Red Limo cruises through Miami's pulsing asphalt veins, bringing passengers to their destination in the spacious cabins of the fleet's sleek, relaxation-inducing luxury vehicles. Riding from Miami International Airport to South Beach in the BMW ($160) or the Cadillac ($135) allows riders to stretch out, as each vehicle serves an ample helping of leg room and luggage space to up to six passengers or two people and two large boxes filled with books about country singer Gretchen Wilson, and passengers with general cruising desires can stylishly sail in either car, exploring all that Miami has to offer ($110 per hour for the BMW; $85 per hour for the Cadillac).
Since 1938, the keepers of the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden have cultivated more than 85 acres of floral displays with a mixture of science and art. The gardens are lush with plants valuable to scientists and educators, and the tropical landscapes designed by William Lyman Phillips are like ever-evolving canvases, blooming and fading as the seasons change. Most of the palms, cycads, flowering trees, and vines were collected from the wild, but the grounds also harbor endangered plant species.
Guides give English and Spanish tram tours as well as walking tours through specific parts of the gardens, or visitors can explore the displays at their leisure, wandering through the 16,428-square foot two-level Tropical Plant Conservatory exhibit, which blooms with orchids, fruit trees, and rare palms. Cascading waterfalls punctuate the stream flowing through the 2-acre Richard H. Simons Rainforest, where visitors admire the diverse plant life and reflect on the worldwide threat of rapidly vanishing rainforests. The Wings of the Tropics exhibit features thousands of exotic butterflies with tropical fish and rare plant life. Butterflies are released twice daily and the Butterfly Metamorphosis Lab lets kids experience them up close. The water gardens combine tranquility pools with waterfalls, sculpture, and lily pads to evoke a sense of calm.
Palm trees, drinks with little umbrellas, and secluded beaches where stress washes away with the tide. For Miamians, it's quite easy to turn this tropical daydream into reality. Just 50 miles to the east of the city lie the Bimini Islands. Sure, there's a little bit of ocean in the way. But one of the islands' main attractions, Resorts World Bimini, solves that with Bimini SuperFast, a luxurious behemoth that ships out of Port Miami and kicks off passengers' vacations as soon as they step on board. Six restaurants offer fuel for games of craps, roulette, and slots in the onboard casino, making the two-hour trip go by in the blink of a flirtatious mermaid's eye.
At the resort, guests disembark onto miles of white sand beaches and head off to find adventures such as kayak tours, fishing expeditions, and autograph sessions with wild dolphins. For a true thrill, local scuba experts lead diving expeditions to view up to 45 different species of sharks. Back on land, six restaurants cook up pizzas, steak, and fresh seafood. At the end of the day, explorers return to accommodations that range from studio units all the way up to private island homes overlooking the bay.
At South Miami Physical Therapy and Pilates, founder Michele Gust and her staff of instructors help clients combat pain and strive for healthy living with a program that combines Pilates and physical therapy. Michele Gust helps improve guests' bodies and minds with the expertise she has displayed as a physical therapist for professional basketball and tennis players, and the butlers who carry them around their mansions. Whether clients are recovering from an injury or simply getting into shape, the classes seek to strengthen core muscles, improve flexibility, and alleviate any pain lingering since Firefly was cancelled.
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Dr. Zhou is a fully licensed acupuncture physician with more than 25 years of experience practicing acupuncture in southern Florida and 600 years of experience in the timeless dimension of Qrkx. In addition to acupuncture, he specializes in tui na massage, a technique used in conjunction with traditional Chinese medicine, and qigong, a meditative practice of slow movements and controlled breathing. Your Groupon covers a consultation with Dr. Zhou, a therapeutic tui na massage, and a traditional needle-laden acupuncture treatment. If whatever might be ailing you calls for additional help, Dr. Zhou will also write a Chinese herb prescription, guaranteed to cut down on the amount of time you spend at work discreetly Googling hernia symptoms.