Downtown Miami

Superlative attractions, sleek skyscrapers, and championship sports teams all along the water.

Locals know Miami as "Magic City," and Downtown Miami upholds its spectacular reputation. Listing its many emerging museums, arenas, parks, cultural palaces, shops, restaurants, and bars would take nearly as long as trying to visit them all. Combine Downtown Miami's cultural attractions with its generous outdoor recreation spaces, coastal marketplaces, and championship sports teams, and it's instantly easy to understand why this city sizzles.

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On the Map

Downtown Miami is bordered by Little Havana, Port of Miami, Allapattah, Overtown, Brickell, and Edgewater

Miami Airport: 15 minutes by car or 1 hour by public transit
South Beach (5th and Ocean): 15 minutes by car
American Airlines Arena: 5 minutes by car
Bal Harbour Shops: 25 minutes by car

  • Public transit is Possible
  • Having a car is Possible

Accelerated Growth In Miami's Urban Core

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Downtown Miami continues to win fans. As the city adds new parks and convenient transportation to Downtown's already alluring shops and arena spaces, the neighborhood's popularity is rising as high as Miami's temperatures.

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Boutiques and bars take advantage of Downtown's bayside location.

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Its cafes, museums, and performing arts centers enjoy its aquatic views, too.

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See Downtown from a liquid platform aboard tour boats and jet skis that offer new perspectives of the neighborhood.

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Wait on an immovable platform to board Miami's Metromover and see the city from above.

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It's free.

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Here, residents traverse the neighborhood by bike, car, and rail.

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It's easy with Downtown's level streets and convenient Metromover.

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Cool Dining In Downtown Miami

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Packed with cafes and diners, Downtown's edible options are easy to find and easier to enjoy.

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Bright coffee shops and low-lit barbecue joints equally attract hungry Downtowners.

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Grand Central Park: Downtown's Newest Outdoor Addition

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Recently built Grand Central Park offers great open spaces for getting some air.

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BMXers and skaters find benches, rails, and boxes fit for tricks.

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Grand Central Park also doubles as a live music venue.

Miami's Entertainment Mecca

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Downtown Miami buzzes with cultural activity.

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One of the United States' largest performing arts centers, the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts straddles both sides of Biscayne Boulevard.

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Bayfront Park hosts the free DWNTWN summer concert series while nearby Bicentennial Park puts on music festivals and raves.

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Sports arenas, movie palaces, and cultural memorials add to Downtown's distinct heritage.

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"Magic City" shines bright by night.

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Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Angel Valentin

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Angel Valentín has been  a professional photojournalist since 1990. His career has taken him all over the Caribbean and Latin America. Valentín has photographed world leaders, executives, athletes and celebrities in countless situations. He is a Pulitzer Prize finalist, winner (staff) and recipient of countless awards. After 18 years as a staff photographer, he has been a freelance photographer since 2009.

Graciela Cattarossi

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Graciela Cattarossi is a lifestyle/travel photographer based in Miami. She graduated from Parsons School Of Design in New York and her work is currently  published in magazines such as Condé Nast Traveler, Travel and Leisure, Martha Stewart Living, and Food and Wine. When she is not traveling, she enjoys shooting weddings or other intimate events in Miami or wherever it takes her.