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What to Do in South Beach March 2018

March in Miami is about music, dance and more music. This month, we’ve got Carnaval, Ultra and the Winter Party. So put on your dancing shoes, and brace yourself for a month of heart-pounding beats!

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Carnaval Miami

It’s here at last! Carnaval Miami is one of Florida’s biggest cultural events of the year. A vibrant celebration of Latin culture, Carnaval brings food, entertainment and the best of Miami to the streets every March. This year, Carnaval is running from February 10 through to the end of March. Some of the biggest events include the Calle Ocho Festival, the Miss Carnaval pageant and Carnaval on the Mile. Plus, there’s a wine fest in there somewhere, not to mention food and music across the city. Get all the details on how you can experience Carnaval here.

 

Winter Party Festival

Visitors might not notice it, but technically it’s still winter until late March. Running from February 28 to March 6, the Winter Party Festival is a major LGBT event, and usually draws more than 10,000 people to Miami. It might not be Miami’s biggest LGBT event on the calendar this year, but it’s still a lot of fun. More information can be found here.

 

Dade Heritage Days

Miami isn’t just beaches and parties. Believe it or not, Miami has a rich history stretching back to pre-colonial times. Learn all about the area’s fascinating history at this year’s Dade Heritage Days. A celebration of local history, this festival is hosted by the Dade Heritage Trust, and runs from March 1 to March 15. Find out more here.

 

International Orchid Festival

Sometimes it’s nice to take some time to relax and smell the roses – or in this case, the orchids. From March 9 to 11, the International Orchid Festival will be held at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. This year, they’re boasting a whopping 10,000 orchid plants, most of which will be available for public purchase. Find out all the details here.

 

Deering Seafood Festival

Oh dear, it’s that time of year again! From March 19 to April 1, the Deering Seafood Festival will blow your mind with an outstanding array of fresh seafood. The festival is always quite lively, with cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs and a colorful artisan market. Plus, check out the Virgin Islands stilt walkers! Entry is $25 at the gate, but you shave off $5 if you book ahead. More details here.

 

Miami Music Week

March means music in Miami. To celebrate the city’s biggest music month, Miami Music Week brings exciting live performances to every corner of Miami. Participating venues offer discounted entry and drink specials, plus special events. Miami Music Week runs from March 20 to 25, and you can find out more here.

 

Ultra Music Festival 2018

BOOM, BOOM, BOOM! Can you hear that? Ultra is in town from March 23 to 25. Get ready to have your brains blasted out your nose at the nation’s longest running dance music festival. This year, we’re all in for something particularly special, with the festival celebrating its 20th anniversary. Some of the big names this year include Porter Robinson, John Digweed, Axwell Λ Ingrosso, Carl Cox, Steve Aoki and Afrojack. Plus, if you’re a reggae fan, then don’t miss Julian Marley’s special performance with the Wailers. Get all the details here.

Where to Snorkel in South Beach

South Beach sometimes gets a bad rap for snorkeling and scuba diving. While beautiful to relax on, sandy beaches just don’t make for good snorkeling. Having said that, South Beach does hold its own as a snorkeling base. The nearby Biscayne National Park is an obvious choice for snorkelers, with a good variety of sites to hit up. Then there’s the lesser-known local favorites, like Key Largo and Looe Key. Overall, snorkeling is totally possible around South Beach; you just need to know where to look.

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Biscayne National Park

Starting just a few minutes south of South Beach, Biscayne National Park is the jewel of Miami’s snorkeling community. It’s an absolute must-see, with plenty of great snorkeling options.  Half Moon and Emerald Reef are two local favorites, while mangrove trips are also quite popular.

 

The park features an impressive amount of natural variety. The oft-swampy shorelines give way to coral reefs and clear waters in the south, and transitional, sandy islands in the north. The park is also home to the Florida Reef – one of the largest reefs of its kind in the world. Finally, a visit to the sunken Mandalay is almost mandatory, and is one of the few truly impressive shipwrecks that are reachable by snorkeling.

 

Almost all snorkeling tour groups hit up  Biscayne National Park, with trips usually costing around $40 to $100 per person.

 

Key Largo

Did you know the world’s largest coral barrier reef is just next door to South Beach? Key Largo boasts North America’s only living coral barrier reef. It’s perhaps better suited to scuba, but avid snorkelers can still get a few kicks out of this one. After all, this is some of the best diving in the world, with hidden treasure and some good fish. In fact, the area has been a national park since 1975, making it one of the best protected diving spots anywhere around Miami. From South Beach, Key Largo can be easily reached within an hour. Find out more details here.

 

Blue Heron Bridge

Less known than Key Largo and Biscayne, Blue Heron is small but impressive. Located just inside the Lake Worth Inlet, the Blue Heron Bridge has some good shallow diving opportunities, with a surprisingly varied amount of marine animals to see. Seahorses, batfish and pipefish are all commonly seen, and the clear waters make for good photography. The best thing is that all this can be seen at depths of barely 16 feet, making Blue Heron a good stepping stone for newer snorkelers looking to get their feet wet (both metaphorically and practically speaking).

 

Looe Key

Closer to South Beach, Looe Key is a bit of a local secret. It’s a great spot to get up close and personal with tropical fish, with angelfish being particularly common around here. There’s a lot of natural variety across Looe, too, with sudden drops and a good mix of corals. Around the deeper parts of the reef, you can even occasionally see eagle rays and turtles. While rare, whale sharks have also been seen here.

 

Crandon Park

More aimed at beginners, Crandon Park is a nice, quiet spot for a bit of a swim. Snorkelers will find gentle waters calmed by sand bars. You can see a surprising amount of tropical fish around, but not much else. Tours from Crandon Park also offer snorkeling trips to the Bear Cut Preserve’s fossilized reef, where spotted eagle rays are commonly seen.

St Valentines in South Beach: 9 Ideas to Surprise Your Partner

Don’t let Valentine’s Day catch you by surprise this year. For anyone around South Beach struggling with ideas to mark the most romantic day of the year, we’ve put together this list of nine of the best ways to treat your loved one this Valentine’s Day. Enjoy a multi-course meal, take a cruise or dance the night away. Or, take to the skies in a romantic private charter flight. With so much going on around Miami this Valentine’s Day, there’s plenty of opportunities to rekindle love and spend some quality time with your special someone.

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Swim with Dolphins

Swimming with dolphins is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and a great surprise for your special someone. The Miami Seaquarium offers some of the best deals in town for getting up close and personal with these playful animals. See what they’re got on offer this year here.

 

Valentines Day Extravaganza at CubaOcho

This Valentine’s Day, the Cubaocho Museum & Performing Arts Center will be hosting a night of live music and fun. They’ve got three great Latin bands lined up, plus drinks specials. Get all the details here.

 

Moon Over Miami – Romance Tour

Sip champagne and relax in your own private small plane flight over Miami. The Moon Over Miami tour will take you and your partner on an unforgettable flight over the city, the Everglades and the ocean. It’s quite the experience, and you can find out more here.

 

Private Cruise for Two

Planes aren’t quite your thing? What about a relaxed day on a sail boat? This year Miami Sailing is offering both all day and sunset tours. The tours are great for couples, but also cater for groups of up to 12. Places are limited, and you can see more here.

 

Casablanca at SoundScape

Here’s looking at you, kid. Who doesn’t love Casablanca? This Valentine’s Day, SoundScape at the New World Center will be hosting an outdoor cinema screening of the classic film noir flick. Bring something cosy to snuggle up with, find a spot on the grass and enjoy the movie under the stars. Alas, the best part is yet to come: the screening is completely free! Find out more here.

 

Royalty Catering’s Valentine’s Day Brunch

Attend this glamorous brunch event hosted by Royalty Catering on Valentine’s Day. Along with a multi-course brunch, they’re also offering live music and drinks. Find out more here.

 

Couples’ Spa and Massage

Every Valentine’s Day, you can expect Miami’s spa and massage retreats to offer a plethora of special deals. It’s hard to decide which one could be the best, but at least there’s plenty of choice. For some ideas: Lapis Spa has great reviews, while Fontainebleau is a classic favorite. Standard Spa also offers some great deals from time to time.

 

Murder Mystery Party

Could your Valentine’s Day plans do with a bit of intrigue? If so, check out Vinos’ Murder Mystery Party. Find out who lives and who dies, plus enjoy a three course dinner and bottle of wine. Find out more here.

 

Valentine’s Day Dinner at the Addison

This Valentine’s Day, the Addison will be showing off its Five Star Diamond Award-winning cuisine. In this special event, guests will be treated live music, an open bar and access to their “Sweetheart Lounge.” Their all-inclusive dinner package will set you back $195 a head, and more information is available here.