Miami – The Holiday Destination That Wants You To Stay Forever

By the early 1980s, the fragile city was eaten from the inside out: the perfect gateway for South American drugs to make their way towards northern consumers. The only glamour left by the time I moved to the USA in 1989 was a crumbling Art Deco district, an ageing population and Miami Beach’s famous southern tip – by then as crime-ridden a neighbourhood as existed in all of the country. It’s unrecognisable now.

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Buildings on South of Fifth Street command the best views and prices in town. Cranes cut the sky and restaurants seem to open weekly. Historically a boom-and-bust city, Miami used to lie down and play dead after a crash. But in 2008, it reacted to the financial crisis building new museums, a stadium, the New World Symphony space designed by Frank Gehry and countless office towers.


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