Hotel at a Glance: Courtyard Marriott Downtown/Brickell Area
Courtyard Marriott Downtown/Brickell Area sits right in the middle of downtown Miami, a few blocks inland from sparkling Biscayne Bay. The hotel is a 15-minute walk from AmericanAirlines Arena—where the Miami Heat play—as well as Bayside Marketplace, a waterfront shopping mall. It's also just a 15-minute drive from the white sand and legendary nightlife of South Beach.
- Three blocks away: 32-acre Bayfront Park, a waterfront green space with an amphitheater, walking path, and free yoga classes
- A room with a view: floor-to-ceiling windows with city views in all guest rooms
- Catch a concert: Upcoming acts at AmericanAirlines Arena include Drake (Nov. 5), Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (Nov. 24), and Kanye West (Nov. 29).
- Go swimming: rooftop pool surrounded by reclining pool chairs
- On the menu: buffalo wings, cheeseburgers, and other American classics at The Bistro
Downtown Miami: City on the Bay with Performing-Arts Centers and Nightlife
Towering skyscrapers, high-rise condos, and performing-arts buildings punctuate the skyline of downtown Miami. It’s the city’s cultural, financial, and commercial center, set along the shores of Biscayne Bay. During the day, the area is filled with busy professionals headed to and from the office, but at night it becomes an entertainment hot spot as bars and lounges open their doors. It’s also home to AmericanAirlines Arena where you’ll find the biggest concerts—think U2 and Madonna—as well as Miami Heat games. Next door, Bayside Marketplace is a nice spot to eat dinner and do some shopping along the water.
Take Route 1A across the bay and you’ll find yourself in Miami Beach. The southernmost portion, South Beach, is known all over the world for its vibrant, pastel-colored art-deco hotels and rollicking nightlife. But the rest of Miami Beach has charms of its own. Water temperatures at the city's pristine beaches stay on the good side of 70 degrees all year long, and views of the Atlantic Ocean are unparalleled. A seaside boardwalk stretches for more than 70 blocks, providing a scenic pathway for jogging, biking, or conga-lining your way from North Beach to South Beach.