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5 Reasons Why This Iconic U.S. City Is Breaking All-Time Tourism Records

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As most of North America gears up for a frigid winter, people are looking for a fun, warm escape that’ll give them the opportunity to end the year right.

That’s why travel across the country is picking up its pace at record rates, and a few sun-kissed destinations in particular are welcoming unprecedented numbers of tourists and breaking all-time records before 2023 draws to a close.

helicopter view of South Beach, Miami

Just this week, an iconic Floridian city announced a new travel high, having welcomed a whopping 1.86 million visitors within a 12-day span.

Since this particular hotspot has always been coveted among domestic and international travelers alike, this newly set record begs the question – what’s drawing travelers’ interest so much now?

Well, what was once a beach-centered hub visited mostly by college students looking to have a good time has now become a well-rounded destination that caters to virtually every type of traveler.

Miami Is For The Foodies

Miami is a melting pot of culture and traditions thanks to the many people who have come to call it home.

However, Latin American influences are among the strongest in every facet of the city’s culture, including the delectable cuisine.

Versailles Sign Cuban Restaurant in Miami

Between the many authentic, well-established eateries like Versailles, La Ventanita, Marabu, and Bandeja Paisa, visitors will be able to savor some of the best Latin American food of their lives right here in Miami.

If you’re thinking about going to a Cuban place, like Versailles, for example, don’t forget to end your meal with a cup of cortadito, a smooth, aromatic variety of Cuban coffee whose whole premise revolves around sharing a hot drink with loved ones.

cortadito cuban coffee

If you’re in the mood for something fresher, you can always take advantage of the city’s proximity to the ocean and try some seafood, served virtually anywhere in the city, from street carts to 5-star restaurants.

Whether you’re craving some ceviche, charred mahi-mahi, or a tuna sandwich, you’re sure to get that day’s catch.

For The Culture Seekers

Miami is one of those places whose energy and atmosphere unfairly overshadow its impressive cultural scene – so if you’re apprehensive about the opportunity to explore intellectual sights in the city, don’t be; there’s a lot to marvel at here.

You can start your sightseeing excursion at the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, complete with two science galleries, a planetarium, and an aquarium.

Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, Miami

A great next stop would be the iconic Art Deco Museum, where you can learn more about the gorgeous Art Deco District in South Beach while marveling at the shapes, colors, and accents that give life to the neighborhood.

If you’ve liked what you’ve seen thus far, there’s no better place to end your Miami excursion than Wynwood Walls, one of the liveliest, most visually stimulating collections of artwork you’ll ever come across in your life.

Visitors enter the Wynwood Walls to see the famous street art in Miami

For The Adventurous Souls

If admiring the local art doesn’t provide the type of rush you’re looking for, you can always take your sightseeing trips up a notch and head over to the Everglades National Park, a 1.5-million-acre wetlands preserve where you can either embark on a hiking trip (the Anhinga Trail is usually the most popular) or bike through the more dangerous Shark Valley.

Tourists in the Everglades looking ahead while an alligator swims nearby

Don’t forget to bring your camera with you, though, since chances are you’ll come across a wide array of flora and fauna, including many bird species, manatees, and even crocodiles.

If you’re looking for something closer to the city, you can always opt for Oleta State Park, where you can go kayaking, fishing, hiking, or biking – the best thing about going here is that you can tailor your experience to your preferences and fitness level.

For The Nature Lovers

If you’re more of a sightseer, you won’t want to miss out on the Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden, one of the country’s most extensive collections of rare tropical plants and a sight to behold.

Every inch of the place has been meticulously planned and executed, making it easy for visitors to take in everything the 83 acres have to offer – however, those who want to save their energy, though, can always take a tram tour and experience the visit in total comfort.

Miami Beach Botanical Gardens

Other natural attractions that surround the city include Pinecrest Gardens, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature Center, and the Miami Beach Botanical Garden.

… And For Those Simply Looking To Have A Good Time

Whether you’ve come to Miami for its world-famous party scene or are simply looking to kick back after a long day exploring the city’s natural and cultural wonders, you’ll find that there’s a lot to do and see after the sun sets.

Miami Nightlife

The area’s most coveted nightclubs, including Club Space, E11EVEN, LIV, Basement, M2, Twist, and Story welcome partygoers with open arms until the first hours of the morning, though those looking for a more laid-back experience might prefer the local festivals and events a bit better.

Just this December, you can attend the Miami Dolphins games against the New York Jets, the Art Basel and Miami Art Week, the Miami Beach Festival of Lights, and the famous New Year’s Eve celebrations.

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