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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Naples, Fla., from $149 a night
This resort package includes spa and golf discounts, plus time on the tennis courts.

The Real Deal: The Fall Getaway package at the Naples Grande Beach Resort includes a one-night stay; breakfast buffet for two; cocktails for two; one hour of tennis daily; 25 percent off golf tee times at the 18-hole Naples Grande Golf Club; 15 percent off spa treatments at Golden Door Spa; and complimentary valet parking (valued at $18 per night). Rates start at $149 per room per night.

When: Through Dec. 22, 2009.

The fine print: Taxes are additional. Based on single or double occupancy. Up to two children aged 17 or younger stay free.

Contact: 888/722-1266, naplesgranderesort.com.

Why it's a deal: The discounted rate and all the extras amount to a savings of 40 percent.

St. Petersburg Beach, Fla., from $129 a night
Save 50 percent on this Thanksgiving package in central Florida.

The Real Deal: The Postcard Inn on the Beach is offering a Thanksgiving package that includes a one-night stay in a garden room, breakfast, and a Thanksgiving Day turkey dinner for two with trimmings, two appetizers, and a choice of two desserts. For each additional night booked, guests will receive a $25 food and beverage credit valid at the hotel's restaurant and bar. The St. Petersburg Beach barrier island community on the west coast of Florida is a short drive from downtown St. Petersburg.

When: Nov. 20–30, 2009.

The fine print: Taxes are an additional 12 percent. Based on single or double occupancy. Thanksgiving meals for additional guests are about $20 per adult and $13 per child (ages 10 and under). Additional nights are $109 per room per night.

Contact: 800/237-8918, postcardinn.com.

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Why it's a deal: The package rate of $129 per room per night presents a savings of about 50 percent off the regular room prices.

Naples, Fla., from $159 a night
This oceanfront hotel stay includes reserved beach chairs, unlimited tennis, and kids' activities.

The Real Deal: The Fall Value Rates package features one night at the oceanfront Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club on the Gulf of Mexico; complimentary daily use of two reserved beach chairs, which usually cost $10 per chair per day; unlimited use of tennis courts, which is normally $10 per person per hour; and access to the spa and fitness center facilities, which usually costs $20 per person per day. Guests also get complimentary valet parking, afternoon tea and cookies, and supervised morning activities for children ages 5 to 12 at the Beach Klub 4 Kids. Rates start from $159 per room per night.

When: Through Dec. 20, 2009.

The fine print: Breakfast is not included. Taxes are an additional 10 percent. Based on single or double occupancy.

Contact: 800/237-7600, naplesbeachhotel.com.

Why it's a deal: This special package will save you anywhere from $71 to $166 per room per night compared to standard room rates, which start at $230 per room per night in the fall and $325 per room per night in the winter. Plus you get all the perks listed above, like unlimted tennis and reserved beach chairs, for free.

Miami, from $159 a night
A discounted stay at a boutique hotel in downtown Miami.

The Real Deal: The Fall into Epic Savings package offers savings on one-, two-, and three-night stays at the Epic Hotel in downtown Miami. The property is about half a mile from Miami's Bayside Market Place and less than a mile from the Port of Miami. Package rates start at $159 per room per night; add $1 per room per night for breakfast.

When: Through Dec. 27, 2009; the lowest rates are available through Nov. 28 and Dec. 14–24.

The fine print: The 20 percent discount is included in the starting rate. The optional $1 breakfast charge must be added at the time of booking. Taxes are an additional 13 percent. Based on single or double occupancy.

Contact: 866/760-3742, epichotel.com.

Why it's a deal: You'll save roughly 20 percent for a one- or two-night stay and about 33 percent for three nights.

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