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Escape to Paradise: Why Miami is the Hottest Destination for 2023

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Looking for the perfect romantic getaway that combines sun-soaked beaches, vibrant nightlife, and a touch of luxury to celebrate your wedding anniversary or your next chapter in life? Look no further than Miami, the ultimate destination for those seeking an escape to paradise all year round. 

In 2022, this vibrant city was named one of the world’s greatest places by TIME Magazine, and this year has seen Miami being granted the title 2023 Food City of the Year by the esteemed US food and beverage publication, Bon Appétit.

Both awards are a testament to the thriving, cosmopolitan, culturally diverse and age-friendly destination, located in South Florida, with a burgeoning culinary scene (as highlighted in the Florida Michelin Guide), stunning coastline, world-renowned art scene, and trendy neighbourhoods. 

Whether you’re craving relaxation or adventure, Miami offers an unparalleled experience for every type of traveller.  So pack your bags and get ready to immerse yourself in the vibrant colours and undeniable energy of Miami, the only city in the US that was founded by a woman, Julia Tuttleand that will probably satisfy your quench for new midlife adventures.

Miami’s Beautiful Beaches and Coastal Attractions

Miami is renowned for its beautiful beaches and coastal attractions that draw visitors from around the world. With its crystal-clear turquoise waters and powdery white sand, South Beach is the crown jewel of Miami’s coastline. 

The beach stretches for miles, offering plenty of space to relax, take a dip in the ocean, or engage in water sports. For a more secluded experience, head to Key Biscayne, where you can enjoy the tranquil beaches and explore the stunning Cape Florida Lighthouse

Miami also boasts a number of vibrant beachfront parks, such as Crandon Park and Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, where you can enjoy picnicking, fishing, and wildlife spotting. With its year-round warm weather and breathtaking beaches, Miami is truly a paradise for beach lovers. By the way, did you know that sun tan lotion was invented in Miami in 1944?

Exploring Miami’s Vibrant Nightlife and Entertainment Scene

When the sun sets, Miami comes alive with its vibrant nightlife and entertainment scene. The city is known for its exclusive clubs and world-class DJs, making it the perfect occasion to channel your dancing queen vibes.  

Head to the famous LIV at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach for an unforgettable night of dancing and celebrity sightings, catch a show at the iconic Fillmore Miami Beach or experience the energy of a live concert at the Kaseya Center (when was the last time you danced like no one was watching?)

Amongst the latest attractions that are also worth considering is Vivo!, a 62,000-square-foot entertainment district that offers entertainment and dining for all via outlets, including PBR Cowboy Bar, Sports & Social, Sergio’s Cuban American Kitchen, and more.  

The Diverse Culinary Experiences in Miami

Miami’s culinary scene is a melting pot of flavours and influences, reflecting the city’s diverse cultural heritage. From Cuban cuisine to fresh seafood and farm-to-table restaurants, the city offers a culinary experience like no other and a perfect set to rekindle a long-term relationship or celebrate your silver anniversary.  

Colombian-born Chef Juan Manuel, French-born Daniel Boulud, and Australian-born Aaron Brooks are among the local chefs with international profiles. Many global brands head to Miami first to expand their brands, like Sexy Fish from London or Sofia from Toronto.

Hospitality giant Major Food Group has delivered national institutions like New York’s Carbone to South Beach and Boston’s Contessa to the Miami Design District. The 2023 opening of Pastis from New York City is the latest addition of established brands to the city’s culinary scene. 

What’s more, in 2023, four new restaurants in Florida were awarded Michelin Stars for the first time, with L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon Miami holding the highest distinction with two stars – making Miami the only destination in the state of Florida home to two Michelin stars.

Miami’s Rich Cultural and Art Scene

Beyond its beaches and nightlife, Miami is a hub of culture and art. If you need some inspiration for your next chapter in life, then look no further. The city is home to a thriving art scene, with world-renowned museums, galleries, and street art. 

Visit the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) to explore contemporary and modern art, or immerse yourself in the vibrant street art scene in the Wynwood neighbourhood, where colourful murals adorn the walls of buildings. Miami also hosts the annual Art Basel festival, attracting art enthusiasts from around the globe. 

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In addition to its art scene, Miami celebrates its diverse cultural heritage through festivals and events. Experience the vibrant colours and rhythms of the Calle Ocho Festival, a celebration of Miami’s Latin culture, or attend the Miami International Film Festival to discover new films and filmmakers. 

Outdoor Activities and Sports in Miami

Who said people over 50 are all golf and book clubs? For those midlifers seeking adventure and outdoor activities, Miami has plenty to offer. Explore the natural wonders of the Everglades, a vast wetland ecosystem that is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna. Take an airboat tour to navigate through the marshes and spot alligators, turtles, and exotic birds. 

If you’re a fan of water sports, try your hand at paddleboarding, kayaking, or jet skiing along Miami’s coastline and if your partner is suffering from a midlife-crisis he can always charter a boat and enjoy a day of deep-sea fishing, reeling in marlin, sailfish, and mahi-mahi.

Shopping in Miami: From Luxury Brands to Local Markets

Of course, you can’t forget to add a bit of retail therapy to your holiday. Explore the glamorous Design District, where you’ll find not only art galleries but also high-end fashion brands and luxury boutiques, to refresh your midlife wardrobe. For a unique shopping experience, visit the iconic Lincoln Road Mall, a pedestrian street lined with shops, cafes, and street performers. 

But what if you are looking for handmade crafts or fresh food? Well, Miami won’t disappoint you. Midlife foodies will enjoy stopping by the Bayside Marketplace for a waterfront shopping experience or exploring the colourful stalls of the Coconut Grove Farmers Market

Miami’s Iconic Landmarks and Attractions

In addition to its natural beauty and cultural offerings, Miami is home to a number of iconic landmarks and attractions that are worth being captured with your camera (in the end, Instagram memories are not only for teens!): its landmarks and attractions truly offer a feast for the eyes.

Visit the historic Art Deco District in South Beach, where pastel-coloured buildings and neon signs transport you back in time. Take a stroll along Ocean Drive, known for its vibrant energy and iconic architecture. 

For a taste of Miami’s history, visit the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, a stunning estate that showcases European-inspired architecture and lush gardens. Miami is also home to the iconic Miami Beach Botanical Garden, where you can explore a variety of plant species and enjoy the tranquil surroundings. 

Accommodation Options in Miami

When it’s time to seek the perfect accommodation for your stay, Miami offers a wide range of options to suit every traveller’s needs and budget. From luxurious beachfront resorts to boutique hotels and budget-friendly hotels, there is something for everyone.

If you’re more on the luxurious side, or you want to celebrate a special milestone in your midlife journey, stay at one of the iconic hotels along the coastline, such as The Fontainebleau Miami Beach or The Ritz-Carlton South Beach

But we know crunchy women are a bit unconventional so you would probably opt for a more intimate or trendy experience. In this case, consider staying in one of the boutique hotels in the art-centric neighbourhoods of Wynwood or the Design District. 

We like the Mayfair House Hotel & Garden and The Pelican Hotel. The first one, nestled in the charming neighbourhood of Coconut Grove, with a stunning rooftop pool and terrace offering amazing views of the neighbourhood, has been defined as ‘Refreshingly Eccentric’ with unique, residentially-appointed guest rooms featuring private terraces, clawfoot bathtubs, pianos, vintage typewriters, and bars.  

The Pelican Hotel, situated in the heart of South Beach, is an Art Deco-inspired hotel. Originally designed by Diesel’s Creative Team, it has recently been renovated. All of the rooms present a surreal variety of movie sets inspired by classic movie themes. Each filled with refurbished objects, and furniture named after its own theme.

In conclusion, whether you’re looking to relax and unwind or explore and immerse yourself in the city’s vibrant energy to reboot your midlife or your marriage, Miami will guarantee you unforgettable memories.

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