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Summer in Miami

Miami Beach's high season is winter, which is exactly why we are recommending it this summer. A normally expensive destination, prices and crowds both abate during the hot summer months, leaving you more space on the beach and an easier approach to the bar. You'll miss Art Basel Miami Beach, but you can pig out on sticky sweet mangos at the International Mango Festival or check out the Goombay Festival for some Bahamian grooves.
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The Standard Miami

Whether or not you're a guest here, the pool and spa are a great way to cool off and pamper yourself on a sweltering South Beach day.

South Beach

It may seem obvious, but, a trip to Miami is never complete without at least a few days on South Beach. In the hot summer, go early or late to avoid the punishing sun.

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Cool off in the lush foliage or, if you're lucky to come in July, don't miss the International Mango Festival, where you can sample mango-everything to your heart's content.

Mango's Tropical Cafe

The pulsating Latin heart of Miami Beach is a better bet for a night out than the over-rated and over-crowded mainstream nightclubs. Right on the beach - and the Strip - Mango's is uniquely Miami in more ways than can be counted. Male and female dancers vibrate on raised stands as Latin rhythms rock you...

Everglades National Park

The greatest dichotomy of South Beach is that this urban playground lies just a few miles away from one of North America's wildest natural areas. The Everglades is one of the largest contiguous wetlands in the world and home to abudant alligator, manatee and water birds - as well as rare predators...

Bellini Italian Bistro

If you want to experience the South Beach Miami strip at its liveliest, stop in to Bellini Italian Bistro. There are dozens of sidewalk cafes up and down Ocean Drive, but none has bigger or badder margaritas, excellent Italian cuisine and a front-row seat to the Greek gods, freaks, Cubans and...

Shelborne South Beach

Recently renovated, this Art Deco original is right at the ocean and is a stylish, comfortable choice.

Yardbird Southern Table & Bar

Proudly Southern dishes meant for sharing adorn the menu at this brand-new darling of Miami Beach, which won numerous Best New Restaurant accolades for 2012. With creative yet comforting dishes like strawberries and ricotta with pickled radish or sweet tea-brined Southern ribs, in this case,...