Of the world's great metropolises, Miami does not rank especially highly in terms of cultural élan, urban vitality, historical riches or industrial might (its celebrated Sound Machine notwithstanding).
Truth be told, its unremarkable downtown - all overstuffed freeways, oversized office blocks and lifeless streets - could exist anywhere in the USA. The point is - and it's a pretty major point - Miami doesn't exist anywhere. It's perched on the tip of Florida, beneath a blazing sun and surrounded by warm, blue water. For the casual visitor, Miami's contribution to global tourism boils down to two things: beaches and bars, both of which exist in abundance in the moneyed and sun-kissed resort neighbourhood of South Beach.
If you aren't interested in either, Miami might not be the vacation destination for you. If you fancy doing something else in addition to bronzing and boozing among the beautiful people: well, that's where we come in....
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