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We're a holiday rental company and passionate about off the beaten path travel. These are our insider tips for the destinations where we offer holiday accommodation. We hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoy writing it!!

The Best Tours in South Beach, Miami

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The Best Tours in South Beach, Miami

Miami is an ideal holiday destination for anyone wanting a relaxing, invigorating and unforgettable holiday. This most famous ‘playground’ has been the hit-spot with the world’s rich and famous for decades, yet unparalleled holiday rental apartments and villas in South Beach have now made Miami an affordable destinations for us mere mortals too. So jump onboard a Segway, a plane or a catamaran and come discover South Beach’s hidden gems with the best tours this side of Ocean Drive. Glide your way through South Beach For a fantastic way to see all the sites of South Beach at your own leisure, why not rent a Segway and glide your way past all those hard working joggers and skaters? These genial personal transportation devices have taken the world by storm, and Miami’s South Beach is the perfect place to tour with one; you can explore all the nooks and crannies swiftly and comfortably and you’ll have a ball doing so! You have the option of renting a Segway for a one or two-hour slot, which includes a short but comprehensive training session. Segway riding is easy and is suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels. After your training session ends, and the instructor ...

Fantastic Restaurants in South Beach, Miami

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Fantastic Restaurants in South Beach, Miami

It is often said that the fashionable world is an almighty capricious one. What may be trendy and all the rage today may well be dead and buried tomorrow, and this is certainly true of even the most stylish restaurants in Miami’s South Beach. It seems that the moment a celebrity walks into one of the culinary establishments here, the owners somehow feel that quality of food and service should no longer be applied to us mere mortals. Their inevitable demise soon follows, because we all know that celebrities don’t really eat all that often. While finding a decent feed is not very hard in this most popular sun baking destination, finding one which offers a delectable dining experience for all who visit may be a challenge. Let us help you out a little. Book a superb vacation rental in South Beach Miami and head out to one of our favourite eateries in town. Villa Azur, 309 23rd St. You need not worry about Villa Azur succumbing to celebrity spotting fever. Here, it is the celebrities who own the restaurant! Owned by a trio of very famous entrepreneurs, including one hunk-of-a-spunk actor called Olivier Martinez (known as Halle Berry’s boyfriend), Villa Azur ...

Vintage shopping in South Beach, Miami

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Vintage shopping in South Beach, Miami

South Beach in Miami has so much more to offer than the beaches and weather, and that includes the vintage shopping opportunities, for which the area is renowned. Miami is an absolute haven for shoppers, with street after street packed with stores of all different types to explore, including street markets, department stores and, of course, its famous vintage boutiques. A day shopping in the vintage boutiques in South beach is like spending a day traveling through time, with many shops specialising in past fashion-eras. Start your vintage journey at C. Madeleine's, a large vintage shop which sells items dating back to the 1920’s through to more modern eras. Then head for the shops on Bird Road and don't miss the famous Miami Twice that sells "everything and anything" and even does clothe rentals.Vintage shop Fly Boutique on Lincoln road has a great reputation for reproducing women wear from the 50s. Recycled Blues Inc on Washington Avenue has a great selection of classic men's vintage clothing (think Levis jeans). It is likely that you will have planned a jam packed itinerary for your visit to Miami, but the late opening hours of the majority of the vintage shops in ...

Visiting the Art Deco district in Miami

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Visiting the Art Deco district in Miami

Whilst Miami is known for its glass and steel skyscrapers, the city’s singular, vernacular style is art deco. Distinguishable by bright, gelato-coloured facades and details and nautical forms, Miami has some 800 preserved buildings in the so-called Art Deco district of South Beach. In the USA and Europe, art deco was an architectural and aesthetic movement that combined functionalism and modernism with highly stylised motif. It reached it peak in the nineteen-thirties and phased at the beginning of WW2. In Miami, art deco developed a playful, ‘Mediterranean’ feel as the city established itself as an America’s premier resort. Art deco style was used in apartment buildings and private villas, but the ‘ocean-liner’- inspired hotels of the period is where the movement really shone. Many of these can be seen along Ocean Drive, then, as now, Miami’s beach-facing epicentre. To dig deeper into deco in Miami, the highly-active Miami Design Preservation League (tel. 305 672 2014) organises a variety of tours of the district, from self-guided cellphone tours to jaunts on segways. Every mid-January, the ‘Art Deco Weekend’ draws some 400,000 people to two days of art and antique fairs, free theatre and dance and parades, all celebrating the heady ...

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