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Off the Beaten Path in Miami

Miami has a great selection of beautiful hotels, restaurants, art galleries and museums, but the city has even more treasures just off the beaten path. Here are a few worth checking out on your next trip to South Florida:


One mile into the ocean is a group of houses built in the 1930’s. During that time they were used as night clubs to evade prohibition. Tours are the only way to gain access, but you can also rent boats and cruise around them.

The Venetian Pool of Coral Gables

This is an old rock quarry that is now an 800,000 gallon swimming pool. It is fed with cool spring water daily and features two waterfalls, coral caves and grottoes. There is also a pool cafe where food and non-alcoholic drinks can be purchased.

Jules’ Undersea Lodge

Just south of Miami in Key Largo is a hotel that’s different than any other in the world. The hotel room is actually underwater. Just to enter the lodge, one must scuba dive 21 feet below the surface of the sea. If you can’t stay the night, Jules’ offers a three-hour daytime experience, including lunch.

If you have a favorite off the beaten path activity in or around Miami, share your experience with us!

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