111 Places in Miami and the Keys
“For the first 70 years of its existence, Miami wasn’t exactly the cultural melting pot it is today.”
Whether you are a long-term Miami lover, or are curious about visiting this wild and eclectic city on America’s East Coast, or simply wish to be surrounded by the balmy oceans of The Keys, 111 Places in Miami and the Keys That You Must Not Miss presents desirable destinations for every type of traveller.
111 Places in Miami and the Keys That You Must Not Miss is a book that presents top attractions for beach bums and people-watchers, as well as the optimum places to set your taste buds ablaze – especially recommended is Fireman Derek’s Key Lime Pie.
If, like me, you’re interested in nature and wildlife, then there are many places for you to visit. From a Monkey Jungle (where the primates roam free and humans squeeze through the crowds to get a glimpse of their daily shenanigans) to a cat show (where trained felines jump through hoops of fire) there’s something here for everyone.
Whilst visiting Miami and Florida Keys in 2012, I was shocked by the cultural variations and the split between old and new. One of my main memories is visiting the Cuban village in Miami also known as Little Havana. It feels worlds apart from the Art Deco district and the fancy boutiques that are strung along South Beach. Stalls offer Cuban delicacies, while souvenir shops are overflowing with tourists, especially thanks to the convenient stops of the Hop-On Hop-Off Miami tour bus. Little Havana’s unique aesthetic attracts a plethora of visitors, whose trade supports the growing Latinx community.
I visited this place with a family friend, with the intentions of spending a couple of hours. But of course, Little Havana’s allure was irresistible. I wound up wasting a whole day watching the neighbourhood antics unfold! This isn’t an uncommon story, in a fascinating city bustling with life and personality.
One memory I can’t forget is the fragrant scents drifting from the cigar shop along Calle Ocho, the Cuba Tobacco Cigar Company. 111 Places in Miami and the Keys That You Must Not Miss explains the marvellous history behind this smoky attraction, photographing stacks of the cigars that this family-run business sells.
This book is an all-rounder. Locals can take it on a jaunt down beaten paths to check out the trendiest additions to the town, but it also contains several classic venues which cater to tourists. If you want to take a bite of the vibrant attractions both Miami and The Keys have to offer, then this book is an open invitation.
Photos taken by Eleanor Fuller