Miami is a classic destination for spring breakers. The weather is excellent, the beaches are great, and the nightlife is hot! If you are a snowbird or just tired of the tense atmosphere of business school, you will find Miami to be a nice change of pace. Here are a few things you might want to do while you’re in town.
1.) Hit the Beach
You can’t do spring break in Miami without hitting at least one beach. There are lots of sandy shores here. A large number of the side streets in Miami Beach even dead end at the ocean, which means you can find all sorts of sand, surf, and sunshine no matter where you are. Of course, some beaches are better than others. One of the most highly touted beaches is Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, which offers a nice picnic area, miles of nature trails, bike and boat rentals, a pier to fish from, and a wide beach with gentle waves. Other popular beaches include Lummus Park Beach, a glitzy place where beautiful people hang out to be seen, and Haulover Beach, which is the only Miami beach where clothing is legally optional. No matter which beach you choose, be sure to take time to close your eyes and forget about business school for a little while.
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2.) Explore the Reefs
There are many area reefs that can be explored--from the real to the artificial. However, one of the best snorkeling opportunities in the Miami area can be found at Biscayne National Underwater Park. It is the largest marine park in the national park system and includes the beginning of the world's third largest coral reef. Guided scuba and snorkeling trips are available, making diving experiences safe--even for beginners. Other activities include boating, canoeing, fishing, camping, and wildlife watching.
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3.) Visit Little Havana
If you are interested in doing something other than clubbing, tanning, or swimming, Little Havana may hold some interest for you. A 15-minute ride from Miami Beach, Little Havana is the core of Miami's Hispanic community. Although a good portion of the neighborhood is residential, there is a tourist hub between 14th and 18th avenues. This is where you will find locals selling herbs, jewelry, fruit, and everything else in between. Cafes sell pastries and Cuban food, showcase modern art, and shopping centers offer Cuban clothes and crafts. A huge block party is held on the last Friday of every month. Tourists are welcome; expect to mingle with locals as well. In March, more than 1 million people descend on the area to party on 8th street (also known as Calle Ocho. You can take a self-guided tour of Little Havana or if you would feel more comfortable with a guide, you can book an interactive tour with Miami Cultural Tours.
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4.) Laugh at the Improv
Laughing is a great way to relax and forget your worries. You can find several comedy clubs in Miami. The Improv is considered Miami's premier comedy club. Here you will find nationally touring performers taking the stage each night. Some of the comedians who have performed here include Jerry Seinfeld, Ellen DeGeneres, Drew Carey, Margaret Cho, Chris Rock and George Wallace. The Improv also caters to private parties, offering special packages and services for groups of 20+ people. A full menu and drinks are available so you can turn your comedy outing into dinner and a show. Open mike nights can also be found on some weeknights.
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5.) Enjoy the Miami Nightlife
The nightlife in Miami can be compared to an eclectic, non-stop party. You'll find plenty of nightclubs, bars, and lounges throughout the city. Barhopping is a popular pastime among Miami tourists and spring breakers. If you want to take part in this festivity, try the line of chic hotel bars on Collins Avenue. For a historical outing, visit Tobacco Road. This hangout, which opened its doors in 1912, holds Miami's oldest liquor license. Blues bands perform upstairs in a Prohibition-era speakeasy and cheap eats can be had with a two drink minimum. If dancing is your thing, you may enjoy Space, a downtown Miami establishment with lots of music and a 24-hour liquor license. Other popular clubs and lounges include < href="http://gomiami.about.com/od/nightclubsdanceclubs/p/cameo.htm">Cameo and Nikki Beach Club.
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More Things to Do in Miami on Spring Break
There are many more things for business students to do while they are in Miami. For those who just can't stop thinking about school, a trip to the University of Miami Business School may be fun. The school welcomes visitors; scheduling a visit in advance is recommended.
For more ideas on what you can do in Miami on spring break or for tips on planning your trip, visit GoMiami.About.com.