Hotel at a Glance: Kent Hotel
Kent Hotel sits on Miami Beach’s vibrant Collins Avenue, which holds court among some of the country’s most famous boulevards. Its cotton-candy-hued art-deco architecture rivals the brightly colored mansions on Georgia’s Peachtree Street. After dark, the avenue’s posh nightclubs light up with a sultry energy that gives Bourbon Street a run for its money. Kent Hotel’s spot on historic Collins Avenue is also just a short walk from Miami Beach’s Atlantic Coast.
- The Garden Bar & Grill at the hotel serves buffet breakfasts, Italian entrees, fresh seafood, and filet mignon.
- Modern amenities include iPod docking stations and flat-screen TVs in guest rooms decorated with sea-foam green and natural-wood accents.
- Vizcaya Museum & Gardens occupies a massive mansion perched nearby over Biscayne Bay; Frommer’s calls the decadent villa “Gatsby-esque.”
- The Miami Science Museum complex features a planetarium, kid-friendly interactive exhibits, and hundreds of birds and reptiles.
Miami Beach, Florida: White-Sand Beaches, Glamorous Nightlife, and Cuban Cuisine
Miami Beach is a small barrier island situated between the Atlantic Ocean and Biscayne Bay, a shallow lagoon that separates the beaches from downtown Miami. People from all over the world come here to enjoy the white-sand beaches, shop the high-end boutiques, and party at the legendary see-and-be-seen nightclubs the city is known for. The red-hot center of this sexy, international social scene is South Beach, a 20-block stretch filled with upscale lounges, rooftop bars, and ultrahip hangouts behind velvet ropes. Lummus Park beach is packed by mid-morning, and the clubs on Ocean Drive and Washington Avenue—many of which stay open until 5 a.m.—vie for the limelight with VIP service, celebrity DJs, and dressed-to-the-nines crowds.
Beyond the fast-paced luxury of South Beach lies Miami Beach’s softer side. A leisurely stroll through the Art Deco District reveals hundreds of beautiful, candy-colored buildings, including Versace Mansion—a 1930 manor modeled after a palace in the Dominican Republic that belonged to Christopher Columbus’s family. The centerpiece of the city’s arts scene, the Bass Museum of Art displays works from Peter Paul Rubens and Sandro Botticelli, and modern-design objects and propaganda arts fill three stories at the Wolfsonian-FIU museum. There’s also a handful of vibrant ethnic enclaves to explore here, and Little Havana is among the most notable. The neighborhood is lined with family-owned restaurants and Caribbean-style marketplaces, making it a great place to discover some of the country’s most delicious Cuban food, from sugary guarapo juice to pastelitos, or Cuban pastries.
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