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America's Latino capital

The southernmost city in the United States, Miami has a distinctively Latino flavour, basking in gorgeous Caribbean sunshine and marching to its own Hispanic beat. Having been a playground for rich Cuban exiles during the Cold War, the city has developed into one of the most dynamic, cosmopolitan and vibrant locations in the Americas, and is something of a crossroads where the cultures of North and South America fuse together.

Tourists looking for an easy way into the rich tapestry of Miami's cultural make-up should head straight for the historic centre, which can be found in the area of South Beach and is known for its iconic Art Deco architecture. Often likened to Havana, it's a popular hangout among visitors and locals alike, and as you stroll along between Ocean Drive and Collins Avenue you'll feel as though you're flickering between the English and Spanish speaking continents that converge in this party-loving city.

Aside from all the human activity, the Caribbean is also famous for its colourful marine life, and Miami is an excellent place to discover this. The Miami Seaquarium, for example, sits on its own enormous tropical island and is home to a huge array of aquatic creatures, giving visitors the chance to get up close and personal with some of the fascinating critters that inhabit the crystal clear waters that lap Miami's shore.

As is typical of cities with such a varied cultural make-up, Miami is home to a huge array of cuisines, with classic Latin dishes like pico de gallo widely available alongside all-American classics. For a taste of Cuba, head to De Rodriguez Cuba, where you can sample some top-rate seafood, with several different varieties of ceviche on offer here. If it's steak you're after, meanwhile, make a beeline for Prime 112, which has a reputation as one of the finest grills in Miami.

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