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Miami – in this guide also referring to Miami Beach, which is built on a sandbar across Biscayne Bay – is a city of contrasts: across the street from one of the country's most exclusive nightclubs, visitors in the know can catch a gritty open mic night, and salsa clubs and musical theatre of the highest calibre exist here side by side.
Little Havana and Little Haiti are the centres of Caribbean life in the city, while the Art Deco architecture near South Beach exhibits Miami's heyday in the roaring 20s, mixed with today's latest fashion in dining, wining, living, and clubbing. Miami Beach exudes a celebrity lifestyle, while Miami itself has fast become an international cultural hot spot as a centre of Latin and North American art and gastronomy with inspiration taken from all corners of the world.
Miami has picturesque beaches, exceptional nightlife, plentiful shopping opportunities and delicious dining options. Although there is an abundance of things to do in the city and on the beach, visitors should not pass up the chance of taking one-day excursions to see some of the breathtaking natural surroundings.