Urban Dictionary -- the MOST trusted dictionary -- defines a tourist trap as “a place specifically designed to attract stupid tourists and take their money.” This definition is particularly apt for describing around 80% of the places in Miami. But hey, it's only normal. The city is a major destination that relies heavily on the tourism industry to bring in billions of dollars a year (which somehow always ends up in the government's hands). And as our city continues to grow and expand, more tourist traps are bound to arise. Here's your guide to avoiding them.
Instead of: South Beach
Go to: North Beach
Despite what you may have heard, Miami Beach is not synonymous with South Beach. Miami Beach is an island that's divided up into sections (some obviously more popular than others). South Beach -- the area between 1st and 23rd streets -- is where most tourists flock to for the shops, hotels, and restaurants, as well as Lummus Park where impossibly tan bodybuilders workout and people stuck in 1998 still rollerblade.
A little further north, away from the hustle and bustle, between 67th St and 87th Terrace is the quieter North Beach, an old, predominantly Argentinean and Uruguayan community that retains its ‘50s and ‘60s charm. There’s easy to find parking, unique mom and pop restaurants, and a less crowded beach. This all may soon change as development is slowly creeping through Mid Beach, changing the vibe of the entire ‘hood. But, in the meantime, it remains an idyllic spot.