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By Angela Caraway-Carlton

InterContinental Miami offers easy access to everything Downtown Miami has to offer

Whether you’re looking to party like a rock star (or shop like one), dine to satisfy your “inner foodie”, or visit museums and cultural attractions, you’ll find it all in vibrant Downtown Miami.

Greater Miami & Miami Beach’s center is not only a hot live-work destination, but a prime vacation spot offering endless action for locals and visitors — and InterContinental Miami hotel offers a cushy and convenient spot to maximize your time. This luxe hotel is also known by locals as home to the annual New Year’s Eve “Big Orange” ascent – and Miami’s version of New York City’s Times Square “Big Apple” descent.

InterContinental Miami's dancing lady facade
InterContinental Miami's 200-foot, LED canvas' "Moves Over Miami"

The InterContinental stands tall in the heart of Miami, situated next to the sparkling, turquoise waters of Biscayne Bay. It offers the chance to be near it all, at a time when downtown is bursting at the seams. The hotel is only 15 minutes away from Miami International Airport and ten minutes from PortMiami. Once you arrive, you can ditch the car, and explore the area by foot, CitiBike, trolley, or even the free Metromover. You can’t (and don’t want to) miss the attention-grabbing, 200-foot, 19-story LED canvas on the side of the hotel building that “wows” with its “Moves Over Miami,” a digital dance-off where the winner's silhouettes and impressive moves are illuminated on the Miami skyline. It’s become an anticipated tradition among locals to see who will be named the dancer of the year.

Toro Toro dining room
Dine on Toro Toro's creative Pan-Latin dishes

While there’s so much to see surrounding the 34-story hotel, there are also many reasons to stay on property. With 653-guest rooms, the stylish hotel boasts original artwork such as the lobby’s centerpiece, an 18-foot, 70-ton Spindle sculpture. It offers sweeping city and bay views — so you can watch the lights of the city come alive at night. Retreat to mySpa for a relaxing massage. Fine dining is at your fingertips with award-winning Chef Richard Sandoval’s first stateside location of Pan-Latin Steakhouse, Toro Toro. During the day, the restaurant is a great place to mingle with locals enjoying options that run the gamut from light fare such as small plates and signature salads — to burgers and sandwiches — to a heartier fare of steaks, chops, seafood and more. At night, indulge in savory steaks, fresh seafood or hot and cold tapas and Pan-Latin signature dishes, such as the adobo-marinated Cusco Half Chicken and Lomo Saltado beef filet. For Miami’s best panoramic vistas of Biscayne Bay and Miami Beach, head upstairs to the rooftop bar, Bluewater, for a memorable happy hour or light bites by the pool.

Skywheel Miami at Bayside
Don't miss the beautiful views from the top of Sky Views Miami at Bayside

Delve into Downtown

Look past all the towering skyscrapers and you’ll see Downtown Miami is pulsating with limitless options to match whatever vacation/staycation you desire. The InterContinental is steps away from Bayside Marketplace, a colorful hub of shops, restaurants, watering holes, the Sky Views Miami observation wheel and docks packed with boats that’ll whisk you away on sightseeing excursions and evening party cruises along Biscayne Bay.

If you want to delve into culture, a few minutes away is Maurice A. Ferré Park, a waterfront gem where you can easily bounce between two neighboring museums: Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) and Frost Science.

Start your morning at Frost, a science museum, planetarium and aquarium that sports an epic shark tank; and then move over to PAMM, to explore international art of the 20th and 21st centuries, along with their stunning hanging gardens outdoors.

Family watches Miami Heat at FTX Arena
Take the whole family to watch a Miami Heat game

The hotel is also within walking distance of the FTX Arena, where during basketball season you can snag seats at a Miami HEAT game, or tickets to many high-profile events, from concerts to comedy shows. Art lovers are close to Wynwood Arts District, where murals abound and a culinary scene is ever-evolving; and the nearby Miami Design District offers the chance to shop mega-luxury fashion houses and discover public art, including the new Museum Garage with five different facades of art including hanging cars.

You’re also staying where all the retail action is — the hotel is minutes from the mammoth Brickell City Centre, a mecca of high-end shopping, dining and entertainment.

Families looking for a place to entertain the kiddos can flock to Jungle Island for an up-close-and-personal visit with animals, or engage in fun and learning at the Miami Children’s Museum. And since a trip to Miami is never complete without visiting the sands of South Beach, embark on a 15-minute drive across the MacArthur Causeway and you’re there!

Tired (in the best way possible)? Retreat back to the InterContinental to kick your feet up and get ready for the next day’s adventures in Downtown Miami.

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