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 in the popular imagination.
Whether exploring the restaurants and nightlife of the Art Deco District or gliding along the Everglades in an airboat, expats living in Miami are regularly able to enjoy all the attractions of a world-renowned holiday destination.
Shopping in Miami
Expats 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, expats can explore the boutiques and independent stores of Bayside Market Place and Mary Brickell Village.
Nightlife in Miami
There are few experiences like enjoying the nightlife 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
Expats who prefer their entertainment out in the sun will enjoy the range of sports and outdoors attractions. 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 expats will revel in the chance to go boating in Biscayne Bay, cycling along Sunset Drive or do 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.
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