University of Miami

The University of Miami is an excellent place for sun-lovers to attend college. Expect Miami Beach to be packed from early spring through the end of autumn with lounging students seeking respite from their studies. The University of Miami is a state school, but it has become increasingly selective as more and more qualified students rank the beauty of the location high on their list of desirable qualities for college. As a result, the programs have gotten more intensive and academic. The Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine, in particular, has gotten a lot of good press.

The University of Miami is close to both the ultra-glitzy Coral Gables neighborhood, with its high-end boutiques and fancy restaurants, and Little Havana, known for its vibrant Cuban culture. Because it’s a college town, you’ll also be able to find plenty of affordable burger or sandwich joints, art house theaters (like the Bill Cosford Cinema on campus), and great nightlife in Coconut Grove. Coconut Grove, about half a mile east of campus, is home to numerous parks, great downtown shopping, and luxurious architecture that blends with the trees, making you feel like you’re on a Caribbean island.

Of course, no article about the University of Miami would be complete without a mention of the Miami Hurricanes. Five-time national champions, most recently in 2001, the ‘canes have suffered a string of setbacks in recent years, including a rap song controversy in 2005, the shooting death of defensive tackle Bryan Pata in 2006, and a 2007 losing record, the first in a decade. Still, the hometown excitement for their team is nothing short of exhilarating, and the Sun Life Stadium, the former home of the world-famous Miami Dolphins, resounds with excitement and cheers whenever the Canes are playing. The 2008 batch of freshmen was said to be one of the most promising in the ACC, and the Hurricanes have been steadily improving their game since the 2007 debacle.

Miami University’s presence near sunny Miami Beach gives tourists and travelers an extra dimension to their vacationing experience. The culture, youth, and excitement of a college town, combined with the laid-back atmosphere of beach resorts, makes Miami one of the pre-eminent vacationing spots in the United States. If the weather is just a nudge off from perfect, you can take a walk around town, go to a museum or cinema, or go shopping for hip, fashionable items. And if it is perfect, well, there’s always the beach!


Parasailing in Miami Beach

Imagine viewing the Atlantic Ocean from an entirely different perspective, from up to 600 feet above the water. You can do just that by going parasailing in Miami Beach. The views of the sandbars, sea turtles, manta rays, manatees and tropical fish will be sights you will never forget. But it’s not just the ocean […]


Aventura Mall Shopping

Some of the highlights of Miami are the wonderful shopping options available to locals and tourists. Aventura Mall is one of those places where you can lose yourself for an entire day as you shop for things you need and things you didn’t realize you needed. In addition to the shopping there are a number […]


Colorful Lifeguard Stations Of Miami Beach

Everything in Miami Beach seems full of life: the Art Deco Hotels, the world renown cuisine, the vibrant nightlife of South Beach Nightclubs. With all of that excitement surrounding the beaches, it’s only natural that the life guard tower stations themselves stand out. Whether it’s the American Flag Motif of the infamous 13th Street lifeguard […]


Visiting the Miami Beach Boardwalk

Miami installed a boardwalk a few years ago that extends from South Point Park to North Beach and serves as a major artery for foot and bike traffic along this stretch. Including the winding ocean walk in South Beach, the mid island boardwalk and the North Beach walk its approximately 77 blocks to carry you […]


Visiting Lowe Art Museum

The Lowe Art Museum in the University of Miami had very humble beginning with just three classrooms in 1950 but a generous donation from Joe and Emily Lowe enables a free standing museum to be opened by 1952 and the first art museum in Southern Florida was constructed. Through the years the Lowe Art Museum […]


Visiting the Miami Seaquarium

If you’re interested in learning more about some of the animals that live in and around Florida the Miami Seaquarium provides an excellent opportunity to not only observe and learn but to get up close and personal with some of their magnificent inhabitants. Located on 38 acres with spectacular skyline views of the surrounding city. […]