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- Posted:Thursday, January 17, 2013
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We love having insider knowledge for a city we’re visiting, and who better to get it from than the people who welcome hoards of travellers through their doors every week… the staff at a hostel!
We asked the lovely folks over in Miami Beach International Hostel for their top 5 tips on what to do for free in Miami and here’s what they told us…
1) South Beach
You do not know Miami if you haven’t spent a day wandering around South Beach. When you think of Miami with its white condos and neon light bars lining its beachfront strip, it is South Beach that you are imagining. Everything Miami can be found on this strip. In fact, it’s likely that your hostel will be located somewhere nearby. All the best nightlife is in South Beach, and the diversity of human bodies and their attire is enough to keep your eyes dancing all day long.
2) Visit the Holocaust Memorial
Holocaust Memorials around the world never fail to offer a more grounded perspective on life; Miami’s in particular has a sculpture garden and reflecting pool – simple but elegant, and a mentally stimulating addition to a day of Miami exploring.
3) Viernes Culturales
For a free cultural event, look no further than Cultural Fridays, when in Little Havana, Calle Ocho hosts a beautiful gathering of artists and musicians. It usually takes place in the evening on the last Friday of the month. This is the best way to get a taste of Cuban influences on the city, which have made it the only city in America where Spanish is more widely spoken than English.
4) Walk through the Botanical Garden
Always free, the Miami Beach Botanical Garden has tropical plants, orchids, a Japanese Garden, and loads of places to sit and admire the greenery. It’s lush and peaceful, and it also hosts events like art exhibits, meditation workshops and educational programs.
5) Venetian Pool
The Venetian Pool is an aquatic facility unlike no other in the country. It has been enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world, and is still one of the main tourist attractions for those visiting the City of Coral Gables. The pool was created in 1923 from a coral rock quarry, where much of the original coral rock was used to border and further accentuate the pool. It also features two large historic lookout towers, with a view to the City Beautiful. The 820,000 gallon pool is fed with spring water from an underground aquifer. In the spring and summer seasons, the pool is filled and drained daily.
Thanks to Thais at Miami Beach International Hostel for these great free tips for Miami! Miami Beach International Hostel is one of Miami's most popular hostels and in a great location.