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2 Days in Miami for First Timers

Curated by Jessica Colley ClarkeNew York–based writer and curious traveler.

The cultural hub of Miami attracts visitors to its sandy shores for water sports and to its clubs and restaurants for a vibrant nightlife scene. With 48 hours in Miami, there’s time to parasail, cycle through Little Havana, and learn to salsa. Here are a few ways of the best ways to spend two days in Miami.

Day 1: Morning

Get an introduction to Miami with a comprehensive sightseeing tour. Take a hop-on hop-off bus tour with more than 40 stops across Miami or a city tour complete with a sightseeing cruise to catch a glimpse of Biscayne Bay, Downtown Miami, and Star Island.

Day 1: Afternoon

Join an afternoon tour designed to get your adrenaline pumping. Adventurous travelers might try parasailing with an excursion into Biscayne Bay. Several boat tours are also available, including a speedboat sightseeing cruise.

Day 1: Night

Taste the many cultures of South Beach with an evening food and walking tour. Follow your guide to several eateries for snacks from different Latin American cultures and learn about the art deco history of South Beach.

Day 2: Morning

Explore Miami beyond South Beach with a trip to Little Havana. Get to know this Cuban neighborhood a food-focused guided walking or bike tour. Learn about Little Havana’s history and taste Cuban snacks.

Day 2: Afternoon

See Miami from a new perspective on a tour by air. Air tour options include a helicopter tour, a seaplane tour that takes off and lands in Biscayne Bay, and a sunset air tour by small plane. All flights include views over South Beach, Downtown Miami, and Biscayne Bay.

Day 2: Night

Discover Miami’s famed nightlife with an evening of cocktails and dancing in Miami Beach. Follow an instructor to learn to dance salsa on a evening out that includes mojitos, music from a live band, and live entertainment such as cabaret shows.

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