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Travel - Miami Top Picks

Published: Sep 09, 2003 - 02:13 AM

Sights -- The breathtaking view of the city from the MacArthur Causeway at night; the Everglades; the palmy streets and posh estates of Coral Gables; Coconut Grove and CocoWalk; a drive down historic Old Cutler Road from Coconut Grove to S.W. 168th Street.
Museums -- The Italianate gardens of Vizcaya; art-nouveau and art-deco objects at the Wolfsonian on South Beach; first-rank traveling exhibits at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in North Miami; and extensive collections at Lowe Art Museum on the University of Miami campus in Coral Gables and the Bass Museum of Art on Miami Beach.

Memorable Meals -- Carib Asian, Fusion, New World, New World Caribbean, Nuevo Latino, Pan Asian or South Florida Cuisine. Whatever you call it, it's a memorable interpretation of a traditional ethnic cuisine, incorporating lots of tropical fruits and vegetables. A number of local chefs have created innovative variations on this concept, outshining what older, more traditional restaurants offer. Such fare is served at popular restaurants all over South Florida, on the barrier islands from South Beach to North Miami Beach, on the mainland in Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, and South Miami, and in storefronts and strip malls throughout South Florida.

Late Night -- The street scene in the Art Deco District: wall-to-wall cars, open-air cafes and dance clubs; the sidewalk bars and bistros, shops and nightclubs along Lincoln Road and elsewhere on Miami Beach; in Coconut Grove; along S.W. 8th Street; in the Design District; and in South Miami. An extensive list of clubs in Miami-Dade and Broward counties, with names, addresses, telephone numbers and Web site links, is available online at http://www.nightvip.com/clubs.htm. Please note: Nightclub names, locations and themes change often, so no published list is ever totally correct.

Recreation -- Golfing at one of Miami's many courses; betting on a horse race; scuba diving, snorkeling or fishing in the Atlantic or Biscayne Bay; hang gliding, kiteboarding and windsurfing on Biscayne Bay along Rickenbacker Causeway; bicycling or Rollerblading through Coconut Grove or South Beach.

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