City Swappers: New Orleans vs. Miami

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Two couples swap lives for the chance to experience a new city. Decide for yourself if it’s just a nice place to visit, or if you’d like to live there.

                 

New Orleans Miami
Miami natives Robin and Laird head to New Orleans for a weeklong stay in a penthouse near the One Bal Harbour area of town.
New Orleans natives Grant and Stacey head to Miami for a weeklong stay in a penthouse near Florida’s South Beach.
   
Where to Eat Where to Eat
  • Robin and Laird enjoy down-home Cajun soul food at The Praline Connection.

  • The other couple’s family treats them to a crawfish boil at Southern Oaks Plantation.

  • A horse-drawn carriage takes them to dinner at Commander’s Palace, one of the most famous restaurants in New Orleans.
  • Grant and Stacey have an unexpectedly fancy dinner at Mr. Collins restaurant, including grits with lobster tail.

  • Le Tub, a restaurant set on the water that won “America’s best burger” in 2005, is their lunch destination.

  • They stop at a “hole-in-the-wall” restaurant called Ayestaran for their signature Cuban sandwiches.
   
What to Do What to Do
  • They try their hand at crawfish hunting.

  • They feed gators at Kliebert's Turtle & Alligator Farm, one of the only family-run gator farms in the country.
  • They stop by El Titan de Bronze, a Cuban cigar factory in Little Havana to roll their own cigars.

  • They paddleboard on the calm waters of Hollywood Beach.

  • They finish their night with salsa dancing at Hoy Como Ayer.
   
What to See What to See
  • Robin and Laird hit Frenchman Street, home to some of the finest jazz clubs and restaurants in the city.

  • They finish their night off with drinks in the French Quarter.
  • Parasailing takes them high above Miami’s picturesque landscape.

  • Miami Seaquarium gives them the chance to feed an endangered, 3000-pound, 58-year-old manatee.

  • Grant and Stacey pick up some salsa outfits at Pepe y Berta.