Downtown and Little Havana

A LITTLE RUNDOWN, this part of Miami is a foreign land for most Americans, but - if you are willing to make the cultural adjustment - it is a fascinating land. Here along the Miami River is where it all started in the late 1800s, but it took the arrival of Cuban exiles from the 1950s on for Miami to come into its own as a world player. On these brash streets, you will see that the influx from countries to the south has yet to abate and that the face of Miami is more Latino each day. 1...

Snorkeling and Diving

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park Many say this park offers some of the best snorkeling in the world. Various boats can also be rented here, or you can take a more leisurely view from a glass-bottomed boat (see p115). Closer to Miami than John Pennekamp, the Biscayne National Underwater Park has almost as many good snorkeling possibilities. Here you'll find vivid Looe Key sign coral reefs to dive among, and mangrove swamps to explore by canoe (see p108). A brilliant coral dive location, and...

Lowe Art Museum

Founded in 1950, the Lowe was built in 1950-52 thanks to a donation from philanthropists Joe and Emily Lowe, and it has since become Miami's premier art museum. More than 13,000 pieces showcase many of the world's most important artistic traditions. Collectors keep on donating works so that even more expansion to the galleries is now necessary to display them all. Nevertheless, the most significant works are always on display, unless on loan to other museums. Check the museum store for a wide...

Money and Communication Tips

Except for American Express, there are virtually no exchange places as such, but you can go into any bank to exchange money. All in all, however, it's best to avoid this ritual see below . This is the most sensible way to get the cash you need. If you have an ATM card of any sort, chances are it will work in almost any machine and you will be able to draw cash out any time, up to your daily limit. There will be a fee, but the time and hassle you save is worth it. Don't forget your PIN Doing...