Destination Showdown: Miami vs. Cancun

Filed Under: Cancun, Miami, Restaurants
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It's the Mexican Riviera vs. the Sunshine State as Cancun and Miami battle it out for the title of Best Beach Vacation. The locations go head-to-head in 3 rounds as our experts weigh in on the fight.

Round 1: Where to Eat Round 1: Where to Eat
Cvi.Che 105
105 NE 3rd Ave, Miami, FL 33132
Visit Cvi.Che 105 for a taste of “Latin sushi,” or ceviche! Some say that this
seafood delicacy increases energy, can cure hangovers and even be an aphrodisiac.

Sr. Burrito
Tulum 19 SM. 20 (Pecari), Cancun, Quintana Roo
You haven’t had a burrito until you’ve had a Senor Burrito! Senor’s classic Mexican creations are perfect for soaking up the alcohol after a night (or day!) of drinking.

Sarussi Cafe
6797 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33144
Sarussi is known for its impressively large 16-inch Cuban sandwich -- piled high with ham, slow-roasted pork, cheese, pickles and a special sauce.
Joe's Stone Crab
11 Washington Ave,Miami Beach, FL 33139
Be prepared to wait in line for a chance to have a meal at Joe’s -- but it’s worth it! This well-known seafood restaurant is famous for its gigantic stone crab claws.
Round 2: Where to Stay Round 2: Where to Stay
The Setai
2001 Collins Ave, Miami, FL 33139
For the highest of high-end in Miami, book a room at the Setai -- an Asian-inspired 40-story high-rise with 131 suites and 3 pools.
Le Blanc Spa Resort
Blvd Kukulcan KM-10, Hotel Zone 77500 Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico
To vacation in style, book a room at the all-inclusive Le Blanc Spa Resort, featuring 3 pools, fine dining and luxurious accommodations.
The Raleigh
1775 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
The Raleigh is an iconic Art Deco hotel located right on the water in Miami’s South Beach.
Park Royale
Kukulkan 18 Zona Hotelera, 77500 Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Another outstanding all-inclusive resort in Cancun, the Park Royale is the perfect place for families and small groups looking to get away.
The Viceroy
485 Brickell Ave, Miami, FL 33131
The Viceroy is one of downtown Miami’s top luxury hotels. Step outside and you’re surrounded by tons of restaurants and shops. Plus, it’s less expensive than the South Beach options.
Round 3: What to Do Round 3: What to Do
Nikki Beach
1 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Known internationally as the “Sexiest Place on Earth,” Nikki Beach Miami lives up to its reputation.
Museo Subacuatico de Arte
Grab a snorkel and take in some underwater culture. The Museo Subacuatico de Arte has 403 permanent life-size sculptures underwater.
Mynt Lounge
1921 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
This 6,000-square-foot club is a celebrity hot spot, located right in Miami Beach.
Exotic Rides
Exotic Rides Cancun, 77500 Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico
When you get sick of the beach, head out to Exotic Rides to drive the car of your dreams on an open racetrack.
  CoCo Bongo
Blvd Kukulcan Km. 9.5, 30, Plaza Forum by the Sea, Cancún, Mexico
This popular Cancun hot spot features dancing and live music, along with shows and contests.

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