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 3/27/2009 7:49:04 PM ET 2009-03-27T23:49:04

The deal
Miami has reigned as one of America's capitals of cool for the past decade, ever since the first storied resorts began luring vacationers to the urban sun-swept shores. The skinny island of Miami Beach and South Beach (SoBe in short) has grown exponentially since then.

In fact, Miami developers have recently built a slew of new hi-end hotels like Gansevoort South and Miami Viceroy. And, this spring, you can avoid the high price tags with these value opening rates and special offers, starting from $230/night.

Miami Viceroy from $230 a night
Just a short drive from South Beach, the brand new Miami Viceroy offers 162 one- and two-bedroom guestrooms conveniently outfitted with kitchenettes, LCD TVs and iPod docking stations. For your relaxation needs, this well-located property also offers a two-acre rooftop lounge and pool terrace, and a 28,000-square-foot fitness and spa complex equipped with an infrared sauna, eucalyptus steam room, and 10 treatment rooms. Grand opening rates start at just $230/night.

Mondrian Miami Hotel from $300 a night
Located just minutes from South Beach on trendy West Avenue, the Mondrian Miami Hotel offers stylish accommodations with spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean, Biscayne Bay, and downtown Miami. Spa fanatics looking for a way to indulge should consider the hotel’s special Spa Junkie package which includes accommodations, a complimentary spa amenity upon arrival, and 20 percent off all spa services. Rates for this package start at $300/night.

Fontainebleau Miami Beach from $311 a night
Miami’s historic hotel is new again. After a lengthy and expensive ($1 billion dollar) renovation, the stylish 1950s-era Fontainebleau Miami Beach is once again a prime overnight address for beachgoers. As a way of welcoming back its guests, the hotel is currently offering a special discounted package. Guests who book a stay of four nights or more by March 31 will enjoy their fourth night free. Travel is valid on stays through April 30 and rates start at just $311/night.

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The Eden Roc from $319 a night
Located on the beautiful Florida beachfront on prestigious Millionaire’s Row, The Eden Roc is the perfect location to relax in style while visiting Miami. The resort is currently putting the finishing touches on a $180 million-dollar makeover, featuring the addition of a 21-story tower with 282 rooms and 15 bi-level bungalow suites. To celebrate, it’s offering a Be The First Promotion, which includes daily breakfast for two, two cocktails, and a $180 resort credit that can be used for spa, dining and shopping during your visit. The offer is valid through April 30 and a three-night minimum stay is required. Rates start at $319/night.

Gansevoort South Hotel & Spa from $325 a night
This brand-new southern outpost of the sleek and contemporary New York City hotspot boasts 334 spacious and sun-filled guestrooms, a David Barton-designed gym and spa, and an expansive 110-foot rooftop pool with private cabanas. To help you make the most of your stay, the hotel’s special Night Owl package includes deluxe accommodations, VIP access and cocktails for two at several area nightclubs, complimentary valet parking, and a free bottle of Svedka vodka to kick start your wild South Beach stay. Package rates start at just $325.

The Blue Hotel and Resort from $345 a night
Kickstart your relationship with a Guaranteed Connection package available at The Blue, a grand Floridian-style mansion located in the chic Doral suburb of Miami. Your romantic two-night getaway will include cocktails upon arrival, a massage, breakfast in bed for two, champagne, strawberries, and a special “between the sheets” gift basket with bath salts, candles, and even a Kama Sutra book! Rates start a $345/night for stays through April 30.

The dollars
Based on double occupancy. Taxes and fees are additional.

The catch
Sun lotion and shades not included.

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