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How to holiday like an A-list celebrity in Miami

Most of us live ordinary lives doing regular jobs, but a recently-published guide can help us to holiday like an A-list celebrity in Miami. Visit Florida has put together some pointers on all you need for a celeb-worthy vacation in the Magic City, and it says you might see celebrities in these places or else just live like one during your visit.

You can have a celeb-inspired vacation in Miami. Image: Studio ThreeDots

Beautiful sunny beaches, art-deco buildings, vibrant nightlife, creative cuisine and a burgeoning arts scene are among Miami’s principal attractions. Its hotels are the playground for locals and visitors alike, with the added attraction of sunny poolside terraces, artfully designed dining rooms and plush nightclubs. Prices vary, but those paying higher rates can avail of luxuries like a private butler service and a personal entertainment assistant. The Setai hotel, Shore Club and Ritz-Carlton South Beach are all popular among the glitterati.

You can vacation like a celeb in Miami, Florida. Image: Jon Davison/Lonely Planet

Miami is blessed with natural beauty, and you may spend the day peering out from your sunglasses on South Beach for the quintessential Miami beach experience. You can look for colourful bird species while walking the trails of Oleta River State Park, or simply enjoy some downtown greenery while lounging in Bayfront. The open-air is also where Miami’s biggest parties unfold, whether at massive music and dance festivals or the neighbourhood fiestas that pack the city’s cultural calendar.

Miami is famous for its sunny beaches and outdoor living. Image: Seastock/Shutterstock

From art and design to global cuisine, Miami always on the hunt for bold new ideas. You can also indulge in retail therapy worthy of an A-lister there at Bal Harbour Shops, which has a collection of luxurious retail stores like Bulgari, Chanel, Gucci, Prada, Tiffany, Gianni Versace and more. All the magic of the city unfolds after dark, in its salsa-filled dance halls, candlelit lounges, and rooftop bars with sweeping views over Biscayne Bay and the city skyline.

Cher poses for a portrait in 1978
Cher is among celebrities with homes in Miami. Photo by Harry Langdon/Getty Images

You’d never know who you’ll spot as Miami certainly has drawn the stars over the years. If you’re in the mood for local star spotting, celebrities with homes in Miami include Cher, Matt Damon, Jennifer Lopez, Shakira, Julio Iglesias, Shaquille O’Neal and Ricky Martin.

For more suggestions on the best celebrity hotspots in Miami, check out Visit Florida here.