Exploring the best of Miami, with cheap flights from Nashville

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If you're looking for an international escape but want to keep your passport at home, consider planning a vacation to Miami. The worldly city is located on Florida's southeastern tip. Its Cuban influence is reflected in the cafes and cigar shops that line Calle Ocho in Little Havana.

On barrier islands across the turquoise waters of Biscayne Bay is Miami Beach, home to South Beach. This glitzy neighborhood is famed for its colorful art deco buildings, white sand, surfside hotels and trendsetting nightclubs. Glamour aside, the city has plenty of quality restaurants, bars and attractions to appease any budget traveler.

It’s more doable than you think. According to travel site Skyscanner, there are plenty of flights from Nashville to Miami in the next few months, and the prices aren't too shabby.

So if you're looking for a change of scenery, here are some deals to put on your to-do list. (Prices and availability are current as of publication and subject to change.)

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Flight deals to Miami

Currently, the cheapest flights between Nashville and Miami are if you leave on Jan. 6 and return from Florida on Jan. 8. American Airlines currently has roundtrip tickets for $145.

There are also deals to be had later in January. If you fly out of Nashville on Jan. 31 and return from Miami on Feb. 3, American Airlines can get you there and back for $254 roundtrip.

Top Miami hotels

To plan your stay, here are two of Miami's top-rated hotels, that we selected from Skyscanner's listings based on price and customer satisfaction.

The Fontainebleau Miami Beach (4441 Collins Ave.)

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If you're looking to splurge on top quality, consider The Fontainebleau Miami Beach. The hotel has a 4.5-star rating on Skyscanner, and rooms are currently available for $399.

"Amenities include an ocean view spa, a dreamlike pool oasis, shops, trendy bars and iconic clubs, various restaurants and three beautiful ballrooms," wrote reviewer Josefine.

The Mandarin Oriental, Miami (500 Brickell Key Drive)

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A second option is The Mandarin Oriental, Miami. With a 4.9-star rating on Skyscanner, the hotel is one of the most luxurious in the city. Rooms are currently listed for $299/night.

Top picks for dining and drinking

If you're looking to snag a bite at one of Miami's many quality eateries, here are a couple of popular culinary destinations from Skyscanner's listings that will help keep you satiated.

Joe's Stone Crab (11 Washington Ave.)

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If you're looking for a local favorite, head to Joe's Stone Crab, which has an average of 4.6 stars out of 87 reviews on Skyscanner.

"Joe's was truly incredible," wrote visitor Shane. "Food and service were first-class. ... The staff [was] delightful. We had jumbo claws, which were delicious, as was the grilled tomato side with cheese. Reasonably priced, given the experience. Highly recommended."

Versailles Cuban Restaurant (3501 S.W. Eighth St.)

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Another popular dining destination is Versailles Cuban Restaurant, with 4.4 stars from 93 reviews.

In the heart of Little Havana lies this wonderful Cuban restaurant that so many have traveled so far to see. If you want to experience an authentic Cubano or a cafe, this is the place. The colorful locals lend an atmosphere to this small, cultural institution.

"This is the most famous Cuban restaurant in Miami," wrote reviewer James. "An amazing selection of Cuban cuisine with great service. Many U.S. presidents have stopped to experience the restaurant when visiting Miami."

What to see and do in Miami

Not sure what to do in Miami, besides eat and drink? Here are two recommendations, provided by Skyscanner.

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens (3251 S. Miami Ave.)

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First up is Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, where guests can spend hours exploring the 10 acres this famed villa sits on, taking walks through the gardens and spending time at the waterfalls and fountains, before taking pictures at the reflecting pools. One can also walk between the stone balustrades that hold decorative urns, which are filled with flowers from the region.

"Well worth a half-day visit," wrote visitor Shane. "The gardens are lovely and good fun for kids to run around and get lost. ... Lovely place just to go and spend some time and relax. Great views across to Key Biscayne too."

Wynwood Walls (2520 N.W. Second Ave.)

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Lastly, consider checking out Wynwood Walls, a permanent outdoor mural exhibit.

Wynwood Walls features some of the world's most renowned street artists. Additionally, there are hundreds of other street art and graffiti murals around the district, curated yearly by Primary Flight, making it one of the biggest street art destinations in in the world.

"Cool place to wander around," wrote visitor Chris. "Lots of interesting art styles, along with different places to eat and drink."

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