American Airlines offers nonstop flights from Reagan National and Washington Dulles to Miami, with a late-August fare of $200 round trip. AirTran offers nonstop flights from BWI Marshall to Fort Lauderdale for $200 round trip.
Loews South Beach
1601 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
Luxury hotel on the ocean with rooms offering city and ocean views. Rooms start at $249.
Alexander All-Suite Oceanfront Resort
5225 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
Hotel on the beach with suites including bedroom, full kitchen and living and dining rooms. Rates from $189.
1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables
Luxury resort in historic building with fine and casual dining, golf course, spa and world-famous marble pool. Rooms from $189.
800 Ocean Drive
Casual dining, with extensive outdoor seating. Burgers and sandwiches from $9.75; entrees start at $11.75.
157 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
1022 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach
A hangout for locals. Dinner entrees start at $10.50.
3555 SW Eighth St., Miami
Probably the most famous restaurant for Cuban food in Miami. Open from around 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. during the week and till 3:30 a.m. on Fridays and 4:30 a.m. on Saturdays. Entrees start at $7.50.
4400 Rickenbacker Causeway
Various options for interacting and swimming with dolphins. Open daily year-round from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. General admission $39.95, children $29.95. Dolphin encounter 139; $99 for children.
2701 De Soto Blvd., Coral Gables
Open year-round, daily except for major holidays. Hours depend on day but generally from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekends and 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays. Open Mondays only in summer. Children younger than 3 not permitted. Fees $3.95 to $11 depending on age and residency.
Shark Valley Tram Rides
36000 SW Eighth St.
Two-hour, open-air tour through Shark Valley in the Everglades. Trams leave at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. $19; children $12.
22700 SW Eighth St.
Airboats glide across about nine miles of Everglades, where you can see alligators and other wildlife. $20-$22; children $10-$11.