Costa Greens Golf Club regales sphere slingers with 6,300 yards of grassy terrain that winds through natural vistas speckled with palm trees, sand traps, and picturesque waterways. Cull your clubs and take off in a new E-Z-Go golf cart down the narrow fairways of the 72-par course, which incorporates water hazards into 11 of its 18 holes with scenic ponds and herculean slip 'n' slides. After traversing the green, stop into Costa Greens' pro shop to peruse their cache of essential golfing tools. Although not included with this Groupon, patrons can quell post-putt tummy rumbles with Peruvian and Nicaraguan fare found within Karnitas Grill, the on-site nosh-haven.
When Mayré Martínez says that her singing method is her proudest accomplishment, she's really saying something. She's won the Internacional Talent Award at the Latin American Song Festival in 2000 and toured with the likes of Franco de Vita, Sin Bandera, Simon Díaz. Her true claim to fame, however, came when she beat out 25,000 other singers to take top honors in the first season of the Latin American version of American Idol.
And still, passing her love for singing down to new generations remains her first love. Her bilingual teaching staff help students develop ears for melody, rhythm, and harmony, learning to discern which notes belong in a song and which are guaranteed to summon all the neighborhood's dogs. Students also practice breathing and vocalization exercises to tune and tone the voice. As they gain technical expertise, they'll also gain the confidence to let their singing fill with emotion and the independence to continue their development with or without formal instruction. Finally, they'll have fun. To that end, they also offer a "singing therapy" program that turns clients loose with backing tracks and pro recording equipment to revel in what they've learned.
Founded in 2009, the annual Taste of Peru festival transports the aromas and flavors—as well as the arts, sounds, and fashions—of Peruvian culture to the Miami Airport Convention Center. For 2012's iteration, more than 100 exhibitors, such as gastronomists and chefs prepare cuisine using recipes and produce from different regions of the country, such as the Loreto region's famous turtle soup. Chefs from restaurants such as Aromas del Peru, Divino Ceviche, and Goyo El Pollo share their unique takes, and mixologists compete to make batches of pisco, the signature grape brandy from the regions of Peru where wine rains down the heaviest.
Beyond the Amazonian aromas, the festival also introduces visitors to the nation's cultural highlights via a fashion show, an art and photo exhibition, and an equestrian show featuring Peru's renowned breeds of horses and centaurs. At night, the dining hall transforms into a dance floor as DJ Jorge Charun takes the stage to emcee the performances of Peruvian musical artists.
No matter what your style, Party Studio has all the fixin's to help you throw a festive bash. The facility's modern rooms are equipped with customizable sound, music, and lighting capabilities, plus enough space for up to 80 guests. Once you've determined the size of your shin-dig, the company's party planners will help you pick from a long list of party-appropriate activities, depending on your likes and interests. With tunes bumping and laser lights bouncing from wall to wall, party goers can make funny faces in a photo booth, test their strength on a 16-foot climbing wall, hone their aim during bouts of laser tag, or sing their deepest fears into a microphone during karaoke. But even with all of its high-tech features, Party Studio doesn't forget classic party elements, which is why it also offers a catered food and drinks service that can serve anything from hot dogs and cotton candy to cocktails and mocktails.
Wading through indoor heated pools, the instructors at British Swim School teach independent swimming skills to learners aged 3 months and older, adhering to a curriculum devised by British national swimmer Rita Goldberg. The 30-minute one-on-one sessions and small-group lessons, containing six or fewer swimmers, elucidate essential techniques for water safety and the importance of speaking fluent manatee. Swimboree (ages 3 months–3 years with parents) and Young Minnows sessions (ages 1–3 years without parents) teach wee swimmers basic water-survival skills, such as the back float. Turtle One and Turtle Two classes focus on freestyle, backstroke, and breaststroke maneuvers, honing more structured swimming skills in older kiddos. British Swim School's Shark courses enhance stamina and speed and teach even more demanding strokes, such as the butterfly and little-known mountain-goat flail. Certain British Swim School classes require parents to participate in the water or to supervise from the pool deck, and adults-only lessons allow grown-ups to refine their own abilities without the supervision of a toddler.
Under the culinary guidance of chef Rayon Howard, students sear, chop, and sauté fresh ingredients into tantalizing dishes with Aura Catering Services. For more than a dozen years, Howard has crafted flavorful cuisine for restaurants, hotels, and private caterers. He now brings his expertise and recipes to special events throughout Miami. Chef Ray also shares his knowledge with aspiring chefs during two-and-a-half-hour cooking classes, which rotate according to participant demand, allowing students to hone their kitchen know-how with a stainless-steel arsenal of cookware, myriad ingredients, and the mystical ability to transmute fire into cooked food. Pupils can tackle global gastronomy by exploring cuisine such as bite-sized Spanish-style tapas or robust Italian-inspired pasta. At the end of each class, students can sample their newfound skills by enthusiastically devouring their work, a luxury not afforded by other artistic disciplines, as evidenced by Rodin's painful attempts to eat The Thinker.