DINING OUT

Lets face it, when you come to Miami you expect to get the full Latin experience. There are several places that offer just that Latin cuisine depending on what your tastes are.

If seafood is what you are after look no further.

CVi.Che 105, 105 NE 3rd Ave Miami, FL 33132, is a new place in the heart of down town which offers a trend setting experience with some of the best Peruvian cuisine in town.

The two owners, Chef Juan Chipoco and Sous Chef Luis Hoyos, built the restaurant from the floor up out of labor and love.

Chipoco developed the menu based on tastes from his childhood, with each dish having a story behind it. To no surprise, ceviche is their signature dish, deliciously rich in spice and citrus flavors. Every bite leaves you craving more.

CVi.Che 105 also offers a modest selection of wines with a strong focus on Chilean bottlings. Most bottles are priced between $30-$50. Click here to see the full wine list

If you are looking for more of a variety, try Las Culebrinas.

Las Culebrinas, 2890 SW 27th Avenue, Miami, FL 33133.

There are several things that make this place great. First of all, Las Culebrinas is full of Cuban culture, reflected in the music and cuisine. The Churrasco, otherwise known as skirt steak covered chimichurri, comes with traditional sides of rice, black beans and sweet plantains. This cut of meat is plentiful and mouth-watering. Pair it with a Cabernet of your liking.

Among the traditional dishes they served paella, a blend of shrimp, scallops, muscles and seafood that you can catch all blended into yellow rice. Theirs is an amazing dish that pairs well with a simple Chardonnay.

In the spirit of keeping things authentic, try a pitcher of sangria.

Wrap it all together with some salsa music and you have a true Miami-cation.

(Most restaurants offer corkage fee which will range from $10-$20 a bottle.)

GOING OUT

If all of the culture has soaked in and you think you are ready to salsa, Bongos Cafe owned by Emilo and Gloria Estefan is located just off of the American Airlines Arena in downtown. Here you can let the music move you all night long.

In Brickell, there is an amazing club that sits poolside on the 50th floor of the Viceroy Hotel. At Club 50 -- 485 Brickell Avenue  Miami, FL 33131 -- you better be dressed to impress to get in. There is no cover but they are very selective at the door.

Between downtown, Brickell and South Beach, there are many clubs you can check out based on what you like. Places like Mansion and Club LIV offer a great late night scene with some of the best DJs in the business.

A secret to getting V.I.P. treatment and skipping the line at most clubs in Miami, or any place for that matter, is to order a bottle of Champagne or other adult beverage. This will save you the price of entry and will get you a table.

Drinks on the beach or in downtown clubs can be expensive so getting a bottle can both save you some money and make you look like a star. Bottles at the clubs typically start at $100 and go up from there.

WHEN TO GO

With so much happening in the Miami metro area, it best to plan your trip based on what you want to do. If you travel during an event, hotel prices are going to be higher than in the slower summer months. 

Year round Miami has beaches, clubs and an ever-developing arts community. Below are some of the key events in Miami: 

  • Every second Saturday of each month, galleries in the Design District open their doors to guests with free wine, food and music.

  • In the cooler months you can feed the need for exploration while spending some time in Miami’s backyard – The Everglades National Park. Hiking and canoe trails take visitors across a beautiful landscape that is unique to anywhere in the world. There is something special about opening a bottle of wine and watching the sunset in the backcountry.

  • During late March, DJs, promoters and music lovers from around the world encompass the city on pilgrimage to hear some of the best electronic music produced today. Hundreds of thousands show up for pulse popping music, pool parties and events related to Miami Music Week, Winter Music Conference and Ultra Music Festival.

  • In December, traces of art can be seen across the metro area during Art Basel. Art Basel is a weeklong celebration of arts and culture with local and renowned artists coming to the area to display their work.

There truly something for everyone in the Magic City.