South Florida is known for its miles and miles of beautiful white sandy beaches and sparkling clear water, which is why it is one of the most visited areas in the United States. Affluent international travelers visit South Florida for vacation, business and to enjoy the glitz and glamor that the area offers. Additionally, Florida is the Cruise Capital of the World and home port to the two largest cruise ships in the world, the Oasis of the Seas and the Allure of the Seas. It was estimated in 2011 that more than 13.9 million passengers embarked on cruises leaving out of Florida.
Miami and Fort Lauderdale area offers a plethora of sites to see and things to do while visiting with everything from parks, museums, aquariums, casinos, sporting events and boat tours. There is even a boat tour that takes guests around to view some of the most expensive homes in the area belonging to celebrities or the rich and famous.
While in South Florida you may want to visit Butterfly World. It’s a unique place to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature and take in the amazing gardens and butterflies.
Another place that many find interesting is Vizcaya, which is located on Biscayne Bay in Miami. This 1916 home built by John Deering is a National Historic Landmark. The Museum and Gardens features ten acres of formal gardens and the castle is located in the heart of Miami. It is a stunningly beautiful retreat with a lot of history and a look back at simpler times.
If your looking for an exciting night out, you may want to try South Beach in Miami which is an international known “hot spot” for tourist and locals alike. While there you may even spot a celebrity enjoying the nightlife.
Miami, “Gateway to the Americas” has a reputation of being the international cultural and financial hub of America and according to the US Census Bureau; Miami’s metro area is the seventh most populous and fifth-largest urban area in the United States, with a population of around 5.5 million.
Miami is a leader in finance, commerce, culture, media, entertainment, the arts, and international trade. Forbes Magazine ranked Miami “America’s Cleanest City” in 2008 for its year-round good air quality, vast green spaces, clean drinking water and clean streets. In 2009, according to UBS study of 73 world cities, Miami was ranked as the richest city in the United States, and the world’s fifth-richest city in terms of purchasing power.
The amazing tropical climate in South Florida is the only major metropolitan area in the 48 contiguous states that falls under that category. Although South Florida does experience cold fronts from November through March, most of the year is warm and humid with the mean temperature for any month never going below 64.
It’s not surprising that so many people love South Florida and flock there for vacation getaways. It is truly inviting for many reasons other than the beautiful climate, cruise ports and pristine beaches. Many people travel from around the world to meet here for the art festivals. South Florida attracts art collectors, artists, dealers, critics, art enthusiasts and curators in the winter for a favorite meeting place to participate in Art Basel. The two most popular events in Miami are the Art Basel and the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival. This is such a busy time that local hotels are reserved years in advance and you can expect traffic to be just as busy.
If you are a vacationer in South Florida and you’re not sure where you are going or just want to take in the sites, you may prefer to get a cab or use a private shuttle service, instead of renting a car. When it comes to getting around in South Florida, it’s a smart idea to go with a trusted local company that has proper credentials such as insurance and permits to transport passengers. It is easy enough to check performance and credibility by going online and doing a search for complaints or reviews to tell you whether the company is reliable, dependable and insured.
Some of the bigger events held in South Florida and Miami area include Art Deco Weekend, The Coconut Grove Arts Festival, the Miami Book Fair and the Miami International Boat Show. These events all draw huge crowds and usually take place on holiday weekends.
If art isn’t your cup of tea, then you might enjoy the America’s premier electronic music festival featuring top artists from around the world with three days of performances or there is always the Miami Sailing Week. It’s a fun-filled week of regattas, awards ceremonies, parties and cultural exhibits.
There is something for everyone to enjoy in South Florida, so pack your bags and plan a fun filled, exciting vacation and try some of the special events that are featured in the Miami, Fort Lauderdale area. Whatever you decide to do I’m sure it will be a memorable occasion and you too will fall in love with South Florida. Happy travels.