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Miami Beach is famed for colorful art deco buildings, beautiful beaches and popular nightclubs.

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Many visitors don't know that Miami and Miami Beach are really separate cities. Miami Beach, on 17 islands in Biscayne Bay, is sometimes considered America's Riviera, luring refugees from winter with its warm sunshine; sandy beaches; graceful, shady palms; and tireless nightlife.

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Miami and Miami Beach are year-round destinations. Most visitors come October through April, when the weather is close to perfect; hotels, restaurants, and attractions are busiest; and each weekend holds a festival or event. "Season" kicks off in December with Art Basel Miami Beach, and hotel rates don't come down until after the college kids have left from spring break.

It's hot and steamy from May through September, but nighttime temperatures are usually pleasant. Also, summer is a good time for the budget traveler. Many hotels lower their rates considerably, and many restaurants offer discounts—especially during Miami Spice in August, when slews of top restaurants offer special tasting menus at a steep discount (sometimes Spice runs for two months).

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Top Experiences

  • The Beach : Miami Beach has been rated as one of the 10 best in the world. White sand, warm water, and bronzed bodies everywhere provide just the right mix of relaxation and people-gazing.

  • Dining Delights : Miami's eclectic residents have transformed the city into a museum of epicurean wonders, ranging from Cuban and Argentine fare to fusion haute cuisine.

  • Wee-Hour Parties : A 24-hour liquor license means clubs stay open until 5 am, and after-parties go until noon the following day.

  • Picture-perfect People : Miami is a watering hole for the vain and beautiful of South America, Europe, and the Northeast. Watch them—or join them—as they strut their stuff on Lincoln Road, chow down in style at the Forge, and flaunt their tans on the white beds of the Shore Club hotel.

  • Art Deco District : Candy colors and neon as far as the eye can see will put a lift in your step.

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