a sit-down meal, why not stop by the walk-up window for a steaming-hot cafecito?

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Ocean Drive

Ocean Drive

  • Ocean Drive
  • tel:+1 305 539 3000
  • Miami, 33139
Tobacco Road

Tobacco Road

  • 626 S. Miami Ave
  • Over the Miami Ave. Bridge near Brickell Ave., Downtown
  • tel:305/374-1198
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  • Miami, 33130
Automatic Slim's

Automatic Slim's

  • 1216 Washington Ave
  • South Beach
  • tel:305/695-0795
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  • Miami, 33119