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WEEKEND IN MIAMI | Discovering all that the magic city has to offer on a time crunch

72 HOURS IN MIAMI - THE LADY-LIKE LEOPARD

There’s a reason that Miami is known as the Magic City. You’ll probably discover this as soon as you set foot on the glistening sands and feel the sun beating down on your skin. Miami is a one-off, and it pays to have plans in place to make sure you don’t miss anything. If you’ve got a weekend in Miami planned, check out this sample itinerary for size.

WEEKEND IN MIAMI: Day 1

No trip to Miami is complete without at least one day of chilling out on the infamous shores of South Beach. Part of a collection of barrier islands, this spot is famed for its beautiful scenery and equally attractive clientele. This is the place to flex your muscles and show off your swimwear. If this doesn’t float your boat, Crandon Park Beach offers a more family-friendly option.

Don’t stray too far from the promenades of South Beach as the sun sets. You’ll find this enigmatic stretch as vibrant by night as it is by day. Lively beach bars are a great place to take in the views and cool off after a day of sunbathing. After dark, you’ll find an array of achingly hip clubs, so make sure you dress to impress.

Take a moment to appreciate the stunning Art Deco architecture before you let your hair down. If you’re keen to make an entrance, this is the perfect place to hire a supercar and turn some heads. Check out sites like exoticcarrentalguide.com for ideas.

WEEKEND IN MIAMI - THE LADY-LIKE LEOPARD

WEEKEND IN MIAMI: Day 2

Start your day with breakfast in beautiful Coconut Grove before making your way to Jungle Island. This is a fantastic day out for visitors of all ages. It combines exotic gardens, wildlife encounters and thrills and spills for a unique theme park adventure. Afterwards, head to Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Here you’ll see some of the world’s most dazzling rainforest-themed gardens.

If you’re lucky enough to be in town when the Miami Dolphins are in action, head to the Sun Life Stadium, get the snacks in, and cheer on your new local team.

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WEEKEND IN MIAMI: Day 3

It’s day 3, and it’s time to immerse yourself in Miami’s distinctive culture. Head to the Perez Art Museum to see a fascinating collection of modern art. Explore the bustling Design District and enjoy lunch in Little Havana. There are nods to Cuban culture all over the city.

But you’ll find no other place where its impact is more evident. While you’re in the Design District, take the opportunity to peruse the galleries and shops. You can also meet local designers or catch an exhibition. There’s no shortage of talented creatives in this area, so you’ll be spoiled for choice. To find out more about Miami’s diverse culture, take a look at Lonely Planet.

Miami is a sun-drenched city, which promises a memorable vacation for every traveler. Whether you like to party, relax or tour galleries and museums, there’s something for everyone. Live the high life and get some serious vitamin D in South Beach. Skip to the beat of Cuban culture in Little Havana and join the baying crowds of the football arena. Get your pulse racing with a trip to a theme park or reflect on the city’s beauty at the breathtaking botanical gardens.

Melina Morry, fashion blogger at The Lady-like Leopard.

This “weekend in Miami” post was contributed to The Lady-like Leopard.

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