As travel remains in flux due to an increase in COVID-19 cases across the country, you might be looking for ways to spread your wings without straying too far from home. And if the crash of ocean waves, the feeling of sand beneath your feet, and the warmth of the summer sun is calling your name, one travel company compiled a list of the 10 most Instagrammable beaches in the U.S., in case you want to relax surrounded by a picture perfect backdrop.
Holidu, a leading search engine for travel booking, combed through Instagram to find the most “hashtagged” beaches in the country, examining data from more than 6,000 beach locales. While the findings might not be totally surprising (Florida and California reign supreme when it comes to swoon-worthy ocean views), they provide tons of travel inspiration for those looking to plan a beach getaway without worrying about ever-changing international travel restrictions.
Naturally, South Beach in Miami, Florida, was crowned number one as the most hashtagged beach in the U.S. on Instagram, with a whopping 8,198,730 hashtags from its stunning shores. Spots two and three, respectively, are across the country in Southern California in picturesque Long Beach and Venice Beach. The fourth spot brings beachgoers back to Florida to luxe Palm Beach, followed by California’s Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, and Laguna Beach in the respective fifth, sixth, and seventh spots. Spot number eight belongs to Myrtle Beach in South Carolina, followed by Virginia Beach in Virginia, with the top 10 rounded out by Manhattan Beach in California.
View the entire Top 10 Most Instagrammable Beaches list from Apartment Therapy.
Halloween 2021: Miami’s best spooky cocktails to get you in the spirit
Spooky season is officially upon us. And what Miami lacks in autumn leaves and cool weather, we sure do make up for with over-the-top creepy cocktails.
This year, South Florida’s bartenders have conjured up some killer libations strong enough to revive even the deadest of Halloween spirits. From ghoulish black tipples to vampire-approved potions, trick or treat yourself to one (or all) of the Halloween-inspired drinks on this list.
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The Doral Yard’s not-so-scary spiked cider, the Apple Jack O’ Lantern, combines Jack Daniel’s apple whiskey, Fireball, and apple cider served with a cinnamon stick and dried apples ($10). Each sip will transport you to a Fall wonderland brimming with pumpkin patches and hayrides. Snag the refreshing sip throughout the month of October.
Read more from the Miami New Times.
Your ultimate travel guide to Miami Beach — hotels, activities, restaurants, and more￼
Miami Beach: Just those two words evoke steaming sun, sexy beaches, exuberant nightlife, celebrity chefs, mixologists offering their talents, stunning hotels, culture and arts, and shopping opportunities — all encased within historic art-deco, Miami Modern, and Mediterranean Revival architecture.
It’s amazing to think that only a couple of decades ago, Miami Beach — specifically the historic neighborhood South Beach — was known as “Heaven’s Waiting Room.”
Today, the city has earned itself a different nickname: the “American Riviera.”
The name hints at a playful paradise where it’s impossible to experience the city all at once — especially as the pace and demand create new venues and opportunities for entertainment.
The best way to explore Miami Beach is to follow the lead of the roughly 3.5 million annual visitors — by returning again and again.
Getting to and around Miami Beach
Founded in 1928, Miami International Airport (MIA) is the leader in flights to and from Latin America and the Caribbean.
In fact, the transit hub hosts more than 100 airlines and is the nation’s third-busiest airport for international airports.
About 60% of those who visit Miami arrive via MIA, which is about 13 miles from the heart of South Beach.
Read more from Insider.
Miami Book Fair is back with a street fair and in-person events
Miami Book Fair is back — and this edition will include in-person events.
Last year, the beloved annual event that draws thousands to Miami Dade College’s downtown Wolfson campus took place virtually, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.
There were no live author readings, no delightfully greasy arepas to eat.
No streets packed with happy readers clutching tote bags stuffed with real, made-from-dead-trees books.
No Clifford the Big Red Dog hugging starstruck little kids with painted faces.
This year the fair, which runs Nov. 14-21, is a hybrid, a blend of in-person and online events that brings the fair closer to what it was before our story took an unfortunate turn in 2020.
Read more from Miami.com/Miami Herald.