Vacation Like a Star: Miami


Jan. 30 2013, Published 6:22 a.m. ET

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Welcome to Miami, (Bienvenido a Miami)! Miami is always a great place to visit and a major vacation destination for stars. Plus, it's home to events like Art Basel, South Beach Food and Wine Fest, and more. We've rounded up the best places to go to eat, drink, party, shop, and of course sleep—if you can fit that in at some point.

Where to stay: The James Royal Palm. Sofia Vergara and boyfriend Nick Loeb, Cameron Diaz, Gabrielle Union and Dwayne Wade, Karolina Kurkova, and Naomi Campbell have all stayed at the property, which features a major art collection, two swimming pools (including a plunge pool with a waterfall), a full-service spa, and a boutique that only sells "give back" items to benefit non-profits.

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Where to shop: Bal Harbour Shops. Fire up the charge cards—you can do some serious damage at these 100+ stores.

Where to eat seafood: CATCH. Nosh on house dishes like Crispy Whole Snapper and Cantonese Lobster and prepare to be amazed. Celeb fans include Jennifer Lopez and Zoe Saldana.

Where to eat steak: STK Miami. This is the place to go if you want a serious cut of meat. Aside from a variety steak options, other dishes worth noting are Parmesan Truffle Fries, Shrimp Rice Krispies, Sweet Corn Pudding, and Jump Lump Crab Salad. Celeb fans include Rob Kardashian, Eve Longoria, Fergie and Josh Duhamel.

Where to juice and/or go vegan: Jugo Fresh. This place is the bee's knees if you're into raw foods and meals in the form of liquids. Try the Saca lo Todo juice—delish!

Where to party: LIV, SL, Mynt Lounge—all the places where you're guaranteed to dance to beats by an "it" DJ and run into a housewife or two.

Where to get your tan on: SOUTH BEACH obvi! Hollywood's A-listers are spotted sun tanning here all. the. time., so grab your hottest bikini (Brazilian cut will earn you bonus points) and blingiest jewelry, and hit the sand. The best part is a day here won't cost you a thing! (Except maybe a gym membership in preparation.)

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Where to lounge poolside: The Mondrian. Their Sunday pool party is one of the best in Miami thanks to the larger-than-life landscaping, signature cocktails offered by the pitcher, and “kissing corners” tucked into secret pathways. This is one hot spot not to miss, which is why stars like Adriana Lima, Joe Jonas, Brandy, and Anna Kournikova have all been!

Where to brunch: Terrazza at the Shore Club. They do a mean ladies brunch here, which includes all the Mimosas, Bloodies, and Bellinis you can handle, plus yummy favorites like Lemon Ricotta Pancakes, Italian Empanadas, and pasta dishes for only $32. Oh, and there's an insane omelet station—who doesn't love that?! Celeb fans include Pharrell, Whitney Port, and Usher.

What's your favorite hot spot in Miami? Tell us below or tweet us @OKMagazine!


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