Welcome to Fifty Grande’s Best of the U.S. Bucket List series. This is your one-stop travel guide to the best, most unique and quintessential experiences of a city, state or event. Want to know how to “do” Miami? We’ve got you covered. Curated by experts, vetted by in-the-know locals, this is all you need to have the best trip ever. If we’ve written a Bucket List, we recommend you go. If it’s on this list, it’s the best the city has to offer right now. Consider this your one-stop answer to “What are the best things to do in Miami?”
LeBron James didn’t do our collective geographic knowledge any favors in 2010 when he famously announced he was “taking [his] talents to South Beach.” Because, you see, South Beach and Miami are actually completely different places, and while much of the world imagines the neon and nightlife of Miami Beach when they think of this city, Miami is filled with so much more. Miami has transformed into a global metropolis, with the arts district in Wynwood and the Cuban culture of Little Havana becoming as big of draws as the sand. Combine that with the swampy embrace of the Everglades and you’ve got plenty to explore, both at the beach and beyond.