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Best Places to Bike in Miami

Miami is rapidly becoming a city where you can easily bike along the beaches or the winding downtown streets. It’s sunny weather also makes it ideal for free-wheeling outdoors. So, for those of you ready to hop on your bike and strap on your helmet, here are five wonderful Miami destinations to explore on your bike.

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Black Creek Trail

This almost nine-mile paved path runs between Black Point Park and Marina and Larry and Penny Thompson Park. For ambitious riders, eager to journey on a long, but scenic path, this is the ideal ride. If you really want to extend your ride, the trail also connects to Old Cutler Trail and Biscayne Trail. Animal aficionados should also look out for manatees, alligators, and birds along the Biscayne Bay stretch.

 

Amelia Trail

One of the most popular destinations for mountain bikers is this off-road and foliage-dense trail. As you wind through the woods you’ll zip past pines and native trees. The paths accommodate all skill levels, so no matter how amateur or advanced you are, you will have a great time.

 

Old Cutler Trail

On this trail you will weave through some of the most picturesque parts of Coral Gables. The ride is about eleven miles long and since it is not smooth riding (there are tree roots and rocks along the trail) it is advised that you take it slowly.

 

Rickenbacker Trail

This eight-and-a-half-mile trail take you all the way across the Key from Powell Bridge to Crandon Park to Bill Baggs. The ride is wonderfully scenic, but riders are advised to proceed with caution on the causeway.

 

Commodore Trail

This lush, scenic trail will take you past some of Miami’s top destinations, from South Miami Avenue to Bayshore Drive, down Main Highway and Douglas Road. You will also pass the Museum of Science, Vizcaya, Kennedy Park and Peacock Park — all of which are worth a visit if you want to make a day out of your bike ride.

 

Regardless of which trail you choose, you are guaranteed to see some amazing views and enjoy the beautiful Miami weather!

What to Do in South Beach in August 2018

Planning a getaway to South Beach this August? All month long you will find amazing foodie events, music festivals, cultural entertainment and so much more. To help you plan your South Beach vacation, here are some of the exciting events happening this August!

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Food Festivals

  • Miami Spice: From August 1st through September 30th, you can indulge in Miami’s culinary scene. Select restaurants will be offering three-course, prix-fixe menus for great prices (brunch: $23, lunch $23, and dinner $39)
  • National Rum Day Festival: On August 16th, you can sample a large variety of rum brands poolside as you watch a live music performance. Tickets for this event start at $25 per person.
  • South Beach Mango Festival: Celebrate Miami’s mango season at the first annual South Beach Mango Festival on August 5th. The event will take place at Lummus Park at 12th Street and will feature live music, cooking classes, a mango eating contest, and plenty of mango-inspired dishes.

 

Music Concerts

  • Kesha and Macklemore Concert: On August 4th, you can hear these amazing artists perform hits from their most recent albums at the American Airlines arena in downtown Miami.
  • Janet Jackson Concert: On August 5th, Janet is also headlining her State of the World Tour at the American Airlines arena, where she will perform hit songs from her new Unbreakable album.
  • Shakira Concert: From August 17th through 18th you can enjoy Shakira’s El Dorado World Tour in Miami.
  • Taylor Swift Concert: Taylor will be performing some of her hit singles at the Hard Rock Stadium on August 18th.
  • Jay-Z and Beyoncé Concert: The amazing music offerings in Miami concludes with a highly anticipated performance by Jay-Z and Beyoncé on August 31st at the Hard Rock Stadium.

 

Cultural Events:

  • International Ballet Festival of Miami: Running from July 28th through August 19th, this festival will showcase more than 20 ballet companies from around the world and over 100 skilled dancers.
  • African Diaspora Dance and Drum Festival of Florida: From August 3rd through 5th, you can enjoy African and Caribbean dance, as well as drum and music workshops. This festival is ideal for everyone in the family as the event will also feature festivities such as African folklore storytelling, face painting, drum circles, and more.
  • Florida Track Days: On August 12th, the Homestead-Miami Speedway is hosting Florida Track Days, an annual event giving motorcycle riders the opportunity to ride their bikes in a safe and controlled environment. There will also be a new track rider school with free gear rental for novice riders.
  • IFE-ILE Afro-Cuban Dance Festival: From August 12th through 18th you can celebrate Afro-Cuban tradition and culture at the three-day IFE-ILE Afro-Cuban Dance Festival. Activities include a children’s camp, academic conference and dance presentations at the Koubek Center.

 

With all these activities occurring throughout the month of August, you certainly will not be lacking things to do during your South Beach vacation.

Where to Find the Best Beach Parties in South Beach

Looking for the best places to enjoy Miami’s nightlife? Miami Beach visitors notoriously flock to Ocean Drive and Washington Avenue, which contain the city’s best bars, clubs, and restaurants. Below is a list of places you should investigate during your trip.

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Clevelander

This well-known landmark hotel and bar is famous for having a pool in the middle of the front patio, where guests commonly dangle their feet, or even dive right into the pool at this haute hangout.

 

Mango’s Tropical Cafe

This is a U.S. version of Havana clubs of days past: salsa bands, sexy dancers in tight leopard-print hot pants, frothy tropical drinks and boisterous, lively atmosphere.

 

Nikki Beach Miami

Situated directly on the beach, Nikki Beach serves up seafood and craft cocktails to the rich and famous. If you are interested in a slightly more subdued scene, venture upstairs to the Pearl Champagne Lounge. This upscale lounge is best known for serving champagne along with snacks and small plates in a bright, calming setting.

 

Crobar

Crobar is a South Beach mainstay, a cavernous, chaotic atmosphere that will keep you dancing until the sun comes up. The club also draws its popularity from the many famous DJ’s and party hosts that frequent it.

 

Jazid

This small venue offers live jazz music every night, often with a Latin beat that caters to clubbers with a more refined taste.