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 7/8/2008 10:52:58 AM ET 2008-07-08T14:52:58

Miami Beach, from $135 per room per night
Book the Pets Are People Too package at the boutique Aqua Hotel, and your furry friend will receive a welcome basket with gourmet dog food, a chewy bone, and bottled water. Plus, you can tuck into an included continental breakfast. Rates start at $135 per room per night.

When: Ongoing.

Details: Does not include taxes of 13 percent. Based on single or double occupancy. Use promo code PETS.

Contact: 305/538-4361, aquamiami.com.

Amelia Island, from $139 per room per night
The Hampton Inn is offering a Fuel Your Fun package. When you stay two nights, you get a $50 gas card good at Flash Floods stations, which are based primarily in Florida and Georgia (you'll get a list of locations at check-in). The hotel also offers complimentary breakfast daily and is one block from the beach—you can even borrow the beach chairs. Rates start at $139 per room per night, or $278 for the required two-night stay.

When: ThroughSept. 30, 2008.

Details: Does not include taxes of 9 percent. Based on single or double occupancy. Requires a minimum two-night stay.

Contact: 904/321-1111, ameliaislandhamptoninn.com.

St. Augustine, from $169 per room per night
After reserving the Stay and Play package at the Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village, you can enjoy one round of golf, which would normally cost $129. Also included are range balls and breakfast at the hotel's 500 South restaurant. The guest rooms are newly remodeled and have flat-screen HDTVs. Rates start at $169 per room per night.

When: Through Aug. 31, 2008.

Details: Does not include taxes of 11 percent. Based on single or double occupancy. Package rate goes up to $249 if two guests are playing golf. Use promo code G4U.

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Contact: 888/740-7020, worldgolfrenaissance.com.

Hollywood, from $179 per room per night
The Romantic Escape package at the Crowne Plaza Hollywood Beach, located between Fort Lauderdale and Miami, covers two nights in a room with a private balcony and views of the Atlantic. You'll have plenty to set the romantic mood: a bottle of sparkling wine, a bouquet of flowers, and a box of chocolates. Rates start at $179 per room per night, or $358 for the required two-night stay.

When: Through Dec. 18, 2008.

Details: Does not include taxes of 11 percent. Based on single or double occupancy. Requires a minimum two-night stay.

Contact: 954/454-4334, cphollywoodbeach.com.

Key West, from $369 per room per night
Take a weekend break with the Beachside Resort's Summer Weekend Getaway. Your room will have a view of the pool, and breakfast is included. You'll also be treated to a two-hour sunset cruise for two (a $40 per person value), plus complimentary beer, wine, and soda. Rates start at $369 per room per night, or $738 for the required two-night stay.

When: Through Sept. 30, 2008.

Details: Does not include taxes of 11 percent. There is also a parking fee of $20 per day. Based on single or double occupancy. Note that the package is only available for weekend stays (Friday and Saturday nights). Requires a two-night stay.

Contact: 800/546-0885, beachsidekeywest.com.

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For more tips on what to do, visit the state's official tourism site.

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