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Need Recommendations for Miami

Later this month Jonathan and I are headed off to Orlando, Miami and the Florida Keys for a business trip/summer vacation. The highlight of the trip, for me, is going to Miami for the first time! I really love waterfront cities, like Amsterdam, Venice, Rio, Hong Kong, etc. and I have heard that Miami is one of the prettiest cities in America.

So far, my Miami wishlist includes: Going on a walking tour of the Art Deco architecture on Miami Beach, shopping at Osklen (one of my favorite stores – we usually have to go to South America to shop there), getting a cocktail at one of the grand hotels, people watching in South Beach, hitting the night clubs & finding veggie Cuban food. I’d also like to visit some nurseries or historic gardens in Florida.

Jonathan is really excited about driving on the Overseas Highway. It is a 127 mile long section of highway that goes out over open ocean connecting the Keys to Florida. It was opened in 1938 and is kind of an engineering marvel. We are going to stay in Key West and go snorkeling.

 So, tell me: What are the must see places and restaurants in Miami?
What is your favorite place to get coffee in Miami?

Is there anything I should see in Orlando (not theme-y)?
And what is the best place to snorkel in the Keys?
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