Photos: Miami: Sunshine statement

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  1. Tower to the people

    Lifeguard towers on Miami Beach are colorful and easy to distinguish. Lifeguards care over swimmers who play nearby, and the towers make a great meeting place when surrounded by an endless area of sand, surf and beach umbrellas. (Richard Cummins / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Hot spot

    Thousands of people descended on Miami Beach for Super Bowl XLIV between the New Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts. The city hosted a number of private and public events ahead of the big game. (Roberto Schmidt / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Wet and wild

    Jet skis cruise along Biscayne Bay near Miami Beach Marina. Tourists visiting the Bay can enjoy a number of recreational activities, including snorkeling, sailing, kayaking and more. (Richard I'anson / Lonely Planet Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Life's a beach

    South Beach, also nicknamed "The American Riviera," is well-known for celebrities, chic lifestyles and, of course, beaches. The man-made beach runs along the Atlantic Ocean for miles. (Richard I'anson / Lonely Planet Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Savoring history

    The Art Deco district of South Beach is a hot spot for celebrities and is home to eccentric residents. The district has more than 800 buildings, built in the '30s and '40s, that are architecturally protected, helping its image as a chic, popular destination. (Randy Faris / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Ear to the ground

    Caribbean Flamingos -- this one eats from a pond at the Metro Zoo in Miami -- gets their color from the carotene in its diet. (Robert Sullivan / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Dolphins walk, whales fly

    The Miami Seaquarium is a popular attraction that features eight marine animal shows. General admission tickets cost $37.95, and kids between the ages of three and nine get in for $27.95 (plus 7 percent sales tax). (Jon Davison / Lonely Planet Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Luxe lodgings

    The Biltmore Hotel of Coral Gables "has been a favorite of world leaders, celebrities and sports stars since its opening in the 1920s," its Web site boasts. The resort features 275 rooms, including 130 suites, a spa and fitness center. (The Biltmore) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Pretty in pink

    Classic buildings aren't the only thing visitors to Miami Beach will find. Vintage cars are often spotted in the Art Deco district. The annual Art Deco Weekend hosts a classic car fest where proud owners can show off their treasures. (Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Colorful celebration

    A dancer wears a costume as she participates in the Miami Carnival. The carnival has been an annual event since 1984. It has grown from a small neighborhood festival to an international event bringing live bands and calypsonians from the islands. (Joe Raedle / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Collins mix

    The renovated Delano Hotel (left), National Hotel (center) and the Sagamore Hotel line up Collins Avenue in Miami Beach. The city has a concentration of over 800 Art Deco buildings all within one square mile. (Roberto Schmidt / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Double-tall MOCA

    Miami's Museum of Contemporary Art "is internationally recognized as a force in defining new trends and directions in contemporary art," its Web site says. Admission is $5 per person, $3 for students and seniors. MOCA Members and kids under 12 can enter for free. (MOCA Miami) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Bass appeal

    The Bass Museum of Art was established 47 years ago ater Miami Beach accepted the art collection of John and Johanna Bass, and agreed it would maintain the works and make it available to the public. (Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Different strokes

    A visitor looks at "Thinking" during Art Basel Miami Beach back in 2008. "Art Basel Miami Beach is the most important art show in the United States, a cultural and social highlight for the Americas," the event's Web site boasts. This year's event takes place Dec. 2-5. (Juan Castro / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Reflective moment

    Artist Jude Papaloko is reflected in a mirror on a painted wall in his gallery, the Jakmel Gallery, in Miami. (Lynne Sladky / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Feeling the groove

    Club patrons enjoy themselves on the dance floor at Mansion nightclub in Miami Beach, Fla. Once thought of as a place to visit Grandma in January, Miami's reputation as a party city has grown since the days of "Miami Vice," through the birth of the Art Deco fashion district in the early 1990s and the more recent explosion of the South Beach club scene. (David Adame / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Port of call

    Frequent cruisers can be forgiven for seeing Biscayne Bay and Miami simply as a departure point. However, the area offers a wealth of activities and events that can satisfy tourists with a variety of different interests. (Jeff Greenberg / Lonely Planet Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Can I get a refill?

    The Venetian Pool in Coral Gables, Miami, started out as a quarry pit and was transformed in 1924 into the Venetian Casino. Now, more than 100,000 people visit Venetian Pool each year. During summer months, the pool is drained nightly and replentished from a subterranean aquifer. (Richard Cummins / Lonely Planet Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. Year of the crab

    Plates full of cracked stone crab claws are ready to be served at Joe's Stone Crab in Miami Beach. Joe Weiss opened a lunch counter in 1913, and the eatery has been serving the public for 97 consecutive seasons. (Wilfredo Lee / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. Feeling the beat

    A crowd dances to the rythmic sound of congas at a local latin club in Calle Ocho (8th street), the main street of the Little Havana district of Miami. (Roberto Schmidt / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. Home field

    Miami's Sun Life Stadium hosted Super Bowl XLIV on Feb. 7, 2010. The New Orleans Saints defeated the Indianapolis Colts by a final score of 31-17. (Dave Cross / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
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updated 2/20/2008 12:46:45 PM ET 2008-02-20T17:46:45

The Real Deal: Round-trip airfare and four nights' accommodations, from $599 per person — plus taxes and fees of $80.

When: April 1-Sept. 30, 2008; add $100 through March 31. Blackout dates: Feb. 21-23 and May 23-24.

Gateways: Chicago, D.C., New York City; add $25 for Atlanta, Atlantic City; $49 for Boston, Detroit, Nashville; $99 for Houston, Long Beach; $119 for L.A.; additional cities available.

The fine print: Hotel taxes and a nonrefundable $99 administrative charge are included. There is an additional $19 fee per room per night to be paid directly to the resort, which covers local phone calls, wireless Internet access, use of chairs and umbrellas at the beach and the pools, and access to the pools, the beach and the fitness center. Airport taxes and fuel surcharges are an additional $42 per person. Breakfast is not included. Based on double occupancy; single supplement is $449 through Mar. 31 and $349 April 1-Sept. 30. Last minute travel surcharges of $25 to $50 per person may apply if you book less than four weeks in advance. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.

Book by: March 1, for travel through March 31; Sept. 15, for travel through Sept. 30.

Contact: Online Vacation Center, 800/780-9002, onlinevacationcenter.com.

Why it's a deal: The biggest savings comes from the hotel price. A city-view double at the Royal Palm Resort in April typically costs around $266 per night midweek, including taxes and fees. A four-night stay is about $1,064, or $532 per person. For $147 more per person ($599 plus taxes of $80), Online Vacation Center's package covers the four nights' accommodations as well as round-trip airfare and all taxes.

Trip details: The Online Vacation Center package includes round-trip airfare to either Miami or Fort Lauderdale, depending on availability, and four nights at the Royal Palm Resort, a ritzy 414-room hotel in Miami's South Beach.

In addition to its location right on the beach, the Royal Palm Resort features two outdoor pools, a whirlpool, and water activities including parasailing, scuba diving and wave running. The art deco-style lobby pays homage to South Beach's artistic history, as does the Deco Lounge bar. You'll find a blend of Caribbean and American cuisine at the hotel's Britto Restaurant overlooking the ocean. If you'd like to extend your stay, extra nights at the Royal Palm Resort are $125 per person per night through March 31 and $105 per person per night from April 1 through September 30.

South Beach is the destination of choice for celebs, retirees, and college students alike. The Royal Palm Resort is within walking distance of Miami attractions like the Bass Museum of Art and the Holocaust Memorial as well as the Lincoln Road shopping district and famed Ocean Drive.

Other popular attractions include the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, a 34-room villa filled with European art and antiques; the Biltmore Hotel Tour, a glimpse of Miami's glamorous past; and Everglades National Park. Find more on what to see and do in Miami by visiting the visitors bureau Web site.

April and May are among the best months to travel as temperatures average 75-80 degrees Fahrenheit and hurricane season (June through November) hasn't kicked in yet. February and March tend to be a bit cooler — and more expensive, at least in terms of this package. Before you go, check the local forecast at BudgetTravel.com.

Copyright © 2012 Newsweek Budget Travel, Inc.

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