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Sol y diversión en Miami y los Cayos de Florida

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Alrededor de 100 millones de viajeros se dirigen a Florida cada año.

Y Miami es el epicentro de la acción, dado que les ofrece a los visitantes la emoción de una ciudad fascinante y la tranquilidad de los Cayos de la Florida. Miami, la costa que se encuentra más al sudeste de EE. UU. con vistas al Océano Atlántico, tiene algo para todos. Como dice el actor y cantante Will Smith: “Solo vengo dos días a cantar, pero siempre me quiero quedar”.

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Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean from the United States of America’s most southeastern coast, Miami’s appeal runs the gamut. As actor/singer Will Smith says, “I only came for two days of playing, but every time I come I always wind up staying.”

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The Coral Gables neighborhood is known for its artisanal shops where you can buy local foods, handcrafted souvenirs and leather goods.

There are plenty of ways to enjoy Miami’s coveted sunny weather, including warming up your credit cards in Coral Gables. This neighborhood southwest of downtown Miami is home to a variety of boutique and artisanal shops selling everything from handmade leather goods to the latest fashion. Meanwhile, across Biscayne Bay, Lincoln Road is the place to stock up on anything from name-brand clothes and accessories to artwork. This wide pedestrian promenade is lined with outdoor cafés and palm trees.

If you’re hungry, seek out a table in Little Havana. This eclectic neighborhood just west of downtown is home to many of the city’s Cuban residents. At any time of day, Little Havana pulses with the beats of traditional music, while the scent of croquetas and Cuban sandwiches hang in the air.

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Pick up a Cuban sandwich in Little Havana. The combination of roast pork, glazed ham, Swiss cheese, yellow mustard and dill pickles is tough to beat.

A little farther north, Little Haiti is another great spot to sample the multicultural flavors of Miami. Come here for dessert and order a traditional Haitian treat, like fried bananas or sweet potato bread, before making your way into one of the neighborhood’s many independent music shops.

Come sundown, both Little Havana and Little Haiti woo night owls with sultry dancing and local cocktails. But those who want to see and be seen head back across the bay to Miami Beach, where the area really comes to life when night falls and the neon lights illuminate the art deco buildings lining Ocean Drive. The party lasts until the wee morning hours (around 5 a.m.).

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The Edison Hotel on Ocean Drive is one of Miami Beach’s many late-night hangouts.

Ocean Drive mainstays like the Clevelander Hotel invite you to mingle poolside with a fancy drink in hand. If you’d prefer to dance the night away, plan a night on Washington Avenue, where numerous dance clubs sit just a few blocks from the shore. 

If all the excitement of Miami has you craving some peace and quiet, you can rent a car from Miami International Airport or in the city and take a road trip to the Florida Keys. This string of islands starts just south of Miami and curves around the southern tip of Florida into the Caribbean Sea.

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You don’t have to go too far to experience the Keys. Biscayne National Park — framed by Sands Key and Elliott Key in the southern portion of Biscayne Bay — is about 50 kilometers southwest of the city. The allure of this National Park lies below the bright blue waters of the bay: Strap on some scuba or snorkeling gear and dive in to find sunken shipwrecks and colorful coral reefs. You can sign up for a guided underwater tour through companies like Tropic SCUBA.

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Beneath the waters of Biscayne Bay lie vibrant coral reefs and intriguing shipwrecks. Strap on a scuba mask and see for yourself.

Should you prefer to stay above water, follow Florida’s scenic Route 1 about 180 kilometers south of Miami to Curry Hammock State Park. Occupying a large portion of Little Crawl Key at the center of the archipelago, this collection of verdant mangrove swamps and seagrass beds is ideal for kayaking and paddle boarding. Keep your eyes peeled for some of the park’s beautiful birds, including ibis and pelicans. You may even spot a bald eagle, the U.S. national bird.   

To get a sense of the quirky Keys that author Ernest Hemingway loved, follow Route 1 to Key West, the southernmost point in the continental U.S. This fun and funky island (about 256 kilometers from Miami) bustles with beachside bars and boutique shops. To engage in the action, spend some time on Duval Street. But if you’re here for the sand and the surf, don your swimsuit and lay your towel down on the soft sands of Smathers Beach. Located near the Key West International Airport, this nearly 1 kilometer-long stretch of shoreline keeps beachgoers occupied with volleyball courts, jet ski rentals and plenty of people watching.

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Smathers Beach on the southern coast of Key West is a great place to try your hand at sailing or just kick back and people watch.

To make the most of both destinations, give yourself at least three days in Miami and three days in the Keys.

El Edison Hotel en Ocean Drive es uno de los muchos sitios que ofrece Miami para salir a la noche.

El Edison Hotel en Ocean Drive es uno de los muchos sitios que ofrece Miami para salir a la noche.
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Relajarse en los Cayos de Florida

Si luego de tanta emoción en Miami buscas un poco de tranquilidad, puedes alquilar un automóvil en el Aeropuerto Internacional de Miami o en la ciudad y viajar a los Cayos de la Florida. Este conjunto de islas comienza al sur de Miami y bordean la punta sur de Florida hacia el Mar Caribe.

 

Parque Nacional Biscayne

No tienes que viajar muy lejos para conocer los Cayos. El Parque Nacional Biscayne (formado por el Cayo Sands y el Cayo Elliott en la región sur de la Bahía Biscayne) se encuentra a unos 50 km al sudoeste de la ciudad. El atractivo principal de este Parque Nacional yace bajo las aguas azules de la bahía. Consigue un equipo de buceo o esnórquel y sumérgete para buscar restos de naufragios y coloridos arrecifes de coral. Puedes contratar un recorrido guiado bajo el agua con empresas como Tropic SCUBA.

Parque Estatal Curry Hammock

Si prefieres permanecer sobre el agua, sigue la pintoresca Route 1 de Florida unos 180 km al sur de Miami hasta el Curry Hammock State Park (Parque Estatal Curry Hammock). Este conjunto de praderas marinas y manglares verdes ocupa una gran parte de Little Crawl Key, en el centro del archipiélago, y es ideal para pasear en kayak y practicar surf de remo. Deléitate con algunas de las hermosas aves del parque, entre las que encontrarás ibis y pelícanos. Hasta puedes encontrar un águila calva, el ave nacional de EE. UU. 

Key West

Para conocer un poco esos Cayos extravagantes que enamoraron al escritor Ernest Hemingway, sigue la Ruta 1 a Key West, el punto más meridional de EE. UU. continental. Esta isla divertida y moderna (a unos 256 km de Miami) está cargada de bares junto a la playa y tiendas boutique. Para ser parte de la acción, visita Duval Street. Pero si lo que te interesa es la arena y el surf, ponte el traje de baño y descansa sobre la suave arena de Smathers Beach. Esta playa se encuentra cerca del Aeropuerto Internacional de Key West, ocupa alrededor de 1 km y sus visitantes se entretienen jugando voleibol, alquilando motos de agua o simplemente mirando a su alrededor.

Para aprovechar ambos destinos al máximo, dedica al menos tres días a visitar Miami y otros tres a los Cayos.

Smathers Beach, en la costa sur de Key West, es un lugar excelente para probar tus habilidades como navegante o solo relajarte y observar a las demás personas.

Smathers Beach, en la costa sur de Key West, es un lugar excelente para probar tus habilidades como navegante o solo relajarte y observar a las demás personas.
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