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Miami Offers Year-Round Perfection

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Miami, Florida is one of the world’s most popular vacation spots visited by tourists from all over the world – and for good reasons. From beautiful beaches to perfect warm weather year-round, this city has countless unique attractions you simply can’t miss. If you’re looking for a place that will keep you entertained, Miami promises never to have a dull moment. From sunrise to sunset there is something for everyone!

 

South Beach is the pinnacle of Miami. Day or night, July or December, it doesn’t matter when, it matters where. These aqua blue waters and white sand beaches provide the best place to catch a tan along Miami’s luxurious coastline. Ocean Drive offers a variety of shops, galleries, and nightlife that could turn your average stroll into a shopping spree, or an extravagant evening. Just one look at the art deco style buildings of the Miami skyline and the beautiful nature that surrounds it is enough to make anyone fall in love.

 

Food in Miami is top notch and guaranteed to fit any budget or lifestyle. The local Latino diners and high-class restaurants will leave your mouth watering for more. Eat like the locals do at a Cuban restaurant like Versailles or get dressed up and have a nice evening at Prime 112. Miami is home to countless flavors where you can broaden your palate and enliven your senses daily.

 

Located right near the Everglades, Miami is perfect for nature lovers, animal enthusiasts or those who want to experience the unique ecosystems of Florida. Take an airboat ride and see if you can spot some gators, turtles or iguanas, or camp in the Everglades RV Resort. For more natural beauty, you can also check out the many parks and botanical gardens Miami has to offer!

 

 

Miami is known for its variety of art and unique architecture. The Wynwood Arts District is without a doubt a sight to see. It’s home to over 70 art galleries, local shops, electric bars, and one of the largest open-air street-art installations in the world. There are art tours, gallery walks, food tastings, you name it. They also have block parties with live music and many other forms of entertainment. It’s a great place to celebrate a holiday or a day of art, entertainment, and fun!

 

Miami is home to many top-notch professional and college teams. If you’re a football fanatic you can catch a Dolphins game. You can also have some classic fun at a Miami Marlins baseball game, see a hat trick on ice at a Florida Panthers game, or you can shoot some hoops at the American Airlines Arena and watch the Miami Heat play. There is also a rumor that Miami may be getting a professional soccer team too!

 

Miami is the place to be for Florida festivals. Art Basel Week, Fashion Week, and Miami Music Week are some of the big hitters, but they only scratch the surface. You may want to check out some technology at Tech week or relax with some Caribbean tunes at Kaya Fest. Speaking of music, Miami is a music lover’s paradise with live music festivals of a variety of genre all throughout the year.

 

With the many sights to see and things to do, Miami is sure to keep you busy all year long!

 

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Tampa, Florida – Treasure Awaits!

 

Why choose between the big city and the beach when you could have it all with a year in Tampa! With its vibrant nightlife, year-round warm weather, and coastal location, Tampa is a fantastic place for a new adventure. Whether you love to shop, try new food, immerse yourself in art, or attend one of the seven musical festivals held in this city every year, Tampa will not disappoint!

 

 

Busch Gardens:

Are you a thrill-seeker? If so, you have to visit Busch Gardens! With its live shows, animal encounters, and the best roller coasters in Florida, Busch Gardens is sure to be fun for everyone! As one of the top amusement parks in the country, it might be worth grabbing an annual pass so you can visit Busch Gardens and it’s nearby waterpark, Adventure Island!

 

Tampa Riverwalk:

Take a walk down this completely pedestrian pathway to the Florida Aquarium, the Tampa Bay History Center, the Tampa Museum of Art, or any of the exhibits on display year-round! You could even stop by the Straz Center for Performing Arts to see a Broadway play or Musical! There’s so much to do and see, it couldn’t possibly be done in just one day!

 

 

Gasparilla Pirate Festival: 

The Riverwalk is also home to one of the largest parades in the United States! Put on your pirate costume and be one of the hundreds of thousands of attendees that flock every year to the water for its Parade of Pirates, film festival, arts festival, road race, and live music festival. Likened to Florida’s version of a New Orleans Mardi Gras, this is a celebration you won’t want to miss.

 

 

Clear Water and Warm Beaches:

It’s always beach weather in Florida! Being so close to the coast, Tampa residents can head to some of the most beautiful beaches in the country with just a short commute. With options such as Fort De Soto Park, recently named one of the top 25 U.S. beaches, Clearwater Beach, and Caladesi Island, you’ll almost have trouble deciding which is the best location for a bit of sun bathing or water sports.

 

 

What’s Your Favorite Animal? Tampa Has It! 

 Animal-lovers will feel right at home in Tampa, where there are so many options for up close and personal encounters! Feed a giraffe right out of your hand at the Giraffe Ranch, or visit the Serengeti without leaving the comfort of Florida at the Safari Wilderness Ranch. Tampa is also famous for its manatees, who will swim right up to wave hello!

 

 

 

Flicks & Food Trucks Festival: 

Looking for something relaxed, fun, and free? Go grab a bite and see a movie at the Flicks & Food Trucks festival held every month on the 3rd Thursday! Take part in America’s food truck craze with your friends and try something new from one of the gourmet food trucks. As you can see, Tampa has something to offer for everyone!

 

 

For more information about the GreatAuPair J-1 visa program, visit www.greataupairusa.com. Families can call 800-604-2507 to speak with a GreatAuPair representative.  Au pairs can call 1-775-636-8302, or contact us on Skype at greataupair.com.