Detroit for the Sports Lover

The Detroit Tigers and Detroit Lions are located only steps away from each other.

Detroit is a sports lover’s destination thanks to the Detroit Tigers and Detroit Lions. When you’re in town be sure to check out a game or two.

Detroit Baseball & Football

Here’s the teams to know. The Pistons play outside of the city and there is not a way to get there without a car. If you do have a rental or your personal vehicle while visiting Detroit we’ve included that information. Luckily, the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Lions and Detroit Red Wings are all within walking distance of each other.

The Detroit Tigers

The Tigers are part of the American League and play at Comerica Park in Downtown Detroit. You can find Comerica at 2100 Woodward Avenue or just follow the massive crowds on game days. The stadium is uncovered and modern with excellent accessibility, plenty of large restrooms located throughout, and the typical vendor, food and beer stands. The stadium also has a gorgeous merry-go-round and small Ferris Wheel for the kids.

Parking is available all around the park, usually for $5-10. These are not official lots, for the most part, but it’s what everyone uses. The park itself does NOT have a lot or garage. We recommend looking for parking by taking the W. Adams Ave off of I-75 – there are cheaper lots along W Adams and they are as close as 3 blocks away.

The park runs special events. The mascot, Paws, wanders throughout the crowd and is happy to pose for pictures with fans of every age.

The Detroit Tigers are the oldest one name, one city team within the American League.

The Detroit Lions

Located just a few steps away from Comerica Park and the Detroit Tigers (you can park at the exact same spots!) is Ford Field. This covered stadium is the home of the Detroit Lions, whom Detroiters love to hate. The address is 2000 Brush Street, but you’ll know on game day.

There is more expensive parking nearby, including the Ford Field parking deck, but we recommend using the same tips as provided for the Tigers and walking – you’ll save quite a bit of money!

One of the coolest things about Ford Field is that the entire southern wall is the wall of the Hudson Warehouse from the 1920’s which stood on the same spot until 2002 when the stadium was built.

The stadium has strict security policies so make sure to read them before heading to a game!

Where to Eat: Game Day in Detroit

There are a ton of places to eat and drink on game day. You can watch the game in house, or stop in before or after a game to enjoy the liveliness of the crowd. And the crowd does get lively in the D! Here are two very close, family-friendly spots to check out.

Cheli’s Chili Bar

Cheli’s has chili and other game day grub plus big screen TVs making it a favorite spot of Detroiters to watch a game or two. It’s located right on Woodward, about a block from the stadium.

Hockeytown Cafe

This bar and restaurant is also family-friendly and located on Woodward. Don’t let the “cafe” in the name confuse you – it’s high energy!

Exploring Detroit’s Food & Music

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Detroit’s turnaround has been incredible and it’s now considered a hip place to live. That means it’s also a great destination to visit. The combination of midwest prices – Detroit is affordable on any traveler’s budget – and more culture than people might believe make it a great place to spend a weekend. Want to get to know The D? Start by exploring the best Detroit restaurants and live music venues in two of its coolest neighborhoods.

Get To Know Detroit

Detroit is a large city with unique neighborhoods. They’re almost like towns within the city, each having its own identity. This week we’re looking at the best neighborhoods to explore for gastronomic and musical delights.

Corktown

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Located just west of Downtown, Corktown got its name from the influx of Irish immigrants who settled in the area during the mid- to late-1800s. Since about 2010 the area has seen a rise in young professionals and creatives who have revitalized the area and infused it with a fresh, hip vibe.

Best Detroit Restaurants & Music Venues in Corktown

Corktown is home to some of Detroit’s best eateries and includes places for all sorts of eaters.

Breakfast & Brunch

Get your day started right with the most important meal of the day.

Billed as an American Brunch Bar, Dime Store is Corktown’s fav spot for a morning meal. The menu is chock full of everything from savory indulgences like their variations on Eggs Benedict and a variety of breakfast hashes, to hot and cold sandwiches and even healthy options. There are also rotating chef’s specials (updated regularly on their excellent website) based on what’s in season. Dime Store is committed to sourcing locally which means you get the freshest food possible and support the local food economy.

Dime Store doesn’t take reservations, so be prepared for a wait. Or, check out the takeout menu if you want to skip the line and call in an order ahead. The take out menu is also impressive and varied!

Lunch

There’s a reason Corktown’s Mudgie’s Deli & Wine Shop has been voted Detroit’s best deli for seven years running. It could be their insane DIY salad and sandwich options (insanely good!) or the fact that their vegan and veg options will make even a meat-eater drool. But if you’re a carnivore, don’t worry – there’s tons of meat on the menu at this staple, too. They also have cocktails, beer and wine.

Mudgie’s is definitely one of the best Detroit restaurants for eat in lunches and take out, and they offer huge discounts on carry out booze, too. They even have mead!

Dinner

Ottava Via is a gorgeous, rustic spot in Corktown for incredible Italian food. They have small plates (antipasti), entrees and the star of the show: wood-fired pizza. This isn’t Detroit Style pizza but rather Neapolitan style with inspired combinations of toppings. The menu is easy to navigate but the selection of dishes can make it impossible to decide what to get. Go with a group and share!

Live Music

When folks in Corktown want live Detroit music they head to PJ’s Lager House. It’s been operating since 1912, including as a speakeasy during Prohibition. In fact, you can still see the slot where the password had to be passed for access into the basement. Go for music and drinks or include a late night snack. They’ve got soup, salad and plenty more on the menu but the burgers and veg options steal the spotlight.

Bricktown

This historic ‘hood in Detroit includes the city’s oldest church and oldest pub and where Mae West was tried for public indecency. Sounds like the perfect place to spend a day, right? We think so, too! Bricktown separates the Renaissance Center from Greektown and is accessible by Detroit’s People Mover.

Best Eats & Tunes in Bricktown, Detroit

Bricktown is known for having some of the best live music venues in the city so it’s a great place to spend a few nights.

Breakfast & Brunch

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For forty years, the Grand Army of the Republic Building was home to the city’s Parks and Recreation Department. Parks & Rec pays homage to this with incredible breakfasts, brunches and booze. The space is small but worth waiting for. With only 34 seats you may have to wait but that’s a great time to peruse the menu which includes veg-friendly options. Parks & Rec is known for putting a spicy twist on its dishes without ever going too far.

Lunch

Take a break from hipster Detroit to enjoy a more traditional side of the city by grabbing lunch at Jacoby’s – Detroit’s favorite Biergarten. Enjoy authentic German food or check out the other items on the menu which includes a few options for vegetarian diners, but this is more of a meat eater’s haven. Jacoby’s runs a free shuttle to and from Downtown making it a great place if you choose to imbibe during lunch.

Dinner

Firebird Tavern is casual but don’t let that fool you: the food is some of the best in the city and they also have an amazing happy hour (Fridays from 3:30 – 6 pm) with half-priced drinks and $5 small plates. If you squint you can see Canada from here, so consider the poutine. Fun fact: Detroit is the only U.S. city located north of Canada! Another fun fact: their varied menu is full of delicious, filling options.

Live Music

Ask anyone who’s been to a show in Detroit to recommend a venue and chances are they’ll say St. Andrews Hall. The venue has hosted acts big and small. The basement houses The Shelter, where Eminem got his start in battles. While less rugged than it was back in the day it’s still an iconic place and one of the most famous music venues in the country. You’d be missing out if you didn’t catch a show while in town.

Getting To Detroit

Detroit is easy to get to from Detroit International Airport (DTW) which serves as a hub for several major outlines. The city is good to visit any time of year but does get pretty cold in the winter and very hot during the peak of summer.

The 9 Best Pubs in Belfast

The best Belfast pubs will welcome you with open arms and quench your thirst for the finest beer and whiskey.

Belfast, Northern Ireland is a perfect place to spend a relaxing vacation or even a few days. You’ll have no problem filling your time with art and music, amazing food and beautiful walks around the city. And on those walks you might want to take a break and enjoy a pint or two. Or maybe beer isn’t your thing, but you still want to experience the best Belfast pubs. Read on to find out where to go for the best cocktails, atmosphere and music in this unique and historic city.

The Best Belfast Pubs for Live Music

Belfast is a very musical city, so don’t be surprised if you hear it as you walk down a cobblestone street on your way to breakfast. Or you may find yourself drawn to Belfast Empire Music Hall as the sounds spill out onto the sidewalk. Check out these pubs where you can sit back and enjoy the best Irish music Belfast has to offer.

  • Maddens – Visitors never feel like outsiders at this off-the-beaten-path bar. Count on traditional music filling the venue each weekend, but unexpected weeknight sessions are sure to please pub goers as well.
  • The Points – In the heart of Belfast is this historic pub serving up music seven nights a week. Go for a pint of beer, stay for a tasting from one of eighty types of whiskey.  

Top Inspirational Bars in Belfast

What, you’ve never been awe-inspired by a pub? Then you haven’t been to Belfast Northern Ireland. These spots include architecture to silence you, and artwork and details to keep you talking way after you’ve returned home.

  • White’s Tavern – This historic pub has been welcoming visitors since 1630. Between the traditional peat-burning fireplace and the antique memorabilia, you’ll want to stay for an extra round.
  • The Crown Liquor Saloon – If atmosphere is what you’re looking for, get ready. Walking into The Crown is an experience you won’t forget. The ornate craftsmanship from the stained glass, carved wood and tiles will almost be entertainment enough without the craft beers. Almost.

The Best Unique Pubs in Belfast

Like the city itself, the best Belfast pubs are a fantastic mix of old world and modern. After you’ve made the rounds to more of the traditional stops, visit these eclectic pubs on your Belfast tour.

  • The Dirty Onion – Located in one of Belfast’s oldest buildings, The Dirty Onion is more than meets the eye at first glance. You’ll enjoy entertainment every night of the week, a cozy beer garden, and upstairs the Yardbird’s famous rotisserie chicken. It’s such a welcoming place, you won’t be surprised to find out it’s also dog friendly!
  • Bittles Bar – The diverse artwork in this Victorian bar includes paintings of Northern Ireland’s literary and athletic heros. Its unique shape inside a narrow flatiron building and range of beers, whiskeys and ciders make this destination a must-visit.

Taking a Break from Beer

Why would an enthusiastic Belfast visitor do such a thing? To try out the cocktails and wine, or course.

  • Love and Death – For fresh, inventive cocktails, climb the dimly lit staircase to Belfast’s “liquor hideaway.” In addition to its bespoke cocktail menu, you can enjoy gastro fare and live music Thursday through Sunday.
  • Ox Cave – Wine enthusiasts: make a note to stop into the Ox Cave. Sample the large and innovative selection of wines as well as cheese, olives and other delectable morsels.
  • Muriel’s Cafe Bar – This quaint bar offers a delicious selection of creative cocktails in a vintage-inspired setting. The hats and negligee hanging from the ceiling may inspire you to redecorate when you return home.

When it comes to Belfast Northern Ireland, time in the pubs and bars helps you get to know the people and the place thoroughly. Whether you create your own pub crawl or sign up for a guided tour, you’re in for a good time. The best Belfast pubs will make your trip to Northern Ireland one to remember.

A Weekend in Belfast

Spend a Belfast weekend immersed in Irish culture.

Picture this: you want to get away, to experience a rich and vibrant culture in a country you have yet to visit. But you don’t have much time. Or, you’re looking for a city to break up a longer trip when your final stop is in Europe. Think Belfast, Northern Ireland. Creating a Belfast itinerary is easy because there are so many great things to do there. Known as a popular city break destination, or short holiday in a city, Belfast has come into its own in the last few years. The following are the best ways to spend a few days in Belfast.

A Belfast Itinerary to Begin Your Day

In order to make the most of a brief trip, set your alarms early. Choose to start your day with a traditional Ulster Fry, or maybe just a strong cup of coffee to get things moving. There is no shortage of choices when it comes to breakfast food in Belfast. Jump into Irish culture with these activities:

  • Feast your eyes on artwork and atmosphere at Harlem Cafe while you enjoy cream tea or brunch. Visitors love the variety, including vegan options to choose from.
  • Visit St. George’s Market to get a sampling of Belfast’s finest and quirkiest foods. (The Belfast “Bap” is a must-try!) And each weekend day features a different array of goods from gardening items on Saturday to antiques on Sunday.
  • No Belfast itinerary would be complete without a visit to the Titanic Museum. Choose from one of nine different interactive exhibitions. Included in your ticket is a visit to the SS Nomadic, the last remaining and restored White Star Ship in the world.

An Afternoon of Irish Culture

Learning about a city’s history gives you a deeper understanding of its people today. So much of Belfast’s history is recent enough to live in the hearts of its people still. Spending a day or two in this vibrant city illustrates how much has changed for the better.

  • Explore the area in a Black Cab Tour, the perfect way to see everything from Belfast’s political murals to the surrounding countryside. The drivers will customize your trip according to your preferences for a truly personalized experience.
  • Next, head to the Botanic Gardens. Marvel at the architecture of the greenhouses and take in the gorgeous blooms as you walk through the gardens. Lovers of gardening, science and history will appreciate the historic Tropical Ravine that contains some of the oldest seeds and plants in existence.
  • Visitors describe Belfast as a very walkable city. And what better way to get to know a place? These walks in and around Belfast are perfect for touring and lead to some terrific lookouts and photo opportunities.
  • For a late lunch, try Hadskis. This casual spot will have you feeling right at home. Choose between their famous pasta dishes or the seafood, such as Kilkeel scallops or bass.
  • Later, if you’re in the mood for art, stop by the Fenderesky Gallery. Not only will you enjoy modern and abstract art, you’ll rest your soles while having coffee and cake. Musicians often play there, so you might decide to stick around a while and soak in the peaceful vibe.

Evening By the Sea

Every Belfast itinerary should include a sampling of the city’s pubs and live music venues. In fact, next week’s blog post will feature a rundown of the best bars and pubs that are musts. But believe it or not, there’s much more to do than sip the latest craft beer…

  • Dinner at Made in Belfast will hit the spot and spark up conversation. This locally-sourced restaurant is quirky and fun, serving up delicious food and cocktails. In fact, it’s become so popular there are now three locations and you can book ahead online.
  • After dinner, check out some live music or comedy at Empire Bar. With three floors to choose from and a mix of jazz, rock and traditional Irish music, you can’t go wrong. Empire is known for its friendly staff and lovely atmosphere, too.
  • What if you only had time for one pub? You won’t be disappointed at Kelly’s Cellars. Since 1720, visitors and locals have been meeting here for the best selection of whiskeys and beer. What’s more, you can listen to Irish music four nights a week.

Creating Your Belfast Itinerary

Whether it’s a two-day stay in Belfast or a long weekend, you’ll experience a perfect mix of old tradition and new modern. Learning about Irish culture while eating the best food and drink will entice you to return.

Tipping in Belfast, Northern Ireland

Be a good tipper in Belfast Northern Ireland

The people of Belfast Northern Ireland are known to be warm and welcoming to visitors. That said, it’s a good idea to do your etiquette homework before visiting a foreign country. In the past, travel experts claimed that there wasn’t a strong tipping culture in Northern Ireland. Today it’s more common and appropriate to tip. The following is a guide to help you navigate adding gratuities to services in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

How to tip in Belfast Northern Ireland

Tipping in Belfast is somewhat different from the U.S. Here, many workers like waitstaff rely on tips as a substantial part of their income. In Belfast Northern Ireland, tourists and locals add gratuities for exceptional service. However, it’s not uncommon for people to refuse a tip so you might have to play it by ear. A general rule of thumb is 10% to 15%, but tipping in Belfast varies according to the service.

  • Restaurants – Generally expect to tip 10% to 12.5% and higher for exceptional service. Pay close attention to your bill, however, as many restaurants add in a “Service Charge” of usually 12.5%. This occurs mostly in hotel restaurants but might also be for larger parties.
  • Pubs and bars – Bartenders don’t typically expect to be tipped in Northern Ireland. For exceptional service, tip 10%-15% although some employees will politely decline.
  • Hotels – For porter service, generally tip 1 to 2 pounds per bag. If you’re staying at a luxury hotel you might go as high as 5 pounds. For housekeeping and maid service, leave 1 or 2 pounds per night for an appropriate tip.
  • Taxi service – Tipping is not a requirement, but for metered service it’s customary to round up to the nearest pound. Consider leaving a bit more if the driver assists you with luggage at the airport.

Belfast Northern Ireland Etiquette

For some travelers, Belfast etiquette guidelines are no brainers. Yet it never hurts to revisit some general rules of thumb when it comes to being the out-of-towner in a foreign country. A reliable practice is to steer clear of politics and religion as topics of conversation with new acquaintances. The other polite gesture is to buy a round of drinks for everyone in your party or your hosts. That never fails to leave a positive impression and might help forge new friendships while on your trip.  

Visiting Belfast, Northern Ireland

Plan your trip to Belfast Northern Ireland

Belfast, capital of Northern Ireland, is a city with a rich history and a modern warmth. Where once it was known for political strife and turmoil, today Belfast travel is peaceful in this dynamic city. With a history that goes back to the Bronze Age, Belfast Northern Ireland has inspired artists and writers alike. Whether you’re planning to visit as a short excursion trip or traveling a great distance to get to know Belfast, you’ll fall in love. The atmosphere is lively, the people are welcoming and the landscape is majestic.

5 Tips for Traveling in Belfast Northern Ireland

It won’t take you long to replace your old ideas about Belfast with modern, accurate ones. As you plan your trip, learn a bit about the city’s historic background. This will provide a backdrop to the modern and popular city break destination. Here’s a rundown of what you should know before you pack your bags:

  1. Know the history – Much of Belfast’s political history is recent enough to live in the hearts and minds of its residents. Yet despite the suffering that took place during The Troubles of the 1970s through the 1990s, Belfast thrives today. Visit the Ulster Museum for an in-depth tour of Belfast, appealing to history buffs and art lovers.
  2. Bring your walking shoes – Belfast is a small but mighty city: walking is the easiest way to get around by day. Take the Metro bus services if you’d prefer, and don’t hesitate to call a taxi at night as they are safe and affordable. Trains and buses run regularly to the North Coast and Dublin.
  3. Plan, but leave room for spontaneity – Decide your itinerary based on how much time you have. If you have a only weekend, try a Black Cab Tour to see a mix of culture and landmarks. Spending several days? Visit the Botanic Gardens, and take advantage of the temperate weather for an outdoor activity or two. Learn about the life of C.S. Lewis or visit the only remaining prison from the Victorian era. Indulge in some of the best dining experiences the United Kingdom has to offer.
  4. Listen to live music – What are you in the mood for? Belfast has the nightlife to satisfy all tastes. Discover jazz, alternative and plenty of eclectic sounds on any given night of the week. But the performances don’t stop there. Comedy, theatre, film, and live art all fill the streets of Belfast creating a unique world of entertainment.

Experience Belfast Travel This Year

With so much to do in the city of Belfast Northern Ireland, you can plan based on your specific tastes and preferences. There’s no touristy trap feel to this city, although it’s becoming more popular every year. Examine the extensive list of upcoming festivals ranging from art to opera, from pride parades to road races. You will undoubtedly feel like a part of the community and will return home feeling inspired.

The Best of Miami Nightlife

best of miami nightlife

Miami nightlife is world-renowned for being a great place to party. Spend the day relaxing, shopping or at the art galleries, but the nighttime is for music, lights and the dance scene. You might even choose what neighborhood you stay in based on your evening plans! Whether you’re in the mood for salsa music, hip hop or electronic downtown is the place to be for the best clubs in Miami.

Best Latin and Jazz Clubs in Miami

Take advantage of being in the Sunshine State and get out to some spicy clubs before you head home. There’s a certain welcoming warmth in the places that have a Caribbean feel to them. You’ll work up quite an appetite dancing to these beats.

  • Mango’s Tropical Cafe – Tourists from South America go to Mango’s before the other clubs. If you’re looking for salsa, bachata or merengue make this a sure spot on your tour of Miami nightlife. Come for the music, stay for the live dancers and enjoy the especially friendly and caring staff.
  • Hoy Como Ayer – If you’re looking for an over-the-top party of dancing, drinks and conga drums, head to Hoy Como Ayer. Infused with true Cuban culture, this club is located in the heart of Little Havana and has a contagious vibe that gets you on your feet and moving.
  • Le Chat Noir – Looking for a cozy space bring a date and listen to jazz? The dimly lit environment at this French-inspired spot has a relaxed pace for those nights when you need a break from dancing. Share a bottle of wine, some cheese and bread and soak up the the music.

Best Dance Music in Miami Nightlife

Miami definitely has bragging rights when it comes to the EDM (electronic dance music) scene. For years, Miami has been a magnet for top DJs from around the country and abroad. Think you know electronic music? It’s probably changed a lot since you heard last. Clubs in Miami feature everything from dubstep to electro tech house to progressive trance. And each one has its own personality, its own feel and its own lights to make your evening magical.

  • Do Not Sit on the Furniture – For true underground dance music, this hipster retreat checks off all the boxes. It’s dark, it’s uniquely decorated and it’s an intimate hangout as compared with many of the bigger venues. Patrons enjoy its laid-back nature and unpretentious feel.
  • Basement– Known by clubgoers as an “emporium of sensory overload,” Basement is a place where you can truly be yourself. If the 330-person dance floor and bar weren’t enough to entertain you, try out the bowling alley or mini ice-skating rink. You won’t be disappointed.
  • Nikki Beach – This party playground has it all – an outdoor beach club, award-winning restaurant and South Beach nightclub. Nikki Beach enjoys the nickname “sexiest place on Earth” and attracts celebrities, VIPs and curious visitors. Enjoy bottle service or a full menu in a lounge bed or cabana while perfecting your tan. Not a bad way to spend a day.

The Best Clubs for Hip Hop Music

No promises, but these Miami nightlife spots have been known to attract some famous stars. Besides the big-name DJs, you can move to the music while sipping some delicious cocktails. Miami’s hip hop and R&B scene has been growing quickly in the past few years, so put these locations on your list:

  • LIV – Located in the Fontainebleau, this world-famous club showcases some of the biggest names in hip hop. Enjoy music, dancing and people watching at this quintessential Miami nightlife hub.
  • Sidebar – This hidden gem appears to be very low key but has something going on every night of the week. From an indoor bar and dance area to an outdoor backyard area that hosts performers on a regular basis, there’s something for everyone at Sidebar.

Miami nightlife is the heartbeat of the city – when you come to visit, don’t plan on turning in early. Instead, grab a friend or two and head out to the clubs for some memorable nights.

A Day in Little Havana

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Little Havana is, hands down, the best place to experience Cuban culture in Miami. From its open-air markets and international artists to the Latin American flavors you’ll be immersed in a rich cultural hub. A mix of nostalgia and modern sensibilities makes the area a unique experience, especially for visitors. Only have one day in Little Havana? Don’t miss the following iconic destinations for a true Cuban adventure.

Start Your Day with Cuban Culture in Miami

Maybe you want to kickstart your day with some authentic Cuban coffee, then get moving to see the sights. Or maybe time is on your side and you can relax with a delicious brunch. Here are a few ways to begin your day with morning locales and activities.

  • Sergio’s – For an authentic breakfast known as El Mezclado, be sure to put this on your list. Enjoy ham and eggs, Cuban toast and coffee. A great way to experience cuban culture in Miami.
  • Pastelmania – Stop by for a traditional (and luxurious) breakfast treat. The pastelito is a pastry with a crunchy and puffy outer layer and a marmalade-like inside. Choose from meat, cheese or guava filling. Incredible.
  • La Colada Gourmet – This Cuban coffee house on Calle Ocho has a treat for everyone. Try a tres leches espresso or some chocolates for breakfast (you’ll want to bend the rules) at this hidden gem. 1518 SW 8th St. Tel: (305) 582-5762.

Must-Do Daytime Activities

While you can find Cuban culture in Miami neighborhoods like Midtown or Coral Way, nothing beats Little Havana. Make a note to include these stops during your trip. And while you’re walking along Calle Ocho, make the difficult yet rewarding decision of where to eat lunch.

  • Los Pinarenos Fruteria – Located in the oldest open-air market in Miami, this fruit stand offers exotic fruits, juices and vegetables. If your morning coffee has worn off, try a banana milkshake with a shot of Cuban espresso. 1334 SW 8th St.
  • Maximo Gomez Park – Known as Domino Park, this is a quintessential hangout for families and locals. Sip a coffee and watch locals play lively games of dominos while discussing the latest political headlines. 801 SW 15th Ave.
  • Art galleries – Head towards 1637 SW 8th Street, the center of 12 studios and galleries open to the public. During Viernes Culturales, the last Friday of each month, the area explodes into colorful arts and cultural event. Attend musical performances, dance and visual arts while the galleries are open late.
  • Cuban Tobacco Cigar Company – Owned by one of the oldest Cuban families in the industry, even non-smokers will enjoy this shop. Take a mini-tour and watch the cigar rolling process before choosing a couple to take home to friends.

Nightlife in Little Havana

Your experience wouldn’t be complete without an evening of drinks, gourmet Cuban food and maybe some dancing. Enjoy a fresh cortado or a Cuban sandwich before you leave and, of course, a mojito or two.

  • Unbeatable ice cream – Taste the Cuban culture in Miami at Azucar Ice Cream Company. They feature over 100 different flavors inspired by Latin American fruits. Sample the Abuela Maria – guava, cream cheese and Maria crackers – visitors agree the taste is amazing yet hard to describe!
  • Move to the beat – Visit the Ball and Chain and Hoy Como Ayer to get you moving with strong cocktails and salsa dancing. Explore some of the year’s best new artists who were featured at the Calle Ocho festival in March.
  • Endless eventsThe Wharf is a great spot for all kinds of food and entertainment. From Thursday through Sunday enjoy live music, people watching and features like bottle service on the water.
  • Truly pressed for time? If you can only eat one meal, make Versailles your one stop for cuisine and Cuban culture in Miami. Since 1971, this restaurant has offered authentic Latin American flavor. Choose from inside dining or the outdoor coffee and food window.

A Vibrant Culture

By the time you leave Little Havana, you’ll have a full belly and a new appreciation for Caribbean culture. The friendliness of this welcoming neighborhood will linger with you, and you’ll never see rice and beans the same again.

Tips for Traveling in Miami

The best tips for traveling in Miami

Sun and surf, delicious food and live music. Miami Florida is enticing and entertaining. But where to begin? Knowing the best Miami travel tips will ensure you have a fantastic trip. From the best travel times to the various beaches, the following will help you get pumped and pack your bags.

When to Visit

While it used to be the rule of thumb to visit Miami during the high season, January through April, that’s no longer always the case. In fact, some of the best deals on last minute flights pop up from June to September. Travelers who are looking for a less crowded but just as entertaining Miami might opt for a later trip too. Not only can you find great deals on travel and lodging, but getting a table at the hottest new restaurants is a cinch.

Getting from Here to There in Miami

Depending on where you’re staying and what your plans are, you can often rely on taxis or ride-sharing services like Uber or Lyft. Here are a few more Miami travel tips for navigating the highways and streets while on vacation.

  • Driving – If you’re renting a car, drive safely. Don’t risk being a distracted driver and avoid driving during rush hour if possible, from around 4-7PM. The best way to navigate the roads of Miami is to have a solid plan beforehand. Understand that the streets are laid out like a grid, so you’ll find it easier to get around.
  • Transit system – Check out the Metromover for free mass transit to neighborhoods like downtown, Brickell and Omni.
  • Cycling – Miami offers many rental stations that make the city more bike-friendly than it used to be. You’ll want to use caution and stay in bike lanes whenever possible. If you enjoy getting around this way, check out some of Miami’s bike trails for scenic and fun rides.

Cultural Miami Travel Tips

One of the most alluring aspects of Miami is its rich and diverse culture. But just like preparing to travel to a foreign country, it’s good to know a few things ahead of time. Embrace this truly international city with these Miami travel tips:

  • Artistic endeavors – Enjoy Miami’s thriving art scene at Wynwood Walls or one of the city’s many art museums and galleries.  
  • The sounds of the city – Your choices are virtually endless when it comes to live music. From Latin and Salsa to jazz and blues, sit back and enjoy drinks in the warmth of the night any day of the week.
  • Latin warmth – Don’t be surprised when English isn’t spoken at certain establishments. Spanglish, a kiss on the cheek for hellos and warm welcomes is the norm down in Miami.
  • Late night adventures – What’s “late” in Miami? Some travelers will be surprised that many clubs and venues don’t get going until midnight. Check out the 24-hour club district for your choice of dance music and lights to leave an impression on any partygoer. Just remember the city’s strict no booze in public law.

Finally, the Beaches

With so much to fill your days and nights in Miami, you could temporarily overlook the very reason you originally wanted to visit: the beach. While your hotel choice may help make the decision on your primary beach, look at the ten best Miami beaches for some insight. They say each beach has a different personality. If you’re looking for hiking and natural landscapes you might opt for Matheson Hammock Park. Looking for an iconic South Beach experience where you can enjoy people watching? Head to Lummus Park in the Art Deco district. And if you truly want to have the best trip possible, save your skin and don’t forget your sunscreen.

Insider Tips for Success

Doing your homework before jetting off to a new city will make most of your time and money. It’s the next best thing to having a native friend or family member as your host. With these Miami travel tips, you can customize your trip to be as exciting or as relaxing as you want.

Welcome to Miami – Beaches and Beauty

Discover the Beauty of Miami Florida

Miami Florida is one of the most popular and gorgeous travel destinations in the US. From the luxurious Miami weather to the cutting-edge nightlife, there’s truly something for everyone in this culturally diverse city. Not only that, but Miami also appeals to travelers of all ages and interest levels. Here’s an idea of what you can expect to choose from when you travel to Miami, Florida:

  • Begin with the beach – The hardest part will be choosing which one. Miami’s beaches are famous for soft sand, beautiful views and relaxing vibes. Fill your days with relaxation or activities such as parasailing, bike riding or jet skiing.
  • Heavenly food – If there weren’t so much else to do in Miami, you could spend all your time eating and still be happy. Famous for its Latin-American and Caribbean-influenced foods, the city is a mecca of mouth-watering culinary creativity.
  • Endless shopping opportunities – Some people prefer the sprawling malls while others are drawn to boutiques in places like Coconut Grove. Don’t miss out on the Design District, Miami’s hub of luxury fashion and trendsetting looks.
  • Outdoor festivals – Looking for art and antiques, music or vintage clothing? Miami’s event calendar is bursting with outdoor daytime and night activities unique to the city.
  • Nightlife done rightNightclub connoisseurs know that Miami is famous for its bars and clubs. Whether you’re looking for rooftop drinks or world-famous DJs, Miami Florida has what you’re looking for.
  • Nature attractions – State parks like Everglades National Park and Big Cypress National Preserve are just the beginning. Miami Florida offers some of the best hiking areas and unspoiled wilderness in the region.  

The Allure of Miami Weather

One of the best things about traveling to Florida is enjoying the weather. Miami weather is famous for its mild temperatures and sunshine, even in mid-winter. During the summer months, short near-daily showers are common but only last a few minutes. This means that no matter how you choose to spend your day, it won’t be spoiled by rain.

Visit the Cruise Capital of the World

“The Magic City” has so much to offer to adults and kids alike. Trivia buffs will enjoy learning about the history and unique facts about Miami, Florida. Known as “the cruise capital” of the world, Port Miami recently broke records for the number of cruise travelers. When planning your next trip or vacation, contact us for deals on last minute flights.