Wel­come To Mi­ami

It might be home to the rich and fa­mous, but can you re­ally do South Beach on a bud­get? Look’s Art Ed­i­tor Daniel Tang finds out…

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Sur­rounded by sun-kissed beaches, pretty palm trees and gor­geous Art Deco build­ings, Mi­ami is a melt­ing pot for a rich mix of cul­tures, races and be­liefs. Blue skies and white sands aside, it has so much more to of­fer than the su­per-luxe ‘Will Smith song’ life­style…

STAY To be at the cen­tre of ev­ery­thing I crashed at the Span­ish-style El Paseo Ho­tel (stan­dard rooms from £103pn, el­paseo­ho­tel.com) just off South Beach, be­fore mov­ing onto the lux­u­ri­ous Vagabond Ho­tel (rooms from £100pn, the­vagabond­ho­tel.com). The pool was the perfect place to play out my ‘I’m rich and fa­mous’ fan­tasy, with my room’s rain shower, king­size bed and Wi-fi (oh hiii, In­sta­gram!) con­tribut­ing to the il­lu­sion.

EAT Nick­named ‘the cap­i­tal of Latin Amer­ica’, Mi­ami’s foodie heaven. Bar­gain Cuban-style break­fast can be found at Havana 1957 (ha­vana1957.com), while The Pea­cock Spot Gar­den Bistro (pea­cockspot.com) does a mean lob­ster omelette. But one of the best ways to ex­pe­ri­ence the city on the cheap is by tak­ing the Mi­ami Culi­nary Tour of South Beach (£45, mi­ami­culi­nary­tours.com) where you can have a lit­tle taste of ev­ery­thing from five-star es­tab­lish­ments to lit­tle holes in the walls on a walk­ing tour. SEE If you only go to one place in Mi­ami, go to Wyn­wood. Known as the ‘arts district’ (and to me as an In­sta­gram­mer’s dream come true), it sure doesn’t dis­ap­point. You’ll be awestruck by the in­cred­i­ble graf­fiti and mu­rals that bring the neigh­bour­hood to life. Then there’s lo­cal artist Ryan, who can give you a guided bike tour (group tours from £14, mi­amis­best­graf­fi­t­igu­ide.com). DO IT. We also ven­tured on foot to fash­ion leg­end Gianni Ver­sace’s villa Casa Ca­sua­r­ina (vm­mi­amibeach.com) to pay homage, of course. PLAY Ask any lo­cal where to go in Mi­ami for a great night of mu­sic, drinks and danc­ing, and they’ll all tell you to hit Ball & Chain (bal­land­chain­mi­ami.com) in Lit­tle Havana. Lo­cals still queue to dance and taste the award-win­ning mo­ji­tos (which are 2-for-1 in happy hour) at this venue, which has played host to mu­si­cians such as Bil­lie Holiday. But for true celeb-style glam­our, head to the Con­fi­dante Ho­tel on the beachfront for the Back­yard Satur­days pool party with free en­try and spe­cial pro­mos on Prosecco and rosé.

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