Miami Beach, Florida Travel Guide

Stopover: Miami Beach, Florida

Heading to the Caribbean? Rather than just switching planes in Miami, why not stick around for a few nights? Spend an afternoon milling about the galleries and fun grafti  in the Wynwood Arts District. Though many have left for cheaper ground, their spaces have been replaced by cool shops like Shinola and Base, plus a few great cafés and restaurants. Near Wynwood is the chic Design District, full of big names like Given- chy, Rick Owens, Lanvin, Martin Margiela, Hermès, Tom Ford and more. The authentic Cuban vibe of Calle Ocho in Little Havana is a perfect pre- Caribbean pit stop, with its coffee counters, beauty parlours, gift shops and bakeries.

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And, of course, you’ll need to get your pre-tan on at South Beach, so you don’t land in the Caribbean with a blindingly white belly. While you’re there, grab a cocktail at one or more of the heavyweight hotels like the Edition, the Delano, the Sagamore (which has its own very cool art collection), 1 Hotel and the new Faena Hotel. — Doug Wallace

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The Travelpro Crew 11 21″ Carry-On Spinner is our new go-to bag, coming complete with an exterior USB port that lets you power up on the go (battery not included). The revalue, though, is the wobble-proof handle and easy steering: While most luggage has a mind of its own, this one’s self- aligning magnetic wheels make it easier to weave through crowded airport lines with your hands full.

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The Hoxton, Holborn, London, U.K.

There are so many hotels in London it makes your head spin. Ditto the prices. So the smart money is on nding the best value, and the 174-room Hoxton, Holborn ticks all the boxes and more. The key here is the excellent location: You’ll save a fortune on cabs with so much within walking distance, including Oxford Street and Soho, the West End theatres and Covent Garden; the Holborn tube station is just down the street. The area has plenty of bars and restaurants to check out, including the hotel’s Hubbard & Bell. The rooms are super-functional with a refreshing yet quirky design — retro light xtures, cheeky toile wallpaper, salon-style artwork, leather accents. Freebies include

Wi-Fi and international calls, plus a breakfast bag hung on the doorknob in the morning with bananas, yogurt, granola and OJ. From $400, thehoxton.com D.W.

 

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