Destination Miami

PARROT JUNGLE

1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, (305) 400-7000. Go wild in one of Miami's oldest and greatest attractions! This park is home to more than 500 species of plants and 3,000 exotic animals. Explore animal stage shows, the Serpentarium, jungle trails and the best trained bird show in the world.

MIAMI SEAQUARIUM

4400 Rickenbacker Causeway, (305) 361-5705. Take a trip under the sea at the Miami Seaquarium. Enjoy a day of family fun, exciting exhibits and educational presentations all in a beautiful landscape overlooking Biscayne Bay.

MIAMI METRO ZOO

12400 South West 152 Street, (305) 251-0400. Explore one of the best zoos in the US. This 300-acre cageless zoo is home to more than 1,300 animals from over 400 species. Discover the park's various attractions, including Wings of Asia Aviary, Dr. Wilde's World, Children's Zoo, Wildlife Carousel, guided Tram Tours and Zookeeper Talks.

VIZCAYA MUSEUM AND GARDENS

3251 South Miami Avenue, (305) 250-9133. This remarkable Italian Renaissance-style villa is located on more than 10 acres of beautiful gardens. Stroll through this serene and stunning retreat while taking in the view of Biscayne Bay.

EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK

Discover the unique environment of this beautiful ecosystem where visitors can observe alligators and birds. Visit the Indian Villages, hike on nature trails, or rent a boat and set off on the open water. The park also includes a visitor center, full-service marina and camping facilities.

SPECIAL EVENTS

SOUTH BEACH WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL

The Food Network Miami Wine and Food Festival is a star-studded, four-day event showcasing the talents of the world's best wine and spirits producers, chefs and culinary personalities. Hosted by Southern Wine & Spirits of Florida and Florida International University, the Festival benefits the Teaching Restaurant and the Southern Wine & Spirits Beverage Management Center.It takes place February 25-28, 2010.

WINTER MUSIC CONFERENCE

Winter Music Conference, in its 25th consecutive year, is one of the most publicized annual music gatherings in the world. A pivotal platform for advancement of the industry, WMC 2009 attracted 1,910 artists and DJs, 3,228 industry delegates from 62 countries and over 70,000 event attendees for a concentrated schedule of more than 500 events presented across 5 days. Music, as one of the world’s most accessible cultural art forms, gives WMC the unique ability to cross economic, geographic and social boundaries. Over 1.3 million visitors from 183 countries log on to the WMC website each year. It takes place on March 23-27, 2010.

ART BASEL

Art Basel Miami Beach is the most important art show in the United States, a cultural and social highlight for the Americas. As the sister event of Switzerland's Art Basel, the most prestigious art show worldwide for the past 40 years, Art Basel Miami Beach combines an international selection of top galleries with an exciting program of special exhibitions, parties and crossover events featuring music, film, architecture and design. Exhibition sites are located in the city's beautiful Art Deco District, within walking distance of the beach and The Carlyle. This year the event will take place on December 3-6.

Culture

ESPANOLA WAY

A slice of history served with a touch of culture. A quaint European-inspired neighborhood that seems to have been left untouched by contemporary ways. Explore the infamous stories of this village, from legendary tales of gangsters running numbers on the street to its history as a backdrop for movies and television.

ADRIENNE ARSHT CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

1300 Biscayne Boulevard, (305) 949-6722. Experience performing arts like never before in one of the most important art venues in the country. Miami's newest entertainment center includes Sanford and Delores Ziff Ballet House, Knight Concert Hall, and a restored Art Deco tower and plaza ideal for outdoor performances.

THE JACKIE GLEASON THEATRE

1700 Washington Avenue, (305) 673-7300. Located in the heart of beautiful Miami Beach, the Jackie Gleason Theater is the home of South Florida's best in Broadway, music and dance.

Shopping

LINCOLN ROAD MALL

Lincoln Road at 16th Street, (305) 531-3442. Discover the trendiest place to shop in Miami Beach. This open-air promenade is alive with cafés, bookstores, jewelry shops, designer boutiques, novelty shops, restaurants and cinemas. Located near the famed Ocean Drive, it's the place to see and be seen!

BAL HARBOR SHOPS

9700 Collins Avenue, (305) 866-0311. If you have Champagne taste and the means to indulge them, this is the mall for you. You'll find the best designer boutiques in this, the #1 shopping center in the US, including Chanel, Dior, Fendi, Salvatore Ferragamo, Oscar de la Renta, and many more. A fashionista's dream!

AVENTURA MALL

19501 Biscayne Boulevard, (305) 935-1110. Experience one of the best shopping destinations in Miami. This three-story mall features more than 250 shops, restaurants, services and an indoor children's playground.

VILLAGE OF MERRICK PARK

358 San Lorenzo Avenue, (305) 529-0200. You are invited to enter a shopping destination like no other; a place where fashion comes alive among beautiful fountains, lush foliage and the warm sunshine. Browse through more than 115 designer boutiques, including Burberry, Gucci, Etro, Tiffany & Co. and Neiman Marcus.

Restaurants

The Restaurant at Casa Casuarina / Miami Beach

1116 Ocean Dr.
Phone: 1.305.672.6604

Once the home of the late fashion designer Gianni Versace, this 1930s mansion has been converted into a private club and a 10-room hotel. It retains many of the house's original Moorish-Moroccan details, from colonnaded hallways and domed ceilings to an indoor pool with a mosaic floor made of colorful tiles. But it also comes with some very of-the-moment amenities, such as Quintessentially concierge services and a rooftop observatory. The restaurant, headed by German chef Wolfgang Birk, serves dishes like chorizo-stuffed brook trout with polenta fries and cipollini, and almond-crusted king crab cakes with crisp lotus roots.

Casa Tua

Neatly tucked away in a secluded residential area on James Avenue, Casa Tua presents a fresh approach to dining in Miami Beach. The ground-level dining area has an eighteen-seat communal chef's table, with a wide-open kitchen area close by, while the second floor contains a five suite boutique hotel.

Executive chef Sergio Sigala and sous-chef Gabriela Bergomi combine their talents to create innovative variations of Italian cuisine in a glamorously unusual setting that has become the talk of the town in Miami Beach.

Menu: http://www.miamibeach411.com/Restaurants/casa_tua.html

The Setai

2001 Collins Ave. Miami Beach, FL
Phone+1(305)520-6400

This decidedly cozy venue at The Setai, South Beach, boasts an impressive floor to ceiling wine library with an extensive collection of Prestige Cuvee Champagnes and fine wines. To compliment is a selection of the freshest crustacean premier caviar and delicacies from the west. The Crustacean, Champagne and Caviar Bar serves as a perfect preamble to dinner at The Restaurant or an ideal setting for aperitif’s, cocktails and light entrees.

An Asian and classically French-influenced menu prepared with the finest and freshest ingredients. Showcased in The Restaurant - the Setai's tribute to trans-ethnic cuisine. With indoor and outdoor seating areas, an exhibition kitchen, the sunken pod amid quiet ponds and beautiful pergolas, guests can expect an exquisite dining experience.

Nobu

1901 Collins Avenue Miami Beach, FL 33139
phone: 305-695-3232

http://www.miamibeach411.com/Restaurants/nobu.html

Sushi master Nobuyuki Matsuhisa’s Nobu Miami Beach can be found in The Shore Club hotel, a block and a half north of Delano hotel on Collins Avenue. Chef Matsuhisa has acclaimed restaurants in the TriBeCa neighborhood of New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, London and other cities, and is considered to be somewhat of a genius with his intriguing interpretations of sushi and Contemporary and Japanese cuisines. Executive chef Thomas Buckley interprets the master’s inspirational fare with aplomb, the dazzling omakase menu featuring Matsuhisa’s trademark infusion of spicy South American touches (from his sojourn in Peru). Special dishes include rock shrimp tempura with piquant cream sauce, artic char with crispy baby spinach, and the signature black cod with miso (imitated by many, equaled by none). Main dishes (served with miso soup and rice) run from Peruvian-style rib-eye steak to beef tenderloin with wasabi-pepper sauce, but don’t even think of dining here without at least sampling the town’s best sashimi and sushi rolls. Try the spicy yellowtail and jalapeño roll and the tears in your eyes will at least be partly due to joy. Top shelf sakés will smooth the sting.

Prime 112

112 Ocean Drive Miami Beach
1.305 532.8112

Prime 112 is a most excellent steakhouse and it's just a shame you can't get in—at least not without a reservation as much as a month in advance. Ah, but once you are seated in this trendy restaurant in the SoFI section of South Beach, you're in for a treat.Go with the Sautéed Hudson Valley Foie Gras, Organic Field Greens, and 48 ounce Porterhouse for Two, with six sauces, five butters, and eleven accessories to choose from. And while you're waiting for your meal, enjoy the enticing eye-candy that frequents this hot new area of South Beach

Menu: http://www.miamibeach411.com/Restaurants/prime_112.html

Barton G

1427 West Avenue Miami Beach, FL
1.305-672-8881

Culinary visionary Barton G. has created a restaurant that adds a twist to dining out. By combining fine dining with fun dining, Barton G. The Restaurant makes each meal an experience, fulfilling the senses with enticing fragrances, delicious food and over-the-top presentations. Cuisine is neo-classic American – comfort food standards taken in an entirely new direction. The food is extravagantly whimsical with a sophisticated style and an unparalleled fusion of flavors. Located on West Avenue, away from the hustle and bustle of Ocean Drive, the restaurant features a sleek, trendy dining room rich with subtle details and a lush tropical garden ideal for alfresco dining.

Menu: http://www.miamibeach411.com/Restaurants/bartong.html

Ago at the Shore Club

1901 Collins Avenue Miami Beach
1.305.695.3226

Ago, of course is the east-coast edition of LA's famous Melrose Avenue restaurant that serves outstanding Italian cuisine to a never-ending stream of celebrities. (It was also where Pulp Fiction director Quentin Tarantino once "slapped some respect" into producer Don Murphy of Natural Born Killers fame over some obvious difference of opinion. With a heritage of attitude such as that, Ago is virtually guarantees a place in Miami Beach's future.)

The Shore Club's Ago is located in a gorgeous indoor/outdoor setting overlooking the pool area with the blue Atlantic just beyond. You can enter the restaurant through the Shore Club's main lobby (straight through the lobby, down the garden walkway, and left into Ago) and there's also an entrance from 20th Street through Nobu Lounge.

Ago is also just steps from Sky Bar Lounge, and for a restaurant that resides at the very epicenter of South Beach's flash and glam scene, we must say the food and service at Ago are both quite excellent.

Bondsreet

150 20th Street Miami Beach, FL
1(305) 398-1806

An exciting and innovative interpretation of Japanese cuisine.

A New York City import, the sceney Bond St. Lounge is located in the basement of the shabby chic Townhouse Hotel and is packing in hipsters as tightly as the crabmeat in a California roll. Despite its tiny size, Bond St. Lounge's superfresh nigiri and sashimi and funky sushi rolls such as the sun-dried tomato and avocado or the arugula crispy potato are worth cramming in for. As the evening progresses, however, Bond St. becomes more of a bar scene than a restaurant, but sushi is always available at the bar to accompany your sake Bloody Mary.

Menu: http://www.miamibeach411.com/Restaurants/bondstreet.html

Sushisamba dromo

600 Lincoln Road Miami Beach, FL
Phone: +1(305) 673-5337

A sexy crowd works itself into a frenzy at this trendy hot spot with a new spin on fusion cooking. Japan meets South America, look for the city's first Sushi-Seviche bar, sakes and sambatinis.

Celebrate the cuisine and culture of Japan, Brazil and Peru at Sushi Samba! This Lincoln Road hot spot offers something for everyone: from chicken teriyaki or churrasco (Brazilian barbecue) to sashimi ceviche, sushi and raw bar to fantastic cocktails and sublime desserts, the menu is eclectic and dynamic

Menu: http://www.miamibeach411.com/Restaurants/sushisamba.html

Smith & Wollensky

1 Washington Av. Miami Beach
Phone +1.305-673-2800

Smith & Wollensky features excellent steak selections and a few meatless alternatives. The price level is on the upper half of the scale, but the food is excellent, the portions substantial and everything is prepared exactly to your order. The restaurant offers a large dining room inside, but we recommend an outside seat, especially at sunset when the cruise ships go by. For those who just want to watch the spectacle, you can also enjoy a drink at the outside bar to do so.

The magnificent waterfront location offers unparalleled vistas of the Atlantic Ocean, the downtown Miami skyline and an endless parade of ships large and small through the Government Cut shipping channel, located just a few yards outside the restaurant's huge picture windows. All beef is Prime Grade and dry-aged. The menu includes the classic Rib-eye, Filet Mignon, Sirloin, Filet au poivre and Sliced Steak Wollensky; as well as some of the "newer" classics. Seafood and fresh grilled fish also get their proper respect on the menu, including Lobster (from 3 to 13 lbs.) and Mustard-crusted Tuna. House specialties of appetizers and sides are Smoked Pastrami Salmon, Smith & Wollensky's Pea Soup, Creamed Spinach and Hash Browns. The oversized, custom-designed signature steak knives and the famous dry-aged in-house steaks are for sale in the Smith & Wollensky General Store located within the restaurant.

Menu: http://www.miamibeach411.com/Restaurants/smithwollensky.html

Nemo

100 Collins Ave. Miami Beach
Phone +1.305.532.4550

I know Nemo is a cute name, it makes you think of the sea and all that. But I would have named this restaurant Breeze. It's a wonderfully airy space, no doubt enhanced by the many French doors which are wide open, letting in the sweet South Beach breeze. You'll love it here. The decor at Nemo is done in an ostrich motif. They actually pull this off! The lamps on the bar are made from real ostrich eggs and the chairs, the walls -- they all have that nubby ostrich feel. It's an open kitchen at Nemo, so you can watch the cooking from your table or from a stool pulled up to the curvy counter directly in front of the kitchen. What will you eat here? Partner Myles Chefetz describes it as "American eclectic," offering "clean, decipherable flavors imbued with a multicultural influence." That translates to appetizers like the garlic-cured salmon rolls with tobiko caviar and wasabi mayo and entrees such as the grilled Indian spiced pork chop with sticky red rice, caramelized onion and spicy papaya salsa. Lunch and dinner at this charming South Beach spot, where the breeze is so heavenly you won't want to leave.

Menu: http://www.miamibeach411.com/Restaurants/nemo.html

Joe's Stone Crab

11 Washington Avenue Miami Beach, FL 33139
Phone:+1.305.673.0365

No Miami dining experience is complete without the requisite visit to Joe's Stone Crab, an old-school seafood restaurant that has practically monopolized the stone-crab market by reeling in the biggest and best of this South Florida delicacy. There's only one thing to know before going: Joe's accepts no reservations, so you'll likely wait for a table upwards of three hours, unless you grease the palms of the Sopranos-esque hosts with some stone cold cash. Because Joe's is only open from October to May, it's a pricey, hot-ticket restaurant. Once you've scored that highly coveted table, feast on the house specialty -- stone crabs (choose medium, 'select,' or large) and select a delicious side dish such as garlic-creamed spinach or homemade homefries.

When not in a crabby nood, other dinner options like coconut shrimp and certified Angus steaks are equally staisfying. Each year, the quality and breadth of the wine list grows under chef Andre Bienvenu's supervision, but no meal at Joe's is complete without a slice of the famous key lime pie. After waiting hours to eat here, you might as well reward yourself.

Quattro

1014 Lincoln Road South South Beach, FL 33139
(305) 531-4833

Join the South Beach in-crowd at the hippest new Italian eatery in Miami Beach. Brought to Lincoln Road by an eclectic group of Italian chefs, restaurateurs, hotel and nightclub owners, and a famous NBA star, Quattro Gastronomia promises to be the restaurant hotspot of the season. The stylish décor includes cognac leather, a mirrored bar, and a towering wine refrigerator with a selection of 300 strictly Italian wines. The unique food and drink menu will satisfy every sense with delectable flavors and artsy presentations.

Osteria del Teatro

1443 Washington Avenue Miami Beach
305.538.7850

This cozy Italian spot has a pleasant atmosphere and food that customers rave about. The seafood ravioli with a nice glass of Chianti is recommended. Osteria is a simple alternative to the wild South Beach scene.

Devito’s

150 Ocean Drive
305. 531. 0911

Devito’s South Beach is the highly anticipated new restaurant opened by Actor Danny DeVito and acclaimed restaurateur's David Manero and Michael Brasuer.

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