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Top 5 A-Lister Must Go To Restaurants In Miami 

The Cruise Capital of the World is only one of the names given to Miami and whether you reach the shores of this beautiful city on a boat or on a plane, everything it has to offer is a treat! As popular as it is for business, Miami has a healthy quotient of fun and entertainment too and is quite popular with tourists, celebrities and business professionals alike.
 
Some of the restaurants here are a haven for fine dining and if you book your tables in advance, you can land the best seat with a view that has your favorite stars in it as well! Here’s a list of 5 restaurants where the chances of that happening are among the highest in Miami!
 
 
The Forge
432 West 41st Street, Miami Beach, FL 33140, United States
 
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People who walk into The Forge usually do so with high expectations thanks to the hype created around the restaurant by critics and fans alike. Thankfully, the restaurant does not only impress, but exceeds these expectations. The tables here are always in demand and booking even a week in advance is not enough on some days. The prices of the wine and food here range from the reasonable to the expensive, so even if you wish to have a classy experience without spending too much, it fits in just right with your plans. Of course, the chance of seeing celebrities is a bonus!
 
 
Casa Tua
Casa Tua Hotel, 1700 James Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139, United States
 
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Elegant, romantic, homely and beautiful, all at the same time – the ambiance of Casa Tua is enough to make you come back repeatedly. The refreshing views the restaurant presents, both inside and out, are perfectly backed up by a menu that speaks to the food lover in you. Some find the prices to be excessive, but then again, a place as good as this one is meant to be exceptional in every way, the price included! One important thing to remember is that the restaurant does not allow you to carry your own wine, something most beachside restaurants in Miami usually do. So, get ready to spend a little extra there, but considering the amazing cocktails offered here as well as an impressive wine list, you surely won’t miss your own bottle!
 
 
Cavalli Restaurant & Lounge
150 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139, United States  
 
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When a fashion designer is involved in the mix, you can expect something eclectic and the Cavalli Restaurant & Lounge will let you experience just that. It’s high on glamor and the luxurious interiors are known to shock and awe many diners. The service is warm and welcoming so even while you are overwhelmed by the visuals, you’ll find the place helping you get comfortable in an instant. Of course, you can count on spending most of your dining time checking out the lush and tasteful view, celebrities included.
 
When you’re finally able to pay attention to the food on your table, you will find a great mix of traditional Italian cuisine sharing space comfortably with modern twists. You can trust the servers to recommend the best wines to go with them and your dining experience is all set to be a memorable one.
 
 
Prime One Twelve
Brown’s Hotel, 112 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139, United States
 
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Prime One Twelve or Prime 112 labels itself “the first modern steakhouse in the United States,” and lives up to the claim by maintaining a restaurant that is among the best in Miami! The dining atmosphere here is quite different from conventional formal dining and is even casual to a point. The reviews here are great and when you have celebrities and high-flying clientele frequenting without complaints, you know you can depend on the experience. Great food, sparkling drinks, an amazing atmosphere and beautiful looking people all around – can one ask for a more Miami experience?
 
 
The Restaurant at The Setai
2001 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139, United States
 
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An open kitchen makes for quite a boisterous view and when you have a restaurant like this, you know you can add extra memorable moments to your dining experience. Regional Mediterranean cuisine is the specialty here and the dishes offer flavors and scents that are in line with the richness of the region. The ‘Plancha’ method of cooling ensures that every dish retains the original flavors of the ingredients, thus making them even more magical. The service at The Restaurant at The Setai of course makes the dining experience even more memorable, while the presence of globetrotters, celebrities and the crème de la crème of Miami ensure that you are dining with the best crowds.
 
 
The 5 restaurants on this list rule the scene of celebrity spotting in the city, and with a table at any of them, you have quite a chance of mixing your Miami holiday with a healthy dose of stargazing. So go ahead and book those tables because we all know how such in-demand places usually turn out to be!

 

 

Top 7 Favorite Celebrity Summer Vacation Spots

Being famous means you won’t catch a break from paparazzi and a personal vacation with family seems like a far-fetched idea. But, if you have the dough, you can go anywhere! So, where exactly does a celebrity go for summer vacation? We spotted some of the most famous people holidaying in exotic getaways and prepared this list of top 7 celebrity summer vacation spots.
 
1. Bora Bora, French Polynesia
 
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Bora Bora has been considered to be one of the best summer vacation destinations in the world. Celebrities including Kristen Bell, Kristin Davis, Vince Vaughn, and Jason Bateman seem inclined to agree. These people have been spotted visiting the St. Regis Bora Bora resort. Celebrity couples like Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr also visit Bora Bora regularly.
 
Bora Bora is an island among the Leeward group of islands of French Polynesia. It is situated about 143 miles northwest of Papeete. The island is surrounded by a lagoon with a barrier reef. Two extinct volcanoes, Mount Pahia and Mount Otemanu, rise up to the height of 727 meters. The main feature of Bora Bora, and perhaps the one you might have seen in most pictures, is over-the-water bungalows on stilts. Most of the attractions in the region are aqua-centric such as snorkeling and scuba diving.
 
2. Los Cabos, Mexico
 
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A perfect spring break spot, Los Cabos, is gaining popularity among celebrities. Popular seaside hotel One & Only Palmilla has hosted celebrities like Jennifer Aniston, Christina Aguilera, and Lauren Conrad. They have been spotted soaking in the rays at the private beaches of the hotel.
 
Los Cabos is situated at the southern tip of Baja California Peninsula of Mexico. It is an exotic place where the desert meets the sea. Tourists will love to indulge in sport fishing, luxurious resorts, serene beaches and golf among other activities. Los Cabos receives a million visitors every year and during the year, two major events take place – Spring Break and Sammy Hagar’s Birthday.
 
3. Lake Como, Italy
 
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Lake Como or Lario, the Latin name, is a lake in Lombardy, Italy. It’s one of the deepest lakes in Europe with 200 meters of depth and spread over an area of 146 square kilometers. George Clooney visits his villa on Lake Como with his famous friends on a regular basis. The 18th century villa has 15 rooms and has hosted the famous cast of Ocean’s Eleven in the past, including Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Bono, and Cindy Crawford. However, many other celebrities like spending leisure time at Villa d’Este away from all the paparazzi. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Paul McCartney, Ralph Lauren, and Sylvester Stallone are other big names that like to vacation here. At Lake Como, the most popular attractions are its landscape and wildlife. However, many tourists also enjoy sailing, kite-surfing and windsurfing.
 
4. St. Barts, French West Indies
 
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This small Island in the Caribbean has hosted dozens of Hollywood stars over the past few years and most of them visit season after season. The stars like to shop, lay on white sandy beaches or take their million dollar yachts for a spin. The eight square mile island has seen many famous couples visiting including Beyoncé/Jay-Z, Gwen Stefani/Gavin Rossdale, and Minka Kelly/Derek Jeter.
 
Officially known as Saint Barthelemy, St Barts is situated at 35 kilometers southeast of Saint Martin. It is a volcanic island surrounded by shallow reefs more popular for its white beaches. Due to its high standards of living, it is easily one the most expensive destinations, only for us that is – not for celebrities!
 
5. Bhutan, Asia
 
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This vacation spot is different from others on this list. It does not have beaches or blue waters surrounding it. However, celebrities visit Bhutan for its scenic beauty and remoteness. Bhutan is a country that allows only a limited number of visitors per year and it has hosted celebs like Leonardo DiCaprio, Cameron Diaz, and Drew Barrymore. Most of them come for peace because they know the crowd won’t disturb them.
 
Bhutan is one of the Himalayan kingdoms that has survived. It has nature’s beauty in it’s purest form and is still protected from overcrowding. For those who seek inner peace coupled with a luxurious retreat, Bhutan is the spot for a summer vacation.
 
6. Maui, Hawaii
 
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Even within the USA, there are summer vacation spots that are loved by celebrities. Maui in Hawaii is known for its tropical climate and has won awards as the Best Island in the World. Celebs like Britney Spears, Oprah, Paris Hilton, Olivia Wilde and many others have been spotted enjoying holidays and unwinding in Hawaii.
 
This second largest Island of Hawaii is spread in 727 square miles area. Tourists like the clean sandy beaches and blue waters of the Pacific Ocean. Major attractions in Maui include Hana Highway, Lahaina, and Haleakala National Park. However, it’s the water sports that visitors enjoy the most.
 
7. Miami, Florida
 
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Who can miss this crazy party powerhouse in the USA? Miami, Florida is a city full of luxury hotels and a crazy nightlife proving to be a perfect party ground for celebs. Hot stars like LeAnn Rimes, Rihanna, Selena Gomez, and Hayden Panettiere have been spotted in bikinis at the beaches and stars like Matt Damon like longer stays and own a second house in Miami.
 
Next to Vegas, Miami is the most popular summer vacation destination for sun and fun. Whether you like to sun-bathe on the beach or near the rooftop pool of a luxurious hotel, Miami has every experience to offer.

 
So, the question is, where are you headed next?

 

 

The BEST Guide To Spend 48 Hours In South Beach

South Beach or SoBe, as it is commonly known as, may be your perfect weekend getaway. If you happen to be in Florida, this neighborhood is a must-visit on your tour list. You can simply stroll down the beach or witness some amazing historical architecture, like the Art Deco style for example. For the foodies, there’s a variety of beachside dining options available with a calm beach view while you enjoy your meals. The more adventure-seeking people can visit the Haulover Park for a game of tennis, some golf swings, fishing, or simply a bicycle ride in the park. There is so much for everyone; it is a complete family entertainment destination. During the day, it is packed with a lot of beachgoers and a lot of hustle-bustle is equally happening. The following is a time lapse over a period of 36 hours and some of the key events you can consider while planning to explore the breathtaking South Beach.

Day 1

3 p.m.

Beachside stroll

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If you wish to cover the whole neighborhood on foot, it could be quite exhausting. Renting bicycles are quite convenient, and definitely a good option to consider. However, the choice is yours. There are some bike rental facilities at moderate prices ranging from $6 per hour to approximately $24 for a day trip. Lincoln Road Mall is a convenient starting point for your bike trip. Washington Avenue to Alton Road offers a wide range of shopping options, ranging from breaking your bank to saving those pennies! A lot of beach essentials are available throughout the shopping strip for pedestrians. Flip flops, beach hats, and the entire beach goodies are available right here.

Apart from that, you will also be able to relax and enjoy some hot coffee or some ice cream. For the art lovers, there are art galleries situated here. In addition, high end designer brands all populate the neighborhood shopping avenue.

Day 1

6 p.m.

Dinnertime

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Ocean Drive doesn’t offer those classy dining options that some tourists prefer. The beachside restaurants have satisfactory flavors and don’t appeal much. Dining is usually done on Lincoln Road which has some sophisticated restaurants that are a much desired option for the tourists as well as those who regularly pay visits to SoBe. Sushi lovers can enjoy some amazing seafood cuisine at SushiSamba.

Day 1

10 p.m.

Night Stroll

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As the sun sets, beach visitors as well as the pedestrians lurk behind the shadows of one another. After your dinner, you can head for the artistic Art Deco architectural hotels that are a visual treat. The famous hotels like Colony and Boulevard are all decorated with artistic light in shades of blue and red, and sometimes pink.

Day 2

8 a.m.

Breakfast

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Bed teas would not be served, but nevertheless, there are a lot of breakfast options available, the most common on the menu being eggs along with coffee or tea. Breakfast can also be enjoyed on the prime beach-view spots. A moderate amount of $10 would be sufficient enough for a hearty meal. Other breakfast meals like French toast with caramelized apples or waffles can also be enjoyed for less than $10.

If you are not an early bird and manage to get out of bed by brunch time, there are also classy brunch spots at some hotels. Brunch can include pancakes served with blueberries or strawberries, eggs, and French toast served with bananas. Brunch options range above $10 and can go up to $18, depending on how sophisticated you wish to dine. Newspaper stands are open 24/7 and international newspapers are also available to read.

Day 2

10 a.m.

Beach Activities

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As afternoon approaches, you can stroll down the white sand strip or probably sun bathe at a convenient spot, keeping yourself safe by lathering on a lot of sun screen. There are a lot of parks that have beach entertainment facilities like volleyball and beach playgrounds. Dedicated playgrounds for toddlers are also available. Nature calls are well taken care of with properly maintained public toilets. You can dine indoors at a sophisticated restaurant or you need not leave your beach spot and enjoy lunch there itself. Waterfront restaurants take care of the beach visitors by ensuring they have a good beach view throughout their dining experience.

If you are in for some light foods, there are snacks and sandwiches available in nearby grocery stores or deli spots; you can grab them before you head for the beach to spend a longer time without any lunch interruptions. Some eateries offer special customized lunch options specially prepared by popular chefs. Some places may just break the bank for you. Be careful with what you spend on meals. There is a lot more to enjoy than just food.

Day 2

1 p.m.

Art Visits

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The entire Art Deco district comprises of numerous buildings that speak volumes of their historic look and feel. These buildings date back to the 1920s and some have been constructed later around the 1940s. The old architectural style is worth a visit.

To help you understand more of the architecture, walking tours have been organized at certain destinations by the Art Deco Welcome Center. These tours take short stop overs at certain hotels, restaurants, and even some commercial centers. The tours can take up to ninety minutes of walking. If you wish to explore on your own, there are audio-guided tours provided at around $15. You can walk and explore the buildings at your own pace. To acknowledge the contribution that the LGBT community has provided over to Miami Beach, a dedicated LGBT tour is also organized by the Welcome Center.

Besides this, there are art galleries and museums that display paintings and sculptures dating back 500 years. The Wolfsonian-Florida International University Museum specifically displays the entities of the Industrial Revolution to World War II. Many other art galleries are also a treat for the art lovers.

Day 2

5 p.m.

Top Views

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To enjoy the beach and the city from a different angle, head over to the Juvia penthouse which is a restaurant standing at 10,000 square feet. The restaurant offers indoor as well as outdoor dining options. The prime cuisines served are Japanese, Peruvian, as well as French. The food may not appeal to a variety of tourists, but the restaurant provides a breathtaking view of the city. The rooftop makes you almost reach out to the moon! The restaurant has worn accolades for its state-of-the-art design and capacity.

Day 3

9 a.m.

Fitness regime

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Heading to the gym every day is a need for all fitness enthusiasts. SoBe has designed an outdoor workout plan for the fitness freaks! Trough tracks have been installed along the stretch of sand for jogging, cycling and skating. You may be strolling or taking a brisk walk, and you might happen to have a Segway board rush past you! Be careful and keep a watch of all the passers-by around you in order to avoid any uncomfortable circumstances. Close to nature workout plans have also been designed for those who wish to go green! The Miami Botanical Garden is populated with plants of all varieties, tropic as well as sub tropic, and those interested can take a nice walk in the garden, all with no admission fee.

Day 3

2:00 p.m.

Lunch time

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Espanola Way has shops with Spanish architecture engravings. The restaurants provide light meals, snacks, and also ice cream. The Mediterranean influence in Spain and France can be seen in the cuisine as well as the architecture. This place was once a popular destination for gamblers, but now it is a much cleaner and a well maintained area. This place can remind you of Little Italy based in New York, though it is much more sophisticated. It is an attractive area in South Beach, Miami.

You can get more information of the aforementioned places by clicking on the following links.

  • Art Deco Welcome Center provides complete services for visitors and more information can be gathered here.
  • Juvia Penthouse is a must-visit for first time tourists. More information is available here.
  • Miami Botanical Garden is a beautiful serene stroll close to nature. Explore it here.
  • News Café is the oldest sidewalk café in Miami since 1988. Learn more about it here.
  • Wolfsonian- Florian International University Museum is situated in the heart of the Art Deco district and more information on current and scheduled exhibitions, visiting hours, and admission fee can be gathered here.
  • If you want to find out about Miami’s upcoming events, then click here.

 

 

Top 5 Favorite Celebrity Beaches in the US

The bronzed, toned bodies of celebrities are often seen on America’s beautiful beaches, playing in the surf, relaxing and partying. Want to know what the top 5 favorite celebrity beaches in the US are? Find out below!
 
Hawaii
 
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The eight islands of Hawaii have long been a favorite beach vacation destination for celebrities, with A-listers like Katy Perry, Will Smith, Kim Kardashian, Charlize Theron and Cameron Diaz being spotted in the surf.
 
Kauai seems to attract many of the rich and spoiled, some of whom enjoy their time at the St. Regis Princeville, a 5-star resort on Hanalei Bay. Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck have been known to stay at the enormous hideaway, which features its own waterfall, working cattle ranch and de rigeur spa.
 
Southampton, NY
 
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With its sprawling beaches and more than 7 miles of shoreline, Southampton is a beautiful vacation spot along the Atlantic. It also has private estates of the well-to-do and is a playground for the upper crust. With exclusive shops and fine dining within its village center, there are plenty of opportunities to spot celebrities.
 
South Beach, Miami
 
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South Beach is a draw for stars from Jennifer Lopez and Shakira to the Kardashian clan and Will Smith. Not only is there Miami’s non-stop nightlife to enjoy, but nature beckons with clear water, constant sunshine and miles of golden sandy beaches.
 
With A-List accommodations including places like the Fontainebleau, Tides, The Delano and the Ritz-Carleton, stars can be pampered between boardwalk saunters.
 
If stars feel a need to work while they play, the Setai has a 2,500-square-foot ocean-view recording studio inside. Designed by Lenny Kravitz, performers who have laid tracks there include Beyonce, Timbaland and Mary J. Blige.
 
Other celebrities said to have stayed at the South Beach hotel, with its Art Deco touches and Zen Asian influence, include Gisele and Tom Brady, Jay-Z, Beyonce, Leonardo DiCaprio and Bono, but here’s no word on which of the guests took the $30,000-a-night penthouse suite with its Steinway piano, large coral-encased Jacuzzi tubs, and private rooftop infinity pool.
 
Malibu, Los Angeles
 
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If you rub shoulders with celebrities, it stands to reason that the place they work and live is also the place they play. Malibu beaches have seen the likes of David Beckham with sons Cruz, Brooklyn and Romeo, and it’s no wonder that the rich and famous spend time there. After all, the Carbon Beach section of Malibu is known as “Billionaire’s Beach,” with multi-million dollar homes lining the mile-long beachfront. Just as an example, Courtney Cox and then-husband David Arquette had a home on Carbon Beach, which they sold for $33.5 million after their split.
 
Hyannis, MA
 
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Although most people related Hyannis in Cape Cod with the Kennedy’s Hyannis Port compound, it’s also a family-friendly place with a laid-back atmosphere and superior wind-surfing available at the very walkable and well-maintained Kalmus Beach, known for its excellent dunes.
 
Of course, when Taylor Swift descended on Hyannis, purchasing a summer home near the Kennedy compound, the paparazzi went wild. Apparently, she sold the Cape Cod-style house nearly as fast as she dropped the Kennedy boyfriend, and turned a nice profit at the same time. The celebrity connection may have helped boost the final sale price, with Swift making nearly $1 million dollars after owning the house for just seven months.
 
A big draw in the area is the Cape Cod Melody Tent, where performers like Aretha Franklin, B.B. King and the Beach Boys have performed on the rotating stage. With an eclectic choice of stars, there’s something for everyone: Ziggy Marley opened this year’s summer season playing to a sold out crowd and comedian Bill Cosby performed at the Melody Tent at the end of August.