Miami Beach

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Miami is many things at once, each more colorful and more enticing than the next. Downtown has a fun feel of urban decay, Little Havana gives visitors a peek into the latin roots of Miami and Bayside functions as a gateway onto Biscayne Bay and the oceanic side of Miami.

The riotously loud Miami Beach centers around Ocean Drive, with swaying palm trees and colorful art deco buildings offering a beautiful setting for flickering neon lights and a never-ending rhythmic thumping that sounds like a mixture of Celia Cruz and an EDM festival. The street is filled with half naked show dancers, tattooed calfs, Swedish blondes and rowdy latinos. It’s like Las Vegas on the beach. Especially South Beach or SoBe is a playground to the young, the beautiful and the newly rich.

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The Clevelander and the flashing lights of a never-ending happy hour

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The colorful art deco architecture of Ocean Drive

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The calm side of Miami – Biscayne Bay

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The beach is a big draw in Miami

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It’s easy to sense the proximity to Latin America in Miami. There’s a constant scent of barbequed meat, chili and lime in the air. The streets are full or old, beautifully restored cars. Pretty much all the locals speak Spanish, some of them exclusively. The biggest splash of latino atmosphere is on Española Way, a lively street full of fun restaurants.

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Miami is actually comprised of several islands, explaining the high number of boats

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The lively Española Way

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Miami’s different islands are connected by Causeways

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Downtown Miami and Bayside are living change. New high-rises are popping up with increasing speed as the formerly middle class area is taking in more and more wealthy inhabitants into the freshly built luxury condos.

You can still see that not everyone can afford those penthous condos. Many of the side alleys have small dive bars and diners, with lonely souls sitting at the bar, looking for answers at the bottom of a whisky glass. Everyone seems to be on their way somewhere, though very few seem to have a clear idea about their destination.

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