The Magic City elicits images of neon-lit clubs, humid Latin rhythms and shimmering beaches. The lifestyle in Miami is one of its most attractive features.
Whether exploring the restaurants and nightlife of the Art Deco District or gliding along the Everglades in an airboat, residents of Miami are able to enjoy all the attractions of a world-renowned holiday destination year round.
Shopping in Miami
Newcomers have various options when it comes to shopping in Miami, whether they want to soak up the sun ambling down the city’s retail avenues or explore the glossy interiors of its shopping malls.
Aventura Mall is one of the most popular shopping malls in Miami and, with more than 300 retailers, is Florida's largest mall. Other prominent malls in Miami include Cocowalk, which is designed to blend into Coconut Grove’s village ambience, and the Falls, with its abundant water features and foliage.
For a more authentic shopping experience, new arrivals can explore the boutiques and independent stores of Bayside Market Place and Mary Brickell Village.
Nightlife in Miami
There are few experiences quite like enjoying the nightlife scene in Miami. The city is famous for its electric evening entertainment, from opulent lounges to tropical bars. It's perhaps best known for its Latin clubs, from cafés infused with Cuban culture to live music venues that rumble with the flavour of Latin rhythms.
Sports and outdoor activities in Miami
Newcomers who prefer their entertainment out in the sun will enjoy the range of sports and outdoors attractions on offer in Miami. South Beach is arguably the most celebrated beach in Miami, and is broken up into sections to satisfy a wide variety of sun worshippers.
Lovers of the great outdoors can enjoy nature trails that meander through mangrove forests, visit the renowned Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden or camp in one of the city’s national parks.
Active newcomers will revel in the chance to go boating in Biscayne Bay, cycling along Sunset Drive or doing yoga on the beach. The city also boasts championship golf courses and some of the most famous names in sport, with the Miami Heat and the Miami Dolphins attracting thousands of zealous basketball and football fans to their stadiums regularly.
►What's On in Miami lists the city's popular annual events.
►See and Do in Miami gives more information on the city's attractions.
"Living in Miami is being able to work while living on vacation, if that makes any sense. The quality of life here is very good compared to France." Emmanuelle shares her experience of moving to and living in Miami in her interview with Expat Arrivals.
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