Lined with Art Deco hotels and upscale bars, Miami’s beaches are what draw tourists, models, and celebs alike year-round. A visit to the 305 just isn’t complete without a stroll on the sand, after all. Many visitors, however, make the mistake not to venture off the beach and into the mainland. And the thing is, Miami is home to numerous other areas and experiences that will leave you feeling way less salty than sipping $18 margaritas in the ocean breeze. Whether you’re already over South Beach or you just want to try going off the beaten path, these are places worth checking out next time you’re in the MIA.
For a taste of authentic Cuban culture, you have to go inland to Little Havana. This small east-side neighborhood is home to numerous Cuban restaurants and cafeterias from which you can order any combination of cafecito and tostada (that’s buttered toast, not tortilla), or arroz con pollo you desire. Try scheduling your visit during Viernes Culturales, their monthly art walk, and ending the night at either Hoy Como Ayer or Ball & Chain, two of the area’s best night clubs. PS. If you’re still not convinced, Anthony Bourdain gave it a solid thumbs up on The Layover.