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Miami Beach

Miami’s trendy South Beach (SoBe) is a trifecta for cruisers: A top-ten beach populated by the bronzed, buffed and beautiful; a non-stop party with days at the cafes along Ocean Drive and Lincoln Mall, and nights at chic restaurants and clubs fueled by 5 am last calls; and alongside all that sun, surf and revelry, there’s a lively, dynamic world-class cultural scene.

Two top-drawer marinas bookend SoBe’s famous Art Deco historic district making this a perfect destination for an arts-centric layover with plenty of opportunities for beach breaks, people watching, shopping, food foraging, and bar hopping. Just a few blocks northeast of the Miami Beach Marina and southeast of Sunset Harbour Yacht Club, the district pulses with historic and contemporary architecture, visual arts, performing arts, and culinary arts, all of which is oh, so close to some of the best sand in the U.S.

Art Basel

December’s celebrity-packed annual Art Basel Miami Beach hails as one of the most electrifying art events in the country, attracting over 200 top art galleries from North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia, and Africa. More than 50,000 visitors flock to the Miami Beach Convention Center (MBCC), including the international art world’s top collectors, dealers, curators, and critics.

Book a guided tour of the 500,000 square feet of exhibition space filled with an overwhelming display of paintings, sculptures, drawings, installations, photographs, films, and works by 4,000 artists ranging from emerging to museum caliber. Art Basel sprawls beyond the MBCC into the streets, along the beach and into both Collins Park and SoundScape Park (just north of Lincoln Road) with special presentations, performances and more guided tours. artbasel.com

Food and Wine Fest

February’s Food TV Network’s South Beach Wine and Food Festival (SOBEWFF) delivers a star-studded, four-day extravaganza that showcases chefs, culinary personalities and wine and spirit producers to benefit Florida International University’s Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management and the Southern Wine & Spirits Beverage Management Center. sobefest.com