Top 5 Things to see in Miami

Ola mi amigos, Bienvenido a Miami!

Buckle up and let’s take a tour of Miami! I know what you’re thinking, December is time for cold, wintery weather, darkness outside lit up with gold & ruby red Christmas lights and tinsel on a Christmas Tree. Warm hot chocolate by the fire and Christmas carollers all around. That’s Christmas, right?

Just because tis the season to be jolly, does not mean you need to be in Ireland for it. Why not turn up the Miami heat in Florida! With direct flights from Dublin. There is no reason why you shouldn’t get some heat before Christmas.
It maybe winter time here, but ensure to pack light clothing and plenty of sunscreen. Let’s face it, any bit of sun and we begin to work on our farmer tans. A heatwave to us starts from 18 degrees Celsius. Miami’s average daily heat ranges from 24 to 27 degrees Celsius during the winter months. So unless lobster is your natural colour, I would encourage you to play safe in the sun. If you are like myself, you will find the only other Irish person sitting in the shade or loving the indoor air conditioner. A guaranteed way to make some new friends in Miami!

 Things you should know about Miami (not to worry, we will skip the history exam at the end!);

  • Miami’s first settlers were the Native American Tribe of the Tequesta Indians in the 16th The name Miami means a lot of water.
  • The City of Miami was founded by Julia DeForest Tutell in 1895. She was originally from Ohio, Cleveland. She was referred to as the Mother of Miami.
  • Henry Flagler was an American Industrialist and he owned the Florida East Coat Railway. A friend of Julia’s who incidentally was also from Cleveland, Ohio he contributed greatly to the growth of Miami. He was also known as the Father of Miami & Palm Beach.
  • The City of Miami Beach, used to be a coconut plantation owned by John Collins, founded in 1915 by John and Carl Fisher, it has a population of 90,000. Washington Avenue is the main street of South Beach. Collins Bridge connects Miami to Miami Beach over Biscayne Bay.
  • Research conducted by Scientists have concluded that in 80 years Miami will disappear due to floods and it will be underwater as the limestone is porous. Orlando will be the only one left, so it is time to hurry up and get those flights booked!
  • Miami has a population of 5.5 million, which also includes 30 other cities to make up greater Miami. So, chances are you won’t find it easy to run into Mary from back home!
  • Taxes are 7.1% in Florida plus a 20% tip. When you are purchasing anything, please be aware that this is not included in the price listed on the menus. Everything seems reasonably priced, until you pay for it!

5 things to see in Miami

1# City & Boat Tour

MiamiThis will be the fastest way to view your magical new city. Bayside Market Place – take a cruise on the Island Queen Cruises to see Miami by sea and to check out the amazing Cruise Ships docked in Miami Port and the beautiful Mansions located on Star & Hibiscus Island.


You may not get the chance to rub shoulders with the rich and famous of Miami but can’t we all dream a little! Star Island boasts the homes of some of the most elite celebrities like; Sean Combs, Gloria Estefan, Don Johnson & Rosie O’Donnell. Hibiscus Island will enable you to view Al Capone’s old house among other amazingly beautiful views of houses that one day we can only dream of owning.


2# American Airlines Arena

The home to the Miami Heat Basketball Team! If Basketball is not your thing, maybe a concert to see superstars such as Lady Gaga, Katy Perry or The Killers might tickle your fancy!

3# South Beach

Plan some day trips to beautiful sandy South Beach. In the Art Deco district, all the buildings were white until the 80’s, now it is full of life and colour. Here you will find the Carlyle Hotel, where The Birdcage with Robin Williams was filmed. Ocean drive is the most famous street in South Florida. If you venture to Ocean Drive at night, be careful with the prices as this spot attracts a lot of tourists. Here you will also find, Gianni Versace’s house located on Ocean Drive, this cost 43 million US Dollars.


Just a short walk away you can sit outside the Newscafe in the early morning sun for your Breakfast. Follow it up with a walk-up Ocean Drive for an Iced Frappuccino in Starbucks. This is all within a few minutes’ walk to the beach. To finish, grab some pizza in Pizza Rustica on Washington avenue after your day out to South Beach.

4# Jungle Island Zoo

The zoo was founded in 1936 and hosts the only “Liger” (Tiger & Lion Hybrid) in the world. Nestled on 18-acres, there are no shortage of wonderful animals to see.


5# Little Havana

The Havana has a population of 1 million Cubans in Greater Miami. In 1959, they came to settle in Little Havana. They are a wealthy community and are politically influential. In Washington, you will find some very successful and powerful Cuban Senators. Cuban’s are the most powerful immigrants in the US. In Little Havana you can see roosters everywhere. The Cuban’s believe that the roosters will bring you good luck. From here get a free Cuban coffee in the Little Havana Gift Shop. To finish, grab a homemade ice cream at Acuzar or an artisan ice pop at Popsy.


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