Miami is known for its beautiful beaches, glittering nightlife and warm weather, but this South Florida destination is also steeped in culture. On a recent one-day adventure in the city, actor and award-winning travel writer Andrew McCarthy set out to soak up the sun and sights.
First, the 51-year-old got a tour of Miami's Biscayne Bay and Star Island, traveling around in top-notch style. From a VanDutch boat that boasts a price tag of about $700,000, McCarthy remarked, “Speedboats are as much a fashion statement as a mode of transport.”
Next, he hit the 10-block stretch of South Beach, where he coasted down Ocean Drive saying hello to the locals. McCarthy also got a private tour of the home once owned by Gianni Versace, which is now a luxury hotel called the The Villa by Barton G.
From there, McCarthy sipped authentic Cuban coffee at Cafe Versailles, and got a behind-the-scenes look at what goes on at Little Havana Cigar Factory. “This is cigar central," he said. "Some of the world’s premier cigars are made right here behind the walls of trade-free zones off limits to tourists.”
Finally, after cruising through Maximo Domino Park and checking out the Wynwood Walls, the New Jersey native took in some Miami nightlife. But between the impressive dancers at Mango’s in South Beach and the breathtaking views at Fifty in Brickell, McCarthy was ready to call it a night.
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