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Best Local Scene in Miami

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Downtown Miami

One of the prime neighborhoods of Miami, Downtown Miami, is not just the business district of Miami. In fact, this hub of activity holds various scenic attractions, too. The downtown area is personified with skyscrapers, the Miami River, which runs through it, and, of course, its nightlife. Visitors to Downtown Miami can be sure that their time spent here will never be dull.

Miami, FL, United States
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Little Havana & Calle Ocho

In the heart of Miami lies a charming neighborhood which can safely be called a dainty replica of Cuba. A well-known landmark in Miami, the neighborhood started being called Little Havana in the 1960s when scores of Cuban immigrants began to call the area home. Here, every turn of the winding street reveals a wealth of boutiques, cigar shops and authentic Cuban eateries splashed in vibrant greens, yellows and tangerines. Accentuated by the meandering Miami River, Little Havana is a stunning hive of cultural and communal activities, which essentially take place in Calle Ocho. Further dotted with parks (like the Domino Park) and several other attractions like the Tower Theater and the Walk of Fame honoring Cubans like Celia Cruz and Gloria Estefan, this quaint neighborhood is also a hub of musical performances, cultural fairs and major events like the Calle Ocho Festival. Havana's exuberant old-world charm comes alive in all its glory at this neighborhood which bears a stirring testimony to its ambitious Cuban inhabitants.

Miami, FL, United States
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Miami Design District

The Miami Design District is one of Miami's best known neighborhoods. The district is replete with all kinds of modern and innovative art galleries, restaurants, cafes, bars and more. In addition to these local establishments, the district is also known for its collection of luxury brand boutiques like Louis Vuitton, Fendi and Christian Louboutin. For a truly luxurious and interesting Miami experience, don't miss a visit to the Miami Design District.

Miami, FL, United States
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Lincoln Road

A stroll down the Lincoln Road is a must for all those visiting the South beach area. Traffic is not allowed on this road that features some fabulous cinemas, bars, cafes, restaurants— you name it, it has it. Galleries that encourage budding artists also adorn the Lincoln Road. Just the perfect place for those looking for some retail therapy at a leisurely pace minus the traffic.

Miami Beach, FL, United States
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South Beach

Welcome to everybody's favorite spot in Miami. South Beach refers to the locale, as well as the beach itself. Historically, this was the first neighborhood on Miami Beach to be comprehensively urbanized during the early periods of the 20th Century, which was when a vast majority of its magnificent art-deco masterpieces that you can see today had been built. The commune really upped its game in terms of prominence during World War II, when Miami Beach had been chosen as an influential hub for the United States Air Force. Today the South Beach is viewed by the world as a premier tropical destination for vacationers with its pristine golden-sand beaches, swanky waterside resorts and vibrant nightlife. The Lummus Park, Miami Golf Club, Di Lido Island and the iconic Ocean Drive are some of South Beach's unmissable sights.

Miami Beach, FL, United States
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Ocean Drive

Located in Miami Beach's South Beach, Ocean Drive is quintessential Miami at its finest. Besides being the most picturesque part of the city, this famous stretch of road is the cultural hub of Miami. Trendy hotels, upscale eateries, and beautiful people fill the sidewalks amidst the mass of tourists. Art galleries and clothing boutiques thrive here, offering visitors an insight into one of the worlds foremost fashion and art centers. Ocean Drive includes over 800 preserved and protected Art Deco Buildings which have put South Beach on the map the world over.

Miami Beach, FL, United States
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New World Center

New World Center is home to the New World Symphony and showcases other fantastic concerts as well. In 1987, conductor Michael Tilson Thomas created an orchestra that would consist of young and energetic talent, providing recent graduates with a springboard to stardom. A national training orchestra with an international reputation, this ensemble is famous for its fresh sound and youthful enthusiasm.

Miami Beach, FL, United States
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Coconut Grove

Located just south of downtown Miami and northeast of the University of Miami, Coconut Grove is a charming neighborhood, though locals refer to it as a village. Surrounded by lush greenery and flanked by the Biscayne Bay, The Grove as it is locally known has been an alluring place for creative artists, eccentrics, travelers and rich entrepreneurs. Coconut Grove is filled with quaint shops, tree lined streets, nightclubs, and fabulous dining. Some attractions include CocoWalk, Streets of Mayfair, Coconut Grove Playhouse and Barnacle Historic State Park.

Miami, FL, United States
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