Florida is a particularly popular holiday destination for the over 50s, with many of us flocking there for some relaxation and most importantly sunshine. Visit the Sunshine State and you’ll experience its subtropical climate. Say hello to year-round lazy days on the beach, but that’s just one of the many reasons why a Miami vacation should be your next holiday destination.
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Miami Vacation: Your Next Holiday Destination
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While there are a whole host of cities to choose from when it comes to your Floridian holiday, we think you should plan a Miami vacation. Despite Miami’s multitude of great attributes, it strays from the top of the destination list for the over 50s. Here’s why you should consider Miami for your next vacation.
Enjoy a Delicious Meal in Coconut Grove
Nestled right in the center of town, Coconut Grove is Miami’s oldest neighborhood. It was founded in 1873 by a blend of artists, explorers, and scholars. This mixture of influences has created the cultural oasis that still exists today. As well as beautiful surroundings and welcoming locals, Coconut Grove also has some of the best restaurants in Miami.
One of the best restaurants for local produce is Lulu. Open from breakfast through to dinner, for every meal of the day, they provide their neighbors with delicious home-cooked food at surprisingly reasonable prices. They bake their own bread, grind their own beef and even smoke their own salmon, all on-site.
If you visit during breakfast time, then be sure to try something with eggs, whether it’s simply scrambled or served as part of an asparagus and goats cheese omelet. The eggs are collected from a free-range farm just down the road and you can tell the quality from the deep orange of the yolks and the full flavor.
Soak Up Some Rays in Miami Beach
Miami Beach is the little island sister of Miami, the two being connected by bridges. Aptly named, Miami Beach is home to huge stretches of sandy beach, one of the most famous being South Beach, a favorite with celebrities.
Around South Beach, you’ll find breathtaking Art Deco architecture, a beautiful place for a walking tour. The 800 protected buildings in this district are pretty pastel-colored with some of the most spectacular on Ocean Drive.
If you enjoy keeping active on holiday, then it’s worth taking a stroll to Haulover Park. At the park, you can rent fishing rods, bicycles, tennis rackets, and golf clubs. In fact, if you happen to be staying in this area then you might find yourself reluctant to leave! Grab yourself a set of clubs and enjoy the gently rolling hills of the Miami coastline.
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Experience Latin Art in Little Havana
Little Havana is a vibrant neighborhood in Miami’s Latin quarter. The houses here are colorful, the coffee shops sell only the best thick, dark coffee and the Hispanic influence is ever-present. It’s a true cultural center, with every third Friday of the month at Domino Plaza an opportunity to check out Viernes Culturales.
During the evening, the neighborhood comes alive to showcase the local art scene. Pop up galleries, artisan shops and of course delicious food stands seem to spring up everywhere.
If you’re not lucky enough to be on your Miami vacation for the art and cultural festival, then it’s still worth taking a look around Little Havana.
Corinna Moebius runs walking tours which are free to join – but try to tip generously! These tours take in some of the best parts of this area, with the Latino Traditions & Arts of Calle Ocho being the tour for the artistically inclined to choose. On this tour, explore some of the most special art galleries and studios. Also watch the rolling of cigars, experience traditional music and, of course, sample some delicious Cuban food.
And if you’re considering travel to Cuba, read these Cuba Travel Tips.