Whether it's your 30 day grace period, or you have some vacation time, there are lots of ways to experience the United States during your au pair year in America. This series will give you a head start of things to do and things to see in some of the most popular cities in the U.S.
Miami, nicknamed “The Magic City” has great weather, beautiful beaches, and vibrancy unmatched anywhere else in the U.S. If you’re an au pair lucky enough to live here you’ve probably fallen in love with the tropical climate and the fun night life - there is so much to see and do you may never want to leave! If you’re coming to Miami for a vacation, try to stay at least a full week and experience all Miami-Dade County has to offer.
Top three things to experience in Miami:
1. Visit South Beach: Probably the most recognizable part of Miami is South Beach, which includes palm trees, white sand beaches and great energy. Sitting on the beach you’ll see a surreal horizon of perfect turquoise water. With seemingly endless food and drink options, South Beach is a destination that should not be skipped!
2. Explore Wynwood Walls: One of the hidden secrets of Miami are the Wynwood Walls. This open air art gallery offers many works of graffiti style art which illustrate everything from pop culture to politics, fantasy and comedy. The artwork within the Wynwood gallery is made by both local and world renowned artists, and each piece is as unique as Miami’s vibrant atmosphere.
3. Drive Through the Florida Keys: it takes about four hours to drive nonstop from Miami to the city of Key West which is the southernmost city in the United States. But don't drive straight through, there are so many fun things to see along the way! There are 42 bridges that connect many of the islands that make up the Florida Keys, and there are lots of places to snorkel, view marine life, eat conch fritters, see unique tropical architecture and catch beautiful views.
What to Eat: EVERYTHING. Seriously, there aren’t many places outside the islands that do Latin/Caribbean food so well. That’s because a great deal of Miami residents have ancestry from the nearby islands including Jamaica, Cuba, Puerto Rico and more. Many restaurants offer unique spins on classics like Arroz Con Pollo or oxtail, so try that hole-in-th- wall place, it’s probably delicious!
When to Visit: Miami offers great weather for most of the year, - the winter temperatures are usually in the mid-70s. March through early June has slightly warmer weather and isn’t as humid as July and August. Autumn can be a nice time to visit as well but the weather can be less predictable with rain and severe storms.
The water was so turquoise and beautiful, I absolutely loved visiting Florida. - Steve
Nearest Cities: If you can spend few days on Florida’s South Coast, here are the cities within a few hours’ drive; Ft. Lauderdale is about 45 mins away and Orlando (DisneyWorld!) is about 3.5 hours to the North.
Nearest Airports: Miami International Airport: Miami-Dade County and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport