The new year is a great time to discover what makes Miami great, from its cool vibe to year-round sunshine. Based on anonymized trip data, these were seven of the city’s most popular destinations at the end of 2017.
Top destinations in Miami
Restaurant | Bodega Taqueria y Tequila
This South Beach hotspot specializes in Mexican street food with “explosive flavors and naughty, over-the-top combinations.” The menu features items including Philly cheesesteak tacos and the more traditional carnitas burrito. Wash it all down with a Feisty Flamingo cocktail, and don’t forget to save room for churros. Happy Hour specials are offered every day, even on weekends. The interior is extremely fun, featuring brightly colored walls and an Airstream trailer.
Where: 1220 16th St
Bar | Wood Tavern
This bar is a laid-back neighborhood establishment which encourages anyone to turn up, grab a beer, and dance if they feel so inclined. It specializes in indie craft beer, but cocktails are also on offer. This establishment is always changing surfaces, as different artists are invited to work their magic on its walls. Once you’ve explored the inside of the bar, take advantage of Miami’s perfect weather by enjoying a drink on the outdoor terrace.
Where: 2531 NW 2nd Ave
Landmark | Calle Ocho Walk of Fame
Similar to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, this Little Havana attraction honors more than two dozen Latin celebrities, most of whom are Cuban. Some of the biggest names to receive stars include singer Gloria Estefan and “Cuban Oprah” Cristina Saralegui. Boxer Roberto Duran also has a star. Once you’ve seen the Walk of Fame, be sure to explore the rest of vibrant Little Havana, which is known for its great art galleries, bars, and restaurants.
Where: SW 8th St, between 12th Ave and 17th Ave
Attraction | Wynwood Walls
This creative space is the result of a plan to transform aging warehouses into outdoor canvases which could showcase the work of street artists from across the globe. That’s exactly what happened, and today Wynwood Walls attracts people from around the world. More than 50 artists from 16 countries have left their mark on the space, leaving behind an outdoor gallery that is entirely free to experience. If art makes you hungry, be sure to stop by the Wynwood Kitchen & Bar for Latin-influenced global cuisine.
Where: 2520 NW 2nd Ave
Entertainment venue | American Airlines Arena
If there’s an event happening in Miami, there’s a good chance it’s happening at the American Airlines Arena. The entertainment venue is home to the Miami Heat basketball team but also hosts dozens of other sporting events, concerts, and conferences each year. There are plenty of food options available if you get hungry, from sushi to BBQ. The venue’s downtown waterfront location is as beautiful as it is convenient.
Where: 601 Biscayne Blvd
Park | Tropical Park
Developed on the site of a former horse track, this park is a great place to cycle, walk, or jog. It boasts miles of paved paths, as well as a fitness court and boxing center. Feel free to bring your furry friend, as the park also features a dog park suitable for small and large canines. The facility also has an on-site equestrian center and a stadium which is home to the Miami-Dade Track and Field Team. If you prefer a more relaxed time, bring a picnic and enjoy the vast amount of green space on offer.
Where: 7900 SW 40th St
Shopping | Aventura Mall
This favorite shopping spot boasts more than 300 well-known retailers, along with a collection of upscale boutiques. The mall also hosts contemporary art installations by local and international artists, with works of art displayed throughout the complex. There are nearly a dozen restaurants on offer, along with 18 quick-serve eateries. Young visitors will have fun at the Rainbow Valley interactive playground, while the entire family will enjoy the 24-screen AMC Movie Theater.
Where: 19501 Biscayne Blvd, Aventura
Whether you enjoy cutting-edge cuisine or impressive works of art, Miami has you covered. So what are you waiting for? Head out and discover what makes this city great.