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November 28, 2017

ESTA USA recommends nine free or very cheap things that you can do during your vacation in Miami

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Here are 9 activities that will make your vacation unforgettable without breaking the bank.

Apply for your ESTA here now and sunny Miami awaits you. Once you get your ESTA visa approval, you can travel immediately. Miami is known as one of the most eclectic, as well as entertaining cities in the world. This is, of course, thanks to its marvelous beaches, its trendy restaurants, its impressive architecture, as well as its staggering nightlife which has little competition.

Fully engaging in Miami life can be very expensive. If Miami is your destination because of your ESTA, we will suggest some free or almost free activities.

1) Go to the beach

One of the best ways to spend time in Miami is spending a day at the beach. It’s a totally free activity, and Miami offers you the perfect beach. There are several options, notably:

  • The famous and very popular South Beach on Ocean Drive, ideal for singles, as well as young couples;
  • Crandon Park Beach on Key Biscayne is a favorite for families ;
  • For nudists, we recommend Haulover Beach at Bal Harbor.

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2) Go on a tour

 

Miami is a fascinating city, young, but full of character. Taking part in a tour would be a great way of discovering its beauty, and very exciting history. Among possible excursions, we recommend:

  • The historic Baltimore Hotel on Coral Gables: Sundays from 1:30-3:30 p.m.
  • Barnacle State Park at Coconut Grove; finished in 1981, Miami’s oldest.
  • The lighthouse is known as Bill Baggs Park on Key Biscayne. This park was built around one of Miami’s most beautiful beaches. You can rent a bike, a long chair, and a parasol for the beach.
  • Take a walk along Miami Beach and the Art Deco District. This walk will have you discover the magic of Ocean Drive, Lincoln Road, as well as Collins Avenue. Wandering through the crowd will immerse you in Miami Beach’s colors, sun, smells, and culture.
  • Walk along Miami Pier. If history, shopping, art, or entertainment interest you, don’t miss out on visiting this picturesque part of the city.
  • Visit Little Havana “Calle Ocho”. Walk around Miami’s Cuban neighborhood. Discover the flavors and places that this neighborhood has to offer.
  • A walk-in Wynwood, the Street Art area where local and visiting artists have created one of the city’s most vibrant zones. At Wynwood, you will also find night clubs and restaurants with “happy hour” deals.

 

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 3) Visit free museums and art galleries

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Miami is an international cultural center. For the past few years, an international art event, known as Art Basel, has taken place for four days at the beginning of every December. Also, during the past several years, important cultural centers dedicated to impressive architecture and rich collections have emerged.  Some of these museums are free or have discounts on certain occasions.  You should take advantage of these offers. We especially recommend the following:

  • Miami Beach’s New World Symphony offers very low rates on Saturdays, as well as Sundays.
  • PAMM, Pérez Art Museum Miami, downtown, offers free entry on the second Saturday of the month.
  • Adrienne Arsht Center offers free visits on Mondays, as well as Saturdays.
  • Art Walk in the Design District and Wynwood. Here, you’ll find several Art Galleries that offer free entry to the public. However, only on the second Saturday of the month from 7-10 p.m.
  • Cultural Fridays, Calle Ocho in Little Havana offers open-air musical performances, as well as art exhibits. This takes place every last Friday of the month at night.

4) Visit one of Miami’s numerous parks and gardens for free

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Miami’s tropical climate is an ideal natural habitat for flora and fauna. The public gardens are open to the public, and they are free all year long. Others offer deals on certain days of the week.

  • Miami Beach Botanical Gardens closed on Mondays. See the deals, as well as discounts on their website.
  • Crandon Park on Key Biscayne, an incredible hidden beauty. Hard to find and not well signaled. It is advisable to prepare your itinerary in advance to reach the entrance. Parking will cost you $ 5.00.
  • Ichimura Japanese Garden on Watson Island, open every day.
  • South Pointe Park at Miami Beach, where the legendary beach ends. From there, on Saturday nights, you can enjoy watching the cruise ships leave Miami’s Port.
  • Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, in Coconut Grove. A recommended visit by all tourist guides in Miami. Entry is free on weekends.

 

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5) Participate in one of several free events, as well as in festivals

South Florida offers a temperate climate all year round. This makes Miami a favorite destination for national and international events, some of which are free:

  • Miami Festival, a music festival that has taken place for over 30 years. Events take place in October at the Frost Music School of the University of Miami;
  • Miami International Boat Show, in February at the Miami Beach Convention Center, and indifferent sports ports throughout the city.
  • New Year’s Eve celebration on Ocean Drive.
  • Art Basel, the first week of December exhibits modern, as well as contemporary art from all over the world. Entrance costs from an affordable $5-$15.

6) Visit Miami Beach

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South Beach dominates the city’s scene. There is certainly a lot to see, people, the landscape, as well as the outstanding Art Deco architecture. The majority of elegant and expensive bars, restaurants, and hotels are found on South Beach. However, here is some wise advice that takes your budget into account:

  • Take the bus to South Beach, which costs 25 cents one way. Alternatively, you can use the Swoop, an electric golf cart that seats six, for free. Don’t forget to tip the driver.
  • Discover the Art Deco architecture by visiting Gianni Versace’s old house on Ocean Drive. Then walk on the pedestrian street in South Beach, or admire the Delano, National, or Raleigh hotels.
  • Go to Lummus Park or to the beach;
  • Go window shopping at several designer boutiques on Lincoln Road and Collins Avenue.

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7) Visit Coconut Grove

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It’s Miami’s most historical zone, and famous poet Robert Frost’s favorite place. In the 80s, it dominated the city’s nightlife, and furthermore, it has conserved its special charm to this day.

  • Barnacle State Park, finished in 1981 and Miami’s oldest;
  • Peacock Park, a public 400,000 square feet urban park on the edge of the Bay of Biscayne;
  • Cocowalk, a nice outdoor shopping mall at Coconut Grove’s center;
  • Mayfair buildings and roads, typical architecture.

8) Visit Bayfront in Downtown Miami

 

The name Miami comes from the word “Mayami”. This term was used by Florida’s native Americans and means “a lot of water”. In fact, Miami actually looks a bit like a modern Venice. With canals all over the place bordered by varied architecture. Even downtown Miami has its own pier facing the bay. The pier is full of charm and is rich in free events all year long.

  • Bayfront Park: you will enjoy a walk among the city’s modern architecture and Miami’s bay. Miami Beach will be your beautiful backdrop.
  • Bayside Mall, a historical open-air shopping mall that is very popular amongst cruise-ship passengers docked at the neighboring port.
  • Liberty Tour, where Cuban refugees were received upon arrival, is now a museum.

9) Visit Little Havana

Walk along the eighth street in the Miami neighborhood known as Little Havana. You will be immersed in a magical Caribbean environment as if you were in Cuba.

  • Domino Park where Cubans practice their favorite hobby, which happens to be dominoes. Open every day, free entry;
  • The Bay of Pigs Memorial Monument;
  • Cultural Fridays, Calle Ocho in Little Havana offers open-air musical performances, as well as art exhibits. Those take place every last Friday of the month at night.

Whether your ESTA allows you to travel for holidays or discovery. In any case, we hope you have a safe and enjoyable trip to the United States.

 

 

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