I have compiled a list of the most important sites every tourist and local alike must see while in South Florida. And while most people will insist on the obvious like South Beach and the water taxis my list is a lot more eclectic, cultural, local, and different. Here is my list in order of importance and how much time you will need to visit each. Keep in mind that all my opinions only and there are many other places and attractions, but these are the ones that I feel are off the beaten path and a little less congested with tourists. It also gives you a chance to give back to the local business community.\n\n\n Wynwood Art District in Miami. Approximately two hours, but add one or two more if you want to include a meal and drinks. \n\nVizcaya of Miami. This is an all morning or all afternoon museum visit that is worth its weight in gold. The house alone is less than an hour. It's the gardens that take so long to view all because of its sheer size and beauty. \nVizcaya Coral Gables\n\nFord and Edison Estates in Fort Myers. This is an all day excursion as the drive from Miami or Fort Lauderdale is about 1/1.5 hours. Two homes, a museum, and lab are on the property so be inclined to stay awhile to take it all in. There truly is nothing like this as both men were visionaries in their fields.\n\n\nMIracle Mile of Coral Gables. This lovely area of Coral Gables is a beautiful walk on both sides of the street and includes all kinds of shops and restaurants. However, don't be surprised to see many a brides to be modeling their gowns on the street. It's quite a spectical. This is an afternoon or early evening with time for dinner. \n\nCuban Crafters of Miami. This surely is what you would be looking for if you want a real taste of how a fine cigar is made. Local craftsmen dot the premises making cigars by hand right in front of you. Feel free to sample what you like, partake in a cup of Cuban coffee, and even get a straight razor shave while there. If you do it all, about an hour. \n\nBillie Swamp Safari. This is probably the best toured Everglades experience you will have. It's pricey, but worth it as you will not only be a passenger on an airboat ride, but on a buggy ride as well where you will see all kinds of native wildlife. This is an entire afternoon experience. While you are there it's a good idea to check out the native Indian art and crafts for purchase. \n\nLincoln Road of Miami Beach. This is literally an outdoor shopping mall in the heart of Miami Beach. The area boasts all kinds of local foods and retail shops. While all of the local retail stores have all but gone because of high rents, it is still a wonderful place for a stroll and dinner as the architecture is completely art deco. This takes an early evening as the day is quite hot. Be prepared to spend a least two to three hours there. \n\nLas Olas Blvd. and downtown Fort Lauderdale. I'm going to lump these two together even though they are separated by a river. This is a fabulous area to walk, dine, and enjoy a fine local meal. The summers can be quite dreadful during the day, but evenings and winter hours are fabulous. Parking is a bit of a problem, so get there early. Best bet is to have dinner and a stroll on Las Olas and then catch a ride to the other side of the river to downtown and go bar hopping. \n\nWarsaw Coffee, The Alchemist, and Funky Buddha of Fort Lauderdale. I am also going to lump these three together because they are all in the same city and close to each other. If you are a lover of fine, locally brewed coffee then the first two are amazing. I like the iced coffee in both. However, Warsaw's iced coffee is cold brewed and the Alchemist's is not. It is served with coffee ice cubes instead. Funky Buddha is a local beer brewery and offers all kinds of local craft beers and tours. You can spend all day at the three if you really want to, so it is totally up to you. Or, go to one for coffee in the morning, Buddha for some beer, and then back to the other coffee bar for a refresher.