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What to Do in South Beach April 2019

 

This April, Miami will host Florida’s biggest county fair, a poetry festival and one of the region’s largest confectionery and cake industry events. Or, work off those sweets at one of the many sporting events this month, such as the South Beach Triathlon. See more details below.

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Miami-Dade County Fair & Expo

A great opportunity for families to get out and about, the Miami-Dade County Fair & Expo will bring back that childhood nostalgia of corn dogs and carnival rides. As the largest fair in Florida, there’s more than enough to keep the whole family occupied, including rides, competitions and live entertainment. Tickets start at $10 a head, or you can splurge on the $25 entry that comes with unlimited rides. The Miami-Dade County Fair & Expo runs from March 14 through to April 7. More information can be found at the official website.

 

Miami Riverday Festival

What could be more relaxing than a literal walk in the park? How about a boat ride down the river at the Lummus Park Historic District? Both are options during the Miami Riverday Festival, which will take place on April 6. Entry is free, as are the boat rides and live entertainment during this celebration of the Miami River. The event is hosted by the Miami River Commission, which aims to promote awareness and conservation of the Miami River. More information on the event can be found here.

 

South Beach Triathlon

Swim, run and bike your way through South Beach this April 14 at the South Beach Triathlon. Or, join the crowds and enjoy South Beach’s pleasant beach views while the athletes duke it out. Best of all, 100 percent of proceeds from the event will be donated to charity Save the Children. Find out more here.

 

O, Miami Poetry Festival

Over 40 events will take place across Miami this April as part of the O, Miami Poetry Festival. Sponsored by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, this poetry festival is a creative mix of readings, projects and other entertainment – most of which is free. The O, Miami Poetry Festival runs from April 1-30, and you can find out more here.

 

Mercedes-Benz Corporate Run

If you’ve still got some energy left after the triathlon, consider running over to the Mercedes-Benz Corporate Run. This 5 kilometer run starts at Bayfront Park on April 25, with registration costing $40 per head. Find out more at the official website.

 

Beach Polo World Cup

For more sports action, the Beach Polo World Cup will bring the world’s best professional players to South Beach. Taking place from April 25 to 28, come to see a weekend of polo players tearing up the sands on horseback. Find out more here.

 

SoFlo Cake and Candy Expo

Finally, how about dessert? Head over to the Miami Airport Convention Center between April 26-28 to see everyone from major industry stakeholders to local bakers showing off the sweetest treats from around Florida. Find out more at the website.

What to See and Do in South Beach Miami March 2019

What to do in South Beach March 2019

It might still be winter in the rest of the country, but here in Miami the sun is shining and a month of festivities is upon us. Between Carnaval, Ultra and the Winter Party Festival, Miami in March is always exciting. Read on to see what’s happening in March in and around South Beach.

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Winter Party Festival

Once upon a time in the distant past of 1994, a handful of Miami’s LGBTQ community came together for a small beach side party. Since then, that party has transformed into what is arguably the country’s largest annual LGBTQ festival. As many as 10,000 visitors are expected to pack into the 2019 Winter Party Festival, which will run from February 27 to March 5.

 

Miami Film Festival

Filmmakers from over 40 countries will descend on Miami between March 1-10 for the Miami Film Festival. Screenings and other events will be taking place at various venues throughout the city, with prices starting at around $13.

 

Dade Heritage Days

From March 1 to 15, the Dade Heritage Trust will host two weeks of events celebrating local history. Dade Heritage Days includes tours of historic sites, film screenings and talks on Miami’s fascinating heritage.

 

Asian Culture Festival

Over March 2-3, Fruit and Spice Park will come alive with the Thai-American Association of South Florida’s annual Asian Culture Festival. This year’s festival will include live entertainment, food and crafts.

 

Carnaval Miami

The highlight of the year for many Miamians, Carnaval is when everyone lets down their hair to enjoy this week of festivities. Most of the main events take place in and around Little Havana. The party starts on March 2 with Carnaval on the Mile and the  Cork & Fork food festival, followed by a series of smaller events. The festival then culminates a week later in the unmissable Calle Ocho Music Festival on March 10.

 

Miami Sailing Week

See the world’s best sailors in action between March 4 and March 10. Over 200 competitors from across the globe will battle the wind and waves during this epic event in Biscayne Bay. Onlookers can rent a boat to see the competition up close.

 

Miami Open

If there’s one sporting event that can top Miami Sailing Week, then it has to be the Miami Open. One of the largest tennis tournaments in the world, the Miami Open will run from March 18 to 31. Early matches tend to be quite affordable, with tickets as low as $20. If you’re eager to see the finals or semi-finals though, expect to fork out at least $275 to reserve general admission seats.

 

Flamenco Festival Miami

Join the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in six shows featuring world-class flamenco dancers at their best. Tickets start at just $35, with shows running from March 13 to 17.

 

Miami Music Week

Shoestring artists and music industry insiders alike rub shoulders during the annual Miami Music Week, from March 25 to 31. If you’ve ever wanted to be ahead of the curve in the world of music, then this is the place to be.

Ultra Music Festival

In the final days of Music Week, Miami’s biggest EDM festival kicks off on March 29, running to the 31st. For the first time, this year Ultra will take place at the Historic Virginia Key Beach Park & Miami Marine Stadium.

Where and Who To Swim With Sharks in Miami

When you think sharks, you probably think Hawaii or California, but did you know Florida is actually the nation’s shark capital? Over its history, Florida has had more shark attacks than the rest of the country combined, with eight times more interactions than either Hawaii or California. That might not sound like particularly good news for beach-goers, but it does mean that shark tours can be extremely rewarding. Indeed, sharks aren’t just plentiful off the coast of Florida; they’re also surprisingly diverse. While the iconic great white shark only occasionally makes appearances, there’s around a dozen well-known species that can be regularly seen. Some of these include the aggressive hammerheads, exotic makos, brutal bull sharks and near-threatened lemon shark.

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One of the great benefits of shark diversity here in Florida is the fact that so many different options are available for getting up close and personal with these fascinating animals. On the west coast, cage diving is basically the only option, though in Miami there’s a few different possibilities. Free swimming and snorkelling with sharks are both possible, along with scuba for those certified. Cage diving is likewise possible, as are spotting tours from the safety of a boat. In other words, anyone can go on a shark tour in Miami; irrelevant of how qualified or terrified you happen to be.

 

Tour operators

Thanks to the growing popularity of Florida’s shark tours, there’s no shortage of operators in and around Miami. Some of the more established names include;

 

Shark Addicts

Run by serious shark preservation advocates, Shark Addicts really is the place to be for anyone who is hooked on these amazing creatures. Their most popular tour is their four hour snorkeling trip, which brings visitors within inches of the sharks themselves. For $200, they include everything, such as fins and snorkels. Be aware though that while they have video-graphical services, you can’t bring your own underwater camera on their tours.

 

Florida Shark Diving

Based in Jupiter, Florida Shark Diving offers tours across the state’s coastline. They have some of the best variety in terms of location, and offer packages suitable for everyone from beginners to serious divers. Their all-inclusive tours start at around $95 for shark viewing, and $195 for dives.

 

Calypso Dive Charters

Calypso offers both snorkeling and scuba with sharks. These dives take place twice a day at Riviera Beach. This stretch of coast tends to have exceptional visibility, making it a popular spot for divers. It’s also popular for hammerhead sharks, and if you’re lucky you might even see a few. Not only that, but Calypso’s groups are smaller than many of their competitors, making for a more relaxed experience. Prices start at $115, and bear in mind they need a minimum of four people for a trip.

 

Miami Shark Tours

These guys offer a wide range of tour options around Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Palm Beach and Florida Keys. They cater to everyone of all skill levels, specializing in cage tours.

 

You can’t go wrong with any of these operators. Get your swimming gear on and prepare for an adventure of a lifetime!